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Divisions: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Contact Information for Cardiothoracic Surgery

The VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery’s mission is to provide exemplary care to patients through research and education. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, the division works closely with dedicated specialists in cardiology, cardiothoracic anesthesia, critical care, and nursing in the outstanding facilities at the VCU Medical Center.

The division has long been at the forefront of the evolution of cardiac surgery. In 1968, our transplant team performed its first heart transplant procedure, distinguishing our program as the longest-running transplant program on the East Coast and the second oldest in the U.S. The division continues to pioneer improvements in mechanical assist devices and transplantation. In early 2006, our cardiac surgery team performed the first CardioWest temporary Total Artificial Heart implant on the East Coast. In 2008, a miniaturized mechanical pump — completely inside the patient’s native ventricle (Jarvik 2000) — was implanted as a bridge to transplantation, continuing the tradition of innovation to benefit patients. The division offers a full range of surgical options including reconstruction of failing ventricles, complex and re-operative revascularization, valve repair, transmyocardial laser revascularization, and robotic applications. A mobile intensive care unit with a dedicated team of paramedics, nurses, perfusionists and physicians facilitates the transfer of these critically ill patients.

A cardiothoracic surgeon is available 24 hours a day to facilitate communication regarding a patient or the transfer of a patient.

Operations for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias include minimally invasive (thoracosopic) surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation, open Maze procedures, and ablative procedures for ventricular arrhythmias. Our experience with septal myomectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyaopathy is extensive.

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The Aortic Surgery Program offers comprehensive therapy for disorders of the aorta, including emergency surgery for dissections, endovascular stent grafting and hybrid procedures for complex thoracoabdominal aneurysms.

The General Thoracic Surgery Program, partnering with the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, includes multidisciplinary care for surgery of benign and malignant disorders of the lungs, airways, mediastinum and esophagus.


Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, Division Chair
Anwar Abd-Elfattah, PhD (Research)
Anthony Cassano, MD
Gundars Katlaps, MD (VA Hospital)
Patricia Nicolato, DO
Mohammed Quader (VA Hospital)
Rachit Shah, MD
Szabolcs Szentpetery, MD (Professor Emeritus, VA Hospital)
Daniel Tang, MD

Contact Info

Location/Delivery Address:
West Hospital, 7th Floor, South Wing
1200 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23298

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 980068
Richmond, VA 23298-0068

Phone: (804) 828-2775
Fax: (804) 628-0537


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last updated: 01/14/2015