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Ocala Health appoints Keyser cardiovascular surgery director

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Ocala Health announces the appointment of Eric Keyser, MD, FACC to Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at Ocala Regional Medical Center. In this role, Dr. Keyser will lead all aspects of cardiovascular surgical services, including staff education and training, patient care practices, quality initiatives, and equipment procurement. Dr. Keyser specializes in the latest minimally invasive cardiovascular surgical techniques, performing most of his heart bypass surgeries off-pump, which often affords the patient a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay as well as reduced risk of stroke or memory problems.
Dr. Keyser most recently served as clinical director and attending surgeon in the cardiothoracic surgery section of Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Dr. Keyser’s education is from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and includes a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Medical Doctorate, a Master of Surgery, and a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery. His postgraduate medical training include research fellowships in Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Education and Minimally Invasive Surgery at McGill, a completed residency in General Surgery at the McGill University Health Center, a completed residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Schneider Children’s Hospital in New York, and a clinical fellowship in advanced Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is a certified diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery, and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Cardiac Surgery. He is an active member and fellow of several medical and surgical societies.
“Dr. Keyser brings a level of cardiovascular surgical expertise which is comparable to that of leading heart institutes and not widely available in our community,” said Randy McVay, chief executive officer, Ocala Health. “Dr. Keyser is joining an integrated team of patient-centered specialists who are known for their clinical advancements and quality outcomes. We welcome Dr. Keyser and look forward the contributions he will make to the cardiovascular care provided by Ocala Health.”
Keyser is a member of Cardiovascular Surgical Associates, with practices in Ocala, St. Petersburg, Brandon, Clearwater and Orlando. His clinical focus of expertise is in heart valve repair and minimally invasive adult cardiothoracic surgery. His office is at 1805 S.E. 16th Ave., Building 1200, Suite 1201, Ocala.
Serving the cardiovascular health needs of the community for 25 years, Ocala Health encompasses Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 200-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala, and West Marion Community Hospital, a 70-bed hospital located in West Marion County. Ocala Health has the only Commission on Cancer approved cancer center in Marion County. The hospitals offer a host of other quality and award winning services including bariatric surgery, orthopedic care and joint replacement, robotic surgery, cardiac and vascular services including open heart surgery and interventional procedures, emergency, neurological and rehabilitation services. Ocala Health’s outpatient facilities include Family Care Specialists, a primary care network of seven locations throughout Marion County; Advanced Imaging Centers with two locations; a freestanding Wound Center with Hyperbaric Therapy; and a Senior Wellness Community Center.