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Charles Canver M.D. is a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon based in Danville, Illinois. Currently serving as Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Presence United Medical Center, Dr. Charles Canver offers over 30 years of experience in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Distinguished by the American Medical Association with the Physician’s Recognition Award from 2006 to 2009, he is a Board Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).Completing his residency in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery with the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1990,  Charles Canver M.D. has been providing specialized surgery and procedures for both national and international institutions. He has served with the University of Wisconsin, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, the Albany Medical College, and The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, among others.A vast contributor to the medical practice, Dr. Canver is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Central Surgical Association, the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the International Association for Cardiac Biological Implants, to name a few. Among the numerous titles Dr. Canver has held, he has served as a Founding Vice Chancellor of the Near East University and Chief Executive Officer of the Near East University Hospital in Lefkosa, North Cyprus, where he acted as Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.Charles Canver, M.D., earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Gevher Nesibe Faculty of Medicine with the Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey, in 1981. While pursuing his graduate education, Dr. Canver was distinguished as Valedictorian of his medical class and received several National Recognition in Science Awards for his scientific and technical research dissertations.

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An experienced healthcare executive and cardiothoracic surgeon, Charles Canver, MD, presently holds the position of vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, Illinois. Since 1990, he has held academic appointments at national and international universities, teaching classes in surgery. Charles Canver has served on the editorial boards of several medical journals and has written extensively on cardiothoracic surgery topics.A subspecialty in the field of surgery, cardiothoracic surgery refers to the repair of organs inside the thorax, which encompasses the heart, lungs, and esophagus. Also included in the thoracic cavity are the chest wall and diaphragm. The trachea and pleura are located in this area, as well. Physicians may determine the need for cardiothoracic surgery for disorders of the heart and pericardium. Additionally, conditions such as pulmonary and esophageal cancer may necessitate this surgical intervention. Other clinical indications for cardiothoracic surgery include emphysema and blunt chest trauma. With over 500,000 surgeries performed annually, the coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), also known as heart bypass surgery, represents the most common type of open-heart surgery performed in the United States. The CABG procedure involves the grafting of a healthy artery or vein from another part of the body to the blocked coronary artery, thereby creating a new passageway for directing oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. Other common heart procedures include surgeries to repair or replace damaged heart valves. Some surgeries combine both CABG and heart valve repair.The most common thoracic operation is lobectomy for carcinoma of the lung. Cardiothoracic surgeons also perform heart and lung transplantations, but according to the National Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, only about 3,000 of these surgeries are performed annually.

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Work experience

Jul 2012Present

Vice President / Chief Medical Officer

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center


May 2006May 2008


George Washington University