Christina Vassileva, MD, FACS, FACC Expert Witness

Contact Information

  • Phone: 217-303-3357
  • Cell: 217-303-3357
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Focus: mitral valve repair, mitral valve replacement, mitral valve surgery, valve repair, valve replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, TAVI, coronary artery bypass, CABG, aortic aneurysm, atrial fibrillation

Education: MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; General Surgery Residency, Johns Hopkins; Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Years in Practice: 11


Additional Information

I completed medical school and general surgery at Johns Hopkins and subsequently finished my training in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac track at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in 2009. Throughout my training I have received multiple awards that distinguish my scholastic achievement. I am well versed in all aspects of cardiac surgery. I have special expertise in mitral valve repair. I also have experience with transcatherter aortic valve replacement. I have been involved on a national level in a number of professional organizations. In the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), I am a member of the Quality Management Task Force, and I was one of the participants in the development of the updated risk model in cardiac surgery, on which the STS risk calculator is based. In the American College of Cardiology (ACC), I have participated in a number of initiatives on patient-centered care and shared decision-making. In addition, I am one of two surgeons nationally to participate in the panel on the 2017 expert consensus document for the transcatheter aortic valve replacement. I have co-chaired, moderated or served on the advisory planning committee for multiple sessions at key meetings of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. I have authored many publications in top cardiovascular journals, and have received multiple grants and awards for my outcomes research in valvular heart disease, especially mitral valve surgery.