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The cardiology and thoracic surgery physicians at the Cardiovascular Institute of Carolina are highly skilled in preventing, diagnosing and treating both routine and complex cardiac and vascular conditions.

Cardiac Surgery

Thomas PaxtonThomas P. Paxton, MD, FACS
Board Certifications: General and Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Paxton performs cardiac and general thoracic surgery, peripheral vascular/dialysis access surgery, and the surgical treatment of lung cancer and other lung conditions.

“Surgery can be very rewarding,” Dr. Paxton said. “These surgeries may give patients many more years to enjoy their children, their grandchildren and their lives.” A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Paxton performed his surgical residency at the Chicago Medical School. He completed a shock-trauma fellowship at Loyola University Health System and a cardiac surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Paxton and his wife have five children. He is a professional woodturner and woodworker, and a state champion archer who travels the state to participate in tournaments.

L Dieter VoegeleL. Dieter Voegele, MD, FACS
Board Certifications: General and Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Voegele has been instrumental in bringing new surgical techniques to Aiken Regional. Today we offer a comprehensive range of cardiovascular surgical options.

“Having a successful surgery program is important because surgery can restore the function of patients’ hearts and means the difference between life and death,” Dr. Voegele said. Dr. Voegele earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and the Medical University of South Carolina. Music, the arts, reading good books, playing tennis and skiing are some of the activities he pursues in his free time.


Interventional Cardiology

Ansermo Arthur​Ansermo Arthur, MD, FACC
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Arthur has a special interest in the interventional treatment of cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease, which involves the brain and the blood vessels supplying it.

“It’s very rewarding to treat very sick patients and see how dramatically they improve,” Dr. Arthur said. “Many heart attack and stroke patients are able to walk out of the hospital on their own in just a day or two.” Dr. Arthur graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut. He completed a cardiology fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island. In his spare time, Dr. Arthur enjoys spending time with his family. He has his private pilot license and flies his own plane for business and pleasure.

David CundeyDavid Cundey, MD, FACC
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology

Dr. Cundey was the first interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Aiken Regional and is considered the pioneer of cardiovascular (CV) services at the hospital.

“We have a comprehensive cardiovascular program at ARMC that provides the same level of advanced care available at major medical centers,” Dr. Cundey said. “That’s good news for local residents because they don’t have to risk losing heart muscle by traveling away from home to receive the specialized care they need.” Dr. Cundey earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Georgia.

Gregory EavesGregory Eaves, MD, FACC
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Eaves is committed to providing patients with high-quality invasive and noninvasive cardiovascular care.

“I’m a big believer in prevention,” Dr. Eaves said. “When we start managing treatable risk factors early in patients’ lives, we can help them avoid problems that may require interventional procedures in the future.” Dr. Eaves graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Greenville Hospital and Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. When Dr. Eaves isn’t working, he focuses on his wife and three daughters. His hobbies include golfing and hunting.

Weems R Pennington IIIWeems R. Pennington, III, MD
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Pennington specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of cardiac and peripheral arterial and venous disease.

“This hospital is definitely different. To me, the fact that it’s a smaller hospital is a benefit to patients. Just because a hospital is larger doesn’t necessarily mean that you receive superior care.” Dr. Pennington earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Married with two children, Dr. Pennington enjoys spending time with his family and friends.


Cardiovascular Disease

Idris S Sharaf​Idris S. Sharaf, MD, FACC
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine

Dr. Sharaf specializes in the diagnosis of heart and vascular diseases, medical treatments and implantable cardiac devices.

“I give my patients the same level of care I would want for myself, my family or my best friend,” Dr. Sharaf said. “I spend time educating my patients about their diseases, the tests they need and their treatments. I also coach them on the steps they need to take to stay healthy for as long as possible.” Dr. Sharaf earned his medical degree at Dow Medical College, and completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia. An avid photographer, Dr. Sharaf’s favorite subjects are nature and architectural sites.

Find a Doctor for Cardiovascular Care

For more information about the Cardiovascular Institute of Carolina, call 803-641-5551. To make an appointment with a cardiologist, please contact our Direct Doctors Plus® physician referral line at 800-322-8322.