Welcome to Cardiothoracic Surgery

The VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery encompasses several specialty areas, including heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, aortic surgery, heart transplant, minimally invasive surgery, general thoracic surgery and surgery for congenital heart disease.

We have long been on the forefront of the evolution of cardiac surgery. In 1968, our transplant team performed its first heart transplant procedure. Our distinguished transplant program is the longest running on the East Coast and the second oldest in the United States. We continue to pioneer improvements in mechanical assist devices and valve surgery.

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Message From the Chair

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Message From the Chair

"It is an honor and privilege to lead this division that has the sincerest regards for the state of your health.  It is our endeavor for excellence in each and every care plan and procedure that we undertake.  We embrace the cultural diversity that our community presents to us, and we strive to deliver state of the art, world class health care."

Patricia Nicolato, DO
Interim Chair, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

VCU Health Pauley Heart Center

Research

Our goal is to develop evidence-based clinical and basic science research programs supported through extramural funding that enhance our ability to care for patients with cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Our Thoracic Surgery Residency Program provides extensive clinical experience in the evaluation and management of adult and pediatric cardiothoracic conditions.

Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

Faculty

Anwar S. Abd-Elfattah, MS, PhD

Anwar S. Abd-Elfattah, MS, PhD

Professor

Anwar S. Abd-Elfattah, MS, PhD

Anwar S. Abd-Elfattah, MS, PhD

Professor

Department of Surgery

Phone: (804) 828-4975

Email: anwar.abdelfattah@vcuhealth.org

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Anthony D. Cassano, MD, MSHA

Anthony D. Cassano, MD, MSHA

Professor

Anthony D. Cassano, MD, MSHA

Anthony D. Cassano, MD, MSHA

Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: anthony.cassano@vcuhealth.org

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Josue "Josh" Chery, MD

Josue "Josh" Chery, MD

Assistant Professor

Josue "Josh" Chery, MD

Josue "Josh" Chery, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: Josue.Chery2@vcuhealth.org

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Z. A. Hashmi, MD

Z. A. Hashmi, MD

Assistant Professor

Z. A. Hashmi, MD

Z. A. Hashmi, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: zubair.hashmi@vcuhealth.org

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Walker Julliard, MD

Walker Julliard, MD

Assistant Professor

Walker Julliard, MD

Walker Julliard, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: Walker.Julliard@vcuhealth.org

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Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, FACS

Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, FACS

Professor
Surgery Department Chair

Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, FACS

Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, FACS

Professor
Surgery Department Chair

Department of Surgery

Email: vigneshwar.kasirajan@vcuhealth.org

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Brian Kogon, MD

Brian Kogon, MD

Professor
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Brian Kogon, MD

Brian Kogon, MD

Professor
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Department of Surgery

Email: brian.kogon@vcuhealth.org

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Patricia Nicolato, DO

Patricia Nicolato, DO

Associate Professor

Patricia Nicolato, DO

Patricia Nicolato, DO

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: patricia.nicolato@vcuhealth.org

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Carlos Puig Gilbert, MD

Carlos Puig Gilbert, MD

Assistant Professor

Carlos Puig Gilbert, MD

Carlos Puig Gilbert, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: Carlos.PuigGilbert@vcuhealth.org

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Mohammed Quader, MD

Mohammed Quader, MD

Professor

Mohammed Quader, MD

Mohammed Quader, MD

Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: mohammed.quader@vcuhealth.org

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Rachit Shah, MD

Rachit Shah, MD

Associate Professor

Rachit Shah, MD

Rachit Shah, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Email: rachit.shah@vcuhealth.org

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Thomas Yeh, MD, PhD

Thomas Yeh, MD, PhD

Professor

Thomas Yeh, MD, PhD

Thomas Yeh, MD, PhD

Professor

Department of Surgery

Phone: (804) 828-0240

Email: thomas.yeh@vcuhealth.org

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Advanced Practice Providers

Andrew L Yale, PA
Carleigh Conroy, NP
Carly Wytas, PA
Courtney Drissi, NP
Daniel C Raible, PA
David Starling, NP
Erin MacMillan, PA
Hailey Spinapont, PA
Jennifer Cox, NP
Jessica M Lassen, PA
Katherine Rodman, NP
Lenore Roach, NP
Lindsey Elliott, NP
Lisa L Capps, NP
Pedro Jovel, PA
Randa Abouzaki, NP
Rebecca Jarmay, NP
Shanon Beam, NP
Stephen Holman, NP



Contact Us

Patricia Nicolato, DO
Interim Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery
patricia.nicolato@vcuhealth.org

Angel Medina, RN
Associate Administrator
angel.medina@vcuhealth.org

Christine Mahnken
Division Supervisor
christine.mahnken@vcuhealth.org
(804) 828-4620

Cynthia Leimberger
Administrative Assistant, Sr.
cynthia.collins@vcuhealth.org
804-828-4628

Office Location
West Hospital
Seventh Floor, South Wing

Mailing Address 
Box 980068
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0068

Phone: (804) 828-4620
Fax: (804) 628-0537