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Dr. Thomas Christopher, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery ·  Male · Age 63

Dr. Christopher

Dr. Thomas Christopher, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Richmond, VA and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Duke University School Of Medicine in 1982 and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery.


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(804) 320-2751

Dr. Christopher accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Beech Street (Multiplan) EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna
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Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna
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Coventry Health Care
Carelink PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
Health Net
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
National Preferred Provider Network
National Preferred Provider Network PPO
One Health
PHCS
PHCS PPO
PHP-Physicians Health Plan
Principal Financial Group
Private HealthCare Systems
Prudential
PruCare PPO
Southern Health Services (Coventry Health Care)
Southern Health Services (Coventry Health Care) HMO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicare Advantage PFFS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
WellPoint

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No malpractice claims found for Virginia
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Christopher's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Christopher performs Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs) more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Christopher performs this procedure more than 92% of his peers

Aortic Valve Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Christopher treats Aortic Valve Disease more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Christopher treats this condition more than 92% of his peers

Aortic Valve Surgery
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Christopher performs Aortic Valve Surgery more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Christopher performs this procedure more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Christopher's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Endocarditis
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Surgery
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Thrombosis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

About Me

Care Philosophy

Our team is a leading provider of cardiac surgical procedures in the state of Virginia, and the leader in Central Virginia, where we perform the majority of all major heart operations.

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

1986
Duke University Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1984
Duke University Med Center
Residency Hospital
1983
Duke University Med Center
Internship Hospital
1982
Duke University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1978
Duke University
Undergraduate School
1986
1984
1983
1982
1978

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Words can’t explain kindness that Dr Christopher has shown myself and my family!, Dr Christopher is a true healer of lives
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I cannot speak highly enough about the care I received from Dr. Christopher. He was very engaging and easy to talk with, explained the TAVR procedure thoroughly and in lay terms I could easily understand. He was respectful, and spent as much time as I needed to ask questions. He also has a wicked good sense of humor, which lightened the tension of my initial appointment and put me at ease.
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I met Dr. Christopher for the first time when he was making his rounds in the hospital one Sunday in 2004 after I was admitted for a possible TIA. An aorotic aneurism was discovered during testing. I must have talked to 5 or 6 doctors that frightening weekend. Dr. Christopher 's patience and downright humanity toward me personally were exceptionally comforting. I never forgot it. Thus, when I needed regular follow-up care in recent years, I chose Dr. Christopher happily. He still has that touch.
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The extent to which Dr Christopher and his staff went to assure my understanding of surgical options and the intended outcomes of each was remarkable and appreciated. As a surgeon his manner and expertise merits a 5-star rating. His professionalism in preparing for, and executing the TAVR procedure in the face of unprecedented circumstances due to a unique allergy to bovine and porcine products was exemplary. The outcome has been beyond my best expectations. I will gladly refer Dr Christopher.
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Dr. Christopher and his team treated me for Endocarditis with Staph infection and Sepsis. It was one of the most toughest journey's in my life of 49 years on Earth. I stumbled on Dr. Christopher's care for surgery. I can't speak high enough for his talent, bedside manner and the way he set my family and I at ease for the path ahead. Thank God for our paths crossing and I can move on to a full recovery. Dr. Christopher and/or his team made daily visits each day when I was in CCU at Chipp.
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I recently needed my second open heart surgery in 4 years. With multiple medical issues, my cardiologist referred me to Dr. Thomas Christopher. He is methodically precise in his planning, provides exceptional detail and reassurance to the patient and family and demonstrates extraordinary patience while ensuring everything is fully understood. From an extremely pleased and happy patient's perspective, he is definitely one of the best heart surgeons in Virginia and I highly recommend him.
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Outstanding surgeon! Is very down to earth explaining things and has amazing bedside manner. Highly recommend!
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