Faculty

Chapel Hill faculty

Thomas G. Caranasos, M.D.
Clinical physician, UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care. Adult cardiac and thoracic surgery including heart and lung transplantation. Special interest in aortic surgery including the ascending, arch pathology, thoracic aorta and aortic root, transcatheter aortic valve surgery, mitral and aortic valvular surgery, minimally invasive approaches to cardiac surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery. Research interests: Surgical treatment of the aorta, transcatheter valvular surgery, hybrid coronary revascularization and valvulvar surgery.

Thomas M. Egan, M.D., M.Sc.
Bronchoscopy, interventional bronchoscopy, treatment planning for stereotactic radiosurgery (Cyberknife) for lung cancer. Dr. Egan no longer performs surgery due to a physical disability, but provides 2nd opinions/consultation on lung transplantation, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, airway diseases and problems. Research: ischemia-reperfusion injury, lung transplantation, lung transplant from non-heart-beating donors, ex-vivo lung perfusion/ventilation.

Richard H. Feins, M.D.
Research interests: Thoracic oncology, cardiothoracic simulation. Dr. Feins no longer performs surgery.

Benjamin E. Haithcock, M.D.
Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program. Surgical Director, UNC Lung Transplant Program. Thoracic oncology including cancer of lung and esophagus, lung transplantation, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, lung and esophageal surgery. Research on lung cancer (CALGB trial of lobectomy versus sublobar resection for small (<2cm) peripheral non-small cell lung cancer); use of lungs from non-heart-beating donors for transplantation.

Andy C. Kiser, M.D.
Chief of Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Adult cardiac and thoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation. Special interest in arrhythmia surgery, including paracardioscopic procedures to treat atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias; minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery; surgery for aortic aneurysms and thoracic aortic diseases; off-pump and minimally invasive coronary artery surgery; video assisted thoracic surgery.

Jason Long, M.D., M.P.H.
Thoracic oncology including cancer of lung and esophagus; lung transplantation; minimally invasive thoracic surgery including robotic surgery; ECMO; lung and esophageal surgery. Research on ex-vivo lung perfusion, use of lungs from non-heart-beating donors for transplantation; international health.

Michael R. Mill, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program. Neonatal and pediatric heart surgery, pediatric and adult heart and heart-lung transplantation, complex valve repairs, mechanical cardiac assist devices, surgery for end-stage heart failure.

Jennifer S. Nelson, M.D.
Director, Pediatric ECMO Program. Congenital and pediatric heart surgery; heart surgery in newborns and low birth weight infants; ECMO. Research: Ross procedure in children; post-cardiotomy ECMO; pediatric cardiac assist devices.

Brett C. Sheridan, M.D.
Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Transplantation. Adult cardiac and thoracic surgery, heart and lung transplantation. Surgical treatment of heart failure including ventricular reconstruction; off-pump/minimally invasive cardiac surgery; aortic surgery; valve surgery; surgery for atrial fibrillation; ventricular assist devices; cardiac surgery in the elderly; cardiac surgery in patients with kidney disease. Research on outcomes of acute coronary syndrome in Medicare patients.

Andrew M. Shirlen, P.A., M.M.S.
First assistance in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery; endosopic and minimally invasive vein harvesting; arterial line placement; wound care and management; thoracentesis; chest tube placement and management.

Affiliated faculty

High Point

Stephen A. Mills, M.D. (High Point Regional Hospital)
Adult cardiac surgery.
James J. Morris, M.D. (High Point Regional Hospital)
Adult cardiac surgery.

Raleigh

Lance E. Landvater, M.D. (Rex Hospital)
Adult cardiac surgery including heart bypass surgery, valve replacements and other cardiac procedures.

Robert B. Peyton, M.D. (Rex Hospital)
Adult cardiac surgery including heart bypass surgery, valve replacement and other cardiac procedures.

Adjunct faculty

John Alexander, M.D.

Paul Ramphal, M.D.