G. Paul Matherne

G. Paul Matherne, MD

Cardiology: Pediatric
Primary Location:
Pediatric Cardiology

6th Floor

1204 W. Main St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
Pediatrics; Pediatric Cardiology
Research Interests:

Outcomes|Screening for congenital heart disease|Myocardial protection

Clinical Practice:
Pericarditis- Pediatric, Congenital Heart Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns (PPHN), Pediatric Heart Conditions

Division Head, Pediatrics Cardiology



G. Paul Matherne, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist and treats adults with congenital heart disease. He is vice chair of clinical affairs in the Department of Pediatrics and is the associate chief medical officer for UVA Children's. Dr. Matherne previously served as associate chair for research and vice chair for clinical affairs at UVA, as well as the division director of pediatric cardiology and medical director of the UVA Children’s Heart Center for nine years. A nearly 30-year faculty member of UVA, Dr. Matherne is the Dammann Professor of Pediatrics. He is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

Dr. Matherne was born in Lafayette, LA, and grew up in Texas. He attended Texas A&M University for both undergraduate and medical school, and then completed his pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa.

He joined the UVA faculty in 1987, initially as a clinician scientist with a basic science lab, working closely with colleagues in the Department of Physiology. After 20 years in the lab, he changed his focus to administrative duties after receiving a master of business administration from UVA’s Darden School of Business. He is a member of the board of the Special Hope Network, an international organization that serves children with special needs and is president of the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate of the American Heart Association. Dr. Matherne has published 90 peer-reviewed and invited articles and book chapters. He has served as the chair of cardiovascular disease in the Young Council of the American Heart Association (AHA) and is the president-elect of the Mid-Atlantic affiliate of the American Heart Association. He is also a member of the National AHA Budget review sub-committee and a member of the AHA Scientific Councils Oversight committee.

Dr. Matherne and his wife of 35 years raised four children in Charlottesville and have three grandchildren. They have both been active in a variety of community activities at church, local schools and scouting. They also both enjoy cooking — especially gumbo. 

  • 2011-2020 Best Doctors in America® List


Texas A&M, 1982
Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma
Pediatric Cardiology, University of Iowa