Dr. Joelle Coletta, MD

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Thoracic Surgery | Female

Dr. Joelle Coletta, MD

Dr. Coletta is chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Section at the Veterans Administration Hospital affiliated with UC San Diego, and also performs both cardiac and thoracic operations at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Her areas of expertise include bypass surgery (including off-pump or "beating heart" procedures), valve repair and replacement, aortic surgery, and adoption of less invasive surgical techniques. She trained in cardiothoracic surgery at UC San Diego from 2002-2004 and then became the Department Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. After leaving the Navy, she gained additional experience in mitral valve repair, minimally invasive techniques, and aortic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Coletta joined the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UC San Diego Health System as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 2009. She combines her clinical interests in patient care with her genuine enthusiasm for teaching. General Surgery: Ship Surgeon on the USS John C. Stennis, 2000-2001 General Surgeon at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, 2000-2002 Cardiothoracic Surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, 2004-2006 Clinical Associate at the Cleveland Clinic, 2006-2007 Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Scripps Clinic Medical Group, 2007-2008 Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of California, San Diego, 2009-present

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UC San Diego Health - La Jolla9434 Medical Center Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dr. Coletta is chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Section at the Veterans Administration Hospital affiliated with UC San Diego, and also performs both cardiac and thoracic operations at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Her areas of expertise include bypass surgery (including off-pump or "beating heart" procedures), valve repair and replacement, aortic surgery, and adoption of less invasive surgical techniques.

She trained in cardiothoracic surgery at UC San Diego from 2002-2004 and then became the Department Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Naval Medical Center, San Diego. After leaving the Navy, she gained additional experience in mitral valve repair, minimally invasive techniques, and aortic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Coletta joined the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UC San Diego Health System as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 2009. She combines her clinical interests in patient care with her genuine enthusiasm for teaching.

General Surgery:

  • Ship Surgeon on the USS John C. Stennis, 2000-2001
  • General Surgeon at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, 2000-2002

Cardiothoracic Surgery: 

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, 2004-2006
  • Clinical Associate at the Cleveland Clinic, 2006-2007
  • Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Scripps Clinic Medical Group, 2007-2008
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of California, San Diego, 2009-present

Dr. Coletta's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Vascular Disease

Education

  • Medical School
    Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med

    Graduated in 1994

  • Residency Hospital
    Naval Med Center San Diego

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lung Transplant
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Thoracentesis
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)