James D. Bergin


Primary Appointment

Professor of Medicine, Medicine- Cardiovascular Medicine


  • Fellowship, Cardiology, University of Virginia
  • Fellowship, Transplantation, Brigham & Women's Hospital - Harvard University
  • MD, Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Research Interests

Dr. Bergin's research focuses on the risk of infection and thrombosis and the transition to transplantation in patients with ventricular assist devices.

Research Description

Pathophysiology and treatment of congestive heart failure, transplant, left ventricular assist device (LVAD), and general cardiology.
Principal Investigator. Medtronic REDUCE Heart Failure Study - Reducing Decompensation Events Utilizing Intracardiac Pressures in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure / Chronicle ICD. The study utilizes an extra ICD lead for measuring pulmonary pressures in patients with heart failure
Co-Investigator. ICD use was associated with reduced mortality in both ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy and in patients with implantable defibrillators: mortality data and mechanistic insights from the Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT).
Co-Investigator. Rationale and Design of the Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Vasopressin Antagonism in Heart Failure: Outcome Study with Tolvaptan (EVEREST)
Principal Investigator. HDE - DeBakey VAD Child Ventricular Assist System, 2005.

Personal Statement

James D. Bergin, M.D., has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, researcher and clinical practitioner specializing in heart failure and transplantation. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine, and cardiology, and as a medical examiner. He is also certified as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor.
Dr. Bergin has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 45 multi-center clinical trials involving heart failure. He has shared his research and experience through 90 invited lectures and as author or co-author of 50 peer- reviewed journal publications, 25 book chapters or books, and 39 scientific abstracts. He is a member of the Heart Failure Society of America, and a recipient of several teaching awards, including the UVA Department of Medicine's Clinical Excellence Award. He is the medical director of Cardiac Transplant/Heart Failure and the director of the Coronary Care Unit at UVA.

Selected Publications

Andritsos MJ, Kowzower BD, Kennedy JL, Bergin JD, Blank RS, Perioperative considerations for a patient with severe biventricular dysfunction undergoing thoracoscopic lobectomy., 2015; Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia. 29(2) e21-2. PMID: 25622972

Stone ML, LaPar DJ, Benrashid E, Scalzo DC, Ailawadi G, Kron IL, Bergin JD, Blank RS, Kern JA, Ventricular assist devices and increased blood product utilization for cardiac transplantation., 2014; Journal of cardiac surgery. 30(2) 194-200. PMID: 25529999

Yarboro LT, Bergin JD, Kennedy JL, Ballew CC, Benton EM, Ailawadi G, Kern JA, Technique for minimizing and treating driveline infections., 2014; Annals of cardiothoracic surgery. 3(6) 557-62. PMID: 25512894 | PMCID: PMC4250551

Shrode CW, Draper KV, Huang RJ, Kennedy JL, Godsey AC, Morrison CC, Shami VM, Wang AY, Kern JA, Bergin JD, Ailawadi G, Banerjee D, Gerson LB, Sauer BG, Significantly higher rates of gastrointestinal bleeding and thromboembolic events with left ventricular assist devices., 2014; Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. 12(9) 1461-7. PMID: 24480675

Andritsos MJ, Kozower BD, Kennedy JL, Bergin JD, Blank RS, CASE 6-2014: anesthetic management of thoracoscopic lobectomy in a patient with severe biventricular dysfunction., 2013; Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia. 28(3) 826-35. PMID: 23992651

Grubb KJ, Kennedy JL, Bergin JD, Groves DS, Kern JA, The role of methylene blue in serotonin syndrome following cardiac transplantation: a case report and review of the literature., 2012; The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 144(5) e113-6. PMID: 22982035

Kennedy JL, Mery CM, Kern JA, Bergin JD, Mitral stenosis caused by an amplatzer occluder device used to treat a paravalvular leak., 2012; The Annals of thoracic surgery. 93(6) 2058-60. PMID: 22632506

Stone ML, Kilic A, Kennedy JL, Bergin JD, Kern JA, The Cohn felt plug: an effective HeartMate II® reimplantation technique., 2012; Journal of cardiac surgery. 27(1) 122-4. PMID: 22321118

Kennedy JL, LaPar DJ, Kern JA, Kron IL, Bergin JD, Kamath S, Ailawadi G, Does the Society of Thoracic Surgeons risk score accurately predict operative mortality for patients with pulmonary hypertension?, 2012; The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 146(3) 631-7. PMID: 22982034

Mulloy DP, Bhamidipati CM, Stone ML, Ailawadi G, Bergin JD, Mahapatra S, Kern JA, Cryoablation during left ventricular assist device implantation reduces postoperative ventricular tachyarrhythmias., 2012; The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 145(5) 1207-13. PMID: 22520722 | PMCID: PMC3658124