Nervin Fanous, MD

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Nervin Fanous, MD

Personal Biography:

Nervin Fanous, MD, received a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She began her surgical training at Tulane University in New Orleans and completed residency in general surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. She went on to complete a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Indiana University and an aortic surgery fellowship with Clarian Cardiovascular Surgeons, both in Indianapolis.
While in residency, Dr. Fanous also performed extensive research in heart failure, which included experimental research of a number of therapeutic interventions specifically aimed at improving myocardial function in heart failure. She has advanced training in critical care medicine, completing a fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, and holds triple-board certification in general surgery, surgical critical care and thoracic surgery.
Her areas of expertise include aortic surgery, coronary artery bypass, aortic and mitral valve repairs, and lung cancer surgery. Dr. Fanous also specializes in endografts to repair descending thoracic aortic aneurysms, which generally results in less pain, lower complication risks, and a shorter recovery time for patients. Prior to joining Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Fanous worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon in private practice in Baton Rouge, La.
Dr. Fanous was born in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in northern Virginia. In her free time, Dr. Fanous enjoys traveling and studying foreign languages.

Medical Education and Training:

Bachelor’s degree: University of Virginia
Medical degree: Howard University College of Medicine
Internship: Tulane University 
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
Fellowship (critical care): Henry Ford Hospital
Fellowship (cardiothoracic surgery): Indiana University
Fellowship (aortic surgery): Clarian Cardiovascular Surgeons
Board certification: General surgery, surgical critical care and thoracic surgery



  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Cardiothoracic surgery is a specialty that involves the surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax (the chest), including treatment of conditions of the heart (heart disease) and lungs (lung disease).
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
    Cardiovascular surgery is surgery on the heart or large vessels, performed by surgeons to treat complications of ischemic heart disease (for example, coronary artery bypass grafting), congenital heart disease, or valvular heart disease from various causes including endocarditis, rheumatic heart disease and atherosclerosis. Services include less invasive bypass surgery requiring only very small incisions, as well as other innovative treatment options for a variety of heart conditions.