ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has a new expert on lung and heart surgery.
During a hospital board meeting Wednesday, members welcomed their new Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Giovanni Piovesana.
He comes to Albany from Florida where he studied at Shand Hospital.
He will be doing open and minimally invasive surgery on the lungs as well as heart surgery.
"If you think about the aortic valve in the heart, its a disease that as the age of the population gets older and older, more people are affected by that and they are more at risk for open surgery. So its a type of technique that can be applied to this patient. So will improve the quality of life with this type of operation," said Piovesana.
He attended medical school in Milan, Italy and studied in Galveston, Texas as well.