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Princeton’s Dr. Clifton Lewis Joins Alabama ACC Executive Council

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Editor in General News
Princeton Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Clifton Lewis was recently elected to the executive council of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. The Alabama Chapter of the American College of Cardiology is a nonprofit state medical society comprised of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers.

The Alabama Chapter of the ACC is committed to improving heart health through continuing medical education, continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, professionalism, and the influence of health care policy.

Dr. Clifton Lewis on Coming Home to Princeton

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Editor in General News
Dr. Clifton Lewis was interviewed in the Winter Issue of Baptist Health Foundation’s Stewardship Magazine. He talks about how coming to Princeton was like coming home, why Princeton and the Baptist Health System are unique, the work he does, and more.

Dr. Lewis says:
“I’ve worked in a number of hospitals throughout my career and I can confidently say this is the best-equipped, best-run hospital I’ve ever seen. It’s hard to put my finger on why – it’s so many things. Overall, it’s the organization’s structure, strength, and sense of purpose.”

Using Robotics in the Operating Room

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Editor in General News
The robotic da Vinci Surgical System is being used more and more to perform minimally invasive surgeries, and is proving to be especially useful and beneficial when it comes to cardiac surgery. Traditionally, heart surgery has involved quite of a lot of trauma to the body, a long and painful recovery, and considerable scarring.

The da Vinci robot is helping skilled surgeons like Dr. Clifton Lewis to minimize complications, reduce recovery time, and almost eliminate surgical scarring.

AL.com reports:
“For those who haven’t heard much about the robotic device, no, an autonomous robot isn’t performing the operation. A surgeon sits in a kind of booth where he or she remotely controls incredibly precise surgical instruments viewed through advanced optical tools. The tools mimic real hand movements as well or even more precisely than can be done in traditional surgery. Another surgeon is always present by the patient and ready if there is an emergency requiring a switch to open surgery.”

Inside the Operating Room with Dr. Clifton Lewis and the da Vinci Robot

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Editor in General News
Adam Pick is the author of “The Patient’s Guide to Heart Valve Surgery” as well as a double-valve heart surgery patient. He was diagnosed with aortic stenosis a few years ago and underwent a Ross procedure in 2005.

Adam’s personal experience as a patient motivated him to write a book and develop his website HeartValveSurgery.com designed to empower patients and their families from diagnosis to surgery through recovery. Recently he visited Princeton Baptist Medical Center to learn more about our valve surgery program and to spend some time with Dr. Lewis.