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Conemaugh Physician Group welcomes new Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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Posted: 2013-04-27


Conemaugh Physician Group is pleased to welcome Antonio Sortino, MD, who will be joining Conemaugh Physician Group – Cardiothoracic Surgery with Dr. Savas Mavridis.

Dr. Sortino is a native of Palermo, Italy, where he graduated medical school at the University of Palermo, Cum Laude. He completed residency training at UPMC-McKeesport, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Sortino comes to Conemaugh Health System after a long and successful career in the Pittsburgh area including a thirteen year tenure at Washington Hospital where he was instrumental in starting the heart program and served as Chief, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Board certified in Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Sortino chose a career in cardiothoracic surgery after his own father passed away from a heart attack at age 49. He brings to Conemaugh Memorial a new procedure called the MAZE procedure, a surgery performed to treat atrial fibrillation. During this surgery, small incisions are made on the left and right atrium of the heart to form scar tissue which disrupts the path of abnormal electrical impulses.

Dr. Sortino will replace Dr. Raj Devineni who recently retired from practice. “I met Dr. Devineni 25-years ago at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital,” says Dr. Sortino. “I am excited about this new adventure in my career.” Dr. Sortino also says he looks forward to participating in Conemaugh Memorial’s surgical residency program and to training in robotic assisted cardiothoracic surgery.

“I am very excited and pleased to work with someone as well trained and experienced as Dr Sortino,” says Savas Mavridis, MD, MBA. FACS, Conemaugh Physician Group Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, President of the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Staff and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “Dr Devineni retiring is a great loss for our community, but we are very fortunate to have found a Cardiothoracic Surgeon of such great caliber as Dr Sortino.”

Conemaugh Memorial’s heart services continue to earn national and statewide recognition. Recent honors include: The HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ - 2009, 2011 & 2012, Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures - 2011 & 2012, 5 Star Rated for Valve Surgery, Coronary Interventional Procedures and Treatment of Heart Attack - 2011 & 2012.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sortino, call (814) 534-9407.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121
Email: abradle@conemaugh.org