Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Virginia in 1974. To date, I have performed approximately over 10,000 cardiac surgeries, of which more than 5,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including East Carolina Heart Institute and Vidant Medical Center. Read more...

15 Patient Reviews for Dr. Chitwood

"After aortic valve and coronary bypass, I came through with flying color. Thanks Dr. Chitwood!"

-- Rodney Trueblood, heart valve surgery patient

"I had my mitral valve repair done robotically on April 10 by Dr Randolph Chitwood and am ecstatic with the results.

I no longer have a murmur and my arrythmias are all gone. I am 8 weeks post op and am pain free-back to work full time as a veterinarian, and played golf today.

By not having my sternum cracked, my recovery was shorter and I was never in a lot of pain. Dr Chitwood and his team at East Carolina Heart Institute were outstanding in the care they provided me and I recommend him highly for anyone needing open heart surgery."

-- Arthur Wilder, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, Maze Procedure, 04/10/2014

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My Specialities & Interests

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

  • Robotic mitral repair
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery
  • Complex reoperative valve surgery

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

  • Robotic technology
  • Cardiac protection, during cardiac surgery
  • Simulation in teaching cardiac surgery

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Virginia in 1974.

Dr. Chitwood graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed the surgical residency at Duke University Medical Center, spending 10 years training in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and basic science research.

After his chief residency at Duke in 1984, he was selected to begin and head the new cardiac surgery program at the East Carolina University School of Medicine. Except for a two-year hiatus as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Chitwood has spent his entire career at East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center (formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital).

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood

East Carolina Heart Institute
115 Heart Drive
Greenville, NC 27834
(888) 534-5284

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