Kasirajan to Head Dept. of Surgery


Congratulations to cardiothoracic surgeon Vigneshwar Kasirajan, M.D., who has been named as chair of the Department of Surgery of the VCU Medical Center. He began his new position August 1.

Kasirajan had served as interim chair of the Department of Surgery as well as chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of Heart Transplantation. He received his medical degree from Madras Medical College in India and completed his specialty training at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Dr. Kasirajan has helped to create a vibrant environment at VCU, where he has been since 2000. In addition to his work with transplant patients, he is at the forefront of a new frontier in cardiac surgery that includes artificial hearts and mechanical assist devices,” said Jerome Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., dean, VCU School of Medicine.

In 2006, Kasirajan led the first surgical team on the East Coast to implant the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, the only device of its kind approved by the FDA. “His work in this field has helped establish VCU as one of the leaders in the realm of artificial hearts,” said Strauss.

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