Our Cardiac Team
Backed by our high-tech cardiac facilities, the Beebe Cardiac Team of dedicated, caring professionals delivers state-of-the-art cardiac care.
Our heart surgeons, interventional and diagnostic cardiologists and electrophysiologists are part of a team that also includes the referring physician, expert Beebe cardiology nurses, skilled cardiology technicians, anesthesiologists, cardiac rehabilitation therapists, and specially trained support staff.
Their goal is to provide Beebe heart patients with the best possible care to achieve the best possible outcome.
To help complete its continuum of cardiac care, Beebe has affiliated with Christiana Care Health System. Through this affiliation, Beebe makes open-heart surgical services like coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair, and replacement surgeries available to patients in southern Delaware.
Our Cardiac Surgeons:
M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has served as both an attending surgeon and an assistant professor at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Kuretu, who came to Beebe Medical Center in 2010, is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Surgery program.
He has trained many of today’s cardiac surgeons and has been a strong leader and active member of Beebe Medical Center’s cardiac surgery program since his arrival. Also a Board Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon, he previously served as Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA.
Nnamdi Azie, MD, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon is in practice with Cardiothoracic Surgeon M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, at 400 Savannah Road in Lewes. He can be contacted by calling (302) 644-4282. Dr. Azie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Beebe Medical Center.
He is Board Certified in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and General Surgery. He has joined the Beebe Medical Staff from Ohio where he was an attending Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, and Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Dr. Azie earned his medical degree in 1986 from the University of Nigeria Medical School, completed a residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Ohio State University. He also completed fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons in England and at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.
Dr. Azie is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Dr. Azie met Dr. Kuretu in 1999 when Dr. Azie did his residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Raymond Blackwell, MD, works collaboratively with Beebe through Christiana Care.
Dr. Blackwell joined the Christiana Heart Surgery Team in 1996.
Following graduation from Glastonbury Connecicut High School’s A Better Chance Program, Dr. Blackwell continued his education at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. He trained in General Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
His areas of interest include acquired adult cardiovascular diseases, robotics, blood conservation, arterial revascularization, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, ECMO (extracorporeal life support) and ventricular assist devices. He is board certified in Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Blackwell is a member of several professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Society, American Medical Association and Medical Society of Delaware. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology and American College of Chest Physicians.
Published Articles about the Cardiac Team:
Beebe Medical Center Welcomes Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon to its Medical Staff (Beebe Healthcare 2013)
Exceptional Care for the Most Severe Form of Heart Attack (November 2013 Beacon, Beebe Healthcare)
A Team Approach to Cardiac Care (July 2013 Beacon, Beebe Healthcare)
Lifesaving Cardiac Procedures (May 2013 Beacon, Beebe Healthcare)
Cardiac Services at Beebe (January 2013 Beacon, Beebe Healthcare)
Frank Mahoney Beebe Cardiac Patient Story (Beebe Healthcare)
Beebe Introduces Minimally Invasive Cardiac Care (May 2012 Beacon, Beebe Healthcare)
Beebe's Growing Cardiac Program (April 2010 Beacon, Beebe Healthcare)
Heart Surgeon's Reward is Patient's New Life (Dr. M.L. Ray Kuretu, 2009, Philadelphia Tribune)