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Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Interventional Cardiologist
Medical Director, Structural Heart Disease Program
Program Director, Structural Heart Disease Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Areas of Interest

Valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, percutaneous coronary interventions, cardiac catheterization, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, transcathether mitral valve repair, percutaneous closure of congenital defects, structural heart disease


Dr. Vavalle’s main areas of interest is in percutaneous structural and valvular heart disease interventions, as well as coronary interventions. As Medical Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program at UNC, he successfully performed the first TAVR procedure at UNC in 2014. Dr. Vavalle also leads the UNC Heart Valve Clinic where a multi-disciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and advanced practice providers evaluate patients with valvular heart disease to determine the best treatment options available.

With the rapid evolution in the fields of interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery, Dr. Vavalle focuses on increasing partnerships between the two specialties to create a seamless program where cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work together to perform hybrid and minimally invasive cardiac procedures.

Dr. Vavalle also offers procedural expertise in complex coronary interventions, transcatheter closure of paravalvular leaks, repair of congenital cardiac defects, and closure of coronary fistulas. In addition to the UNC Heart Valve Clinic located at the UNC Medical Center, Dr. Vavalle sees patients in a general cardiology clinic at UNC Heart & Vascular at Eastowne.

Education and Training

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
MPH in Clinic Research: Duke University, Durham, NC
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill