Welcome, New Faculty!

Zachary M. Gertz, M.D., M.B.E.

Zachary M. Gertz, M.D., M.B.E., joined the Pauley Heart Center in July as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program. Dr. Gertz is a clinical cardiologist who performs catheterization and interventional procedures.

“VCU has a great reputation for its cardiac cath lab. But they didn’t have anyone doing what I do—structural heart disease. This is a good opportunity for me to pursue my interests and add something to the cardiology team,” said Dr. Gertz.

According to Dr. George Vetrovec, Director of the Adult Catheterization Laboratory and Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Gertz has experience in innovative procedures such as replacing aortic valves via catheter.

“This is a growing new area to help very old, frail people who don’t do well with surgery,” said Dr. Vetrovec.

Dr. Gertz is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. At the University of Pennsylvania, he earned both an M.D. from the School of Medicine and an M.B.E. from the Center for Bioethics. He completed his residency and fellowships in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include a recent article on “Evidence of Atrial Functional Mitral Regurgitation Due to Atrial Fibrillation” in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


Jayanthi N. Koneru, MBBS, CCDS

Jayanthi N. Koneru, MBBS, CCDS, joined Pauley Heart Center in July as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Cardiac Electrophysiology.

“Jay is a young, outstanding clinical cardiac electrophysiologist who specializes in ablation and lead extraction. He will be going to Williamsburg and South Hill to strengthen our outpatient outreach programs,” said Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, Chief of the Cardiology Division.

Dr. Koneru’s cardiac electrophysiology specialties include device implantation, laserassisted and femoral lead extraction, and complex ablation procedures such as endocardial and epicardial ablation for ventricular and supraventricular tachycardia and radiofrequency and cryoablation for atrial fibrillation.

He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the Osmania Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a medical resident and chief resident at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University, and received his Cardiology training at University of Nebraska Medical Center and his Electrophysiology training at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

“Jay is a young, outstanding clinical cardiac electrophysiologist who specializes in ablation and lead extraction.”

“The Cardiac Electrophysiology program at VCU-MCV Hospitals is world-renowned for its seminal contributions to the field,” he said. “I am thrilled to join such a superb team.”

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