Dr. Chitwood Performs His 400th Robotic-Cardiac Procedure

A local surgeon performed his 400th heart surgery using a robotic-cardiac procedure Friday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood is a pioneer in the development and expansion of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. The procedure is used rather than the old replacement procedure because its safer, less painful and actually repairs the valve. Dr. Chitwood is the director of the East Carolina Heart Institute and a professor at ECU's Brody School of Medicine. He has performed more of these operations than any other surgeon in the world.

The Brody School of Medicine was the first training site for this operation. An estimated 40,000 patients per year have operations on their mitral valve, the inflow valve for the left side of the heart.


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  • by sherri Location: sc on Jun 21, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    dr chitwood is an absolute treasure. one of the finest men in this state. thank you for ALL the lives you have saved.
  • by april Location: greenville on Jun 20, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    Mr Chitwood did the operation on my grandfather a few years ago. He did the surgery when others would not. Thanks to him he gave us all another year or so with him.I thank him for the extra time i had with my grandfather that i otherwise would not of had.
  • by TDW Location: Williamston on Jun 20, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    I had mitral valve robotic surgery on 6/3 at PCMH. Drs. Rodrigues and Chitwood performed the surgery. I can't thank them and their dedicated staff enough for my successful procedure.
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