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JULY 2018:

Please join the Department and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in congratulating Rachit Shah, MD on his recent promotion to Associate Professor.

Rachit D. Shah, MDDr. Shah specializes in esophageal thoracic and minimally invasive lung surgery.

Academic bio | Clinical bio

Congratulations Dr. Shah!





FACULTY NEWS: Appointment of Richard R. Lower Endowed Professorship

Daniel G. Tang, MDDaniel Tang, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has been appointed to the Richard R. Lower, MD Professorship in Cardiovascular Surgery.

Named after MCV legend and incredible surgeon, Dr. Richard Lower, this professorship is awarded to those who encompass the characteristics and passions for which Dr. Lower himself was best known.

Dr. Tang, who joined the Department of Surgery in 2009, clearly exemplifies the spirit of Dr. Lower with his dedication to caregiving and mentorship. Beloved by his patients and colleagues alike, Dr. Tang continues to further strengthen and grow the incredible cardiovascular programs provided at VCU.

Congratulations, Dr. Tang!

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DECEMBER 2017: Announcing New Faculty

Please join the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in welcoming Robert Ferguson, MD to VCU Surgery. Dr. Ferguson completed his Cardiothoracic Fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

SEPTEMBER 2017: VAMC Merit Award

Mohammed A. Quader, MDDr. Mohammed Quader, Associate Professor with the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is the recipient of the VA Merit Award for his proposal titled, "Mitochondrial Metabolic Modulation to minimize ischemic damage in donor hearts."

With his funding, Dr. Quader aims to work on ways to prevent donor hearts from damage with an ultimate goal of making more hearts available for heart transplantation. The VA Merit Award provides funding to investigators in basic, preclinical biomedical, and behavioral studies as well as clinical studies of disorders and diseases of importance to veterans.

Congratulations, Dr. Quader!

New Heart Center opens at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

The Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center - it's a level of expertise a family would travel to the ends of the Earth for. Thankfully, it's right here close to home at CHoR.

Close to Home - Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center

The Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center - it's a level of expertise a family would travel to the ends of the Earth for. Thankfully, it's right here close to home at CHoR. #CHD

Posted by Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU on Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Mohammed A. Quader, MD Joins Division Effective July 1

Join us in welcoming Dr. Quader to the Division of Cardiothoracic SurgeryWelcome
Dr. Quader received his MD degree from Kakatiya Medical College, Kakatiya University, Warangal India. He completed his surgical residency at Yale University School of Medicine followed by a cardiothoracic surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. His research interests are donor heart preservation and clinical outcomes research. Read More


Pediatric Heart Surgery

HEART MONTH:  Celebrating big changes for tiny hearts at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU(CHoR)   Learn more

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

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Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU announces $28 million gift to develop Heart Center

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (CHoR) on Tuesday announced an unprecedented $28 million gift from Children’s Hospital Foundation, the single largest gift to pediatric health care in VCU’s history and one that will establish a pediatric cardiac surgery program in Richmond.
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Dr. Thomas Yeh, Jr. joins the Faculty at VCU Surgery

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Thomas Yeh, Jr., to Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Yeh comes to us from Pediatric Heart Center, Tulane University Hospital and Clinic. After receiving his MD from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Yeh completed his surgical residency at VCU Medical Center, followed by a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.

Dr. Yeh will be instrumental in the continued growth and development of pediatric cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.


August 2014:
Dr. Kasirajan is appointed Chair, VCU Department of Surgery

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan on this well-deserved promotion.

Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD, Chair, Dept of Surgery, VCU Medical Center“Dr. Kasirajan has helped to create a vibrant environment at VCU, where he has been since 2000. In addition to his work with transplant patients, he is at the forefront of a new frontier in cardiac surgery that includes artificial hearts and mechanical assist devices. In 2006, he led the first surgical team on the East Coast to implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, the only device of its kind approved by the F.D.A.  His work in this field has helped establish VCU as one of the leaders in the realm of artificial hearts.” — Jerome Strauss, III, MD, PhD, Dean, VCU School of Medicine

July 2014:
How to Implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Detailed in Peer Reviewed Paper, Video — Dr. Daniel Tang, Cardiothoracic Surgeon Read moreDaniel Tang, MD





June 2014: NEW FACULTY

photo, VCU's 75th Total Artificial Heart patientDr. Gabor Bagameri to join cardiothoracic faculty effective June 23

Dr. Bagameri comes to us from Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Norfolk, VA

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bagameri to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Read more

March 2014:

Pauley Heart Center's 75th total artificial heart Read morephoto, VCU's 75th Total Artificial Heart patient





January 2014:

Dr. Szentpetery Retires; VCU Professor Helped Start VA Transplant Program Read more
Dr. Szabolcs Szentpetery







February 2013:

VCU Pauley Heart Center Receives $5 Million Gift Read more
Mr. & Mrs. Pauley

June 2011:

Female Army Veteran Gets Second Chance at Life with Syncardia's Total Artificial Heart After Being Referred to Hospice Care Read more

RELATED STORY__A New Heart: After living for eight months with a mechanical heart, army veteran Margaret Daugherty is back on human power Read more

A Success That Couldn't Wait:  Luke Giannini Read more

A Total Artificial Heart
ctheartVCU Medical Center became the lead institution in a national clinical trial of technology that would allow artificial heart patients to recuperate, rehabilitate and wait in the comfort of their own homes until a donor heart becomes available for transplant.

The VCU Pauley Heart Center was selected as one of 30 centers to investigate a portable, mechanical driver that can power patients' artificial hearts and enable them to recover outside the hospital environment, including at home and at step-down facilities.

In April 2006, VCU’s cardiac surgery team performed the first t-TAH implant on the East Coast.  Since then, we have implanted over 40 t-TAH’s. Currently, VCU Pauley Heart Center is the most active t-TAH center in the United States.

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VCU Pauley Heart Center

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West Hospital
7th Floor, South Wing
1200 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23298
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Mailing Address:
Box 980068
Richmond, VA 23298-0068

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

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  Virginia Commonwealth University
  School of Medicine
  Department of Surgery
  Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  West Hospital, 7th floor, South Wing
  1200 East Broad Street | Box 980068
  Richmond, Virginia 23298-0068

  last updated: 07/05/2018









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