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Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates
8 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 400
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-765-0871
Fax: 803-765-9215

Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

About Our Practice
Established in 1984, Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates, performs a variety of thoracic and cardiovascular surgical procedures. The practice specializes in aortic, complex cardiac, minimally invasive cardiac, thoracic, vascular, and thoracoscopic surgery. Capable of handling the most complex cases, our board-certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons have the training and experience necessary to diagnose and surgically treat patients with heart disease, as well as diseases of the lungs, trachea, diaphragm, mediastinum, aorta and peripheral blood vessels.

Our practice is located at 8 Richland Medical Park Dr., a medical office building on the campus of Palmetto Health Richland. Our building is connected to the state-of-the-art Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, the first free-standing heart hospital in South Carolina. This door-to-door access to diagnostic technology, surgical suites, cardiac intensive care unit and patient rooms enables us to respond immediately to urgent calls and provides 24-hour access to thoracic and cardiovascular patients. Our convenient location also accommodates consults with referring physicians.

Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates has introduced some of the most advanced surgical techniques to the community and the state of South Carolina. Our practice reviews its outcomes on an ongoing basis in a continued effort to provide the highest standard of care and quality outcomes for patients. 

Meet Our Providers
Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates surgeons possess the highly specialized skill sets, experience and educational backgrounds to perform the most complex thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. Each surgeon was trained at a large academic medical center that serves as a major referral center. And each surgeon continues to expand his expertise and knowledge of the latest procedures.

Physicians who would like a personal introduction are encouraged to contact our practice manager, Tonya Hallman, to arrange a time.


Ryan Burke, MD,  graduated from the University of Georgia. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Following his residency, Dr. Burke remained at Emory to complete his fellowship in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. During his fellowship, Dr. Burke specialized in endovascular surgery. He joined Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates in 2007. His clinical interests include open and endovascular aortic repair, and valve surgery. He performed the first Impella 5.0 implant in South Carolina. He oversees the Valve Center at Palmetto Health Heart Hospital.

Jeffrey S. Martin, MD, graduated from the University of Georgia. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. Dr. Martin completed a three-year residency in thoracic surgery at Duke University Medical Center before joining Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates in 2005. His clinical interests are complex cardiac, thoracoscopic and aortic surgery. He performed the first Heartmate II Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implant in Columbia, SC.

Scott J. Petit, MD, graduated from Louisiana State University and earned a Doctorate of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La. Dr. Petit completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He also completed a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship and residency at Emory before joining Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates in 2001. Dr. Petit’s interests include minimally invasive valve surgery and thoracoscopic lung surgery. Dr. Petit performed the first Heartport mitral valve surgery in South Carolina.

Reid W. Tribble, MD, graduated from Clemson University. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He then completed a residency in general surgery at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. His thoracic and cardiovascular residency was completed at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA. He joined Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates in 1995. Dr. Tribble has a special interest in aortic surgery.  Other areas of interest are mitral valve repair, redo coronary bypass, and all areas of peripheral vascular surgery.

Physician Assistants
In addition to our surgeons, Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates is pleased to have the following physician assistants on our medical staff:

James Michael Grimes is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support. He also is a certified EMT-paramedic and a master trainer for chronic disease self-management.

Abby Rathman is a NCCPA board-certified physician assistant. She also is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.

Edwin L. Schmidt, Jr., is a certified cardiovascular perfusionist and cardiovascular perfusion assistant, as well as a registered occupational therapist.

Mark Zreliak is a NCCPA board-certified physician assistant. He also is certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.