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“I know how well my patients are going to do here, how happy they are going to be while in the Hospital with the care they will receive — and how pleased their families will be. Each patient feels special. Uniformly, they are absolutely thrilled with their experience at Virginia Hospital Center — the surgeons who see them every day, the nursing staff on the unit, and the extreme attention to detail in every aspect of their care.”
— Antonio Parente, MD, Cardiologist who has referred all of his patients to Virginia Hospital Center for over 25 years.

Medical Services

Meet the Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Team

Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgeons

John R. Garrett, MD, FACS

  • Chief of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery, 1989 – Present
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2000 – Present
  • Director of Physician Operations, Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group
  • 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

John W. Rhee, MD, FACS

  • Vice Chief of Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery, 2012 – Present
  • Jefferson Medical College, MD
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
  • Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

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, pre-operative teaching, ordering tests and interpreting results, and managing post-operative care.

Joseph F. Kirby (Jr.), MMSc, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant for Cardiac, Vascular & 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

Clinic Administrator & Practice Assistant

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

Gale Yoder

  • Clinic Administrator, October 1989 – Present

Alaina Harris

  • Practice Assistant, July 2014 – Present

Cardiovascular 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.

Lauren Abate, CRNP

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, February 2017 – Present
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati
  • Board Certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Lori Brien, MS, ACNP-BC

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, December 1999 – Present
  • Masters of Science, Georgetown University Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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

Dan Haldeman, MSN, AGACNP

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, October 2015 – Present
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • Board Certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Megan Lange, ACNP

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, May 2017 – Present
  • Masters of Science, Georgetown University; Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Maryland
  • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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

Jillian Riley, MSN, FNP-C

  • Cardiovascular Clinician at Virginia Hospital Center, October 2015 – Present
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, George Mason University
  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Jody 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

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
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