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The Heart Institute of Venice has arranged for open heart surgery to be performed by the heart surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists of the Venice-Ocala Heart Institute at Venice Regional Medical Center. These talented physicians were drawn together by their desire to create the ultimate care path for open heart patients and a common faith. They have refined the surgery process to assure the best outcomes with minimal trauma for the patients. All of the heart surgeons use the same techniques and have trained the entire cardiac surgery team in their methods.

Jonathan C. Fong, M.D.

Jonathan FongDr. Fong is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his General Surgery training at the Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York and his Cardiothoracic Surgery training with the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He practiced four years with a nationally recognized group in Rochester prior to joining the Ocala Heart Institute in 2000. Dr. Fong is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Mateo B. Dayo, III, M.D., M.B.A.

Mateo DayoDr. Dayo earned his bachelors degree with honors from the West Virginia University. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina and his Cardiothoracic Surgery training at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Stephen Schurlknight, M.D.

Stephen SchurlknightDr. Schurlknight earned his B.A. with honors from Erskine College and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of South Florida. He completed his internships and residencies along with a Cardiovascular Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.