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Norman Hetzler, Jr., MD

Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery

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Coliseum Heart, Lung and Vascular

380 Hospital Dr, Building A, Suite 370
Macon, GA 31217

About Norman Hetzler, Jr.

Dr. Norman "Chip" Hetzler is a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon with over 30 years' experience. He is Board Certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Hetzler’s career has given him a unique view of healthcare. After his pre-medical education at Pennsylvania State University and earning his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical College, he joined the Army to pursue his training. In 1982, he began his internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas and completed his general surgery residency there in 1987. Dr. Hetzler moved on to an appointment as Assistant Chief of General Surgery/Surgeon in the Joint Medical Augmentation Unit for Special Operations at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC.

His medical training included a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was later named Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery and Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. He also served in surgical leadership positions at three civilian hospitals prior to his move to Macon.

Not only is Dr. Hetzler a dedicated surgeon who has served both military and civilian patients for more than 30 years, he’s a committed family man and community servant. He and his wife are the parents of eight children, ranging in age from six up to young adults. The family enjoys traveling for leisure, and he is active with medical missions.


Medical School
Hahnemann Medical College

Categorical Surgical Intern, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX

Resident, General Surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX

Certifications & Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons: Admitted 1990
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians: Admitted 1993
  • Board-certified by The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Thoracic Surgery



Procedures & Conditions

Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement, Aortic Valve Replacement, Complex Coronary Artery Disease and Re-do surgery, lung surgery, Endovascular Procedures


Thoracic Surgery
Cardiovascular Surgery

Office Locations

Coliseum Heart, Lung and Vascular
380 Hospital Dr, Building A
Suite 370
Macon, GA 31217
Phone: (478) 330-7200
Fax: (478) 330-7201

Office Hours

Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm