Vinod H Thourani, MD

Emory Clinic

Co-Director, Structural Heart and Valve Center

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery (Board certified since 2007)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
coronary artery bypass surgery
- off pump
minimally-invasive CT surgery
mitral stenosis
transcatheter aortic valve repl
valve disease
valve repair/replacement
Office(s) Locations:
Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree St, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308
404 686-2513

Emory Clinic, Bldg A
1365 Clifton Road, NE 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322
Additional Spoken Language(s):
About Dr. Thourani
Dr. Thourani has been heavily involved in the research for structural heart and with the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement trials.  Other areas of focus are:  valve disease, percutaneous and minimally invasive valve applications, biomedical engineering for treatment of new valve prosthesis and techniques, myocardial protection, coronary artery disease.
Year Started Practicing: 2005
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2005
Organizational Memberships:
21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical, 2011 - present
American Association of Thoracic Surgery, 2010-present
American College of Cardiology, 2010 - present
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2008 - present
Society of Heart Valve Disease, 2009-present
South Atlantic Cardiovascular Society, 2007 - present
International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2007 - present
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, 2007 - present
National Youth Leadership Mentor, 2006 - present
Atlanta Surgical Association, 2002 - present
Outstanding Young Men of America, 1998- present
Medical Association of Georgia, 1998-present
American Heart Association, 1998-present
Major or Recent Publications:

Daniel WT 3rd, Kilgo P, Puskas JD, Thourani VH, Lattouf OM, Guyton RA, Halkos ME. 2013. Trends in aortic clamp use during coronary artery bypass surgery: Effect of aortic clamping strategies on neurologic outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Mar 8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:23477689.

Rankin JS, Thourani VH, Suri RM, He X, O'Brien SM, Vassileva CM, Shah AS, Williams M. 2013. Associations between valve repair and reduced operative mortality in 21,056 mitral/tricuspid double valve procedures. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 44(3):472-7. PMID: 23515166.

Svensson LG, Adams DH, Bonow RO, Kouchoukos NT, Miller DC, O'Gara PT, Shahian DM, Schaff HV, Akins CW, Bavaria J, Blackstone EH, David TE, Desai ND, Dewey T, D'Agostino RS, Gleason T, Harrington KB, Kodali S, Kapadia S, Leon M, Lima B, Lytle BW, Mack MJ, Reece TB, Reiss GR, Roselli E, Smith CR, Thourani VH, Tuzcu EM, Webb J, and Williams MR. 2013. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons' Guidelines for Management and Quality Measures for the Aortic Valve and Ascending Aorta: Executive Summary. Ann Thorac Surg. 95(4):1491-505. PMID: 23291103.

Padala M, Cardinau B, Gyoneva LI, Thourani VH, and Yoganathan AP. 2013. Comparison of artificial neochordae and native chordal transfer in the repair of a flail posterior mitral leaflet: an experimental study. Ann Thorac Surg. 95(2)629-33. PMID: 23291143.

Thourani VH, Chowdhury R, Gunter RL, Kilgo PD, Chen EP, Puskas JD, Halkos ME, Lattouf OM, Cooper WA, Guyton RA. 2013. The Impact of specific preoperative organ dysfunction in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement. Ann Thorac Surg. 95(3):838-45. PMID: 23245447.

Chatterjee S, Rankin JS, Gammie JS, Sheng S, O'Brien SM, Brennan JM, Alexander JC, Thourani VH, Pearson PJ, Suri RM. 2013. Isolated mitral valve surgery risk in 77,836 patients from the society of thoracic surgeons database. Ann Thorac Surg. 96(5):1587-95. PMID: 24011622.

Current era minimally invasive aortic valve replacement: Techniques and practice. Malaisrie SC, Barnhart GR, Farivar RS, Mehall J, Hummel B, Rodriguez E, Anderson M, Lewis C, Hargrove C, Ailawadi G, Goldman S, Khan J, Moront M, Grossi E, Roselli EE, Agnihotri A, Mack MJ, Smith JM, Thourani VH, Duhay FG, Kocis MT, Ryan WH. 2013. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Oct 31, [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 24183904.

Makkar RR, Jilaihawi H, Mack M, Chakravarty T, Cohen DJ, Cheng W, Fontana G, Bavaria J, Thourani V, Herrmann H, Pichard A, Kapadia S, Babilliaros V, Whisenant B, Kodali S, Williams M, Trento A, Smith C, Teirstein P, Cohen MG, Xu K, Tuzcu EM, Webb J, Leon M. 2013. Stratification of Outcomes after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement According to Surgical Inoperability for Technical Versus Clinical Reasons. J Am Coll Cardiol. Oct 12 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID

Dwight C. McGoon Award (2013)
Thoracic Surgery Resident’s Association (TSRA)

W. Proctor Harvey, MD, Young Teacher Award (2012)
American College of Cardiology Annual Emerging Leadership Conference

Start-up Company of 2010 for Apica Cardiovascular (2011)
Emory University

Osler Abbott Award (2010)
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA