Vein Specialists of Augusta
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Vein Specialists of Augusta now offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatment options. Dr. G. Lionel Zumbro, Jr. has served the Augusta area as a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon for more than 30 years.
Dr. Zumbro is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the American Board of Phlebology. He is also a member of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. Dr. Zumbro is a certified Registered Vascular Technologist, Registered Vascular Specialist, and Registered Physician Vascular Interpreter.
George Lionel Zumbro, Jr, MD
One can not deny that the aggregate medical knowledge in Augusta, Georgia is greater or equal to one in any major metropolitan city. The amelioration of this knowledge is due to the constant influx of great minds and ideas to the area. Dr. G. Lionel Zumbro, Jr. is a great contributor to this growth. He has been a part of our medical community for over thirty years, having performed the first heart transplant in Georgia in 1984, one of his many pioneering heart procedures. He also performed the first combined heart-lung transplant in the Southeast in 1987. He performed the first pediatric heart transplant in the Southeast, as well as numerous other pioneering heart procedures.
Dr. Zumbro is board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Dr. Zumbro attended undergraduate school at Middle Tennessee State University, where he received a BS in Mathematics in 1960. He then continued his education by going to dental school, inspired by his mother, a dental hygienist. However, while in dental school, Dr. Zumbro became very intrigued with and interested in medicine after taking some pathology courses. He entered medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he graduated first in his class in 1965. His surgery internship followed at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, DC from 1965 through 1966. He then did his general surgery residency training at Tripler General Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1966-1970. This is where he acquired his love for the state of Hawaii and all things tropical. Nevertheless, he managed to leave the paradise in order to complete his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, DC from 1970-1972. He would return to Hawaii many times.
Soon after finishing his surgical training, from 1972 to1973, Dr. Zumbro served as the Consultant for Cardiac Surgery at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, as well as the Commanding Officer for the 43rd Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army) in Korea.
In 1973, Dr. Zumbro was appointed the Assistant Chief for Cardiothoracic Surgery Services and Thoracic Surgery Resident Training Program at the Brooke Army Medical Center, a modern state-of-the-art, 450-bed health care facility that provides level-one trauma and graduate medical education, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
From 1973 through 2005 Dr. Zumbro spent his time teaching and performing surgical procedures in Texas, Hawaii, and Georgia. He came to Augusta in 1975, and along with Dr. Mack Fishback, began an open-heart program at University Hospital. They only did thirty-seven cases that first year, but were able to build the program to several hundred cases later.
In 1980, he became President of Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates of Augusta, where he practiced for thirty years. In 1997, he was appointed Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, until 2002. In 2002, he semi-retired to Hawaii, the island he has loved since his general surgery residency at Tripler Hospital in Honolulu. He returned to Augusta in 2005 and opened Vein Specialists of Augusta in May of 2006.
If you would like to contact Dr. Zumbro or his staff, you may call 706-854-8340 or stop by his office at 501 Blackburn Drive in Martinez, GA.