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T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBAJune 1, 2011.  T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, joins Temple University School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Temple University Hospital effective June 1, 2011. Board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, he comes to Temple from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.


Guy’s specialty in robotic endoscopic mitral valve repair is ground-breaking and he has performed over 100 successful robotic cardiac procedures.


“I am excited to bring my proficiency in robotic heart surgery to Temple where I plan to offer the most up-to-date procedures in cardiac care for patients,” Guy said. “Robotics is one important new tool of minimally invasive surgery that is transforming heart health.”


In robotic cardiac surgery, tiny incisions are made instead of the standard large incision, where the sternum is divided, or "cracked”, to allow access to the heart. After the small incisions are made and ports are placed, robotic arms are attached and robotic instruments are inserted into the chest. The surgeon controls these instruments via a robotic console.


“Often, patients don’t know what robotic surgery is about,” Guy said, “but when they learn of the advantages, they are reassured that it’s high-tech surgery that will reduce post-op limitations. Some patients can return to work in as early as two weeks.”


Guy will prepare for the highly anticipated new surgery at Temple with structural improvements for robotic operations scheduled for fall. “There is no one in Philly doing totally endoscopic robotic mitral valve surgery,” Guy said. “At Temple we are planning a state-of-the-art facility that will be celebrated as a robotics surgical suite where cardiac procedures will be done routinely.”


Surgeons can perform many kinds of procedures with robotic assistance including: valve repair or replacement, atrial septal defect closure, procedures to correct atrial fibrillation, removal of cardiac tumors, coronary artery bypass surgery, and others. Temple will present these treatment options under Guy’s accomplished leadership.


Guy developed a successful clinical program in robotic cardiac surgery and research in telemedicine, robotics, and simulation at the San Francisco VA Medical Center at UCSF Medical Center prior to going to St. Joseph’s Hospital.


He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine while simultaneously earning an M.B.A. from Penn’s Wharton School of Business, with an emphasis in Health Care Administration. He then completed his general surgery internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center followed by two years as a general medical officer and commander of a U.S. Army medical clinic in Germany.


He returned to Penn where he completed his general surgery residency, a cardiothoracic surgery research fellowship, and his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship. His education was supported by the Army’s ROTC and Health Professions scholarship programs.


Guy was an active duty U.S. Army officer assigned as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical and the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. He is a former Lieutenant Colonel who served three tours as a combat surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Medical Badge and the Combat Action Badge for his heroic service.


As an Army vet himself, Guy became active in veterans’ affairs. He wants to help correct the “disconnect” between the military and the civilian world with his advocacy for vets returning to the work force. “Military service needs to be substantially recognized by having jobs for our veterans when they come home,” Guy said.


Guy has given numerous lectures across the country, including “How War Surgery Made Me a Better Heart Surgeon” at his undergrad alma mater Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He has published over 100 abstracts and peer reviewed publications.


Guy is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Pennsylvania Thoracic Society Research Award, U.S. Surgical Corporation Surgical Resident Scholar Award and the University of Pennsylvania Surgery Resident of the Year Award.

Dr. Guy is a member of numerous professional societies including the American College of Surgeons (Fellow), American College of Cardiology (Fellow), Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, Association for Academic Surgery, American Telemedicine Association, and the American Association of Military Surgeons.