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Dr. Richard Downey and Dr. Nabeel El-amir

Richard Downey, M.D. and Nabeel El-amir, M.D. (l-r)

Mercy Health is proud to announce our collaboration with Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan, to improve heart care for patients in West Michigan. This unique relationship enhances patient care through access to innovative clinical care that includes the latest research and clinical trials.

Cardiothoracic surgeons, Richard Downey, M.D. and Nabeel El-amir, M.D., medical staff members at Mercy Health, have been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan. With over 47 years of combined experience, these expert surgeons now have the ability to collaborate and consult with Michigan Medicine’s nationally-ranked heart team. The two will continue to perform heart surgery services in Muskegon.

Mercy Health, a leader in cardiovascular medicine in West Michigan, performs more than 350 cardiac surgeries annually, and offers a continuum of cardiovascular services including coronary artery bypasses, aortic/mitral valve repair and replacement, coronary angioplasties and stenting, cardiac pacing and defibrillator implantations, thrombolytic therapy for acute heart attacks and post-procedure cardiac rehabilitation.

The Mercy Health cardiovascular team includes a comprehensive team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, specialized registered nurses and registered technicians who provide seamless care for west Michigan patients.

For additional information on this collaboration, please visit our Newsroom.

All physicians and staff participating in this program provide services in a manner consistent with Mercy Health's Catholic mission and the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services.

Now Offering a Cardiac Surgery Clinic at Mercy Health Saint Mary's

As a result of this collaboration, our cardiac surgery program now offers patient evaluations, pre-operation and post-operation visits at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s to accommodate patients living in the greater Grand Rapids area. Drs. Richard Downey and Nabeel El-amir will conduct patient visits in the new clinic located in the Wege Building on Saint Mary’s Campus. All surgeries will be performed at Mercy Health Muskegon.

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