Mark Jones, MD, Fourth Cardiologist in State to Receive Board Certification in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (March 1, 2013) – Lutheran Medical Group cardiologist Mark Jones, MD, FACC, co-medical director of the heart transplant program at Lutheran Hospital, is the fourth physician in the state and the first in the area to earn certification in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Jones is only the 237th physician in the nation to receive this certification.
“Lutheran Health Network and patients in northern Indiana are fortunate to have Dr. Jones as a resource,” said Brian Bauer, chief executive officer, Lutheran Hospital. “This board certification demonstrates his commitment to providing the highest level of cardiac care. Because he is one of only four physicians in the entire state to earn this advanced designation, Dr. Jones should be commended.”
The number of heart-failure patients continues to rise, and with it, the need to administer increasingly complex therapies to treat these patients.
In September 2008, the American Board of Medical Specialties approved a proposal by the ABIM (originating within the Heart Failure Society of America and endorsed by the American College of Cardiology) to implement the secondary subspecialty of advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.
Cardiologists with this certification possess the specialized knowledge and technical proficiencies required to evaluate and manage patients with advanced heart failure, patients with implant devices — including ventricular assist devices — and patients who have undergone or are awaiting a transplant.
Lutheran is the only hospital in northern Indiana, and one of only three in the state, to offer heart and kidney transplants and to implant ventricular assist devices. Since 1985, 283 patients have received a heart transplant at Lutheran and 148 have received a VAD. Since its inception in 2007, the kidney transplant program at Lutheran has helped 159 patients receive life-changing care via a kidney transplant in Fort Wayne.