Pauley Heart Center Welcomes New Faculty!


Cardiothoracic surgeon Gabor Bagameri, M.D., joined the VCU faculty in June. He arrives from Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Norfolk. He received his M.D. from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his surgical residency at Graduate Hospital, University of Missouri, and Thomas Jefferson Hospital, where he also undertook a vascular surgery fellowship. He completed his cardiothoracic fellowship at University of Pennsylvania.

“He’s going to bring new skills in endovascular and complex aortic reconstructions. He also has tremendous experience in transcatheter valve technology. He’s obviously a skilled surgeon, but also brings strong skills in teamwork. He is going to be a great match for the program, and we are delighted to have him join us,” said Vigneshwar Kasirajan, M.D., VCU chair of Surgery and of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Having spent the last couple of years in private practice, Bagameri said, “I really missed working in an academic institution. VCU has an excellent reputation and the environment here is one of growth. It is an exciting time.”

Alex-Tan-218x300Electrophysiologist Alex Tan, M.D., joined the faculty as assistant professor of medicine in October 2013. He is from Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, which is part of Harvard Medical School. He will be primarily at the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center. His clinical interests include implanting defibrillators and pacemakers, performing ablation procedures for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, and device and lead extractions.

“I felt that VCU and the VA provided a good fit in terms of offering an environment that was supportive of translational research as well as being on the cutting edge of clinical electrophysiology,” said Tan.

According to Kenneth Ellenbogen, M.D., chair, Division of Cardiology, “Dr. Tan is the consummate cardiac surgeon; technically skilled, thoughtful and decisive.”

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