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Benjamin Medalion, MD

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Cardiothoracic Surgery


Ambulatory Care Center
417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The Park at Snowden
321 Park Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22401




Medical School

Technion School of Medicine, Israel

Surgical Leadership Certification

Harvard Medical School


Rambam Medical Center, Israel

Cardiothoracic Residency

Carem, Shaare Zedek and Hadassah Medical Centers, Israel

Cardiothoracic Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic


Cutting-edge techniques and medical technology redefine cardiothoracic care

Precise surgical technique has long been a hallmark of leading-edge cardiothoracic care. With the advent and refinement of emerging technologies, these pioneering surgeons now have new tools to advance their treatment of heart and lung patients.

At the forefront of this new intersection of surgical finesse and medical devices is Dr. Benjamin Medalion, who joined VCU Health in 2020 as chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

“I’m excited to apply  state-of-the-art treatments in cardiac surgery, while maintaining the highest quality of care and collaborating with other specialties to optimally care for patients with complex conditions,” he says.

Dr. Medalion brings expertise in mechanical circulatory support for the failing heart, where external devices help pump the blood in patients with advanced heart or pulmonary failure. He also specializes in arterial myocardial revascularization, specialized procedures that restore blood flow to the heart and its vessels and in heart and lung transplantation.

Within the decade, he envisions that VCU Health will be nationally and internationally recognized for delivering cutting-edge treatments and exploring new therapeutic options.

“The most rewarding part of my job is the ability to improve a patient’s survival and quality of life. This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of an outstanding division,” he says. “I hope, with the help of the team, to continue to grow and deliver excellent top-notch services to the community of Richmond and beyond.”

Recognized worldwide for his research and expertise in cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Medalion comes to VCU Health from University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was for five years, an attending surgeon and the director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Lung Transplantation. He received his education and began his career in Israel, where he had served as director of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel.

His usual day starts with early meetings, followed by rounds with post-operative patients. Surgery days start in the operating room, then he sees new patients later in the day. On days without scheduled surgery, his responsibilities include research or education and training for medical students and residents.

What can his patients expect when they meet him the first time? “Respect, patience — and response,” he says.

Awards & Honors

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Best Residents’ Research Project, Cleveland Clinic
  • Rene G. Favaloro MD Annual International Fellowship Award in Cardiac Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Rina Yarom Award for Excellent Young Investigator Research Project, International Society for Heart Research (Israel)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

Research Interests

  • Arterial revascularization, mechanical circulatory support, heart and lung transplantation

Clinical Interests

Arrhythmia surgery
Complex adult cardiac surgery
Heart and lung transplantation
Mechanical circulatory support
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
Myocardial revascularization
Surgery for advanced heart failure
Surgery of the aorta
Valve repair and replacement


Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The Park at Snowden

321 Park Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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