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Hiran C. Fernando

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Hiran Fernando, MD


Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Surgery

Clinical Interest

Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Years of Experience





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About Hiran Fernando, MD

Dr. Hiran (Chrish) Fernando is a board certified thoracic surgeon. He joins Inova Medical Group with over 20 years of clinical experience. He has a special interest in management of lung, esophageal cancer and benign esophageal diseases such as GERD and achalasia.

Most recently Dr. Fernando served as Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Boston University, and as Director of their Center for Thoracic Oncology. Dr. Fernando became interested in thoracic surgery following an inspiring rotation as a junior resident at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. He has a significant interest in minimally invasive approaches to treat thoracic patients, in particular in alternative approaches for patients who are at higher than average operative risk. He has led several multicenter clinical trials and is excited to become a member of the Inova team and the Inova Shar Cancer Institute.

A native of England, Dr. Fernando currently resides in Virginia. In his spare time he plays drums and percussion and looks forward to making musical connections in this area.


  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • American Surgical Association
  • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus


Medical Education

Royal Free Hospital 1986


Royal Free Hospital 02/1/1987 - 07/30/1987 Edgware Community Hospital Orthopedic Surgery 8/1/1986 - 1/31/1987


Harbor UCLA Medical Center General Surgery 07/1/1991 - 06/30/1993
University of California Irvine Medical Center General Surgery 07/1/1993 - 06/30/1995
University of California Medical Center (Sacramento,CA) Thoracic Surgery 07/1/1996 - 06/30/1998


University of California Medical Center (Sacramento,CA) Cardiothoracic Surgery 07/1/1995 - 06/30/1996
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Minimally Invasive Surgery 07/1/2000 - 06/30/2001

Board Certification

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Surgery

Hospital Affliation

Inova Physician Referral Services

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