Chapel Hill faculty

Thomas G. Caranasos, M.D.
Surgical Director, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program, UNC Hospitals. Adult cardiac and thoracic surgery including heart and lung transplantation and ventricuilar assist device (VAD) implantation. 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 surgery simulation training. Dr. Feins no longer performs surgery. He is medical director of perioperative services at UNC Hospitals.

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. Adult cardiac surgery and heart transplantation; ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation. 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.

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. Founder, UNC Children's Heart Collaborative (multidisciplinary research group). 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.

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


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.