Dr. Messerschmidt earned medical degrees from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa., and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Messerschmidt performs a variety of types of surgical procedures. He jokes that he covers from the neck to the belly, but the bulk of the procedures he performs are heart surgeries, including:
Like other Wellmont CVA Heart Institute experts, he remains up-to-date on the latest surgical procedures to ensure patients receive the highest quality expert care available.What are some of your favorite pastimes?
Mostly doing things with my family, like traveling, bike-riding, swimming and going to the movies. I also enjoy music, photography and cooking.What alternative occupation would you choose?
I can't think of anything else that would feel right to me.How would you like to be remembered?As a devoted father and husband, a competent and caring cardiothoracic surgeon and, above all, a worthy servant to my Lord and Savior.What do you like most about your job?The ability to help patients overcome very critical health problems. I love working with the team that we have developed to accomplish this. It is gratifying to see my team and cardiovascular program being recognized as one of the best in the state and even the country.What are you currently reading?Nothing! I don't have time.