Neal D. Kon, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.5 out of 5

105 Ratings

Neal D. Kon, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Adult Cardiovascular Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery (repair/replacement with pulmonary autograft, aortic allograft and stentless po, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery (repair and homograft replacement), Myocardial Revascularization with Multiple Arterial Grafts, Stentless Valves

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New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-716-4338
Department: 336-716-4338


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Education & Training

  • B.S., Tulane University, 1973
  • M.S., University of Florida, 1975
  • M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine, 1979
  • Fellowship, WFU School of Medicine, 1983
  • Residency, Surgery, WFU School of Medicine, 1985
  • Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery, WFU School of Medicine, 1987

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Disease


  • Am Coll Of Surgeons
  • Amer Coll Of Chest Physicians
  • Editorial Adv. Bd. For Life Sc
  • Florida Public Health Assn
  • Georgia Medical Assn

NPI Number

  • 1992788699
Neal D. Kon, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

105 Ratings

Neal D. Kon, M.D.

Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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Academic: 336-716-4338 | Department: 336-716-4338


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Recent Publications

Nagata S, Varagic J, Kon ND, Wang H, Groban L, Simington SW, Ahmad S, Dell'Italia LJ, VonCannon JL, Deal D, Ferrario CM. Differential expression of the angiotensin-(1-12)/chymase axis in human atrial tissue. Ther Adv Cardiovasc Dis. 2015;9(4):168-180.

Vassiliades TA, Kon N, Dion RA. Regarding freestyle pseudoaneurysms [reply to letter]. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;100(4):1507-1508.

Evans AK, Kon ND. Extracellular matrix for repair of type IV laryngotracheo-esophageal cleft. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015;79(12):2484-2486.

Ahmad S, Varagic J, Groban L, Dell'italia LJ, Nagata S, Kon ND, Ferrario CM. Angiotensin-(1-12): a chymase-mediated cellular angiotensin II substrate. Curr Hypertens Rep. 2014;16(5):429.

Bach DS, Kon ND. Long-term clinical outcomes 15 years after aortic valve replacement with the Freestyle stentless aortic bioprosthesis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014;97(2):544-551.

Ferrario CM, Ahmad S, Nagata S, Simington SW, Varagic J, Kon N, Dell'italia LJ. An evolving story of angiotensin-II-forming pathways in rodents and humans. Clin Sci. 2014;126(7-8):461-469.

Clark KB, Kon ND, Hammon JW Jr, MacGregor DA, Kincaid EH, Reichert MG. Factor IX complex for the treatment of severe bleeding after cardiac surgery. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2013;62(1):67-71.

Nagata S, Varagic J, Simington SW, Ahmad S, VonCannon JL, Wang H, Groban L, Kon ND, Dell'Italia LJ, Ferrario CM. Differential expression of angiotensin-(1-12)/chymase in human atrial tissue [abstract]. Hypertension. 2013;62(3 Suppl):629.

Nagata S, Varagic J, Simington SW, Ahmad S, VonCannon JL, Wang H, Kon ND, Dell'Italia LJ, Ferrario CM, Groban L. Does cardiac ang-(1-12) have a role in sex-specific heart disease? [abstract]. Hypertension. 2013;62(3 Suppl):632.

Kincaid EH, Kon ND. Aortic valve replacement with a stentless bioprosthetic valve: porcine or pericardial In: Cohn LH, ed. Cardiac surgery in the adult. 4th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Medical;2012: 741-752.

Vossler JD, Entrikin DW, Quartermain MD, Kon ND, Ungerleider RM, Ootaki Y. Anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery in an adult. Heart Surg Forum. 2012;15(5):E284-5.

Entrikin DW, Gupta P, Kon ND, Carr JJ. Imaging of infective endocarditis with cardiac CT angiography. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2012;6(6):399-405.

Lata AL, Hammon JW, Deal DD, Stump DA, Kincaid EH, Kon ND. Cannula design reduces particulate and gaseous emboli during cardiopulmonary bypass for coronary revascularization. Perfusion. 2011;26(3):239-244.

Hines MH, Kincaid EH, Cook AL, Kon ND. Anterior leaflet augmentation for ischemic mitral regurgitation in patients with anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery and preserved left ventricular function. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011;142(3):716-718.

Reichert MG, Jones WA, Royster RL, Slaughter TF, Kon ND, Kincaid EH. Effect of a dexmedetomidine substitution during a nationwide propofol shortage in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Pharmacotherapy. 2011;31(7):673-677.

Entrikin DW, Shroff GS, Kon ND, Carr JJ. Pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa: a delayed complication of aortic root replacement. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2011;5(5):333-335.

Royster RL, Grosshans DW, Kon ND. A multimodal approach to address the inflammation of cardiopulmonary bypass? [letter]. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2011;25(5):e35.

Deng H, Kitzman D, Hundley G, Hoyle J, Wells G, Burgess P, Ohara T, Meng M, Kon N, Pu M. What is the best method to assess mitral valvular obstruction after mitral annuloplasty? [abstract]. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011;57(14 Suppl 1):E1352.

Groban L, Sanders DM, Houle TT, Antonio BL, Ntuen EC, Zvara DA, Kon ND, Kincaid EH. Prognostic value of tissue Doppler-derived E/e' on early morbid events after cardiac surgery. Echocardiography. 2010;27(2):131-138.

Hines MH, Kon ND. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm repair with partial allograft, and 10-year follow-up. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010;90(5):1701-1703.

Lee DJ, Steen J, Jordan JE, Kincaid EH, Kon ND, Atala A, Berry J, Yoo JJ. Endothelialization of heart valve matrix using a computer-assisted pulsatile bioreactor. Tissue Eng Part A. 2009;15(4):807-814.

Lee DJ, Aboushwareb T, Steen J, Berry J, Kon ND, Atala A, Kincaid EH, Jordan JE, Yoo JJ. Reendothelialization of tissue engineered heart valves using endothelial progenitor cells from valvular disease patients: a feasibility study [abstract]. J Am Coll Surg. 2009;209(3 Suppl):S92.

Reichert M, Sane D, Houle T, Kon N, Kincaid E. The effect of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) supplementation on bleeding indices in cardiac surgery patients [abstract]. Crit Care Med. 2009;37(12 Suppl):A105.

Reichert MG, Robinson AH, Travis JA, Hammon JW Jr, Kon ND, Kincaid EH. Effects of a waiting period after clopidogrel treatment before performing coronary artery bypass grafting. Pharmacotherapy. 2008;28(2):151-155.

Lee DJ, Tsangaris S, Baptista P, Jarajapu Y, Kincaid E, Kon N, Berry J, Soker S, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Circulating progenitor cells obtained from valvular disease patients: potential applications for engineering heart valves [abstract]. Tissue Eng Part A. 2008;14(5):824.

Sanders D, Houle T, Kon N, Zvara D, Groban L. Diastolic dysfunction predicts adverse outcome after cardiac surgery [abstract]. Anesthesiology. 2008;109():Abstr 1592.

Kincaid EH, Cordell AR, Hammon JW, Adair SM, Kon ND. Coronary insufficiency after stentless aortic root replacement: risk factors and solutions. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007;83(3):964-968.

Lee DJ, Tsangaris S, Baptista P, Jarajapu YPR, Kincaid E, Kon N, Berry J, Soker S, Yoo J, Atala A. Engineering of heart valves using circulating progenitor cells from patients with valvular disease--a feasibility study [abstract]. FASEB J. 2007;21(6):A975.

Antonio BL, Royster RL, Kon ND, Zvara DA. Acute biventricular pacing after cardiopulmonary bypass decreases myocardial dyssynchrony and increases cardiac index. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2007;21(4):570-571.

Hammon JW, Stump DA, Butterworth JF, Moody DM, Rorie K, Deal DD, Kincaid EH, Oaks TE, Kon ND. Coronary artery bypass grafting with single cross-clamp results in fewer persistent neuropsychological deficits than multiple clamp or off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007;84(4):1174-1179.

Pauca AL, Kon ND. The aortic systolic pressure can be seen in the radial pressure wave in older hypertensive patients [abstract]. Anesthesiology. 2007;107():Abstr 1251.

Bach DS, Metras J, Doty JR, Yun KL, Dumesnil JG, Kon ND. Freedom from structural valve deterioration among patients aged less than or equal to 60 years undergoing Freestyle stentless aortic valve replacement. J Heart Valve Dis. 2007;16(6):649-655.

Reichert M, Lata A, Kincaid E, Hammon J, Maziarz D, Kon N. The substitution of aminocaproic acid for aprotinin in complex cardiac operations: effect on bleeding indices and patient outcomes [abstract]. Crit Care Med. 2007;35(12 Suppl):A78.

Entrikin DW, Ntim WO, Kon ND, Carr JJ. Endocarditis with perforation of a bicuspid aortic valve as shown by cardiac-gated multidetector computed tomography. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2007;1(3):177-180.

Kincaid EH, Kon ND, Hammon JW. Does the combination of aprotinin and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor cause renal failure after cardiac surgery? [reply to letter]. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006;82(4):1575-1576.

Pauca A, Kon ND, O'Rourke MF. Finding aortic systolic pressure in the radial artery pressure wave in adult cardiac surgery patients [abstract]. Anesthesiology. 2006;105(Suppl):A1413.

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Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Adult Cardiovascular Surgery, Aortic Valve Surgery (repair/replacement with pulmonary autograft, aortic allograft and stentless po, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mitral Valve Surgery (repair and homograft replacement), Myocardial Revascularization with Multiple Arterial Grafts, Stentless Valves
Neal D. Kon, M.D.

Neal D. Kon, M.D.

Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

Neal D. Kon, M.D.105 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

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*Dr. Kon is excellent. He sat & talked in a very comforting manner.


Doctors, PA's, NP's were all very professional, cardiothoracic surgery clinical care coordination was very informative with specific instruction for my father's care.


Very good!


*Dr. Kon & his PA were most helpful - Nurse who scheduled surgery was great.


I would recommend this facility & this doctor (*Kon) 100%.


I will use him again if needs occur.


I would recommend all staff at Wake Forest to my friends.


I had looked up *Dr. Kon after hearing about him from one of his patients. He was very capable & kind.




Dr. Kon performed my surgery, but I only met/talked with his nurses and PA. I met wit Dr. Kon no more than 30 seconds.


Always told me what they were doing.


I owe *Neal my life, but I'm in the dark about what I should be doing.


Very nice staff, doctors, beautiful hospital, will, recommend.


Every person I came in contact with in the cardiac unit was outstanding. I could not be more pleased.


I could not ask for a better Doctor than Dr Kon. His PA was also very nice and helpful.


Mom came in on a helicopter. I was her proxy since she was unable to respond. *Dr. Kon was caring & compassionate. Always take time to explain & answer my questions. He saved her life & my entire family loved him.




To the point and direct with answers. Kept things moving along.


I recommend this hospital to everyone. I love it!!!




Dr. Kon was very short on words and spent very litlle time with me.He did not offer to discuss my problem or symptoms.


At first I didn't like *Dr. Kon's bedside manner, but this time he was very understanding and caring.


I can't name any bad experiences at all. The good experience was that I know that I am doing so well is due to how I cared for by all. I went in on Tuesday and came home on Saturday after Quadruple bypass surgery. That is truly amazing!


No bad experience.


I would like more explanation of his concerns (thoughts) instead of me having to ask many questions - He knows about everything I don't. Need more info what future holds -


Overall - Excellent!


I will always come back for care.

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