Exterior photo of the UVM Medical Center entrance.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

 (802) 847-8158

111 Colchester Avenue
Main Campus, East Pavilion, Level 5
Burlington, VT 05401-1473

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT, offers a wide range of cardiothoracic surgery treatments for chest and heart diseases, including bypass surgery, valve replacement and repair and thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery. Our experienced medical group has performed thousands of life-saving cardiothoracic surgeries throughout its substantial history, dating back to the 1950s.

Cardiothoracic Surgery: What You Need to Know

Our team includes four board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons and dedicated support staff-including three physician assistants, two nurse practitioners, a nurse clinician and a hard-working and devoted office staff-all dedicated to providing the highest possible quality of cardiothoracic surgery care to our patients.

Our cardiothoracic surgery specialists treat a variety of heart-and chest-related diseases through advanced techniques and procedures:

  • Adult cardiac pathology
  • Advanced, minimally invasive heart valve surgery for aortic valve, mitral valve and thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Aneurysms of the thoracic aorta
  • Bypass surgery
  • Diseases involving the lungs, mediastinum, esophagus and chest wall
  • Heart valve replacement and repair
  • Limited pediatric abnormalities
  • Surgical repair of complex chest and abdominal aneurysms
  • Surgical treatment of heart rhythm disorders

Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

Many cardiothoracic laboratory and clinical research projects are performed in collaboration with The UVM Medical Center Cardiology department. Our team is investigating a model for thoracic aortic trauma, cerebral perfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass and factors affecting the longevity of both venous and arterial grafts, a model that increases patient outcomes long-term.

The cardiothoracic surgery department is a founding member of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Research Group. The UVM Medical Center has participated in a myriad of clinical projects that have led to a progressive decrease in cardiac surgical morbidity and mortality. The Northern New England group now has one of the largest databases for cardiothoracic surgery in the United States.

Learn More About Cardiothoracic Surgery

Explore this site for more information about our comprehensive care, or call The UVM Medical Center Cardiothoracic Surgery at 802-847-4152, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

Learn more about all of The UVM Medical Center's comprehensive surgical services.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Services

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valvular replacement and repair
  • Resection of aortic and thoracoabdominal aneurysms
  • Surgery for atrial arrhythmias
  • Limited pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Evaluation and treatment of both benign and malignant pulmonary tumors
  • Evaluation and treatment of mediastinal and esophageal pathology
  • Treatment of chest wall abnormalities
  • Management and treatment of traumatic cardiac and thoracic injuries

Thoracic Aorta Aneurysm

The UVM Medical Center has a team of specialists from Cardiothoracic Surgery, Radiology, Cardiology and Vascular Surgery dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow-up of patients with diseases of the thoracic aorta.

The thoracic aorta is a section of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, within the chest. It supplies oxygenated blood to the chest cage and the organs within the chest. Conditions include:

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysmal disease
  • Dissections
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Traumatic injuries

Heart Rhythm Disorders

The group also offers surgical treatment for acute atrial arrhythmias — or severe heart rhythm disorders. This surgery is called the Maze procedure and can be performed as either an isolated operation or in conjunction with valvular or bypass surgery.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The University of Vermont Medical Center is staffed by surgeons who also teach and conduct research. The UVM Medical Center offers a setting that combines education, training and the latest advancements in technology. This allows our physicians to educate others and conduct vital research, which fuels better care for our patients.
Learn more about our clinical, research and academic missions below.

Patient Care

How to refer a patient to UVM Medical Center Cardiothoracic Surgery:

Call (toll free): 888-362-3242

Fax Referral Line: 802-847-2001

Email: ReferralCenteratuvmhealth [dot] org (ReferralCenter[at]uvmhealth[dot]org)  Note: please send encrypted files.

For information on the Office of Provider Relations, Provider Access Services and Patient Placement Services, visit Patient Referral Resources.


Fellowship and Residency Programs - We offer residency and fellowship programs in over 17 service lines. Cardiothoracic Surgery is a surgical subspecialty in our comprehensive Surgery Residency Program, which prepares residents for careers in general surgery, academic surgery and surgical fellowship training. Visit the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) – Our CME program offers a series of medical courses for health care professionals to learn about new and developing areas of their fields. Visit CME.
Grand Rounds - Grand Rounds present current medical topics and developments. They are sponsored by individual departments on a regular basis. Search the schedule for upcoming dates and times.


Our Cardiothoracic Surgery division is a founding member of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Research Group, allowing us to participate in a wide variety of clinical research projects. Visit the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for more information or go to The UVM Office of Clinical Trials Research to receive up–to-date information on the latest clinical trials.
	  	  Erica N. Charkalis, NP
Erica N. Charkalis, NP
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
	  	  Kyle C. Craven, PA-C
Kyle C. Craven, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Fuyuki Hirashima, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Frank P. Ittleman, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Elan B. Kennedy, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Hannah Z. Kooperkamp, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Constantinos Lovoulos, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
General Surgery
Stephen Marcus, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Michael Messak, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Leah K. Morse, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Mitchell C. Norotsky, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
	  	  Hannah Sylvester, PA-C
Hannah Sylvester, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery