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Charles Canver, M.D., FACS


Charles Canver, M.D., FACS, cares for patients at Lake Regional Heart and Vascular. Dr. Canver is board-certified in cardiovascular/thoracic surgery, general surgery and surgical critical care.

“As a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, my clinical work focuses on all aspects of surgical treatment of heart, vascular and thoracic disorders,” Dr. Canver said. “I wanted to be a physician since age 5, and I believe being a surgeon is the highest honor. It is a privilege to serve individuals and to help improve their health and well-being.”

Dr. Canver obtained his medical degree in Turkey and then completed general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine. During his academic career, Dr. Canver worked as a faculty member and a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at University at Buffalo-affiliated hospitals; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.; University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison, Wis.; Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y.; King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Near East University Hospital in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 2008, he received a health care MBA degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Canver is currently a Fellow of American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology and American College of Chest Physicians.

In his most recent post before joining Lake Regional in 2016, Dr. Canver served as a cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon and a surgical faculty member within the Department of Surgery at Duke University Health and Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C.

Learn more about heart care at Lake Regional.

Facilities Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery
Graduate School George Washington University, MBA, Washington, D.C.
Medical School Erciyes University School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey
Resdiency Cardio-thoracic Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York
Residency General Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York

International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Asian Society for Cardiovascular Surgery
International Association for Cardiac Biological Implants
Association for Academic Surgery
Central Virginia Healthcare Executive Group
European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery
Society of Critical Care Medicine
American Medical Association
Central Surgical Association
American College of Medical Quality
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
American Thoracic Society
Society for Vascular Surgery
International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter
American Heart Association
American College of Angiology - Fellow
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology/Heart Rhythm Society
American Society of Transplant Physicians
Society of Surgical Oncology
American College of Chest Physicians - Fellow
Shock Society
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Society of University Surgeons
American College of Healthcare Executives - Fellow
Societe´ Internationale De Chirurgie, United States Chapter
Surgical Infection Society
International Association of MBAs
George Washington Alumni Association
American College of Surgeons - Fellow
International College of Surgeons - Fellow (FICS)
American Association for Physician Leadership
Medical Group Management Association
Danville Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American College of Cardiology - Fellow
Medical Society of Virginia
American College of Medical Practice Executives

Board certification

Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery

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