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Aortic & Artery Disease

Leading Treatment Programs

Genetic Counseling

  • We offer genetic counseling and guidance to patients and families at high risk for developing aortic disease. We'll help you understand your risks at our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, located at the Heart & Vascular Center.

Research Pioneers

  • UVA's heart and vascular research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. We welcome complex cases and are a leader in multiple national clinical trials. Find out if you qualify for a clinical trial.

Advanced Facilities

  • With four state-of-the-art operating rooms, our treatment facilities allow for less invasive and hybrid procedures that combine complex open surgery with endovascular techniques.

Aortic Alert Program

A patient's chance of survival greatly depends on when they receive proper treatment. UVA's Aortic Alert system can get you UVA's specialty care as soon as possible. Watch Carlin Williams, MD, discuss UVA's Aortic Alert Program. View transcript.

Aortic Alert Program

A Head Start on Aortic Emergencies

John Kern, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, one of the leaders of UVA's Aotic Alert Program effort, has one goal: to get a patient's medical information as soon as possible so his team is ready when patients are transferred to UVA. If you have an aortic emergency and are seen at another hospital, referring physicians can quickly get in touch with a UVA aortic triage officer (the attending cardiac or vascular surgeon) any time, day or night, to get you the advanced care you need. Additionally, Aortic Alert helps notify other institutions of UVA's ability to provide specialty care to treat aortic emergencies, like aortic dissections and aneurysms.