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Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery (CVT) Team

CHIEF OF CARDIAC, VASCULAR & THORACIC SURGERY

John R. Garrett, MD, FACS, Chief of the Department of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery, founded the Cardiac Surgery program at Virginia Hospital Center in 1989. Dr. Garrett is Board-certified and his special areas of interest include: aortic dissections and aneurysms, carotid endarterectomy, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, minimally invasive thoracic surgery and minimally invasive (endovascular) aneurysm repair. He is certified through the National Board of Medical Examiners, FLEX and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Cheif of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery John R. Garrett, MD, FACS

  • Chief of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery, 1989 – Present
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2000 – Present
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine, MD
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the Cooley Hands Society, the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

CARDIAC, VASCULAR & THORACIC SURGEONJohn W. Rhee, MD, FACS

Dr. Garrett and Dr. Rhee are partners in a new practice to work exclusively with the Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery Program at Virginia Hospital Center.

 John W. Rhee, MD, FACS

  • Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery, 2013 – Present
  • Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University, MD
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons


CLINIC ADMINISTRATOR

The Clinic Administrator works directly for the Chief of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery. Responsibilities include scheduling surgeries, office consultations, and outpatient diagnostic and preoperative testing.

CVT Clinical Administrator Gale Yoder

  • Clinic Administrator, October 1989 – Present




 

 


PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

The Physician Assistant (PA) for Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery works closely with the surgeon and other physicians on a daily basis. Under the surgeon's supervision, the PA manages and coordinates both inpatient and outpatient care. Responsibilities include seeing office and Hospital consults, preoperative teaching, ordering tests and interpreting results, and managing postoperative care.

CVT Physician Assistant Joseph F. Kirby, Jr., MMSc, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant for Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, January 1998 – Present
  • Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  • Member of American Academy of Physician Assistants; Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants; Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Certified by National Commission of the Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Licensed by Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine

CARDIOVASCULAR (CV) CLINICIANS

The CV Clinician for Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery functions in a physician- extending role by directing and coordinating the care of the CVT patient using the protocols and standards which have been developed to direct the management of patient care. All clinical activities are performed in collaboration with the CVT surgeon.

Cardiovascular Clinician Marie Clark, MSN, ACNP-BC

    • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, May 1997 – Present
    • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Maryland
    • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Clinical Preceptor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
    • Clinical Preceptor, University of Maryland School of Nursing

Cardiovascular Clinician Cathy Tierney, MSN, ACNP-BC

    • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, August 1999 – Present
    • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Maryland
    • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    • Member of Virginia Council for Nurse Practitioners
    • Clinical Preceptor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies

Cardiovascular ClinicianLori Brien, MS, ACNP-BC

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, December 1999 – Present
  • Masters of Science, Georgetown University
  • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Member of The Society of Critical Care Medicine & American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Clinical Faculty and Preceptor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor

Cardiovascular ClinicianJody Roupe, MSN, ACNP-BC

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, January 1999 – Present
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Maryland
  • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Preceptor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Cardiovascular Clinician Heather McCorry, MSN, FNP-BC

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, January 2002 – Present
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, George Mason University
  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Member of Virginia Council for Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Preceptor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor

Cardiovascular ClinicianA. Chris Carter, MSN, ACNP-BC

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, April 2005 – Present
  • Masters of Science, Georgetown University
  • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Member of Virginia Council for Nurse Practitioners & American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Clinical Preceptor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor
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