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Referring a patient for specialized cardiovascular care is a reflection on a physician’s good judgment. At Louisiana Cardiovascular & Thoracic Institute, we offer expertise you can feel supremely confident in. Our board-certified surgeons, Gary P. Jones, MD, FACS, and R. Chance DeWitt, MD, have prestigious qualifications and vast experience in all aspects of cardiovascular and thoracic surgical care.

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Gary P. Jones, MD, FACS

Board-Certified: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Fellowship: American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians

Residency: General Surgery, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA; Thoracic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC MD: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Member: American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, International Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Rapides Parish Medical Society, Louisiana State Medical Society

Selected Appointments: Major, United States Army Medical Corps; Served as Assistant Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, Tripler Army Medical Center, Tripler AMC, Hawaii; Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeon assigned to President Reagan during his 1986 trip to Guam; Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeon assigned to former South African president Nelson Mandela during his 2000 trip to Baton Rouge, LA

Academic Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University Services of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, John A. Burns Medical School, University of Hawaii, Manoa

“I believe in giving patients the best surgical care. To me that means a combination of compassionate, high-touch care combined with the best of the high-technology tools at our disposal. I like spending time with patients and educating them in plain terms about their conditions, then getting excellent results with their treatment.”



R. Chance DeWitt, MD, FACS

Board Certified: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Fellowship: Thoracic Surgery, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX

Residency: General Surgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN MD: Louisiana State University Medical College, 
Shreveport, LA

Member: Cooley Hands Society, Rapides Parish Medical Society, Louisiana State Medical Society

Honors: John C. McDonald Undergraduate Surgical Society of LSU School of Medicine Award of Achievement, Dean Arthur R. Choppin Memorial Honors, Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

“I care a great deal about my patients and treat them as I would treat my family. In the vast majority of my patients, I can correct defects in their heart and improve their quality of life, and that is extremely gratifying professionally and personally.”