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Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery

Surgical skill, quality of care and commitment to patient education are hallmarks of cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery at Virginia Hospital Center. Patients being treated for diseases of the heart, lungs, coronary arteries and veins, and chest cavity can take comfort in the experience and compassion of our surgeons and staff. Please read on, using the links on the left, to learn more about specific surgical services, medical staff and patient information.


Our Cardiovascular (CV) Clinicians are board certified nurse practitioners with a master’s degree in nursing (L-R): Heather McCorry, MSN, FNP-BC; Lori Brien, MS, ACNP-BC; Joseph F. Kirby (Jr.), MMSc, PA-C; Cathy Tierney, MSN, ACNP-BC; Marie Clark, MSN, ACNP-BC; Jody Roupe, MSN, ACNP-BC.

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Why Cardiologists Choose Virginia Hospital Center

When surgeons go between multiple hospitals for surgery, the continuity of patient care can be impacted, scheduling becomes complex, and at times, patients meet their surgeon for the first time on the day of surgery.

At Virginia Hospital Center, the collective experience and longevity of the cardiac surgery team produces quality surgical outcomes that consistently exceed national averages. Surgical scheduling is done with ease and patients meet one-on-one with the cardiac surgeon before surgery is even scheduled.

Dr. Garrett and Dr. Rhee are located in an office inside the Hospital that is steps away from the Cardiac Unit, not in a separate office building miles away from the Hospital. This close proximity to the patient enables the surgeon to provide continual oversight and management before, during and after surgery. This proven approach results in top quality, greater efficiency and high satisfaction for both patients and referring physicians.

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“Having two surgeons of the caliber of Dr. Garrett and Dr. Rhee operating solely at Virginia Hospital Center translates to more efficient care, better health outcomes and an outstanding experience for our cardiac surgery patients.”
— James B. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer.

John R. Garrett, MD, FACS and John W. Rhee, MD, FACS
John R. Garrett, MD, FACS, Chief of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery and his partner, John W. Rhee, MD, FACS.

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