Sentara Aortic Center

Program Lead
Jonathan Philpott, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Jean Panneton, MD, Vascular Surgeon

The team provides fast, accurate diagnoses and treatments in our Advanced Imaging Center and Hybrid Cardiac Operating Suites. Treatment options for aortic conditions at Sentara include medication management, minimally invasive endovascular surgery, ascending aorta and aortic arch open surgery, and valve-sparing surgery.

The Sentara Aortic Center serves as a medical home for patients needing long-term disease management, providing medical management of hypertension, genetic counseling, patient and family education, and ongoing monitoring via diagnostic and imaging tests.

Aortic Alert Program

The Sentara aortic emergency call system is helping to save lives. If an aortic emergency occurs at a Sentara hospital, staff need only dial 1-2 within the hospital to put the Aortic Alert Program into immediate effect.

This system connects the caller with a highly trained operator who assesses the situation and deploys the aortic disease team. Together, they use their expertise to create a personalized plan for a patient’s aortic care.

Since the Aortic Alert Program went into effect in 2014, Sentara hospitals have seen dramatic improvements in the following areas:


Sentara Aortic Center Team

Our multidisciplinary team of
specialists include:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Emergency Department Physicians
  • Radiologist / Imaging Specialists
  • Geneticist