We are a world-class cardiovascular surgical center located in Asheville, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. It’s an area long-associated with both physical and spiritual healing, that today is also the home of  the highest quality of cardiovascular medicine.
THORACIC SURGERY
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General thoracic surgery is a field that specializes in diseases of the lungs and esophagus. The most common diseases requiring thoracic surgery include lung cancer, chest trauma, esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung transplantation.
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VASCULAR PROCEDURES
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The vascular system is the network of blood vessels that circulate blood to and from the heart and lungs. Corrective procedures include angioplasty and/or stenting, stent/graft placement, thrombolysis, and other adjuncts for vascular reconstruction.
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CARDIAC SURGERY
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Any surgical procedure involving the heart, performed to correct acquired or congenital defects, replace diseased valves, open or bypass blocked vessels, or graft a prosthesis or a transplant is considered cardiac surgery.
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PRACTICE OVERVIEW
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Located in the beautiful southern Appalachian mountains, the city of Ashville allows patients to enjoy moderate year-round temperatures and crisp mountain air. Combining this ideal setting with the capable hands of the Asheville Heart team provides an ideal setting for spiritual and physical healing.
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MEET OUR SURGEONS

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ALAN JOHNSON, MD

Alan M. Johnson, MD is a graduate of Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans. Along with his position at Asheville Heart, he is also part of the leadership team at Mission Hospital.
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STEPHEN ELY, MD

Dr. Ely is the President of Asheville Heart. He graduated from University of Virginia, School of Medicine, and joined Asheville Heart in 1993.
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MARK GROH, MD

A Fulbright scholar and graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Dr. Groh is a highly-acclaimed and published cardiovascular surgeon. He joined Asheville Heart in 1994.
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OLIVER BINNS, MD

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Binns joined the Asheville Heart team in 2001.
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