Led by Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC, along with some of the most respected cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiac electrophysiologists, and vascular surgeons, the heart and vascular programs of West Virginia University and WVU Medicine are among the best in the United States.
Vinay Badhwar, MD
Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; Executive Chair, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and Service Line
Dr. Badhwar is internationally recognized as a master cardiac valve surgeon and a team builder with extensive healthcare leadership experience. He is also a national expert in complex mitral valve repair, atrial fibrillation surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, and robotic 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, MHCM, FACS
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Director of Thoracic Oncology at WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, and the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center; Associate Professor in the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
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.”
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.
Dr. Abbas 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 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.
Luke Marone, MD
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; Professor of Surgery and Radiology in the WVU School of Medicine.
Dr. Marone is a nationally recognized vascular surgeon. 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.
Partho Sengupta, MD, DM, FACC, FASE
Abnash C. Jain Chair & Professor of Cardiology, Chief of the Division of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Imaging, and Chair of Cardiovascular Innovation at WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Professor of Medicine in the WVU School of Medicine.
Prior to joining WVU Medicine, Dr. Sengupta was the director of interventional echocardiography, cardiac ultrasound research, and core lab at Mount Sinai’s Zena and Michael A. Weiner Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health.
Dr. Sengupta received his medical degree from Government Medical College in India, where he also completed a residency. He then completed a cardiology fellowship from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a cardiology fellowship at both Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Arizona.
Dr. Sengupta is the associate editor of the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging, section editor for the Journal of American College of Cardiology, on the editorial board of eight cardiology journals, and has more than 200 publications and text book chapters. He is the current chair of Innovation Task Force at the American Society of Echocardiography. He has been a TedMed speaker and has been recognized as a Top 25 professor of ultrasound medicine. Dr. Sengupta is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and echocardiography.
Ramesh B. Daggubati, MD
Associate Chief of Cardiology, and Director of the Structural Heart Program for the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
Dr. Daggubati received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, in Mangalore, India, where he also completed an internal medicine residency. He completed his neurology residency at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India, and an internal residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, in Jamaica, New York. He completed his research fellowship in cardiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center, in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Daggubati completed his clinical fellowship in cardiology at Winthrop University Hospital, in Mineola, New York. He completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Dr. Daggubati is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular imaging, and interventional cardiology.
Matthew Ellison, MD
Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology for the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the WVU School of Medicine
Dr. Ellison is board certified in Anesthesiology and is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He is board certified in Advanced Perioperative Echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Ellison’s areas of interest are early extubation after cardiac surgery, anesthetic management of complex cardiac surgical procedures, organ transplant, and perioperative management and quality.
Dr. Ellison is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists National Committee on Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia. He is member of multiple professional societies including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the American Association of Physician Leaders. He completed his Masters of Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this, he completed his Anesthesiology residency training and medical school at West Virginia University.
Dr. Ellison has multiple publications and presentations at national and international meetings.
James D. Mills, MD, FACC
Co-Director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Center for Mitral Valve Disease; Assistant Director of Stress and Metabolic Imaging; Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology in the WVU School of Medicine.
Areas of interest for Dr. Mills 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.
Dr. Mills also proudly serves as the faculty advisor and assistant head coach of the WVU Men’s Lacrosse team.
George G. Sokos, DO
Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine in the WVU School of Medicine.
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.
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.
David Schwartzman, MD
Director, Electrophysiology Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Professor of Medicine in the WVU School of Medicine.
Dr. Schwartzman is a professor of medicine and section chief for cardiac electrophysiology at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He received his medical degree from New York University. His postgraduate training included internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology at New York University and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as more than 20 biomedical technology/technique patents. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, obesity medicine, and cardiac electrophysiology. He is also certified as a cardiac rhythm device specialist by the Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Schwartzman is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.
Alper Toker, MD
Director, Tracheal Reconstruction Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Professor of Medicine in the WVU School of Medicine.
Dr. Toker is internationally recognized for his expertise in minimally invasive/robotic thoracic surgery and is one of the pioneers of robotic surgery for myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the skeletal muscles that are responsible for breathing and moving parts of the body, such as the arms and legs, become weak. He served as president of the European Society of Thoracic Surgery and continues to serve on the editorial boards of numerous thoracic and cardiovascular journals. He has published nearly 200 scientific publications in various international journals.
Dr. Toker leads the tracheal surgery program, robotic thymus/mediastinal surgery program, program for extended surgery for lung cancer, mesothelioma program, and chest wall surgery program.
Lawrence M. Wei, MD
Clinical Director, Cardiac Surgery; Co-Director of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Center for Aortic Surgery and director of the Center for Aortic Valve Disease; Director of Robotic Revascularization; Associate Professor of Surgery in the WVU School of Medicine.
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.
Dr. Wei, who specializes in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, is board certified in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.