Vinod H. Thourani, MD, FACS, FACCVinod H. Thourani, MD
ABOUT OUR CHAIRMAN
Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, GA
The SACS 2020 Steering Committee Chair is Atlanta-based Vinod H.
Thourani, MD. He is the Bernie Marcus Chief of the Department
Cardiovascular Surgery for Piedmont Healthcare and the Marcus Heart
Valve Center. Dr. Thourani is a national cardiovascular thought leader with
an expertise in minimally invasive and transcatheter valvular disease.
Dr. Thourani has been active with SACS for over ten years and this is the
second time he has served as Chairman.
He is active in numerous professional cardiac surgery and cardiology
organizations and has authored over 500 articles in a variety of prestigious
medical journals. He is currently the President of the Southern Thoracic
Surgical Association and the President of the International Heart Valve
Society. He serves on the board of trustees of the International Society of
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery as Vice-President and he is on Board
of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is the co-chair of the
100 th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for
2020. He is on the Surgeons Council of the American College of
Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
He is the principal national investigator of five clinical trials on surgical and
transcatheter valve surgery and is on the executive committee of four other
valve-related national trials.
Dr. Thourani’s passion for advancements in cardiac care and providing
optimal care for patients with a multi-disciplinary approach shape the 2020
SACS agenda, making it a “not to be missed” program for cardiac care
professionals throughout the Southeast.