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Our Approach

Heart care patients at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview can be rest assured they are receiving superior care from a dedicated, qualified team. As the community’s first and only hospital to receive the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission LifeLine Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, we meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack. From the onset of a patient’s symptoms to cardiac rehabilitation after discharge, we are with you every step of the way.

Advanced Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures

Our expert providers are board certified in cardiology and can conduct procedures including heart bypass surgery, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, Maze surgery, endovascular stent graft repair, atrial septal defect repair, radial heart caths, percutaneous temporary left ventricular assist devices, minimally invasive laser treatment procedures, and electrophysiology studies.


More than five million people in the United States are living with atrial fibrillation (Afib), which left untreated, can lead to a stroke, heart attack and other life threatening complications." Second paragraph: "Our caring Electrophysiology team are the region’s first for heart rhythm management. Utilizing innovative technology and both non-surgical and surgical techniques, our physicians can to effectively diagnose and treat AFib to ensure patients are able to live the healthiest and fulfilling life.

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program delivers comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction services to patients with cardiovascular and peripheral arterial disease. We are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

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Our Team


Sam Afshar, MD, FACC


Accepting Virtual Visits

Shahab Akvan, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery


Oscar Chastain, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Dr. John Sims

John Sims, MD, FACC

Cardiology, Electrophysiology (Rhythm Disorders), Electrophysiology

Dr. Stan Weiner

Stan Weiner, MD, FACC

Cardiology, Electrophysiology (Rhythm Disorders), Electrophysiology


Thomas Bell, AGACNP

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

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Brandon Bryant, AGACNP

Nurse Practitioner