A board-certified nurse practitioner and member of our cardiothoracic surgery team, Kevin Clemans, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, works with surgeons and other clinicians to provide expert care to patients before, during, and after surgery. With some four decades of nursing experience, he is well qualified to address the complex needs of cardiovascular and thoracic patients. Originally from Indiana, Kevin received his early RN training at South Western Michigan College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bethel College, both in Indiana. He practiced in civilian and military hospitals, including 10 years with medical units at Wright Patterson and Elmendorf Air Force Bases in Ohio and Alaska respectively, achieving the rank of captain. In 2013, he earned a Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice from Goshen College in Indiana. He has since worked as an intensivist nurse practitioner in the fields of cardiovascular surgery, hospital medicine, and primary care. He has participated in numerous activities supportive of nursing and emergency preparedness, including serving as a flight nurse, Red Cross nurse, and Disaster Medical Assistance Team member. His many honors include receiving the Distinguished Duty Medal and Silver Star.
Cardiac Surgery is a Surgery on the heart and great vessels performed by cardiac surgeons. It is done often to treat complications of ischemic heart disease, correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease.