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Irving  L.  Kron,  MD

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0709
Phone: 434.243.6828 Fax: 434.244.7588

Training & Certification


Surgery, Maine Medical Center; Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Virginia

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Vascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Adventitial Cystic Disease, Aortic Arch Thoracic Aneurysm, Aortic Stenosis, Aortitis (Mycotic), Arterial Dissections, Arteritis (Inflammatory), Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Carotid Artery Disease, Coarctation of the Aorta, Congenital Heart Disease, Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Effort Vein Thrombosis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, External Iliac Arteriopathy, Femoral Aneurysm, Heart Transplant, Iliac Aneurysm, Infected Aortic Grafts, Innominate Artery Disease, Lung Transplant, Marfan Syndrome, May-Thurner Syndrome, Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome, Mesenteric Arterial Disease, Mitral Regurgitation, Mitral Stenosis, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Popliteal Aneurysm, Popliteal Entrapment, Pulmonary Regurgitation, Structural Heart Disease, Subclavian (Steal) Artery Disease, Subclavian Arterial Disease, Suprarenal Aneurysm, Takayasu’s Arteritis, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Traumatic Aortic Injury

Research Interest:

Transplantation and aortic aneurysms



Dr. Irving Kron received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He finished his medical school training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975. He continued his training in General Surgery Residency at the Maine Medical Center. He completed his training in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1982 at the University of Virginia.

Board certified in Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Dr. Kron joined the faculty at the University of Virginia over 26 years ago.  His specialties are in Adult Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, and Peripheral Vascular Surgery. He was elected Chief in Vascular Surgery and Associate Medical Director in Thoracic Cardiovascular Postoperative Unit in 1989. He became Chief, Division of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, 1993-2007. He was appointed Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery in 1999.  Appointed Chairman, Department of Surgery beginning in 2002 and currently holds the position of S. Hurt Watts, Professor in Surgery. 

Dr. Kron has received several honors and awards and recently received America’s Top Doctor Award and was named one of America’s Top Surgeons.  He holds office on numerous committees, local, state and national including, but not limited to: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons; American College of Surgeons; American Heart Association, Executive Committee, Residency Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, Chair; Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research & Education, Director; Virginia Cardiac Surgical Initiative; Tissue Bank-Medical Advisory Committee; American Association for Thoracic Surgery, President; American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Chair Publications Committee; American College of Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology Committee; Cardiac Surgery Biology Club; Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA); Muller-Jones Surgical Society, Council.

Dr. Kron has made nearly 250 presentations on Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery in the U.S and international countries. He has published 400 manuscripts, and nearly 30 books and chapters. He has been the principle investigator for over 20 funded grants.

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