Our Doctors Expertise


“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.”

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.

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