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We're All Heart

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) is the largest comprehensive cardiac care system in Northern Virginia. Five hospitals and four emergency care centers provide our area the highest quality, most technologically advanced care with a shared vision of providing uniform excellence with easy access to leading-edge therapy based on cutting-edge research.

The Vascular Program at IHVI is scheduled to launch in January 2012. This program, offered at all five Inova hospitals, brings together the expertise of vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional cardiologists in one comprehensive program.

This issue of InHealth features two IHVI programs, the Vascular Program and the Maze program, which provide advanced treatment and diagnostic options that can have a profound effect on the health of our community. There are many other such programs within IHVI, many with the potential to transform the care of cardiac disease. These programs have earned regional and national recognition. We look forward to highlighting other advances in cardiovascular care in the future and invite you to learn more about how IHVI is leading the way in cardiovascular care at

Patrick Christiansen, PhD COO Patrick Christiansen, PhD COO,
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Senior Vice President, Inova Health System

  Harvey Sherber, MD Harvey Sherber, MD
Medical Director, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute


Surgical Excellence
Hospital Offers Cutting-Edge Technology, Patient Support

da Vinci
The da Vinci, a robot that doctors use to perform minimally invasive surgeries, is one of the many state-of-the art surgical technologies at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Learn more here about daVinci technology.

Inova Fairfax Hospital continues to be the leader in providing state-of-the-art, patient-centered surgical care for patients with a wide variety of both simple and complex surgical illnesses.

Minimally invasive approaches offering patients less painful recovery and faster return to home, family and work are now available. Use of the da
Vinci robot and single-port laparoscopic surgery are two such approaches — ways our surgeons continue to pursue advances in technology in the interest of patient care.
Also offered are multidisciplinary approaches to patient care through coordination of a team of surgeons and medical specialists. Yet another aspect of patient-focused surgical care is the perioperative support provided to patients undergoing their procedures at IFH. Worth knowing is that a continued commitment to surgical education and research are hallmarks of the department of surgery at the hospital.


Inova Fairfax Hospital is good for the community, study finds

Award logoInova Fairfax Hospital has been designated a Community Value Five-Star hospital — one of the top hospitals in the nation in terms of the value it provides to its community.
That is according to the firm Cleverley + Associates, which has released findings of its seventh annual Community Value Index study. The CVI is composed of 10 measures that assess a hospital's performance in four key areas: hospital quality performance, financial viability and plant reinvestment, hospital cost structure and hospital charge structure. Hospitals with scores in the top 20 percent are named Community Value Five-Star facilities. Find out more here about Inova Fairfax Hospital awards and recognition.

Precious Cargo
Pediatric Cardiac Specialists Act As a Team to Ensure Best Care for Unborn Babies With Heart Defects

Pregnant womanLearning that your unborn child has a heart defect prompts numerous questions. Kelly Gallo, Patient Navigator for The Center for Coordinated Fetal Care at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, works to knowledgeably and compassionately guide parents toward the answers they need.

Gallo, a registered nurse, first meets with a pregnant woman diagnosed at risk or suspected of carrying a fetus with a congenital heart defect or other abnormality. Then she quickly assembles a team of medical experts. This team draws from Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center specialists in high-risk pregnancy as well as the hospital's more than 20 pediatric cardiologists, two world-renowned cardiac surgeons, three general
surgeons,a geneticist, neonatologist and other specialists.

"I'm with the parents for the whole journey, coordinating care, assisting with medical appointments, and always there to answer questions," she says. "It's not going to be an easy road for anyone, but as a team, we stay focused on the best possible care."

Seamless communication between the obstetrics team and neonatal team can be critical, stresses Irving Shen, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. "In certain cases, the baby is rushed off after birth to surgery," Dr. Shen says. "Sometimes everything has to happen within the first hour of life, so everybody has to be ready to go."

At the Center of Care
Go here to learn more about the Center for Coordinated Fetal Care at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.
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Patients First

The Center for Advanced Endoscopy Goes Beyond Technology and Expertise


Surgical procedureAs part of a nationally recognized gastroenterology program, the Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Inova Fairfax Hospital offers patients advanced, state-of-the-art endoscopy. But it also prides itself on its patient-centered focus.

"We genuinely care about our patients. Every single patient!" the Center's Medical Director, Behzad Kalaghchi, MD, says emphatically. "Yes, we offer our patients
a combination of expertise and techniques that bring the highest possible quality tertiary endoscopic care, but we also give our patients time. We see every single patient as a single individual."

Superior care and technology help secure the Center's national reputation. The board-certified therapeutic endoscopists collectively bring to the Center extensive experience in technically demanding and complex endoscopic procedures. Using the latest advancements in high-definition imaging, these dedicated specialists perform minimally invasive techniques to diagnose, stage and treat benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, mediastinum, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, hepatobiliary system, colon and rectum.

To ensure the most informed, appropriate and optimal patient care, the Center's endoscopists work closely with an equally skilled, multidisciplinary team of physicians specializing in gastrointestinal radiology, pathology, surgery, and medical and radiation oncology.

Learn more about the Center for Advanced Endoscopy here.


Herbert E. Lane III
Herbert E. Lane III Orthopedic Surgeon
Herbert E. Lane III, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Inova Fairfax Hospital, will hold a lecture, "Latest Treatment Options for Hip and Knee Pain," at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Va. Parking is free in the library lot. Call 1-855-My-Inova (1-855-694-6682) or go here to register for this FREE lecture.
Inova Offers Speakers Bureau

Interested in a speaker for your club meeting or special event? Please contact our Community Affairs Executive, Bob Lazaro here or 703-645-2847. He will work with you to provide a speaker from the Inova Fairfax Hospital campus.

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