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Dr. John A. Kern, MD

Cardiac Surgery

Male, Age 52, Graduated 1988, University Of Virginia

1215 Lee St
Charlottesville, VA 22908
(434) 338-6960
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Dr. Kern's Specialty

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

What Is a Specialty or Area of Special Expertise?

A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

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A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best methods of treatment. 

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels. 

A doctor may have more than one specialty, along with one or more subspecialties. For instance, a doctor could specialize in internal medicine and have a subspecialty in infectious disease. A subspecialty is a concentration within a specialty. 

Your primary care doctor (who is often a specialist in family medicine or internal medicine) can help you choose the right type of specialist. In fact, some health insurance plans require a referral from your primary care doctor before you visit a specialist.

Dr. Kern's License & Board Certification

  • Board Certified in Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Board Certified in General Surgery
  • Board Certified in Thoracic Surgery
  • Board Certified in Vascular Surgery
  • Licensed in Virginia

Why Is Board Certification Important?

Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. 

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Board certification requires extensive training and a rigorous review of a doctor’s knowledge, experience and skill in a medical specialty. Board certification also means that a doctor is actively improving his or her practice of medicine through continuing education. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition. 

A doctor who is board certified has taken an important step beyond getting a required state medical license to practice. Some doctors choose not to apply for board certification. A doctor who is not board certified may be an excellent doctor who is fully licensed to practice medicine in his or her state. 

If you are considering a doctor who is not board certified, consider asking the doctor why he or she is not certified. This information might provide you important background information to help you decide whether or not to see that doctor.

  • Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrythmias
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Aneurysm Stent Grafting
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
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  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Dressing and/or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Impella Device
  • Laparotomy
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Peripheral Artery Bypass Procedures
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Bypass
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Surgical Procedures
  • TAVI/TAVR
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
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  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias (incl. Atrial Fibrillation)
  • Arterial Dissections With Lentiginosis
  • Arteritis
  • Artery Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mesenteric Artery Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
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Dr. Kern's Education & Training

  • Medical Schools:

    • University Of Virginia
      Graduated: 1988
  • Internship Hospital:

    • University Of Virginia
      Graduated: 1989
  • Residency Hospital:

    • University Of Virginia
      Graduated: 1995
  • Fellowship Hospital:

    • University Of Virginia
      Graduated: 1997
  • Undergraduate Schools:

    • Pennsylvania State Univ
      Graduated: 1984

What Is a Residency?

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods. Read More

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels.

Residency training takes place in accredited hospitals or other healthcare facilities under the supervision of experienced doctors. Residency training lasts from three to seven years, and the exact duration varies from specialty to specialty. Residency is required for specialty board certification.

Dr. Kern's Background Check

Malpractice

No malpractice history found for Virginia
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information for the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact you quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.

Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state. 

Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were. 
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states. 

Dr. Kern's Awards & Recognitions

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