Published on March 18th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


First Female Heart Surgeon in the Midlands

Pictured Dr. Dee Prastein

West Columbia, S.C. – Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Dee Prastein, MD, to its network of care. She is the first female heart surgeon in the Midlands.

A graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Dr. Prastein earned her medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond. She went on to complete her general surgery residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and her cardiothoracic surgery residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Dr. Prastein has world-class training in cardiothoracic surgery, studying with some of the most prestigious heart programs in the world. Her intensive work includes experience with the most state-of-the-art procedures available today. During her residency, she participated in extensive research on heart failure. She then worked at Papworth Hospital in England, a facility famous for being one of the first in Europe to perform heart transplants. Prior to joining LMC, Dr. Prastein served as the lead cardiothoracic surgeon at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C.

“I love what Lexington Medical Center has created. My goal is to make the hospital’s heart program grow and thrive. There’s a lot of goodwill and passion for treating patients with heart disease, and I want to make sure I’m part of that success.”

Dr. Prastein joins Jeffrey Travis, MD, at Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery to provide cardiovascular surgical consultations, follow-up care and vascular labs as well as a variety of cardiovascular services, including aortic/mitral valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting, and procedures for ascending, thoracic and abdominal aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease, lung masses, and carotid arteries.

Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery
Lexington Medical Park 1
2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 101
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-7095

About Lexington Medical Center
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 6,000 health care professionals. The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular and oncology care affiliated with Duke Medicine, an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas and 58 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center has won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for 12 years, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction. Visit


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