---- — Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Grand Traverse has been listed as one of the 27 top-rated heart bypass surgical groups in the nation by Consumer Reports magazine.
In the August 2012 edition, the magazine published its list of top heart surgical groups as part of a collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The list was based on ratings for how 363 surgical groups' results compared with national standards for survival, complications and other measures. The Munson Medical Center heart surgeons are the only Michigan surgical group on the list.
Munson cardiothoracic surgeons on the team are Mack Stirling, MD, Daniel Drake, MD, R. Glade Smith, MD, and Shelly Lall, MD, who recently joined the group. The group also includes two nurse practitioners, three physician assistants, three perfusionists and two support staff, plus nursing and ancillary staff in the Munson Heart Center.
Jennifer C. Schaffler, MD, has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a specialist in anesthesiology.
Dr. Schaffler graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill., and completed a residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She practices at Traverse Anesthesia Associates, 4100 Park Forest Dr., Traverse City.