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Christina Vassileva, MDChristina Vassileva, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery



Clinical Interests

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Research Interests

  • valvular heart disease,
  • mitral valve repair
  • atrial fibrillation
  • heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
  • outcomes of women undergoing cardiac surgery.

Dr. Christina Vassileva is an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Southern Illinois university School of Medicine. A native of Bulgaria, she moved to the U.S. at the age of 19. She earned her B.S degree in biology from Northeastern University.  Subsequently, she trained at Johns Hopkins where she received her medical degree as well as her general surgery training.  Most recently, she completed her cardiothoracic fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  

Dr. Vassileva practices all aspect of cardiothoracic surgery.  In particular, she is very well trained in minimally invasive valve surgery including mitral valve repair.  She is also interested in the surgical treatment of women with cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Vassileva has many academic achievements.  In college, she received the Northeastern University Alumni Association Professional Promise Award.  While in medical school, she was the president of the Surgery Interest Group and was the recipient of the William Stewart Halsted Award for Outstanding Performance in Surgery.  At the end of her chief year during general surgery training, she was awarded The John L Cameron Technical Excellence in Surgery Award. During cardiothoracic training at Brigham, she received The John Collins Cardiothoracic Scholar Award. In addition, she is the 2001 Women’s Golden Gloves National Champion in amateur boxing.

Dr. Vassileva is actively involved in various outcomes studies in cardiac surgery. Her research interests include valvular heart disease, mitral valve repair, atrial fibrillation, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and the outcomes of women undergoing cardiac surgery. She is published in major cardiovascular journals and has written a book chapter for the Johns Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Vassileva’s husband Christian Moses is an electrical engineer. The two enjoy the outdoors and spending time with their son Julian.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vassileva, please call SIU Health Care at 217-545-8000.

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