John Allen Kern, M.D.
"Ten years ago I walked into the UVA Hospital emergency room with extreme shortness of breath and that's the last thing I recall until I awakened some 30 hours later in Intensive Care. My surgeon, Dr. John Kern, then told me that I had had heart bypass surgery and replacement of my mitral valve.
Since that experience my life has been abundant. As I have recently celebrated my 65th birthday I realize more and more the significance of that day. Dr. Kern has become more than my surgeon. He has become my friend who I can always share my concerns, questions or just sharing football scores. Dr. Kern, along with Dr. Jim Bergin my cardiologist, not only saved my life, but gave me a quality of life that is rich, robust and full of zest."
"Since 1998, our mother has been in the care of Dr. John Kern. Through three extensive aortic surgeries, he not only has been a brilliant cardiovascular surgeon, but he has been a source of inspiration to her and to us. He gave more than we ever expected in terms of his time and energy. After her most recent and most complicated surgery, he was ever watchful and celebrated each victory with us. Dr. Kern thoughtfully explains risks and outcomes to both patient and family members. Being patient-centered is not just a buzz word for Dr. Kern-it's his passion."