Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Julie B. Wall, Markstein
205-824-7634/Julie@markstein.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – July 20, 2015 - Baptist Health System is pleased to announce the launch of The Structural Heart and Valve Center at Princeton Baptist Medical Center with the addition of structural cardiologist Mustafa Ahmed, M.D. Dr. Ahmed will lead the new Center as medical director of the structural heart program as one of the few specialists with expertise in both minimally invasive procedures and advanced cardiac imaging in the United States.

The Structural Heart and Valve Center includes a coordinated care team of structural cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and imaging specialists to provide patients with cutting-edge expertise to assess and treat structural heart disease. Structural heart disease includes a broad range of heart conditions that are not generally related to coronary disease and includes valvular heart disease and any defect within the heart. Many defects can be repaired through small tubes known as catheters (percutaneously), instead of through open-heart surgery. In addition to valvular heart disease, other conditions may include left atrial appendage closure for people with atrial fibrillation, congenital heart disease, pericardial effusions and pulmonary embolism.

“With access to the new Center and its world-class services and technology, patients will have a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options ranging from robotic surgery to catheter based keyhole options performed by expert operators,” said Dr. Ahmed.

Dr. Ahmed earned his medical degree from the University of Manchester, with further training at the Queens Medical Center and the Manchester Royal Infirmary in England. He completed his Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as dual Fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional/Structural Cardiology making him the institution’s first physician to complete the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) clinician scientist pathway in cardiology, a program allowing a combination of both research and clinical training. Dr. Ahmed is internationally recognized for his research and impact on structural heart disease, including the development of new treatments for valvular heart disease.

His unique training as a heart specialist includes expertise in advanced cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology and structural heart disease, allowing his team to evaluate and treat even the most complex cases utilizing minimally invasive techniques where possible.

“Baptist Health System has a track record of proven excellence in its cardiology groups and collaborative TAVR (Transcatheter Valve Replacement) program at Princeton. It has one of the worlds most respected and high volume robotic heart surgery programs headed by Dr. Clifton Lewis. We have based the development of the structural heart program on this strong foundation, and in return, we bring a world-class program to Birmingham,” said Dr. Ahmed.

The Center includes a state-of-the-art imaging lab, which allows assessment of complex heart diseases, a 3-D echocardiography laboratory, which in addition to stress echocardiography, allows detection of very subtle changes in heart structure and function, as well as a Hybrid operating room, which combines state-of-the-art imaging equipment permanently within a surgical operating room to allow the entire heart team – imaging specialists, structural cardiologists and cardiac surgeons – to perform the most complex, minimally-invasive procedures in a controlled environment.

The Center is located at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Professional Office Building Two and its hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are available by calling 205-783-3320205-783-3320. For additional information, please visit baptisthealthalabama.org/heart

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit BaptistHealthAlabama.org.

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