Dr. Thomas Christopher, MD

Dr. Thomas Christopher, MD

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Cardiac Surgery  |  
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61 y/o
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Dr. Thomas Christopher, MD is a cardiac surgery doctor who practices in Richmond, VA. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 35 years. Dr. Christopher is affiliated with Retreat Doctors' Hospital, Parham Doctors' Hospital, Henrico Doctors' Hospital, CJW Medical Center - Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospital.

Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

7101 Jahnke Rd Ste 500

Richmond, VA 23225
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • National Preferred Provider Network
  • One Health
  • PHCS

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Top Care Areas

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Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
very high
more than 95% of peers
Congenital Heart Disease
very high
more than 91% of peers
Aneurysm
very high
more than 91% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Christopher "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."
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Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease

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Procedures

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • 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 Surgery
  • Maze Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

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

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Christopher has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Christopher does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Christopher and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Parham Doctors' Hospital

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Christopher is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Christopher's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Christopher to family and friends
5.0
based on 9 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Christopher's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Richmond, VA |
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.
in Richmond, VA |
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.
in Richmond, VA |
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.
in Chesterfield, VA |
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.
in Richmond, VA |
Outstanding surgeon! Is very down to earth explaining things and has amazing bedside manner. Highly recommend!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Christopher accepts 21 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
    Beech Street (Multiplan) EPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
    Open Access
  • 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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Hospitals where Dr. Christopher has admitting privileges

Parham Doctors' Hospital
7700 E Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23294
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CJW Medical Center - Chippenham
7101 Jahnke Rd
Richmond, VA 23225
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Henrico Doctors' Hospital
1602 Skipwith Rd
Richmond, VA 23229
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Johnston-Willis Hospital
1401 Johnston Willis Dr
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
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Retreat Doctors' Hospital
2621 Grove Ave
Richmond, VA 23220
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