Christina Vassileva, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Dr. Christina Vassileva is an Assistant 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 the 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 has 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.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vassileva, please call SIU Healthcare at 217-545-8000.
POST GRADUATE TRAINING:
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiothoracic Program, 7/07 — 6/09
Johns Hopkins General Surgery Residency Program, Baltimore, MD 7/02-6/07
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 8/98-5/02 MD, 5/02
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 1/96 — 6/98
BS in Biology, 6/98
University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 8/93 — 5/95
John Collins Cardiothoracic Scholar Award 2007 - 2008
The John L Cameron Technical Excellence in Surgery Award 2006-2007
The William Stewart Halsted Award for Outstanding Performance in Surgery 5/02
National Champion, 2001 Women’s Golden Gloves National Championship
Gold medal, 1993 National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship
1998 Northeastern University President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship
1998 Northeastern University Alumni Association Professional Promise Award
1998 Sears B Condit Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Honorary Mention for the Ruth E. Sullivan Award in Interdisciplinary Studies
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Surgery Interest Group, founder and president for the 99-00 academic year
American College of Surgeons
Golden Key National Honor Society
Northeastern University Honors Program
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Phi Eta Sigma
Gamma Beta Phi
Chancellor’s Honor Roll
ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION:
Christina M Vassileva, MD, Victor Bautista-Hernandez, MD, Sepehr Sekhavat, MD, Audrey Marshall, and Frank Pigula. Neonatal closure of a large coronary-cameral fistula in a case of single coronary artery: the utility of intraoperative angiography. Journal of Cardiac Surgery.
Motohisa Tofukuji, Caroline Metais, Jianyi Li, Mukesh D. Hariawala, Alvin Franklin,
Christina Vassileva, Jian Li, Michael Simons, Frank W. Sellke. Effects of Ischemic
Preconditioning on Myocardial Perfusion, Function, and Microvascular Regulation.
Circulation 1998; 98: II 97- II 205
John R. Liddicoat, J.Mark Redmond, MD, Christina M. Vassileva, William A. Baumgartner, Duke E. Cameron. Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest in Octogenarians: Risk of Stroke and Mortality. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2000; 69(4): 1048 — 1052
John F. Codington, Svein Haavik, Najmosama Nikrui, Irene Kuter, Christina Vassileva, Hui Zhang, Samantha Matson, Xiaomei Chen, Zibin Wu. Immunologic Quantitation of the Carcinoma Specific Human Carcinoma Antigen in Clinical Samples. Cancer 2002; 94:803-813.
Christina Vassileva, David Yuh. “Surgical Management of Endocaditis”. In Yuh et al (ed). The John Hopkins Manual of Cardiothoracic Surgery, lst ed. McGraw-Hill, 2007: 633-663.