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Providence Health & Services, Southern California, is a Catholic not-for-profit, mission-driven healthcare system. Providence Southern California operates six award-winning hospitals and a comprehensive, fully-integrated network of primary care clinics, urgent... more.
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Lakeside Medical Group Inc
Board of Governors | Providence Saint Joseph
Raymond Schaerf, MD
Providence Saint Joseph Foundation - Board of Trustees
Raymond Schaerf, M.D.
Raymond Schaerf, MD.BURBANK , Raymond Schaerf, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon and chief of staff-elect at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, became the first physician in the United States to implant a new "smart" pacemaker that gives instant feedback to doctors.The ZephyrTM pacemaker, which just received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval this month, is designed to save valuable clinic time by automatically performing all standard follow-up testing before the patient arrives in the clinic.It is also the first pacemaker that can tell physicians (in about 90 seconds) which device timing settings are optimal for each patient's needs."My patients are assured of appropriate pacing without unnecessary battery drain," Schaerf said about the new ZephyrTM pacemaker."The extended longevity assures my patient of a longer-lasting device with very advanced features and, in turn, fewer replacement surgeries, which combats their main concern about receiving a pacemaker."Schaerf is recognized as a national leader in pacemaker implantation as well as the extraction of old pacemaker leads.In 1979 he pioneered the first dual-chamber pacemaker implant, with one lead going to the atrium and another to the ventricle, to allow both heart chambers to be paced. In 2001, Schaerf became the first physician in the Western United States to perform a human implant of an investigational, technologically-advanced pacemaker lead, known as a CapSure, to treat a patient for bradycardia , also know as slow heart rate.Schaerf is one of the many expert physicians on the medical staff that has allowed Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center to be recognized as a leader in heart care.
"The Victory pacemaker significantly reduced device set-up time at implant because it is pre-programmed with optimized settings that contribute to the efficiency and success of the procedure," said Raymond Schaerf, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, who performed the first implant of the Victory® XL DR pacemaker in the United States.
Redlands Daily Facts - Business
The winter that cancer ate its way through his body, Dr. Raymond Schaerf should have had it made.An accomplished thoracic surgeon, he was at the pinnacle of his career, just named chief of staff at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank in 2002.After 26 years in the business, he thought nothing of working 75 hours a week or of visiting patients at home.He was pretty young, in his mid-50s, and busting with work ethic.That energy was tempered, however, by mesenteric lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes accompanied by a fat tumor tucked near his bowel.He went under the knife on Dec. 21 to take out his tumor, then headed back to his office New Year's Eve.He never missed another day in the office."The tonic for me was going to work," he said.
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