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Welcome to East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group

Our cardiothoracic team is skilled in the surgical treatment of the heart, esophagus, blood vessels, and conditions affecting the lungs.

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About East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group

At East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group, we specialize in the surgical treatment of conditions that affect the heart, esophagus, blood vessels, and lungs. With more than a century of combined medical experience, our expert healthcare team is ready to provide you with excellent care. We’re proud to be a member of Covenant Medical Group, the physician practice group of Covenant Health.

I truly care about every patient for whom I have the honor of caring, and I always advise them as if they’re my own family. – Dr. David Graham

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Our team is ready to provide you with the right heart care when you need us. We're accepting new patients. Please note, a referral is required from your doctor.

Cardiac Surgery

Aortic Surgery
Arrhythmia Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
Mitral Valve Repair
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (OPCAB)
Ross Procedure
Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR / TMLR)

Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH)
Endovascular Surgery
Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
Minimally Invasive Valve Repair and Replacement
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)
Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR / TMLR)

Thoracic Surgery

Bronchoscopy
Lung Cancer and Surgery
Mediastinoscopy

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Patient Forms

Prepare for your visit by filling out these forms ahead of your appointment and bring them with you. This will help us provide you with an efficient visit. Thank you!

A Guide to Your Heart Surgery
CV Surgery Guidebook download
Patient Information Form
Patient Information Form download
Patient Registration Agreement
Patient Registration Agreement download
Authorization to Release Health Information
HIPAA Auth to Release Health Info download
Notice of Privacy Practices
Notice of Privacy Practices download
Heart Surgery Discharge Instructions
CV Discharge Instructions - FF download
Visit Reminders

You will receive a call from our office one to two business days prior to your appointment to confirm the date and time. During the phone confirmation we will review the status of any records needed, your insurance status and required physician referrals.

If you don’t hear from us, please call before leaving home. Due to the nature of our physicians’ surgeries (they are often called to emergency cases), delays are possible.

We ask that you please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Please bring the following items with you to your visit:

  • Your current health insurance information 

  • Your current Photo ID

  • Any medications you are currently taking in their original containers or in a list with dosages and times

Please note: In order to provide efficient care for all of our patients, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment if you do not arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Prescription Refills

It’s very important that you request your prescription refills during normal business hours before 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prescriptions will not be refilled on weekends or holidays.

You can request a refill on the MyCovenantHealth Patient Portal or by calling your pharmacy.

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Referrals & Precertification

Referrals

Insurers often require a physician referral prior to your visit to East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group. As a courtesy to our patients, we will attempt to contact your primary care physician and request a referral. However, it is your responsibility to confirm that a referral has been obtained before you are seen by our providers.

Precertification

If a test or procedure is ordered by a East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group provider, our staff will obtain a necessary precertification on your behalf. Precertification for any tests or procedures ordered by your own primary care physician is the responsibility of your primary care provider’s office.

Patient Survey

Our Patients Are Important

We want to be your first and best choice for healthcare, and we need your feedback.

You will receive a text message or email asking you to complete a confidential and secure survey about your visit. Your feedback will help us continue to deliver excellent care. Thank you!

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