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Meet Our Team

Steven J. Filby, M.D.

Steven J. Filby, M.D., Structural, Peripheral & Coronary Interventional Cardiologist
An interventional cardiologist who performed some of the first minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures of their kind in this region, Dr. Filby returned to FirstHealth to establish a Structural Heart Program at the Reid Heart Center.

Dr. Filby’s practice is focused on the medical and interventional management of coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (including carotid stenosis), adult congenital heart disease and valvular heart disease.  He performs a variety of procedures including catheter-based defect closures (ASD, PFO, PDA), valve replacements and peripheral vascular interventions that can offer a reasonable alternative to conventional surgery.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Filby graduated with honors from Harvard University with a B.A. in biological anthropology before earning his M.D. from the Louisiana State University Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.; a general cardiology fellowship at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill; and a two-year interventional cardiovascular and endovascular fellowship at Ohio’s renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

He was affiliated with Moore Regional for two years before joining Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians, a specialty group that has been top-rated for patient satisfaction by Consumer Reports Magazine.

Dr. Filby is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, and is board eligible in vascular medicine.

Peter I. Ellman, M.D.

Peter I. Ellman, M.D., Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon
Dr. Ellman grew up in Vermont, where he was a competitive ski racer in high school and college. He attended Dartmouth College, where he majored in English and was on both the varsity alpine ski team and golf team. He earned his medical doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2000. Dr. Ellman completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Virginia and his cardiothoracic training in Gainesville at the University of Florida.

He specializes in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including coronary artery bypass surgery, valvular repair and replacement, and diseases of the aorta. He also treats patients with non-cardiac diseases of the chest including benign and malignant processes of the lung and mediastinum.

Dr. Ellman is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery .

Thomas Arthur “Art” Edgerton

Art Edgerton, M.D., Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon
A North Carolina native, Dr. Edgerton has more than 20 years of experience in advanced cardiac, thoracic and vascular procedures. Before coming to FirstHealth, Dr. Edgerton, was associated with Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., where he started the cardiothoracic surgery program in 1997, building a robust practice and performing 350 surgeries each year.

He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University in 1977 and his medical degree from the Bowman Gray (now Wake Forest) School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his general surgery residency in 1987 and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery in 1989, both at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

After spending a year at Wake Forest in a junior faculty position, Dr. Edgerton moved to his hometown of Charlotte and Charlotte Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates with privileges in cardiothoracic surgery at Presbyterian Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.
His surgical specialties include coronary artery bypass, valvular heart surgery, lung surgery and carotid endarterectomy. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


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