Meet the Cardiovascular Surgery Team

Our multidisciplinary team comprises four board-certified cardiac surgeons who work with our advanced practice providers (physician assistants and nurse practitioners), critical care and operating room nurses, perfusionists, respiratory and physical therapists, and anesthesiologists to deliver outstanding care before, during, and after your surgery. Our cardiac surgery service team members are trained in CPR and advanced life support (ALS).

Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Frank Sellke, MD, is the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and is the Karl Karlson and Gloria Karlson Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include the regulation of microcirculation in health and disease, ischemic injury and inflammation during cardiac surgery, collateral vascular formation, and the use of growth factors and cell therapy to increase blood flow to ischemic tissue.

Dr. Sellke received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and completed his residency at Indiana University/Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and a fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. A noted clinical cardiothoracic surgeon, researcher and author, Dr. Sellke previously served as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as the Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons.
 

Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

Afshin Ehsan, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon, director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and director of quality at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. He is an associate professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research interests include the role of steroid hormone receptors in vein graft failure; glucose control in cardiac surgery patients; gene therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and genetic engineering of bio-prosthetic grafts.

Dr. Ehsan earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, and completed his residency and post doctoral training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He previously served as surgical director of the heart failure and transplant program and director of the cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Association for Academic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the America Heart Association.

Chief of Clinical Cardiac Surgery Operations and Quality, Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute

James G. Fingleton, MD, is chief of clinical cardiac surgery operations and quality at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Fingleton is a cardiovascular surgeon, board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, and is an assistant professor of surgery (clinical) in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has more than 25 years of experience in surgical care of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

At the Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Fingleton is responsible for the day-to-day quality operations for Lifespan’s cardiac surgery program, the largest volume open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology program in southeastern New England. 

Dr. Fingleton earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency in general surgery at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society for Thoracic Surgery, and the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Fingleton’s clinical interests include multiple arterial grafting, aortic aneurysm surgery and minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.

Director, Lifespan Thoracic Aortic Center; Director, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit; and Surgical Director, ECMO and Mechanical Circulatory Support

Neel R. Sodha, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His clinical interests include aortic surgery, valve surgery, and mechanical circulatory support. He is the director of the Lifespan Thoracic Aortic Center, a multidisciplinary center specializing in the care of patients with thoracic aortic disease. In addition, he is the surgical director of the ECMO and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program for Lifespan and is the director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. 

Dr. Sodha was chief resident in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and chief resident in cardiac surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic cardiovascular surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.