My wife took me to a local hospital in Pasco County on the 18th of March, 2016. The ER doctor informed me that I had a heart attack and would be transported to Tampa General Hospital for Bypass Surgery. My wife and I were unprepared for this stage of my life. We both struggled to understand everything that was happening. It was the most difficult time of my life, and probably my wife’s also.
I arrived at TGH on Saturday. That’s when I met Dr. Makdisi. Between his patience and exceptional bedside manors, this nightmare slowly developed into something we started to understand. By the time I had surgery on the 22nd, I was completely at ease with the whole process. There was no pre-surgery anxiety. I was completely relaxed and comfortable with the awaited surgery.
I only saw Dr. Bittner twice. He was a gentle man with a comforting smile. Both doctors participated in my surgery. Both saved my life!
I can think of no better testimony than to say THANK YOU FOR MY SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE!
God bless you both.Steve Brannen
My husband was recently advised by his cardiologist that he needed open heart surgery immediately. He advised us he had already contacted a heart surgeon by the name of Dr. George Makdisi. Within a few hours Dr. Makdisi came into my husbands hospital room and in minutes made us feel so very comfortable with the procedure that was getting ready to take place. Dr. Makdisi was there to speak with us everyday before and after surgery, explaining everything we should expect. He was extremely patient and understanding with all of our questions.
I have, also, had the pleasure of working with his office staff who are very knowledgeable and caring ladies.
They made this very stressful situation as comforting as it could be.Terry De Armas
I recently had open heart surgery and was a patient of the Gulf Coast Cardiothoracic Surgery Institute. From my first visit with Dr. Bittner I felt confident and very much at ease about the surgery and the prospects of its success. Both Dr. Bittner and his colleague, Dr. Makdisi, provided exceptional care, and I was extremely impressed and very grateful!Mary Scott