Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC
Dr. Badhwar is the executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He is internationally recognized as a master cardiac valve surgeon and a team builder with extensive healthcare leadership experience.
A national expert in complex mitral valve repair, atrial fibrillation surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, and robotic surgery, Dr. Badhwar is co-director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s Center for Mitral Valve Disease and director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation.
Dr. Badhwar is also the Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery.
He previously served as the chief of cardiac surgery at the University of Pittsburgh’s Presbyterian Hospital and director of cardiac surgery for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute.
Dr. Badhwar has lectured worldwide in the areas of mitral valve repair and atrial fibrillation surgery and holds several prominent leadership positions in national cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology organizations. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the Heart Valve Society, and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.
An accomplished clinical researcher and innovator, Dr. Badhwar is widely published, holds several patents, and is a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Heart Valve Disease and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
Ghulam Abbas, MD
Dr. Abbas is chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery in the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Abbas is also director of surgical thoracic oncology at the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and an associate professor in the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He came to WVU Medicine from Meridian Health System in New Jersey, where he served as director of minimally invasive thoracic surgery and medical director of thoracic oncology. Prior to that, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Center for eight years. He also served as the chairman of the Department of Surgery at UPMC Passavant.
He completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He subsequently obtained advanced training in minimally invasive lung and esophageal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2013, he received his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University.
Dr. Abbas is internationally recognized for robotic lung sparing surgery for lung cancer and minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. He is also an expert in robotic surgery for complex lung cancer resection, first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome, thymectomy for thymomas and myasthenia gravis, neurogenic tumors, chest wall tumor resection and reconstruction, and sympathectomy for “sweaty palms.”
Abbas is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He has been an invited speaker at many international conferences on lung and esophageal cancer and is a member of several professional and scientific societies.
Mohamad Alkhouli, MD, FACC
Dr. Alkhouli is a coronary and structural interventional cardiologist. He is the co-director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s Center for Mitral Valve Disease. He also serves as the co-director of clinical research. An assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine, Dr. Alkhouli is the associate program director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program.
After earning his medical degree from the Damascus University School of Medicine in Syria, Dr. Alkhouli completed his internship and residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He also did fellowships in cardiovascular disease and vascular medicine at Temple, as well as a coronary and endovascular interventions fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center and an advanced fellowship in structural heart disease interventions at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Alkhouli is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, and Endovascular Intervention.
Dr. Alkhouli has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and has given poster and oral presentations at several conferences.
Brian Grose, MD
Dr. Grose is the director of cardiothoracic anesthesia for the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. An assistant professor in the WVU School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia, he serves as vice chair for clinical operations.
After earning his medical degree from the WVU School of Medicine, Dr. Grose completed his residency in anesthesia at WVU. He is board certified in anesthesiology.
Luke Marone, MD
Nationally recognized vascular surgeon, Luke Marone, MD, serves as co-director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, and chief of Vascular Interventional Radiology Services at WVU Medicine. Dr. Marone is also professor of Surgery and Radiology in the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery and his fellowship in vascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Before coming to the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Marone was the chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at UPMC Passavant Hospital and director of Peripheral Vascular Intervention at the UPMC Health Systems.
He is board certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
James D. Mills, MD, FACC
Dr. Mills is co-director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Center for Mitral Valve Disease and assistant professor of medicine in the section of cardiology in the WVU School of Medicine. His areas of interest include general consultative cardiology and noninvasive cardiac imaging including nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and cardiac computed tomography.
A graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a medical degree from the WVU School of Medicine, Dr. Mills completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Pittsburgh. After a research fellowship, he was appointed to the staff as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Mills holds board certifications in both nuclear cardiology and adult comprehensive echocardiography. The author of multiple abstracts, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, Dr. Mills’ research interests include assessment of endothelial function, cardiac imaging of myocardial blood flow, and valvular heart disease. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and is a founding member of the Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography.
George G. Sokos, DO
Dr. Sokos is the director of the advanced heart failure program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure, and transplant cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
A recipient of the prestigious American College of Cardiology Merck Fellowship for his work using a novel product to aid in the recovery from cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Sokos focuses his research on the metabolic abnormalities of heart failure, insulin resistance in dilated cardiomyopathy, antibody-mediated rejection in cardiac transplant, and heart failure risk assessment.
Prior to joining WVU Medicine, Dr. Sokos was the program director of the advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowship program at Allegheny Health Network. He was also an assistant professor of medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine and a cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital’s heart failure and transplant program.
He received a pharmacy degree from West Virginia University and his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital, where he also served as chief resident, and completed two fellowships: one in cardiovascular medicine at Allegheny General Hospital and one in heart failure and cardiac transplant medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Lawrence M. Wei, MD
Dr. Wei is the co-director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Center for Aortic Surgery and director of the Center for Aortic Valve Disease. He is also an associate professor of Surgery in the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Wei, who specializes in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery.
Dr. Wei was previously an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training.
A member of many regional and national professional organizations, Dr. Wei has published dozens of scholarly articles and papers. His current research interests include beating heart coronary revascularization, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic cardiac surgery, aortic surgery, surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation, and mitral valve repair.