Dr. Vinay Badhwar is the Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and Executive Chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and Service Line at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, West Virginia. Prior to this he was the Chief of Cardiac Surgery of UPMC Heart & Vascular Institute and Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Badhwar completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, and received his MD from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. After completing a residency in Surgery at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and postgraduate training through the McGill University Surgical Scientist Program, he participated in two Fellowships, one in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Ottawa, and a second in heart failure/transplant, LVAD, and Mitral Repair at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 2002-2011, Dr. Badhwar held numerous institutional leadership positions while practicing in Tampa and Orlando, Florida, while holding an academic appointment to the University of South Florida. Dr. Badhwar was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC in 2011 where he held several international leadership posts until his recruitment to lead West Virginia University in 2016.
Dr. Badhwar’s active research initiatives include:
National Guidelines on Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation – Chair, Task Force on Surgical AF Guidelines, STS Workforce on Evidence Based Surgery
National Longitudinal Outcome Reporting in Mitral Valve Surgery - STS National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database Linkage to CMS Database
Regional and National Outcome Optimization Strategies in Adult Cardiac Surgery
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Techniques and Outcomes, including robotic mitral repair
Novel therapies for valvular repair and reconstruction include aortic valve repair
Dr. Badhwar holds leadership appointments in the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Cardiology, and is a member of many other professional organizations. Dr. Badhwar serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Heart Valve Disease and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Badhwar has received numerous awards, most recently the America’s Most Compassionate Doctor, National Patient’s Choice Award (2011), Faculty of the Year Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2012, 2013), and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ prestigious J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award for the nation’s best paper in Adult Cardiac Surgery (2012), and Best Doctors in America (2015, 2016, 2017). It is of note that Dr. Badhwar and his McGowan Institute collaborators, William Wagner, PhD, and Antonio D’Amore, PhD, received the 2016 Coulter Award for Innovation in bioengineering for their work on a novel biodegradable heart valve.
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