Dr. Ralph F Paone
M.D., FACS, FACCP, FACC
Ralph F. Paone, M.D. has practiced as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with Lubbock Heart Surgery since 2001. However, Dr. Paone began practicing as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with El Paso Southwestern Cardiovascular Associates in El Paso, Texas from 1993 to 1996. He then practiced with New Mexico Cardiovascular Associates in Las Cruces, New Mexico from 1996 to 2000 serving as Chief of Staff of Memorial Medical Center from 1999 to 2000. Just prior to joining Lubbock Heart Surgery Dr. Paone practiced with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons in San Angelo, Texas. He is originally from Annapolis, Maryland.
Dr. Paone attended medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas followed by a Surgery residency at Texas Tech University Regional Academic Health Science Center in El Paso, Texas where he was Chief Resident in Surgery from 1990 to 1991. He then completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of New Mexico Hospitals Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is board certified in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Paone is a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Medical Society, and the Southwest Medical Independent Physicians Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and Southwest Surgical Congress. He is also an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Paone was honored as a distinguished student at Texas A&M University where he completed his undergraduate education and graduated Cum Laude. He has participated in numerous research projects, publications, abstracts, and presentations.
Dr. Benjamin Hirsch
Benjamin A. Hirsch MD is a Lubbock native practicing cardiac and thoracic surgery with Lubbock Heart Surgery since 2015. He attended Texas Tech University for undergraduate education, graduating summa cum laude from the Honor's College. He went on to complete medical school in Lubbock at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, graduating valedictorian. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and he was awarded the Gold Headed Cane Award from the School of Medicine upon graduation in 2008. He remained in Lubbock at TTUHSC for his residency in general surgery from 2008-2013, and he was chief resident in general surgery from 2012-2013. He completed fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia, and was chief resident from 2014-2015. He is board certified in general surgery through the American Board of Surgery since 2013, and he is board eligible in cardiothoracic surgery through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Hirsch is a devoted Lubbock resident who is happy to be practicing medicine in his home town, and he looks forward to many long years in partnership with Lubbock Heart Surgery and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association as well as the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society.
Dr. Donald Robertson
Donald J. Robertson, M.D. has practiced as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with Lubbock Heart Surgery since 1995. However, this is Dr. Robertson's second tenure with Lubbock Heart Surgery having begun his career with the practice in 1987 and spending 1991 to 1995 practicing in San Angelo, Texas. He is originally from Plainview, Texas.
Dr. Robertson attended medical school at Texas Tech University School of Medicine followed by General and Thoracic Surgery residencies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas studying under Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. He is board certified in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Robertson is a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Medical Society, and the Michael E. DeBakey International Cardiovascular Surgery Society. Further, he formerly served on the board of and is a current member of the Southwest Medical Independent Physicians Association. Texas Monthly magazine named Dr. Robertson to its 2008 list of Texas Super Doctors.
Cullen Campbell was born and raised in Brownfield, Texas. In 1985, he began working at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock, Texas as a scrub tech in the operating room on the Open Heart Team. In 1993, Cullen attended PA/SA school in Cleveland, Ohio and trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He specialized in surgery while achieving the Dean and President’s list. He was licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners in 1994 as a Licensed Surgeons Assistant. Cullen has been employed with Lubbock Heart Surgery since 1994. Cullen enjoys fishing, sports, vacationing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Ross Flathouse MPAS, PA-C is a graduate of Texas Tech Health Science Center, School of Allied Health, Physician Assistant Program in Midland, Texas. After graduation, he began his training in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospital medicine and critical care. In 2003, Ross was recruited by a local Internist to primarily work at University Medical Center as a hospitalist. In addition to his hospitalist duties, he trained multiple Physician Assistant students as a regional preceptor for the TTUHSC Physician Assistant Program during this time. He continued to work in a hospital setting until 2012. Then in 2012, Ross began working for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology where he provided non-surgical patient care to those with otolaryngology needs. In 2015, he returned to UMC & Physician Network Services to work with Lubbock Heart Surgery. Ross currently performs duties as a surgical first assist and midlevel provider for the cardiovascular surgical group.
In 2010, Mr. Flathouse received Preceptor of the Year from TTUHSC PA Program for his role in training Physician Assistant students in this region. Also in 2011, Ross was named Midlevel Provider of the Year at University Medical Center by the hospital staff.
In his spare time, Mr. Flathouse enjoys photography, snowboarding, running, reading, outdoor activities, mechanics and woodworking. Ross is married to the beautiful, intelligent, unflappable Emily Flathouse, FNP whom also works for UMC Physicians as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Kory Mitchell is a West Texas Native receiving his undergraduate degree at West Texas A&M University in 1999. He moved to Lubbock and furthered his education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where he was a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the National Honor Society of Nursing. Here he received a Master of Science in Nursing in 2006 graduating Summa Cum Laude. He joined Lubbock Heart Surgery in the role of Acute Care Nurse Practioner in 2008. When he is not assisting in surgery or rounding on critically ill patients in the hospital he enjoys the great outdoors especially boating and snow skiing.