Department Chair

Mark D. Iannettoni

Mark D. Iannettoni, MD, MBA

W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr, MD, Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences
Professor and Chief, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery
Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency
Chief, Cardiovascular Service Line ECHI/Vidant

Medical School
  • SUNY Health Sciences Center at Syracuse (1985)
  • SUNY Health Sciences Center at Syracuse General Surgery Residency (1985-91)
  • University of Michigan Thoracic Residency (1991-93)
  • General Thoracic Surgery John Alexander Thoracic Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery (1993-94)
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Professional Highlights and Honors
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Gamma Chapter (1985)
  • John Alexander Fellow in General Thoracic Surgery (1993-94)
  • Johann L. Ehrenhaft Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2004)
  • Strathmore's Who's Who (2006-07)
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer - Castle Connolly Guide (2006)
  • Marquis "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare", 6th edition. (2006)
  • US News and World Report Best Physicians (2008)
  • US News and World Report Star Designation as Upper 1% of Physicians Recognized in Their Specialty (2010)
  • Socrates Award from Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (2015)
Clinical Interests
  • General Thoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive and Robotically-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Benign and Malignant Esophageal Disease

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Program Director

Rajasekhar Nekkanti

Rajasekhar Nekkanti, MD

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Ablation
  • Cardiovascular Stress Testing
  • Echocardiography
  • Heart Failure
  • Implantable Defibrillators
  • Pacemaker Implant
  • Stress Tests
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
Board Certifications
  • Echocardiography
  • American College of Nutrition
  • International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
Medical School
  • Siddhartha Medical College and Research Institute, Vijayawada, India, 1992
  • University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India, 1993
  • St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of NY, 1997
  • Critical Care, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, 1998
  • Geriatric Medicine, St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers of NY, 2000
  • Echocardiography, University of Alabama Birmingham, 2002
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, NC, 2005
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, NC, 2006
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, NC, 2008

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Associate Program Director

John D. Rose

John D. Rose, MD

Clinical Professor
Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular Stress Testing
  • Electrocardiogram, Stress Tests
Board Certifications
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
Medical School
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA, 1972
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA, 1975
  • Cardiovascular Diseases, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, NC, 1977

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