Virtua Health Welcomes Renowned Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgeon to Lead Cardiovascular Services

November 29, 2021 - Virtua Health is pleased to welcome Chun (Dan) Choi, MD, as vice president of clinical operations for the cardiovascular service line. Dr. Choi will provide oversight for the Virtua Medical Group’s medical and surgical cardiovascular practices, and he will oversee the clinical aspect of the cardiovascular service line for Virtua Health.

Chun (Dan) Choi, MDAs a cardiothoracic and transplant surgeon, Dr. Choi joins Virtua from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was surgical director of the mechanical circulatory support program and associate program director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency program.

“We are excited to have Dr. Choi join the team as we enhance our cardiovascular center of excellence at Virtua and further establish a Delaware Valley destination for tertiary cardiovascular at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital,” said Virtua Health EVP and chief clinical officer Reginald (Reg) Blaber, MD, MBA, FACC. “His arrival is great news for the patients we serve.”

“I am excited to join Virtua Health during this time of growth and evolution,” Dr. Choi said. “Virtua is the flagship health care system for South Jersey residents. As we work together to create a truly comprehensive cardiovascular service line, I believe Virtua and the tertiary care team at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes will rank among the leaders in the nation as a top-tier provider for the community, region, and beyond.”

Dr. Choi also expressed he is pleased to once again reside in New Jersey, the state where he met his wife and where his daughter was born.

Dr. Choi authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles as well as abstracts and book chapters. He has served as principal investigator for several studies, with research involving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and general surgery.

“We believe the addition of a physician leader with Dr. Choi’s experience and vision will help bring Virtua’s cardiac service line to a new level of recognition and achievement,” said John Matsinger, DO, MBA, Virtua EVP and chief operating officer. “We are thrilled to have Dan join our organization and take a proactive role in the enrichment of Virtua’s cardiovascular services.”