Heart Transplant Team

Salerno, Christopher

Christopher T. Salerno, MD, FACS

Christopher T. Salerno, MD, FACS, is a member of the St.Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery at CorVasc. 

Dr. Salerno received his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Chicago in 1992.  He completed his general surgery internship in 1993; surgical infectious disease fellowship in 1998; and general surgery residency in 2000; all at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  In 2003, Dr. Salerno completed a second residency in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiopulmonary transplantation at Stanford University.

Dr. Salerno is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  He is also board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. 

Dr. Salerno is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is also actively involved with several professional organizations which include:  American Medical Association; American College of Surgeons Candidate Group; American Association for Cancer Research; Association for Academic Surgery Candidate Group; International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation; Xenotransplantation Society; Society of Thoracic Surgeons; and Western Thoracic Surgical Group.


Schleeter, Thomas

Thomas P. Schleeter, MD, FACC, FASNC

Thomas P. Schleeter, MD, FACC, FASNC, earned his medical degree form The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and completed an internal medicine residency and a Cardiology Fellowship from The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Dr. Schleeter is board certified in cardiology and provides cardiology services in the following Indiana cities; Indianapolis, Lebanon and Winamac.

He is the medical director of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) and is a member of the St.Vincent Transplant Services team. His specialties include general cardiology, advanced therapies for congestive heart failure, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.


Walsh, Mary

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, earned both her business administration and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Walsh completed her cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Her areas of expertise include nuclear cardiology, congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation with a special interest in women and heart disease. She is the medical director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Programs at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital; director of Nuclear Cardiology at The Care Group, a member of St Vincent Medical Group; and clinical associate professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Walsh has been active in the American College of Cardiology (ACC), both locally and nationally. She has served as president of the Indiana Chapter, and has been a long-standing member and past chair of the ACC Women in Cardiology Committee. She is currently chair of the Patient Centered Care and Cardiac Care Associates committees; a member of the Budget and Finance Committee; and a member of the ACC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Walsh’s teaching activities include instruction of students, residents and fellows, and she lectures frequently on congestive heart failure (CHF), heart disease in women and topics in nuclear cardiology. She is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and systems approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting.


Robison, Robert

Robert J. Robison, MD, FACS

Robert J. Robison, MD, FACS, is a member of the St.Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is also a managing partner for the Cardiothoracic Division of CorVasc.

Dr. Robison received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1979. He completed two residencies: General Surgery in 1984 and Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1986, both at the IU Medical Center. In 2002, Dr. Robison completed his master’s degree in Medical Management at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Dr. Robison is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has co-authored numerous publications and abstracts along with presenting at national conferences.

Dr. Robison is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians. He is also actively involved with several professional organizations which include: Society of Thoracic Surgery; International Society of Heart Transplantation; American Medical Association; Marion County Medical Society; The American College of Physician Executives; and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.


Heimansohn, David

David A. Heimansohn, MD, FACS

David A. Heimansohn, MD, FACS, is a member of the St.Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery at CorVasc. He also has a special interest in coronary revascularization, heart transplantation, minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve repair, and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair.

Dr. Heimansohn received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine at Indianapolis in 1984. He completed his general surgery residency in 1989 and cardiothoracic surgery residency in 1991; both at the Indiana University Medical Center.

Dr. Heimansohn is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also actively involved with several professional societies that include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; American College of Chest Physicians; American College of Surgeons; American College of Surgeons, Indiana Chapter; International Society of Heart/Lung Transplantation; and is a board member of the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.


Pitts, Douglas

Douglas E. Pitts, MD, FACC

Douglas E. Pitts, MD, FACC, earned a bachelor of arts and medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his medical education residency and cardiology fellowship at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Dr. Pitts specializes in heart failure, transplant cardiology and ventricular assist device (VADs), and has over 25 years of experience in these areas. Most of his clinical experience was at Methodist Hospital where he was the medical co-director of transplant.

In December 2008, Dr. Pitts came to St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and St.Vincent Transplant Services to specifically practice in the heart failure, transplant and VAD program. He is the co-director of the Heart Failure and St.Vincent Transplant Services program at St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

Dr. Pitts has also published extensively on both heart failure and cardiac transplants.