- Research Interests:
Heart valve disease, Aortic surgery, TAVR, New valvular technology, Novel trails in cardiac surgery, Innovative cardiac surgery technologies, Endocarditis, Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), Health policy, Health outcomes, Health care delivery
- Clinical Practice:
- Coronary Artery Disease Care, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Marfan Syndrome, Mitral Regurgitation, Mitral Stenosis, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Aortic Aneurysm Repair & Removal, Aortic Arch Aneurysm, Aortic Stenosis, Aortic Valve Replacement, Arterial Dissections, Mitral Valve Repair, Reoperative Heart Surgery, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair, TAVR, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Aorta Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, MitraClip for Heart Conditions
Surgical Director, Structural Heart & Valve Center
Cardiac Surgical Director, Aortic Center
- Assistant Professor
Kenan Yount, MD, joined the UVA faculty in the Division of Cardiac Surgery in 2018. His clinical interests are diverse and encompass all aspects of cardiac surgery. He subspecializes in heart valve surgery, specifically minimally invasive and percutaneous/transcatheter mitral and aortic valve surgery, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
His surgical expertise also encompasses:
- Treatment of thoracic aortic disease, such as aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection
- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
- Myectomy (reducing heart muscle thickening) for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Use of advanced technology and techniques like Cox-Maze IV and AtriClip to treat atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat
Dr. Yount is surgical director of the UVA Structural Heart & Valve Center and helps co-direct the UVA Aortic Center and UVA Advanced Coronary Artery Program. He is passionate about working with a multidisciplinary heart team to provide patients with options for minimally invasive cardiac surgery, transcatheter options, and traditional open heart surgery. He often sees patients jointly with interventional cardiologists.
Dr. Yount is heavily involved in cardiac surgery clinical trials. His primary research interests include heart valve disease, enhanced recovery after cardiac surgery, cardiac surgical outcomes, health policy and health economics.
Dr. Yount is principal investigator for several cardiac surgery trials at UVA within the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CSTN) research consortium sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
These studies include:
- PACeS, examining anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation
- PRIMARY, comparing percutaneous/transcatheter mitral valve repair to traditional open or minimally invasive mitral valve repair
In addition, Dr. Yount is a site investigator for REPAIR MR, a study comparing the MitraClip procedure to traditional open or minimally invasive mitral valve repair.
He is also involved in multiple studies investigating different surgical approaches for mitral, tricuspid, and mitral valve replacement, as well as one trial evaluating a next-generation TAVR device.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Yount graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2006. He attended UVA for both medical school and business school to obtain a combined MD/MBA degree through the Sydney F. Small Memorial Fellowship merit scholarship program. He then continued his residency training in thoracic surgery at UVA and pursued additional subspecialty training at UVA and the University of Pennsylvania in transcatheter and minimally invasive heart valve disease.
Dr. Yount is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of major cardiac surgical societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, which recognized his research in healthcare delivery with the President’s Award for best research in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
In his free time, Dr. Yount enjoys golf, skiing, fitness and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters.
- University of Virginia School of Medicine
- University of Virginia