Published on October 10, 2016

Welcome to Mercy Fitzgerald’s new cardiothoracic surgeon

There’s a new surgeon on board at Mercy Fitzgerald.

He’s Deon Vigilance, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with years of experience in a highly specialized field.

Dr. VigilanceThis means he routinely performs complex and often lifesaving surgeries involving the heart and lungs. You might turn to him for:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Heart valve repair or replacement surgery
  • Surgery for an irregular heartbeat
  • Surgery to repair an aneurysm
  • Surgery for lung cancer or a lung mass

With Dr. Vigilance, you’re in expert, caring hands. He arrived here from Indiana University Health, a major academic healthcare system, where he was a staff surgeon. And he’s a self-described “people person” who’s wanted to help others from an early age.

Here’s something else to know about Dr. Vigilance. Whenever possible, he performs minimally invasive surgeries. He does them using tiny incisions. That speeds recovery, and it often helps patients heal with less pain.

“I find it so gratifying to help my patients heal as quickly as possible and return to a normal life,” he says.

What drew him to Mercy?

“I am especially interested in community outreach, which Mercy is known for,” he explains. “I am eager to be a part of that effort and to work closely with local churches and community organizations to help improve the health of all our area residents.”