- ABMS Certification:
- Surgery, 1996; Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 1998; Vascular Surgery, 1999
- Research Interests:
Spinal cord protection|Aortic aneurysms
- Clinical Practice:
- Coarctation of the Aorta, Carotid Artery Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Marfan Syndrome, Mitral Regurgitation, Mitral Stenosis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Adventitial Cystic Disease, Aortic Aneurysm Repair/Removal, Aortic Arch Thoracic Aneurysm, Aortic Stenosis, Aortic Valve Replacement, Arterial Dissections, Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, External Iliac Arteriopathy, Femoral Aneurysm, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, Iliac Aneurysm, Infected Aortic Grafts, Innominate Artery Disease, May-Thurner Syndrome, Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome, Mesenteric Arterial Disease, Mitral Valve Repair, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), Popliteal Aneurysm, Popliteal Entrapment, Pulmonary Regurgitation, Reoperative Heart Surgery, Subclavian Arterial Disease, Takayasu's Arteritis, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Traumatic Aortic Injury, Vasculitis, Subclavian Aneurysm, Visceral Aneurysm, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, Suprarenal Aneurysm, Fenestrated Endovascular Grafts, Mini Valve Replacement Surgery, Aneurysms, Aortic Disease, Artery Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Devices, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Disease, Vascular Screening, Heart Rhythm Disorders, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery (General)
Surgical Director, Heart and Vascular Center
Medical Director, Heart and Vascular Surgery Clinic
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Kern completed his undergraduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University, He has strong roots in Charlottesville, having attended medical school at the University of Virginia. He also completed his surgical training at the University of Virginia and is board-certified in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. He joined the faculty in 1998 and is Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director of the Heart Transplantation Program/Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device and Surgical Director of UVA Heart and Vascular Center.
Dr. Kern is dedicated to educating and mentoring fellows and residents at the University of Virginia. He has been recognized for his efforts and in 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Socrates Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This award is given in recognition of his dedication to residency training. The Socrates Award is presented annually by the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association to an outstanding cardiothoracic surgery faculty member for his or her commitment to resident education and mentorship. During the presentation, Dr. Kern was recognized for his clinical expertise by the residents that nominated him. They were quoted as saying that when they are challenged with a difficult scenario or case they frequently ask themselves, “what would Dr. Kern do?” Dr. Kern has also received the Dean's Award for Clinical Excellence and is a member of the University of Virginia's Academy of Distinguished Educators. He has been voted the Surgical Attending of the Year twice by the graduating surgical chief residents.
Dr. Kern is a member of all of the major cardiac and vascular surgical societies and has active committee memberships with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the South Atlantic Cardiovascular Society, and is a past-president of the Virginia Vascular Surgical Society. Dr. Kern has been a peer reviewer for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Journal of Surgical Research and the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Kern’s clinical interests are diverse and include all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including coronary artery disease and coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic and mitral valve disease, heart failure, heart transplantation and left ventricular assist devices, thoracic aortic aneurysms and valve sparing techniques, as well as stent grafting for thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. He has a particular interest in new therapies for aortic dissections and trans-catheter aortic valve replacement.
Dr. Kern is dedicated to providing compassionate care to a diverse patient population. In addition to his busy cardiac surgical practice, Dr. Kern also cares for patients with all aspects of vascular disease including aortic aneurysmal and occlusive disease, peripheral vascular disease, cerebral vascular disease, renal artery disease, mesenteric vascular disease and median arcuate ligament syndrome, and he has a special interest in thoracic outlet syndrome.
Dr. Kern and his team see patients primarily every Monday at UVA Heart and Vascular Center on the second floor of UVA Medical Center. Administrative office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
2018 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; First Place, Surgery: Cardiac
2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
- 2014 Socrates Award for best cardiothoracic educator in the country
- 2013 H-CUP (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project) award for best article of the year
- University of Virginia, 1988
- General Surgery, University of Virginia; Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Virginia; Vascular Surgery, University of Virginia