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Gorav Ailawadi, MD

Department: Surgery Division: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Title: Professor of Surgery ABMS Certification: Surgery

Contact Information

P.O. Box 800679 Charlottesville, VA 22908-0709 Phone: 434.924.5052 | Fax: 434.244.7588 Other Locations:
Heart and Vascular Center
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Center


Dr. Gorav Ailawadi is a professor of surgery and section chief of adult cardiac surgery at the University of Virginia. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ailawadi holds interests in valvular heart disease, surgery of the thoracic aorta, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and percutaneous/ transcatheter valve therapy.

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

Trained at the University of Michigan in general surgery, Dr. Ailawadi spent two years dedicated to 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 for 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. In addition, his research lab is NIH funded to study how aortic aneurysms form. He has been the principal investigator in a novel clip on the heart to try to prevent strokes associated with open heart surgery. He has published over 200 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, valve disease, 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 Heart Association and the Cardiac Surgery Biology Club. In his leisure time, Dr. Ailawadi enjoys exercise and sports.


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