Myrtle Beach - Grand Strand Health is pleased to announce that Cardiothoracic Surgeon Karen A. Gersch, MD, has joined Grand Strand Medical Center and the practice of Grand Strand Heart & Vascular Care.

"I am very excited to welcome Dr. Gersch to our health system," said Mark Sims, Chief Executive Officer at Grand Strand Health. "We are always looking for opportunities to expand our clinical capabilities, which allow us to provide excellent care for the communities that we serve. Dr. Gersch's clinical training and considerable expertise will support that longstanding commitment."

Dr. Gersch received her medical degree from East Carolina University and is now the only female board certified cardiothoracic surgeon in Horry County. Dr. Gersch specializes in performing minimally invasive/robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass surgery, valve surgery, lung surgery and tumor removal from the chest. Dr. Gersch also performs traditional open heart, lung and chest surgeries.

"I am delighted to be joining HCA and Grand Strand Medical Center," says Dr. Gersch. "I look forward to enhancing the care provided to our patients."

Grand Strand Heart & Vascular Care provides exceptional cardiac care to Horry County and surrounding communities. The care team treats diseases that affect the heart and lungs and offers patients local, high quality, personalized cardiovascular healthcare.