Doctor who helped pave way for heart surgery in Longview dies
Longview, TX — Longview cardiovascular surgeon David Lee Sadler, a pioneer of Longview’s first heart surgery program at Good Shepherd Medical Center in 1987, died Monday.
Sadler, 65, partnered with fellow cardiovascular surgeon Jay Chastain to perform thousands of heart surgeries during the past 26 years.
Chastain said Tuesday that his business partner and friend will be greatly missed.
“Dr. Sadler often referred to me as his brother,” he said. “He was extremely loyal. Once he became your friend and made a commitment to you, he was there. He was that way with his patients.
“The kind of guy you wanted to go to if you had a very serious situation. He just would not quit. He made me a better doctor and better man in general.”
Chastain said when he and Sadler first met in Longview in 1987, they sat down and discussed the plan for the innovative heart program.
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