Heart & Vascular Services

Citizens Medical Center, known as “The Heart Hospital”, offers patients expert, compassionate cardiac care from advanced diagnostic screenings and radiology to cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, coronary stent placement and open-heart surgery.

Why Patients Choose “The Heart Hospital”

  • Medically superior facility
  • State of the art resources
  • Highly skilled cardiac team
  • The only 2 cardiovascular surgeons that live in Victoria, home to Citizens Medical Center
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified registered nurses and physicians, experienced cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists and licensed cardiopulmonary personnel
  • 24/7 access to support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, cardiopulmonary and diagnostic radiology
  • Heart Failure Center to help patients prevent and treat heart failure with cardiac education and rehabilitation to achieve highest level of independence and quality of life
  • Both Surgery and the Cardiovascular ICU are staffed with registered nurses and technicians specifically trained in cardiac care

Accredited Chest Pain Center

1-Logo_SCPC_CPC_Accredited_PCI_RGB-for-use-on-Chest-Pain-Center-PageCitizens’ Chest Pain Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center, as designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). Accredited Chest Pain Centers undergo a rigorous evaluation process by the SCPC based on their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients quickly and effectively, clinical outcome statistics and comparisons nationwide. Currently there are less than 400 accredited chest pain centers, only representing 10% of United States hospitals. Learn more about Chest Pain Services here.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding our Heart CT Profile™ go here.

Citizens Medical Cardiology Team

Tywaun K. Tillman, M.D., F.A.C.C.

CARDIOLOGIST
Undergraduate: Furman University
Med School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Fellowship: University of South Florida

Robert F. Oakley, M.D., F.A.C.C.

CARDIOLOGIST
Medical School: UTMB, Galveston
Residency: UTMB, Galveston
Fellowship: UTMB, Galveston

G. Dirk Sigtenhorst, M.D.

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEON
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
General Surgery: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: University of Louisville School of
Medicine, Louisville, KY

Corey J. Scruggs, M.D.

CARDIOLOGIST
Medical School: Meharry Medical College, Nashville,TN
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Fellowship: Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX

Yusuke Yahagi, M.D.

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEON
Undergraduate: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Medical School: Teiko University, Tokyo, Japan
Gen Surgery: University of Kansas
Thoracic Surgery: University of California
Cardiac Surgery: UTMB, Galveston

Chelif Junor, M.D., F.A.C.C.

CARDIOLOGIST
Undergraduate: Howard University, Washington, DC
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Residency: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
Fellowship: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and University of Pennsylvania

Kurtis R. Krueger, M.D., F.A.C.C.

CARDIOLOGIST
Undergraduate: Texas A & M University, College Station
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School, Houston
Residency and Fellowship: Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Texas A & M
University College of Medicine, Temple