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Joseph E. Bavaria, MD

Joseph E. Bavaria, MD Surgeon

Co-Director, Transcatheter Valve Program Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program Vice Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery Brooke Roberts - William Maul Measey Professor in Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • German

Dr. Bavaria is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Joseph E. Bavaria

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2002 through 2017

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-2014

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Recognized in Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook 2003 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Patient Comments

Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiac Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 1993

Clinical Expertise:

  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Aortic Root Surgery
  • Aortic Stent Graft
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease in Adult
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Coronary Artery Diseases
  • Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Valve Replacement in Elderly
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Ischemic Heart Disease (Myocardial Ischemia)
  • Pulmonary Endarterectomy
  • Pulmonary Vascular Diseases
  • Stent Graft Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, National Agnew Surgical Society, National American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), National American College of Surgeons (ACS), National American Heart Association (AHA), National American Medical Association (AMA), National American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO), National American Society of Angiology, National American Surgical Association (ASA), National Delaware Valley Transplant Surgeons, Local Delaware Valley Vascular Society, Local European Association for Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), International International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), International International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES), International Montalcino Aortic Consortium, International Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery , Local Pennsylvania Medical Society , Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local Ravdin-Rhoads Surgical Society, National Society for Heart Valve Disease, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), National Society of Tulane Engineers, Local Society of University of Surgeons (SUS), National The Heart Valve Society , National The Society for Thoracic Surgical Education, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bavaria is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Keenan RJ, Landreneau RJ, Hazelrigg SR, Bavaria JE, Kaiser LR: Comparison of clinical results for unilateral and bilateral thoracoscopic lung volume reduction. Ann Thorac Surg (In Press). : 2003.

Coselli JS, Bavaria JE, Fehrenbacker J, Stowe CL, Macheers SK, Gundry SR: Prospective randomized study of a protein based tissue adhesive used as a hemostatic and structural adjunct in cardiac and vascular anastomotic repair procedures. J Am Coll Surg 197 (2): 2003.

Bavaria JE, Pochettino A, Brinster DR, Gorman RC, Wozniak T, Gardner TJ, Fehrenbacher J.: Prospective randomized study of bioglue tissue adhesive during repair of acute type A dissection. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg (In Press). : 2003.

Bavaria JE, Brinster DR, Gleason T, Gorman RC, Pochettino A.: Evolving options for total proximal thoracic aortic replacement. Ann Thorac Surg(Accepted for Publica.). : 2003.

Bavaria JE.: Aortic Arch Aneurysms. Robb and Smith’s Operative Cardiac Surgery, 5th Edition. : 2003.

Stecker M, Escherich A, Patterson T, Bavaria J, Cheung A: Effects of acute hypoxemia/ischemia on EEG and evoked responses at normothermia and hypothermia in humans. Med Sci Monit 8 (4): CR223-228,2002.

Krasinskas AM, Kreisel D, Acker MA, Bavaria JE, Pochettino A, Kotloff RM, Arcasoy S, Blumenthal N, Kamoun M, Moore JS, Rosengard BR: CD3 monitoring of antithymocyte globulin therapy in thoracic organ transplantation. Transplantation 73 (8): 1339-1341,2002.

Gopal K, Hudson IM, Ludmir J, Braffman MN, Ewing S, Bavaria JE, Wong KL, Bridges CR: Homograft aortic root replacement during pregnancy. Ann Thorac Surg 74 (1): 243-245,2002.

Szeto WY, Kreisel D, Karakousis GC, Pochettino A, Kotloff RM, Sterman DH, Arcasoy SM, Zisman DA, Blumenthal NP, Gallop RJ, Kaiser LR, Bavaria JE, Rosengard BR: Cardiopulmonary bypass for bilateral sequential lung transplantation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease without adverse effect on lung function or clinical outcome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 124 (2): 241-249,2002.

Cheung AT, Weiss SJ, McGarvey ML, Stecker MM, Hogan MS, Escherich A, Bavaria JE: Interventions for reversing delayed-onset postoperative paraplegia after thoracic aortic reconstruction. Ann Thorac Surg 74 (2): 413-421,2002.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 4th Floor, Silverstein Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2017
Fax: (215) 349-5798
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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