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Congratulations, Best Doctors!

Twenty-two Lexington Medical Center physicians have been selected as “2014 Midlands Best Doctors.” These physicians have been selected by their peers as outstanding members of their field.

You can learn more about them and the prestigious recognition in this month’s edition of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.

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In addition, one of the selected doctors, Dr. Steve Madden of Lexington Oncology, is featured in an article about chemotherapy in the magazine. You can read the article here.

LMC to Offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

This year, Lexington Medical Heart Center will begin offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement, known as TAVR. This state-of-the-art cardiovascular technology allows doctors to replace the aortic valve without open heart surgery.

Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology

Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology

“TAVR is the single most important advance in interventional cardiology since coronary angioplasty,” said Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

He will perform TAVR procedures as part of a highly skilled cardiac care team that includes Dr. Robert Malanuk of Lexington Cardiology and Dr. Jeffrey Travis of Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, as well as nurses, technicians and a cardiovascular anesthesiologist.

Currently, TAVR is for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for open heart surgery because of their age, history of heart disease, or other health issues.

Patients with severe aortic stenosis have a narrowed aortic valve that does not allow blood to flow efficiently. As the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening in the valve, the heart eventually becomes weak. Over time, that can lead to life-threatening heart problems.


TAVR offers a less invasive option than open heart surgery. To replace the diseased aortic valve, the new aortic valve is compressed into a tube-like device called a delivery catheter that’s slightly wider than a pencil. Doctors insert the delivery catheter and the new aortic valve into an artery and thread the catheter through the body to the inside of the diseased aortic valve. Then, doctors deploy the new valve from the delivery catheter inside the diseased aortic valve, which becomes the anchor for the new valve. The new valve is functional immediately and normal blood flow is restored.

Lexington Medical Heart Center will use the Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve. It’s made of bovine tissue with a stainless steel frame. The TAVR procedure takes less than two hours.

“The main benefit is that patients feel better and live longer,” Dr. Leonardi said.

Studies show that TAVR reduces the mortality rate in patients by 20% in the first year after the procedure.

“Patients often want to know if there’s something we can do to make them feel better,” he added. “TAVR allows that to happen.”

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For more information on Lexington Medical Center’s complete cardiac care program, visit LexMed.com.

Jan Burt Is New Board Chair

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that Jan Burt is the new chair of the Lexington County Health Services District board of directors. Appointed by board members at their February meeting, Mrs. Burt will lead the 21-member board of Lexington Medical Center for the next year.

A lifelong Lexington County resident, Mrs. Burt is senior vice president and city executive of the Cayce/West Columbia area for First Citizens Bank. She has an extensive community leadership background and more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry.

Mrs. Burt has been a member of the hospital’s board since 2007. Prior to her appointment as chair, she served as board vice chair, the vice chair of the Finance Committee and the chair of the Audit Committee.

Jan Burt

Jan Burt

In addition to her work with Lexington Medical Center, Mrs. Burt is a recent past chair of the Cultural Council of the Arts for Richland and Lexington counties. She also currently serves on the Midlands Citizens Committee on Judicial Qualifications, Foundation for the SC Commission for the Blind, and Women in Philanthropy.

Mrs. Burt is passionate about serving the community that she calls home. At Lexington Medical Center, she’s proud of the hospital’s innovative programs and services such as the growth of the Duke-
affiliated cardiovascular and oncology care programs, and the successful implementation of an electronic health records system.

“I’m honored to serve as the chair of the Lexington Medical Center board of directors,” Mrs. Burt said. “I look forward to working with the board and hospital administration on opportunities to enhance the medical services that will meet the health care needs of our growing community in this ever-changing health care environment.”

Mrs. Burt graduated from the University of South Carolina and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. She and her husband, Mark, live in Cayce, and have three sons.

At their February meeting, members of the board also elected Richard Westbrook as vice chair and Dr. Tripp Jones as secretary. Mr. Westbrook is a senior vice president at South Carolina Bank and Trust in Columbia. Dr. Jones is a retired oncologist.

The Lexington County Health Services District board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month inside the board conference room located inside Lexington Medical Park 1 on the hospital campus.