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John A. Kern

Unit: School of Medicine
Department: Department of Surgery
Office location and address
Heart and Vascular Center
1215 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
University of Virginia, 1988, MD
Residency, General Surgery, University of Virginia; Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Virginia; Vascular Surgery, University of Virginia

Dr. Kern is originally from Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University and medical school at the University of Virginia. He completed his surgical training at the University of Virginia and is board certified in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. He joined the faculty in 1998 and is presently chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery, surgical director of the Heart and Vascular Center and surgical director of UVA's Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support programs. He is also medical director of the Physician Assistant Program in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Kern has been awarded the Dean's Award for Clinical Excellence and is a member of the University of Virginia's Academy of Distinguished Educators. He has been voted the Surgical Attending of the Year twice by the graduating surgical chief residents.

He is a member of all of the major cardiac and vascular surgical societies and has active committee memberships with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the South Atlantic Cardiovascular Society, and is a past-president of the Virginia Vascular Surgical Society. Dr. Kern is presently deputy editor for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and an associate editor for the journal Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Kern's clinical interests are diverse and include all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including coronary artery disease and coronary artery bypass surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome, aortic and mitral valve disease, heart failure, heart transplantation and left ventricular assist devices, thoracic aortic aneurysms and valve sparing techniques, as well as stent grafting for thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. He has a particular interest in new therapies for aortic dissections and trans-catheter aortic valve replacement. In addition to his busy cardiac surgical practice, Dr. Kern also cares for patients with all aspects of vascular disease including aortic aneurysmal and occlusive disease, peripheral vascular disease, cerebral vascular disease, renal artery disease, mesenteric vascular disease and median arcuate ligament syndrome.

Gore Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis TBE ll-02
Source: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
October 28, 2016 – June 30, 2026
MD-SURG Mitroflow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve with Phospholipid Reduction Treatment Post-Approval Study
Source: Sorin Group USA, Inc.
February 24, 2015 – February 28, 2024
A Pilot Study Examining Conscious Awareness and Cognitive Experiences During Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest
Source: New York University
July 23, 2020 – July 22, 2023
MD-SURG MOMENTUM 3: Multi-Center Study of MagLev Technology in Patients Undergoing MCS Therapy with HeartMate 3 Continued Access Protocol (CAP)
Source: Thoratec Corporation
November 22, 2016 – November 21, 2021
Safety & Efficacy of lntramyocardiallnjectlon of Mesenchymal Precursor Cells on Myocardial Function In LVAD Recipients
Source: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
April 12, 2019 – February 28, 2021
MD-SURG Safety & Efficacy of Intramyocardial Injection of Mesenchymal Precursor Cells on Myocardial Function in LVAD Recipients
Source: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
December 15, 2014 – September 30, 2020
MD-SURG HeartMate III IDE Clinical Study Protocol
Source: Thoratec Corporation
August 26, 2015 – August 25, 2020
Sternal Rigid Fixation: Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes Using Real-Word Evidence
Source: Zimmer, Inc.
August 26, 2019 – August 21, 2020
Advanced Cardiac Valve Center Fellowship on behalf of Kenan Yount
Source: Medtronic Inc.
July 01, 2018 – June 30, 2019
MDSURG-CorMatrix ECM for Carotid Repair Following Endarterectomy Registry
Source: CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc.
October 22, 2013 – October 22, 2018
  • 2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
  • 2014 Socrates Award for best cardiothoracic educator in the country
  • 2013 H-CUP (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project) award for best article of the year