Date: 9/9/2003

New medical director of cardiac surgery appointed

David Jayakar, M.D. has been appointed as Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, and has joined the staff of Community Hospital in Munster.

Formerly on staff at the University of Chicago, Dr. Jayakar has moved his surgical practice exclusively to the three Northwest Indiana hospitals of the Community Healthcare System.

“Dr. Jayakar will help to build on the strong cardiovascular programs of the Community Healthcare System,” said Donald S. Powers, President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Community Healthcare System. “In making this appointment, we look forward to working with Dr. Jayakar and the other cardiovascular surgeons in our hospitals to expand on the technological advances available to patients in our community.”

A third generation surgeon and a resident of Munster, Dr. Jayakar has various teaching and research positions, helping to advance new therapies in cardiovascular care. He completed his fellowship training at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, and a residency at the State University of New York in New York. During his most recent tenure at the University of Chicago he served as the attending cardiovascular surgeon, assistant professor of surgery, and principal investigator of several clinical research trials. He has published and presented his work internationally as well as designed and patented clinical instruments.

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“I believe I can make a big impact here in cardiac surgery, by offering less invasive open heart procedures. Most importantly I will be helping the community where I live,” Dr. Jayakar said. “I joined the hospitals of the Community Healthcare System because I share the vision of this organization and Mr. Powers to offer the finest health care for the residents of Northwest Indiana.”

At the hospitals of the Community Healthcare System, Dr. Jayakar said he plans to continue his work to improve heart bypass surgery through the use of a procedure that enables surgeons to operate on a “beating heart.” The majority of the heart bypass surgeries Dr. Jayakar and his team perform are done without the use of the traditional approach of stopping the heart, cooling it, and using the heart-lung machine to pump blood during the procedure.

Last week, Dr. Jayakar traveled around the country speaking on beating heart surgery and other advances in cardiac surgery to Detroit University Physicians, at the University of South Virginia in Charleston, at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, and at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

“With the appointment of Dr. Jayakar, we are looking to continue our leadership role in advancing heart care in Northwest Indiana, embracing the technology and the physicians who can bring these advantages to the residents of our community,” said John Gorski, Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for the Community Healthcare System.

Community Healthcare System is the largest provider of cardiovascular and cardiology services in Northwest Indiana.