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 University of Virginia Medical Center. Read more...

4 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

"I haven't had my surgery yet, but I want to say that Dr. John Kern has impressed me. The first doctor that I saw in my town just didn't have a good bedside manner from telling me (while I was all by myself) that I had to have heart surgery - this was a shock to me. I never expected that....there was such an uneasiness with this first doctor but I thought staying in my town would be better for my family - but the worries and fears never left me - I didn't feel comfortable putting my life in this first doctor's hands. So I went to UVA and met Dr. John Kern. Everything about my visit there from the moment I walked through the door was positive. The people who I dealt with - the nurse, the PA, the girls in the office and then Dr. Kern walked in - I was immediately put at ease - I knew this was going to be my doctor. I have only great things about him from several other doctors that I know - and I know that I made the right decision and I have total peace about my upcoming surgery in two weeks."

-- Nancy James, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/26/2017

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My Specialities &
Clinical Interests

My heart surgery specialties include:

  • 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.

Schedule Appointment
with Dr. Kern

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kern, you can:

  • Call (434) 202-3456 right now
  • Request an appointment by clicking here.

The office of Dr. Kern is located at 1215 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA 22908. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.

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