Beebe cuts ribbon on cardiothoracic surgery center

December 27, 2018

Beebe Healthcare celebrated the new location for its cardiothoracic surgery department Dec. 13 in Lewes. The new office at 431B Savannah Road, across from Beebe Healthcare’s Lewes campus, is home to Dr. Kurt Wehberg, cardiothoracic surgeon and director of robotics for Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery, and Dr. Ray Kuretu.

Wehberg joined the Beebe team recently as co-chief of cardiothoracic surgery, chief of robotics, and vice president of clinical innovation. He came to Beebe from Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., where he and physician’s assistant Ty Huskey worked together for years developing a robotic surgery program. 

At Beebe, Wehberg said, he is working with the best technology available – the daVinci Xi debuted in 2016 – and is assembling what he calls a dream team.

Dr. M. L. Ray Kuretu joined the Beebe Healthcare team in 2010. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed fellowship training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey, and completed a special fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He served as both an attending surgeon and assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Hahnemann for 28 years.

Gathering to cut the ribbon for Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery, shown in back are (l-r) Ty Huskey, PA-C, Beebe Center for Robotic Surgery; Alice Isidro, PA-C, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; Brian McCarthy, PA-C, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; Robert Capers, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; Moira Quint, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; Dr. Mudiwa Munyikwa, Beebe General Surgery – Cape; Jachina Hardy, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; Terry Megee, co-chair, Beebe Medical Foundation’s I Believe in Beebe campaign; Tom Protack, vice president of development, Beebe Medical Foundation; and Beth Reynolds, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery patient. In front are Dr. Ted Stephenson, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; Jeffrey M. Fried, president & CEO, Beebe Healthcare; Dr. Kurt Wehberg, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery, leader of Beebe’s Center for Robotic Surgery, and vice president of innovation; Dr. M.L. Ray Kuretu, Beebe Cardiothoracic Surgery; David Herbert, chairman, Beebe Board of Directors; Judy Aliquo, president & CEO, Beebe Medical Foundation; and Vanessa Megee, co-chair, Beebe Medical Foundation’s I Believe in Beebe campaign.