James Fonger

MD, FRCS

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Get to Know Dr. Fonger

Dr. Fonger is board-certified in general surgery and cardiovascular surgery and is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). He comes to Center for Vein Restoration from VEINatlanta, where he focused on the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases.

Dr. Fonger's Credentials

Certifications
  • Board-certified in General Surgery
  • Board-certified in Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
  • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI)
Education
  • University of Manitoba, Pre-Med and Medical School
  • University of Toronto, Surgical Internship and General Surgery Residency
  • Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, Cardiac Clinical and Research Fellow
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency
Associations
  • American Heart Association
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (former president)
  • 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society (former president)
  • American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS)
Specialties
  • General Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Venous & Lymphatic Medicine
Languages
  • English

More About Dr. Fonger

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Fonger completed both his Pre-Med and Medical School at the University of Manitoba. Following his studies, Dr. Fonger did a general surgery residency at the University of Toronto, and a Fellowship in Artificial Heart research in San Francisco. Finally, he trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery.

He has held positions on the cardiovascular surgical faculty at Boston University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, and he was Chief of Cardiac Surgery of Washington Adventist Hospital in DC. In 2008 he was recruited to Atlanta by the St. Joseph’s Health System to help open a medical device development and testing center near Georgia Tech. He continued to work in this field until joining VEINatlanta to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases.

Throughout his career, Dr. Fonger has worked with new therapies and technologies that advance cardiac care and patient safety. He has performed several thousand cardiac surgical procedures and lectured internationally on his research conducted at Boston University and Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Fonger is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a founder and past president of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society. He lives with his wife in Buckhead, Atlanta, and currently volunteers his time to mentor young entrepreneurs in launching new medical device companies.

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