I'm Dr. Grayson Wheatley, a board-certified heart surgeon specializing in aortic surgery.

This blog is dedicated to giving patients, family members, and physicians quality medical information about the aorta, its diseases, and how to treat them.

Hybrid Arch Repair, Part 1

Hybrid Arch Repair is a less-invasive procedure for treating aneurysms and dissections of the aortic arch. Continue reading.

Aortic Academy: Aneurysms and Dissections of the Aorta

Get ready for it….

Aortic Academy: Aneurysms and Dissections of the Aorta will be starting a brand new series dedicated to educating readers of all knowledge level through a top-to-bottom approach to the Aorta.  We will be focusing on aortic dissections and aortic aneurysms.  Treatments, anatomy and important teaching points will be discussed and reviewed.

We will be posting information here on our website and also our twitter account.

Be sure and... Continue reading.

Healthgrades Reviews - Dr. Grayson Wheatley

As a reader of, you know the importance of quality on-line medical information.

Patient reviews are also important.  If someone is researching a particular physician or trying to find someone to take care of their medical condition, on-line reviews by patients are useful to help identify the right physician.

Just think of the success of Yelp in trying to find a good restaurant or service.

In healthcare, the “gold-standard” of patient testimonials and... Continue reading.

Advanced TEVAR at Society of Thoracic Surgeons 54th Annual Meeting

This year, at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Bolton Medical, Vascutek and Terumo are hosting an exciting Dinner Symposium for Heart Surgeons that are interested in learning more about advanced TEVAR and Thoracic Endograft Technologies and Therapies. Continue reading.

Review of Ascending Aortic Stents - Journal of Vascular Surgery January 2018

Endovascular repair of the ascending aorta is currently limited to patients at high surgical risk with aortic diseases originating above the sinotubular junction. A number of different endovascular technologies and approaches have been used, although no consensus exists regarding a standardized technique. Continue reading.