James R. Edgerton, MD, FACC, FACS, FHRS

Adjunct Faculty

Address: 65 Coming Street Rm 101
E-mail: edgertonjr@cofc.edu
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Dr Edgerton has now transitioned his professional life to concentrate on his love of teaching and research.  As such, he has taken on several roles and splits time between several cities. He maintains an active research and publication program as Senior Clinical Scientist at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas. He has more recently accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Washington University to help with the operations of the cardiac research division. His publications and other professional activities lead to frequent speaking invitations. He is a sought-after lecturer speaking at multiple international scientific meetings and has demonstrated surgical technique, operating on five different continents.  In 2003, at the request of the Secretary of Health and Human services, he traveled to Afghanistan to assess the health care infrastructure. His passion for teaching has further led him to take a position as Adjunct Professor of Biology at College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, where he teaches undergraduate human anatomy and physiology.

During his busy operative career, Dr Edgerton was always involved in research and teaching.  While maintaining a full-time private practice, he has pursued his research interests as Director of Education at the Cardiopulmonary Research, Science, and Technology Institute (CRSTI) and the Baylor Research Institute, publishing over 100 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and book chapters.  His research and practice interests include: Treatment of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, ventricular resynchronization, beating heart surgery, minimal access adult cardiac surgery, quality assurance and cost containment in medicine. 

Recognizing his expertise in the field of atrial fibrillation, he was named to the writing committee of the 2012 and 2017 HRS/ECS/STS Consensus Statement on Atrial Fibrillation, the writing committee for the 2016 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Practice guidelines on Management of Atrial Fibrillation, the steering committee of the 2012 AF-ARC statement on research trial design, and the writing committee of the 2011 Venice Chart Consortium Statement on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. He has been selected to the writing committee for the ACC/HRS 2018 Guidelines on Treatment of Bradycardia and as a reviewer for the ACC/AHA/HRS 2018 Focused Update on the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. He is also named to the FDA Network of experts for atrial fibrillation.  He is a reviewer for 8 professional journals: Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, JAMA-Cardiology, European Heart Journal, Heart Rhythm, Journal of Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Board certified in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, Dr Edgerton has been elected into Membership or Fellowship in: The American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), The American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS), the American Association of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  

Outside medicine, Dr. Edgerton has served on multiple boards, most recently the Board of Directors of Treasured Vessels Foundation (TVF), a benevolent not for profit organization.   Treasured Vessels mission is to build residential therapeutic facilities for underage girls rescued from sex trafficking.

Courses Taught

221L: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab


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