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Adult Cardiac Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery

Pediatric Heart Surgery



Leora Tesche Yarboro, M.D.

Leora Tesche Yarboro, M.D.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Surgery


  • University of Virginia Health System
  • Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, 2011

Educational Background

  • University of North Carolina (Medical School, 2005)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (Internship)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC ( Residency)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (Research Fellowship)
  • University of Virginia Health System (Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship)

Society Memberships

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society

Publications (selected)

Tesche LJ, Feins RH, Dedmon MM, Newton KN, Egan TM, Haithcock BE, Veeramachaneni NK, Bowdish ME.  Simulation experience enhances medical students' intereste in cardiothoracic surgery.  Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Dec; 90(6):1967-73.


Dr. Leora T. Yarboro is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.  Her clinical practice encompasses all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease and surgery of the thoracic aorta.  She has particular interest in minimally invasive surgery as well as surgical management of heart failure including ventricular assist devices and transplantation.

Dr. Yarboro is originally from California.  She travelled extensively before settling in Chapel Hill where she completed both medical school and General Surgery training at the University of North Carolina.  While at UNC, Dr. Yarboro received awards for her research as well as surgical proficiency and professionalism.  She also worked as a research fellow in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Yarboro completed her training as Chief Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville before joining the faculty.  Outside of the operating room, Dr. Yarboro's research interests include surgical education and simulation.  To enhance these efforts she is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Professions Education.

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