Evelio Rodriguez, MD

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Saint Thomas West Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Rodriguez completed his undergraduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991, obtaining his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He pursued his medical education at Albany Medical College, graduating in 1995 with multiple honors and distinctions. Dr. Rodriguez completed his research fellowship in 2000, general surgery residency in 2002, and cardiothoracic surgical residency in 2005 at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postgraduate fellowship for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in June 2006, and Congenital Cardiac Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in December 2006.  He was an Associate Professor of the Departments of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Cardiovascular Sciences at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina.  For two years he was the Associate Medical Director of Arrhythmia at East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center before joining Saint Thomas West Hospital in April of 2012. Dr. Rodriguez has written 17 book chapters, more than 100 publications, and has been an invited speaker for national and international meetings. He is on multiple editorial boards, a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, a member of several societies, and a past president of the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society. Dr. Rodriguez presently is the Cardiac Surgery Chief and Medical Director of the Research Institute for Saint Thomas Health.  His practice focuses on minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve surgery as well as transcatheter mitral valve and aortic valve technologies.