Richard R. Proia

Richard Proia, MD, joined Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgical Associates, P.A., in May 2020. He specializes in all facets of adult cardiac surgery, with specific interest in coronary revascularization and structural heart disease.


Dr. Proia joined Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Associates in May 2020, after practicing for 15 years at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida.

He has been participating in percutaneous treatments for valvular heart disease, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and mitral clip, since 2017. In addition, Dr. Proia has extensive experience in minimally invasive pulmonary surgery.

Dr. Proia grew up in Rochester, NY, and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his undergraduate degree in physics in 1992. He went on to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City for medical school, finishing in 1997. Subsequently, he completed his general surgery training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, followed by a return to New York City for his cardiothoracic fellowship. He completed cardiac surgical training at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and non-cardiac thoracic training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


  • 1992

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • 1997

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY


  • 2003

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (Residency)

  • 2005

New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Cardiac Surgery; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Non-cardiac Thoracic Surgery, New York, NY


  • 1984

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston, MA

  • 1988

Harvard Medical SchoolBoston, MA
Magna cum laude

  • 1995

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
General Surgery

  • 1997

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Professional Skills

Vascular Surgery
100 %
Endovascular Therapy
100 %
Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Proia enjoys boating, fishing, and playing golf. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
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