Hello! My name is Dr. Gorav Ailawadi and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately 2,400 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at University of Virginia Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my unique approach to patient care.
First, I treat highly complex patients including those deemed too high risk by other surgeons. As a result, patients are often referred from great distances to our clinic due to our expertise in this area.
Second, I am an innovator and have experience with many of the newest technologies. I was the first heart surgeon in the United States to perform the MitraClip therapy for mitral valve repair and was the first surgeon to perform a hybrid (dual endocardial and epicardial) ablation for atrial fibrillation.
Last, and most important, I am committed to providing each patient compassionate, high quality care.
"Dr. Ailawadi has the best bedside manner of any surgeon I have ever met. He allowed me to pick the type of heart valve I would get if I could depending on my anatomy once he opened me up. Eye Surgical results have been excellent and I'm on my way to recovery. I start cardiac rehab next week.
I have my good and bad days but as a whole I would never have picked anybody else to do my surgery!"
-- Toni Watson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 02/06/2017
"My surgeon was able to do a minimally invasive procedure. Everything went very well. Dr. Ailawadi is very likeable and professional."
-- Susan Houk, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/19/2013
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, heart surgeon, graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1998.
Dr. Ailawadi then completed a Critical Care Residency in 2002 at the University of Michigan, a Surgical Residency at the University of Michigan in 2005, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Virginia in 2007.
Dr. Ailawadi is board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery and has received several awards including:
* Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award (2012 & 2013) * Top Research in the Department of Surgery (2013)