Leora T Yarboro

Leora T Yarboro, MD

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Primary Location:
Heart and Vascular Center

2nd Floor

1215 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
General Surgery, 2011
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2014
Research Interests:

Surgical simulation and resident education

Clinical Practice:
Coronary Artery Disease Care, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Aortic Aneurysm Repair & Removal, Aortic Arch Aneurysm, Aortic Valve Replacement, Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, TAVR, Traumatic Aortic Injury, Mini Valve Replacement Surgery, Aortic Disease, Aorta Disease, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Disease, Heart Rhythm Disorders, Heart Transplant, Heart Surgery, MitraClip for Heart Conditions


Associate Professor

Dr. Leora Yarboro is an associate professor of surgery and chief of cardiac surgery at the University of Virginia. She is the surgical director of heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. She is certified by both the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Yarboro joined the UVA faculty in 2013. She has a diverse surgical practice, which includes treating heart valve disease, coronary artery disease and aortic aneurysms. She has expertise is in heart failure surgeries, including left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and heart transplantation. Dr. Yarboro performs minimally invasive surgeries and transcatheter valve replacements (TAVR).

Dr. Yarboro’s primary research interests are cardiac surgery clinical outcomes and surgical education. She is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, South Atlantic Cardiovascular Society and The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Outside of work, Dr. Yarboro enjoys fitness and spending time with her friends and family.

  • 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Third Place, Surgery: Cardiac
  • 2018 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Second Place, Surgery: Cardiac

  • 2015 Bedside Manner Award, Our Health Magazine; First Place


University of North Carolina 2005
University of North Carolina (General Surgery) 2011
University of Virginia (Thoracic Surgery) 2013