St. Francis Cardiovascular & Thoracic Institute

The St. Francis Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute brings together board-certified physicians and surgeons with extensive training in surgical therapy of the diseases of the heart, lung, chest and vascular system. Our doctors are dedicated to excellence, with significant experience.

A cardiothoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. This includes surgeons who can be called cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general thoracic surgeons, and congenital heart surgeons. A vascular surgeon is a specialist who is trained to treat diseases of the vascular system including arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation.

Meet our Physicians


Jacob G. Davtyan, MD

Thomas Lawhorne , MD

Services Provided

St. Francis Heart Hospital, an affiliate of Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery, is the only hospital in the Chattahoochee Valley that provides a full range of cardiac surgeries, including open-heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting  or CABG) and heart valve replacement. Among the cardiac surgical procedures provided by physicians at Cardiovascular and ThoracicInstitute at St. Francis are:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (OPCAB)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement or Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement or Repair
  • Repair of Ventricle Aneurysm
  • Tricuspid Valve Replacement or Repair
  • Repair of Aortic Aneurysm
  • Repair of Aortic Dissection
  • Repair of Atrial Septal Defect
  • Pulmonary Embolism

Thoracic surgical procedures performed at St. Frances include:

  • Surgical treatment of lung cancer
  • Surgical diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the lung, diaphragm, chest and mediastinum
  • Surgical treatment of diseases of the esophagus

Specific thoracic surgical procedures include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Thorascopy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
  • Lobectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Decortication of Lung
  • Drainage of Empyema
  • Resection of Chest Wall Tumors
  • Surgery of Diaphragm
  • Surgery Esophagus 

Our Location

St. Francis Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute
St. Francis Hospital, Butler Pavilion 
2300 Manchester Expressway, Suite 1007
Columbus, Georgia 31904