• Bio
  • Credentials
  • Video
  • Dr. James Fonger graduated from the University of Manitoba College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Toronto, after which he did a fellowship in artificial heart research in San Francisco. Dr. Fonger trained in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 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 Dr. Prevosti 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 board certified in general surgery and cardiovascular surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and is certified by the American Board of Phlebology. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABLVM). 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.

  • Professional Education:

    1971-74Undergraduate: University of Manitoba
    1974-78Medical School: University of Manitoba


    Professional Training:

    1978-83Surgical Internship, General Surgical Residency, University of Toronto, Canada
    1983-84Cardiac Clinical and Research Fellow, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, California
    1984-87Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland


    Board Certifications:

    • 1978 – Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada
    • 1979 – National Board of Medical Examiners, USA #209271
    • 1983 – Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, FRCS (C)
    • 1984 – American Board of Surgery, #39798
    • 1989 – American Board of Thoracic Surgery, #4794, Re-cert.2010


    Previous Appointments:

    Boston 7/1987 – 8/1993Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon West Roxbury Veterans’ Administration, Boston
    Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Boston University School of Medicine
    Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon The University Hospital, Boston
    Visiting Surgeon Boston City Hospital
    Attending Thoracic Surgeon Carney Hospital, Boston
    Baltimore 8/1993 – 8/1997Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
    Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Inc.
    Washington DC and MD 8/1997 – 10/1999Chief of Cardiac Surgery Washington Adventist Hospital
    New York City 10/1999 – 1/2007Attending Cardiac Surgeon Lenox Hill Hospital, NY
    Cookeville, TN 2007 – 2008Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon Lenox Hill Hospital, NY
    Atlanta GA 7/2008 – 3/2012Executive Director of Surgery, Training, and Business Dev. St. Joseph’s Translational Research Institute
    Atlanta GA 3/2012- presentMedTech Innovation and Training SJTRI Consultant