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  • Curtis Tribble, MD


    Phone: (601) 984-5170
    Fax: (601) 984-5198


    Dr. Tribble is a longtime thoracic surgeon who directed the VAD/transplant team at the University of Virginia and implanted the first ventricular assist device and before helping develop and lead the Lifeflow VAD Project at the University of Florida.

    Dr. Tribble received the BS in biology in 1975 and the BA in English in 1976 from Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, where he was valedictorian of his classes. He earned the MD at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, in 1980. His postgraduate training included stints as an intern in surgery from 1980-81, a resident in surgery from 1981-85 and a resident in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery from 1985-87 at the University of Virginia.

    He joined the UVA School of Medicine faculty in 1987 as an instructor in surgery and quickly rose through the ranks to professor of surgery there in 1994. In 2000, he was named Claude Jessup Chair in Surgery. Throughout his career at UVA, he served as co-director for thoracic transplant service and became director of the Ventricular Support Program in 1994. He became associate program director of thoracic surgical residency in 1997 and began serving as vice-chair of the Department of Surgery in 2002.

    Tribble left UVA in 2006 to become chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Florida, where he also served as program director of the thoracic residency and vice chair of the Department of Surgery.

    Tribble's research in VAD development, cardiovascular physiology, and transplantion was funded during most of his tenure at UVA by extarmural funding, including NIH grants. He has made numerous presentations at professional meetings. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed publications, 14 book chapters and several invited articles and abstracts, and is the author of a book, ICU Recall. A member of Best Doctors in America, Tribble has received numerous awards, and was honored by residents and faculty at the University of Virginia who created the Curt Tribble Resident Teaching Award to recognize "extraordinary teaching" by a surgical resident.

    Education and training

    University of VirginiaResident, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
     Resident, surgery
     Intern, surgery
    Vanderbilt University School of MedicineMD
    Presbyterian CollegeBA

    Professional memberships

    • American Association of Thoracic Surgery 
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American Heart Association
    • American Medical Association
    • American Surgical Association
    • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
    • Muller-Jones Surgical Society
    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    • Society of Thoracic Surgical Education
    • Southern Surgical Association
    • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
    • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association