2016 Sentara Heart Annual Report

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Sentara Aortic Center

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

Lauren Gillis, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, Advanced Practice Clinician

The Sentara Aortic Center opened in 2015 and is one of only a handful of programs in the U.S. with physicians who specialize in aortic diseases.The center merges its expertise with sophisticated technology to ensure fast and effective diagnoses and treatment of aortic conditions.The center’s high quality emergency care and long-term management of aortic disease is unmatched in the mid- Atlantic region.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists includes experts in aortic disease, emergency medicine, surgery and imaging—all working together to deliver exceptional and compassionate care.The team manages a full range of aortic conditions including:

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Thoraco-abdominal aneurysms
  • Aortic dissection
  • Traumatic aortic injury
  • Penetrating aortic ulcers
  • Intramural hematoma
  • Aortic occlusive disease

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:


Outside Sentara, someone experiencing an aortic emergency can call 1-844-601-2255 or 1-757-252-9001.

Sentara Aortic Center Team

Our multidisciplinary team of
specialists include:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Emergency Department Physicians
  • Radiologist / Imaging Specialists
  • Geneticist
  • Advanced Practice Clinicians (Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants)