Cardiac Surgery Division
The Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Virginia has an outstanding national reputation for performing high volume and high quality cardiac surgery. Annually, we perform over 1,300 procedures – among the highest in both the Southeastern U.S. and mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. We perform the full breadth of cardiac surgery from healthy patients with valve and coronary artery disease to complex redo surgery, often utilizing innovative and less invasive approaches. Many of our patients are referred to UVA because they have been turned down by other centers. Our specialized team includes surgeons, cardiologists, specialty trained ICU physicians and Magnet awarded nursing staff. UVA has been ranked the #1 hospital in Virginia for four straight years.
UVA cardiac surgeons have developed national reputation in all types of cardiac surgery. Our surgeons focus on high quality outcomes and on caring for patients and their families with compassion as they heal.
UVA has been known as one of the premier training programs in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the U.S. Currently, there are 3 pathways at UVA to complete our ACGME approved Thoracic Surgery Residency.
- The 6-year Integrated Program (i6 program) is designed for residents entering directly from medical school for training in cardiothoracic surgery.
- The Traditional Senior Thoracic Residency Program (2-year traditional program) consists of 2 consecutive years of clinical training in adult cardiac, general thoracic, and pediatric cardiac surgery following completion of a general surgery residency.
- The Joint Residency Program (4+3 program) allows a superb general surgery resident at UVA to enter our thoracic residency directly, maximizing his or her experience in cardiothoracic surgery.
The department of Surgery at UVA developed a Surgical Innovation Center in 2016. Since then, we have developed, disclosed, and patented dozens of medical devices and concepts. The Innovation Center is a partnership between our department and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Darden School of Business, and UVA’s License and Ventures Group. UVA cardiac surgeons have been leading these efforts with several devices in development. Below are just a couple of the ideas that have been developed.
All members of the Division of Cardiac Surgery engage in innovative research ranging from novel clinical trials to clinical outcomes research to innovative translational research. Cardiac surgeons are principal investigators or co-investigators on dozens of clinical trials related to valve disease, coronary artery disease, renal failure after heart surgery, aortic diseases, and heart failure surgery. Collectively, our group publishes more than 75 new publications each year. The division has two basic science labs. Finally, we have a robust clinical outcomes research group that partners with the Virginia State Cardiac Services Quality Initiative (VCSQI).
UVA cardiac surgery has been fortunate to receive numerous charitable gifts in honor of our patients and faculty. Our vision is to provide innovative and compassionate surgical care to our patients based, in part, on novel clinical and research discoveries pioneered at UVA. This vision can only be realized by engaging friends of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery to share in and support our missions of world class clinical care, cutting-edge research, and innovative teaching. Your gifts will be used to advance knowledge in our field and to lead to new discoveries that can help other patients in the future.