1605 E. Broadway, Ste 300 (573) 256-7700

About Us

Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists was founded in 1991 by six cardiologists who shared a strong desire to provide quality cardiac care in an efficient, compassionate, comfortable setting. As a result, Missouri Heart Center came into being at the dawn of the new millennium. Today, seventeen physicians – both cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons – and six mid-level practitioners comprise a team of dedicated professionals. Together with a support staff of nurses, medical assistants, technologists, and patient representatives, we offer our patients the highest level of cardiovascular care in an environment of trust and compassion.

John B. Baird, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Baird, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists, has been in practice since 1993 as a non-invasive cardiologist. He was born in Illinois and is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Dr. Baird is board certified in cardiology and specializes in nuclear cardiac imaging and echocardiography at the Missouri Heart Center.
John K. Boyer, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Boyer joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in 2005 after completing his training in cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Boyer practices at the Missouri Heart Center and has extensive training in echocardiography. He is board certified in cardiology and echocardiography. Dr. Boyer is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Medicine and a Missouri native.
David L. Brown, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Brown, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center, has been in practice since 1993 as an interventional and general cardiologist. He holds board certification in cardiology as well as interventional cardiology. He was born in Nebraska and is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine.
James T. Elliott, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Elliott, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists, is a Jefferson City native who attended college and medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His internal medicine residency was completed at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1994, and his cardiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. He had additional fellowship training in adult congenital heart disease in Toronto, Canada, then spent one year as a faculty member at Emory before returning to Columbia in 1999. Dr. Elliott is a general cardiologist, with broad interests, especially in congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, and heart failure. He has a growing interest in sports cardiology, an emerging discipline within the field. His practice includes invasive procedures, (but not interventional), with expertise in echocardiography and a long-standing interest in nuclear cardiology and non-invasive diagnostic testing of all types. A fitness enthusiast who cycles, hikes, skis and enjoys travel, he believes that prevention remains the best treatment.
James E.K. Fairlamb, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Fairlamb trained in Internal Medicine in St. Louis, MO and was Chief Medical Resident at Saint Louis University affiliated SSM St. Mary’s Hospital. He did his post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine. During his fellowship he concentrated on cardiac imaging with special training in Cardiac MRI and Cardiac CT, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography and Cardiac Catheterization. Dr. Fairlamb is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology. He has a special interest in preventive Cardiology and lipid management. Dr Fairlamb and his wife Marieta have three children and have settled happily in Columbia, Missouri having joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center in November of 2005.
Jerry D. Kennett, M.D.,M.A.C.C.,F.A.C.P, F.S.C.A.I.
Dr. Kennett, a founding member and Senior Partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists, has been in practice since 1979 as an interventional cardiologist. He is a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, MO and The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is a Past-President of the Missouri State Medical Association and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology where he continues to chair several committees including Chair of the Delegation to the American Medical Association where he also serves on the Council on Legislation. Dr. Kennett is also Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at Boone Hospital Center. He was recently appointed to the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform.  In March of 2012 Dr. Kennett was awarded the designation of Master of the American College of Cardiology.
Henry Marquez, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Marquez joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in July of 2009 and currently practices at the Missouri Heart Center office in Sedalia, Missouri. Dr. Marquez is board certified in cardiology and has been in practice in Sedalia since 1999. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at St. Louis University Hospital and did his cardiology fellowship in Toledo, Ohio.
Dan L. Pierce, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Pierce, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center, has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Pierce is board certified in electrophysiology and concentrates his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders. He is a Missouri native and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.
Sanjeev D. Ravipudi, M.D.,F.A.C.C.,F.S.C.A.I.
Dr. Ravipudi, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists, has been in practice at the Missouri Heart Center since 2002 after completing his training in interventional cardiology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Ravipudi has advanced training in interventional cardiology as well as the interventional treatment of peripheral vascular disease. He was born in Tennessee and is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Jason A. Rytlewski, M.D.,FHRS
Dr. Rytlewski joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in August of 2012 after completing his electrophysiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Rytlewski completed his cardiology training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He has advanced training in electrophysiology including complex ablations for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
Anthony J. Spaedy, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Spaedy, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center, has been in practice since 1993 as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Spaedy completed his internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas and his cardiology fellowship in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is board certified in cardiology as well as interventional cardiology. He is a Cooper County native and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
Trung H. Tran, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Tran joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in July of 2008 after completing his training in interventional cardiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona and his cardiology fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Tran is board certified in interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and adult echocardiography. Dr. Tran enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy and their three children.
Joshua D. Valtos, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Valtos graduated from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia in 2002 and completed his residency at the University of Missouri in 2006.  Following his residency, Dr. Valtos did a Cardiology Fellowship at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Valtos practices full-time at the Missouri Heart Center office in Sedalia, MO. He, his wife, and four children reside in Sedalia.
William L. Woods, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Woods, a founding member and partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists, has been in practice since 1989. He practices as an interventional cardiologist at the Missouri Heart Center and is board certified in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is a native of Columbia and a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Cardiovascular Surgeons

Richard J. Mellitt, M.D.,F.A.C.S.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Mellitt, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists, has been specializing in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery since 1998 and began practicing at the Missouri Heart Center in 2000. He is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and trained in surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery and the American College of Cardiology.
Eric Thompson, M.D.,F.A.C.S.,F.A.C.C.,F.C.C.P.
Dr. Thompson, a partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists at the Missouri Heart Center, has been practicing in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery since 1990. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine. He trained in surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and thoracic surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, and American College of Cardiology.
Joss D. Fernandez, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Dr. Fernandez joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in July of 2012 to be closer to his wife’s home of Carrollton, MO. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BS, MD) and trained in surgery at Vanderbilt University. He completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Iowa in 2011. Prior to this he was practicing vascular surgery in Memphis, TN after completing his fellowship at the University of Tennessee. He is board certified in both Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in Endovascular Therapies by the American Board of Vascular Medicine. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery.

Advanced Practice Providers
Patients at Missouri Heart Center are cared for by a team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work closely with our cardiologists and surgeons. All of our APP’s hold a masters degree and each is licensed by their respected boards.  By virtue of their skill levels and training, our APP’s are qualified to examine and evaluate patients, write prescriptions, and order testing as needed. They are also available to answer your questions and offer counsel regarding your plan of care.

Lisa Byrd, RN, FNP-BC
Lisa joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in 2001 as a Registered Nurse and now serves as a Nurse Practitioner for Missouri Heart Center. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1999. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing in 2009 from the University of Missouri and is accredited by ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Melissa Fischer, RN, FNP-BC
Missy joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in 2002 as a Registered Nurse and now serves as a Nurse Practitioner for Missouri Heart Center. She graduated from Rockhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing in 2011 from the University of Missouri and is accredited by ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Kathi Lutz, RN, FNP-BC
Kathi joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in 1997 and serves as a Nurse Practitioner for Missouri Heart Center. She graduated from Central Methodist College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1989. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Nursing in 1997 from the University of Missouri and is accredited by ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Emily Winter, PA-C
Emily joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in February of 2013 and serves as a Physician Assistant for Missouri Heart Center.  She  graduated from Missouri State University in December of 2012 with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She is accredited by NCCPA as a Physician.
Patti Kean, RN, FNP-BC
Patti joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in July of 2013 and serves as a Nurse Practitioner for Missouri Heart Center.  She graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in August of 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing in December of 2001 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is accredited by ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Angelee Geisler, RN, FNP-BC
Angelee joined Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists in March of 2014 and serves as a Nurse Practitioner for Missouri Heart Center. She graduated from Lincoln University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing in May of 2013 and is accredited by AANP as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
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