Virtua Health recruits renowned cardiothoracic surgeon to lead cardiovascular services line

Virtua Health has a new leader for cardiovascular services.

Dr. Chun “Dan” Choi, has been named vice president of clinical operations for the South Jersey health system’s cardiovascular service line.

A renowned cardiothoracic and transplant surgeon, Choi will oversee Virtua Medical Group’s medical and surgical cardiovascular practices and the clinical aspects of the cardiovascular services for Virtua Health.

He was previously with 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,” Virtua Health Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Reginald “Reg” Blaber said in a prepared statement.

“I am excited to join Virtua Health during this time of growth and evolution,” 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.”

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

Choi has written dozens of peer-reviewed articles as well as abstracts and book chapters, and he’s served as principal investigator for several studies on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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.