Through strong leadership and commitment to our mission, the heart and vascular programs of West Virginia University and WVU Medicine are among the best in the United States.

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Guided by our mission, our leadership ensures we provide the best possible heart, lung, and vascular care for our patients, improve the well-being of the diverse communities we serve, and continue to advance research and education.

Vinay Badhwar, MD

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

Ghulam Abbas, MD

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

Luke Marone, MD

Chief, 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. He is board certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Partho Sengupta, MD, DM, FACC, FASE

Partho Sengupta, MD, DM, FACC, FASE

Chief, Division of Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Imaging, and Chair of Cardiovascular Innovation at WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Abnash C. Jain Chair & Professor of Cardiology, 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

Ramesh B. Daggubati, MD

Associate Chief, Division of Cardiology; 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

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.

Paul McCarthy, MD

Paul McCarthy, MD

Chief, Division of Critical Care; Medical Director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Assistant Professor, Critical Care Medicine

Dr. McCarthy completed his internal medicine residency at the Canton Medical Education Foundation. He completed his critical care medicine residency at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He completed his ECMO ICU residency at the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. McCarthy completed his fellowship in nephrology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He received specialized training in Hands-on ECMO Cannulation at Ecole de Chirurgie, in Paris, France.

Dr. McCarthy is board certified in critical care medicine and internal medicine.

Alper Toker, MD

Alper Toker, MD

Associate Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery; 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.

Frank Briggs

Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, WVU Medicine; Vice President, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

Leslie Lawson

Associate Vice President, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute

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