St. Dominic's Cardiovascular Surgery Providers
Ronald Kennedy, M.D.
School: University of Mississippi School of Graduate Medical Sciences, Pathology
University of Mississippi School of Medicine, M.D.
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, General and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Vern Antoine Keller, M.D.
School: Duke University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Carolinas Heart Institute
Specialty: Cardiothoracic Surgery
Personal Interests: Dr. Keller, a native of Louisiana, completed high school in Berkeley, California and then attended the University of California in Los Angeles for his undergraduate studies, and subsequently Duke University School of Medicine where he graduated with honors. He completed his general surgery internship, residency and research fellowship at Tulane School of Medicine, where he participated actively in various experimental and clinical research projects. His thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency was completed at the Carolinas Heart Institute (Sanger Clinic) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Keller is Board Certified in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
An author or a co-author of more than 40 scholarly publications, presentations, book chapters and abstracts, Dr. Keller is intimately aware of and involved in the application and development of cutting edge technology, and dedicated to providing access to the best that medicine has to offer for his patients. His professional interests include valvular heart disease, minimally invasive valve surgery and endovascular surgery for aortic aneurysms. As a devoted father and family man, Dr. Keller has long had interest in reaching out to children in his community in an effort to show them that the world is much bigger than the one they see every day.