Chester County Hospital patients benefit from Penn Medicine's cardiovascular surgery team's leadership in the field of sophisticated surgical techniques and advanced car e.
The hospital's newly named Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Steven J. Weiss, MD, has extensive experience in high-risk, off-pump and all-arterial conduit coronary bypass surgery. He has a special interest in valve repair and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He is attentive to patient safety science and improving the detection and delivery of care to cardiac valve disease patients.
With more than 25 years of clinical cardiac surgery experience, Dr. Weiss received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Weiss completed a general surgery residency at Presbyterian Medical Center, cardiothoracic surgery residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and chief residency at the University of Maryland Health System. He went on to complete a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Weiss is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology and American College of Chest Physicians. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine.
Joining Dr. Weiss is cardiovascular surgeon Robert K. Wenger, MD, whose clinical experience includes coronary artery bypass surgery with total arterial revascularization, off-pump bypass surgery, minimally invasive surgery, valve replacement and repair and blood conservation techniques. He also has extensive surgical experience treating octogenarians and other high-risk populations.
Prior to coming to Chester County Hospital, Dr. Wenger was instrumental in the launch of a valve clinic and bloodless medicine program. Before that, Dr. Wenger was in private practice in Florida and served as director of the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at JFK Medical Center.
Dr. Wenger received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in surgery at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University. He is board certified in thoracic surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine.
Cardiologist Kurt J. Schillinger, MD, PhD, has been named Chief of the Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Program, a new role at Chester County Hospital. He attended medical school at Baylor College where he also received a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. His post-graduate training included an internship in Medicine, Residency in Medicine and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship, studying determinants of the genomic adult cardiac conduction system. He then completed a Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schillinger is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.