Gorav Ailawadi

Gorav Ailawadi, MD

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Call 434.924.5052
Primary Location:

PO Box 800679

Charlottesville, VA 22908-0709

ABMS Certification:
Research Interests:

Novel treatments and pathophysiology of aortic aneurysms, Valve disease, Atrial fibrillation, Cardiopulmonary bypass, Novel trails in cardiac surgery


Dr. Gorav Ailawadi is a professor of surgery and chief of cardiac surgery at the University of Virginia. He holds a joint appointment in biomedical engineering and is the director of the medical device innovation Center. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Ailawadi has expertise in vascular heart disease, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and percutaneous/ transcatheter valve therapy, complex and redo heart surgery and surgery of the thoracic aorta.

Dr. Ailawadi was raised in Maryland and New Jersey. He attended an accelerated honors program in medical education at Northwestern University receiving his undergraduate degree in three years. He received his medical degree in 1998. There, he received the awards for best overall student and top surgical student. Additionally, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

While completing a surgery residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. Ailawadi spent two research years investigating and understanding the development of aortic aneurysms. His work was recognized by the NIH/Lifeline Association and was chosen as the top research project in 2003. While at Michigan, he was selected as the chief resident in surgery and received the Top Resident and Young Investigator Awards. He then completed his training as a chief resident at the University of Virginia in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He joined the faculty in 2007.

Dr. Ailawadi was the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform hybrid AF ablation, the MitraClip procedure and the world’s first transcaval TEVAR procedure. Dr. Ailawadi is one of five principal investigators leading the CTSN linked research consortium (NIH) developing new trials in cardiac surgery. In addition, Dr. Ailawadi is the surgical principal investigator for the Summit Trial investigating TENDYNE, a transcatheter mitral valve replacement without stopping the heart.

His NIH-funded research lab studies new treatments for aortic aneurysms. He has been the principal investigator for a novel clip on the left atrium of the heart to try to prevent strokes associated with open-heart surgery. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and JACC.

He has been invited to national and international conferences to share his surgical expertise with novel minimally invasive approaches, as well as valve disease redo surgery, heart failure surgery and AF surgery. Dr. Ailawadi is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons the American Surgical Associatio, the American Heart Association and the Cardiac Surgery Biology Club. In his leisure time, Dr. Ailawadi enjoys exercise and sports.

  • 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Second Place, Surgery: Cardiac
  • 2017 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; First Place, Surgery: Cardiac
  • 99th Percentile for Patient Satisfaction Scores
Northwestern University School of Medicine, 1998
Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center; Surgical Critical Care, University of Michigan; Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Virginia Health System