About Dr. John Kern, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. John Kern and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Virginia Medical School in 1988. To date, I have performed approximately 3,000 cardiac surgeries, of which more than 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including University of Virginia Medical Center. Read more...

2 Patient Reviews for Dr. Kern

"Today, marks 6 weeks post-op. It seems like a distant memory. I have been blessed with a great surgical team. "

-- Todd Breeden, heart valve surgery patient

"Although this was my first major surgery and do not have much to compare it to, I thought my surgeon was as good as you can get. Doctor Kern came to my room every day to check on me personally. He also came in on a Sunday when he was off. I also saw the Fellow each day as well. I was so happy with my experience at University of Virginia and with Dr. Kern - I only wish he was more than a surgeon. Yes, he was that good."

-- Amy Hudson, heart valve surgery patient

My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Heart valve reoperations and transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR)

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Heart failure
  • Transplantation
  • Mechanical circulatory support

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. John Kern, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Virginia Medical School in 1988.

After medical school, Dr. John Kern continued on at the University of Virginia where he completed his General Surgery Residency in 1995, his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in 1997 and his Vascular Surgery Residency in 1998.

Dr. Kern has received several awards including:

* University of Virginia Dean's Aware for Clinical Excellence.
* University of Virginia's Academy for Distinguished Educators.
* America's "Best Doctors" in Cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr. John Kern

University of Virginia Medical Center
1215 Lee Street
Charlottesville, VA 22908
(434) 202-3456

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