New Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Joins OHH South from Mayo Clinic

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians (OHHP) announced the appointment of cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Dr. Goya V. Raikar to the OHHP office located at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus. Dr. Raikar joins the South Campus team as the Director of Cardiovascular Surgery after training at the Mayo Clinic and over 10 years of clinical practice.

Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians is the largest group of cardiovascular specialists in Oklahoma and one of the largest in the nation dedicated to diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart, pulmonary and vascular systems.

“Dr. Raikar brings an outstanding resume and extraordinary skills as a cardiovascular surgeon to Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus,” noted Dr. John Harvey, CEO and president of Oklahoma Heart Hospital. “His depth of clinical knowledge and thoracic surgical background is an immeasurable asset to our patients and his organizational talents make him an ideal director of cardiothoracic surgery.

“My family moved to this region of the country to be closer to family, but I wanted the same commitment of quality cardiovascular care, compassion and collaborative working environment I grew accustom to at the Mayo Clinic. Only one hospital fit the bill – the Oklahoma Heart Hospital,” said Dr. Raikar.

Prior to coming to Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Dr. Raikar served as the Section Head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. He began his professional career as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Valley Heart Associates in Modesto, Calif.

Dr. Raikar earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska-Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., and completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. His fellowship work in cardiothoracic surgery was completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

In July 2010, Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates became OHH Physicians, growing to one of the largest cardiovascular specialty physician groups in the nation. Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians has 55 physicians working in 40 clinics throughout Oklahoma including Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus. OHH Physicians specialize in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, electrophysiology, vascular medicine and pulmonology.