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Ourania Preventza, MD, Thoracic Surgery, Charlottesville, VA, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Thoracic Surgery Charlottesville, VA

Aortic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery University of Virginia

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  • Ourania Preventza MD, is the George Minor Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the Department of Surgery, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular service line at UVA Health. She is also adjunct Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston where she spent 15 years of her career, and an associate professional staff at The Texas Heart Institute, in Houston. Dr Preventza was the first female cardiothoracic surgeon to be Professor of Surgery with tenure at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Preventza is triple-boarded; American Board of Surgery, American Board of Surgery (Surgical Critical Care), and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She is the immediate Past President of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists 2021-2023(ISEVS). Prior leader of Adult Cardiac Surgery within the Women in Thoracic Surgery, immediate Past Program Committee Chair of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Past program committee co-chair for adult cardiac of the American Association for thoracic Surgery and a holder of a management and business administration degree on Health Care leadership from Brandeis University in Boston. She is the recent recipient on the Physician of the Year award 2023 by the Hellenic Medical Society of New York (est. 1936) and the past winner of the Socrates Award given every year at the Society of Thoracic Surgery Annual meeting for an outstanding mentor for thoracic surgery residents in the USA (January 2023, annual STS meeting). She is a world expert in aortic disease, and she is the Co –chair of the 2022 ACC/AHA guidelines on aortic disease and writing member for the 2024 European Association of the cardiothoracic Surgery published guidelines on aortic disease . She has lectured nationally and internationally on cardiovascular disease and on leadership and women in science and medicine. She is co –authored more than 200 articles in peer review journals.

Education & Training

  • Arizona Heart Institute
    Arizona Heart InstituteFellowship, Endovascular Surgery and Catheter Wires Skills, 2005 - 2006
  • Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of MedicineFellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 2001 - 2003
  • Ascension Providence/MSUCHM
    Ascension Providence/MSUCHMResidency, Surgery, 1996 - 2001
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester)
    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester)Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, 1998 - 1999
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai Hospital
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai HospitalResidency, Surgery, 1993 - 1995
  • University of Athens
    University of AthensClass of 1990, top 1%

Certifications & Licensure

  • VA State Medical License
    VA State Medical License 2023 - 2026
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1995 - 2025
  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 2011 - 2024
  • DE State Medical License
    DE State Medical License 2007 - 2009
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2007 - 2008
  • AZ State Medical License
    AZ State Medical License 2005 - 2007
  • MI State Medical License
    MI State Medical License 1999 - 2006
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery Surgical Critical Care
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
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Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Physician of the Year Hellenic medical Society of NY, 2023
  • President of ISEVS ISEVS, 2021-2023
  • AATS membership AATS, 2015
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Authored Content

  • This AATS Had A Younger Crowd, and Here Is Why I Liked ThatMay 2019

Press Mentions

  • Yearly Exams and Lifestyle Changes May Prevent No. 1 Killer
    Yearly Exams and Lifestyle Changes May Prevent No. 1 KillerFebruary 22nd, 2023
  • A Husband and Father’s Second Chance
    A Husband and Father’s Second ChanceMarch 22nd, 2022
  • For Children Battling Illness, Make-A-wish New Jersey Fulfills Life-Changing Wishes
    For Children Battling Illness, Make-A-wish New Jersey Fulfills Life-Changing WishesMay 31st, 2019

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • French

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