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Adult Cardiac Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery

Pediatric Heart Surgery




Benjamin D. Kozower, M.D., M.P.H.

"Dr. Kozower, I can’t thank you enough for the way you took care of me. When I came to meet you all I knew was that I had lung cancer. You explained everything to me and my family and patiently answered our questions. The VATS (minimally invasive) lobectomy was a miracle and I really appreciate the great care from you and your entire team. It could not have been better! I am playing golf three weeks after my surgery and singing your praises."

—Winchester, VA

"Dr. Kozower, we can never thank you enough for the kindness shown to us during my treatment for esophageal cancer. It is your knowledge and skill that has allowed me to share another Christmas with my family. I ate Christmas dinner slowly but I ate well. Your care and friendship will never be forgotten and you will forever hold a special place in our hearts."

—Abingdon, VA

Christine L. Lau, M.D.

"Dr. Lau, Dan and I can not thank you enough for the wonderful care that Dan received here at the University of Virginia. We are so thankful that the surgery went as well as it did, and we give credit to God, prayers, and you."

—Fisherville, VA

"Dr Lau, may all the care and kindness you give so freely to others come back to warm your heart, you're a dear and gentle person. Thank you so very much for what you have done."

—Blacksburg, VA

Gorav Ailawadi, M.D.

"As I do probably a dozen or so times a day, I am sitting here with two fingers on my neck basking in the glory of being in sinus rhythm. I can only imagine the untold hours of hard work and sacrifice required to achieve the level of knowledge and skill that you exhibited while performing the procedure which I have recently undergone. While I know that I am but one of many patients for which you provide care, I truly appreciated the personal and positive nature of our interactions and I can not express how fortunate I feel for having the opportunity to be the beneficiary of that hard work and sacrifice. Thanks again."

—Virginia Beach, VA

"Dr. Ailawadi, we cannot thank you and all of your team for the phenomenal care you provided. You are greatly loved and appreciated."

—Bowie, MD

Irving L. Kron, M.D.

"My wife and I have been very pleased with Dr. Kron’s care. We were very comfortable in speaking with him. He put things into words we could understand. I’m very pleased with my mitral valve surgery."

—Providence Forge, VA

"Dr. Kron was very pleasant and he followed my instructions about not giving me a blood transfusion. He made everything very simple and explained everything to me and my family. He so very pleasant to talk with and he did an excellent job on my on aortic valve surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Kron to anyone I know who needs any kind of heart surgery."

—Lovingston, VA

Irving L. Kron, M.D.

Dr. Kron did a fabulous job with our son. He explained everything to us. He has a wonderful bedside manner. He was very personable with me, my husband, and grandparents both before and after the surgery. He really took the time to walk us through the surgery and make sure all of our questions were answered. Dr. Kron was so good to us and the surgery went very well.

—Bluefield, VA

Dr. Kron is the world’s greatest heart surgeon. No words can express our many thanks and gratitude for all he has done for our family. The Lord has given him a steady hand, and a heart of gold to help people like our Amanda.

—Bedford, VA

James J. Gangemi, M.D.

"Dr. Gangemi, we wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did on our daughter. She acts like she didn't even have open heart surgery. She's doing great!! We are forever grateful."

—Richmond, VA

"We are thoroughly impressed with the amount of attention Dr. Gangemi gave us and our daughter. He explained everything in such detail. We really like how much time he spent with us. We would recommend him to any other families whose children have heart disease."

—Verona, VA

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."

—Charlottesville, VA

"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."

—Richmond, VA

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