Dr. Terence Downing, MD
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Cardiac Surgery | Male

Care Philosophy

The most important determination of how I treat my patients is to respect them as I would my own family. Many of the surgical decisions and care decisions I make are discussed with these patients as if they were personal acquaintances or relatives. The second most important issue I choose in evaluating the care of a patient is whether or not someone else could do it better. I am always willing to send patients to institutions which might have more experience or different alternatives, and always request that a patient exercise his right to a second opinion if there is any doubt about proceeding with our suggested course. In discussing the issues of care, we must all be aware of the expertise which all in my program have achieved. We are capable of performing virtually the entire spectrum of cardiac and vascular thoracic surgery with all the up-to-date technology. When my experience and position as Director is combined with the expert personnel in our team, we are able to keep our results high, our complications low and our hospital stays short. This results in a very satisfied patient who feels that their care has been compassionate, expert and will provide the best results possible.

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Biography

Dr. Terence Downing, MD is a cardiac surgery doctor who practices in Fort Pierce, FL. He is 69 years old and has been practicing for 43 years.

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    Dr. Downing's Performance
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    • Time well spent
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    • Average wait time
      10 to 15 minutes
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    To put it plainly Dr. Downing and the team he organized saved my life approximately 28 years ago (@ Gardens Medical Center). I will remember Dr. Downing for the rest of my life... every day has been a gift.
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    Dr. Downing's Care Philosophy

    The most important determination of how I treat my patients is to respect them as I would my own family. Many of the surgical decisions and care decisions I make are discussed with these patients as if they were personal acquaintances or relatives. The second most important issue I choose in evaluating the care of a patient is whether or not someone else could do it better. I am always willing to send patients to institutions which might have more experience or different alternatives, and always request that a patient exercise his right to a second opinion if there is any doubt about proceeding with our suggested course. In discussing the issues of care, we must all be aware of the expertise which all in my program have achieved. We are capable of performing virtually the entire spectrum of cardiac and vascular thoracic surgery with all the up-to-date technology. When my experience and position as Director is combined with the expert personnel in our team, we are able to keep our results high, our complications low and our hospital stays short. This results in a very satisfied patient who feels that their care has been compassionate, expert and will provide the best results possible.

    Dr. Downing's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
    •  Board certified in Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

    Awards & Recognition

    • Awards & Honors
      • Healthgrades Honor Roll
      • Best Physician in the US, 1997
      • Top Doctors South Florida, 1998
      • Top Doctors South Florida, 1999
      • Top Doctors South Florida, 1997
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    • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Thoracic Surgery

    Conditions Treated

    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
    • Aneurysm
    • Aneurysm of Heart
    • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Aortic Aneurysm
    • Aortic Dissection
    • Aortic Ectasia
    • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
    • Aortic Stenosis
    • Aortic Valve Disease
    • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
    • Arrhythmias
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Atrial Flutter
    • Benign Tumor
    • Cancer
    • Cardiomegaly
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Carotid Artery Disease
    • Carotid Artery Stenosis
    • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
    • Congenital Heart Defects
    • Congenital Heart Disease
    • Congestive Heart Failure
    • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
    • Coronary Artery Dissection
    • Empyema
    • Endocarditis
    • Esophageal Cancer
    • Esophageal Diseases
    • Head and Neck Cancer
    • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
    • Heart Disease
    • Heart Tumors, Benign
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
    • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
    • Mitral Valve Disease
    • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
    • Mitral Valve Stenosis
    • Neuroendocrine Tumors
    • Pericardial Disease
    • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
    • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
    • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
    • Pleural Cancer
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Pulmonary Embolism
    • Pulmonary Valve Disease
    • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
    • Secondary Hypertension
    • Septal Defect
    • Sick Sinus Syndrome
    • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    • Thrombosis
    • Thymomas
    • Tricuspid Valve Disease
    • Vascular Disease

    Education

    • Medical School
      George Washington University / School Of Medicine and Health Sciences

      Graduated in 1974

    • Internship Hospital
      University Of Utah Medical Center

      Completed in 1979

    • Residency Hospital
      Stanford Univ Mc

      Completed in 1983

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Mayo Clinic Rochester

      Completed in 1984

      Standford University

      Completed in 1982

    • Undergraduate School
      University Of Washington

      Graduated in 1970

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Specialties

    • Cardiac Surgery
    • Thoracic Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
    • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
    • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
    • Aortic Valve Replacement
    • Aortic Valve Surgery
    • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
    • Bronchoscopy
    • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
    • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
    • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
    • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
    • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
    • Decortication and Pleurectomy
    • Defibrillator Implantation
    • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
    • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
    • Esophageal Surgery
    • Head and Neck Surgery
    • Heart Defect Repair
    • Heart Surgery
    • Heart Valve Replacement
    • Hernia Repair
    • Impella Device
    • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
    • Lobectomy, Open
    • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
    • Lung Removal, Open
    • Lung Resection
    • Lung Surgery
    • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
    • Maze Procedure
    • Mitral Valve Repair
    • Mitral Valve Surgery
    • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
    • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
    • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
    • Open Thymectomy
    • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
    • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
    • Port Placements or Replacements
    • Puncture Aspiration
    • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
    • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
    • Segmentectomy, Open
    • Thoracentesis
    • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
    • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
    • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
    • Tracheal Surgery
    • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
    • Vascular Surgical Procedure
    • Ventricular Assist Device
    • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy