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 surgeries he performs are heart surgeries. He performs coronary
artery bypass surgeries, grafting and valve replacements, as well as surgery to
correct heart rhythm problems and enlarged arteries inside the heart and the
chest. Like the other heart experts he works with at the Wellmont CVA Heart
Institute, 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
Mostly doing things with my family, like traveling,
bike-riding, swimming and going to the movies. I also enjoy music, photography
occupation would you choose?
I can’t think of anything else that would feel right to me.
How would you like to
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
Nothing! I don’t have time.