Dr. Christian Charles Shults, MD

Dr. Christian Charles Shults, MD

Dr. Christian Charles Shults, MD

Languages: English, Italian, Spanish
Fax: (202) 877-3504

Contact this Provider:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Structural Heart Disease Cardiology
  • Valvular Disease Cardiology
Conditions I Treat
  • aneurysm of ascending aorta
  • anomalies of pulmonary circulation
  • anomalous pulmonary artery
  • anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • aortic aneurysm
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominal aneurysm repair
  • aortic root replacement
  • aortic valve replacement
  • aortic valve surgery
  • atrial septal defect (asd) repair
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About the Provider

Christian Shults, MD, is a cardiac surgeon and interim director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a member of the American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Shults specializes in the treatment of complex aortic disease, structural heart disease, valvular disease, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation through the use of open, endovascular, minimally invasive, and transcatheter treatment therapies. He treats patients with aneurysms of the aortic root, ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending thoracic aorta, and thoracoabdominal aorta. As a National Proctor for the Convergent Procedure for minimally invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation, Dr. Shults has performed one of the highest volumes of this procedure in the country and gives lectures nationwide to other physicians about the procedure.

His clinical interests include complex aortic disease, valvular heart disease, atrial fibrillation, and coronary artery disease. Additionally, he takes interest in healthcare reform, healthcare economics, and innovations for minimally invasive or transcatheter therapies. His research efforts include treatment outcomes for complex aortic disease, valvular heart disease, atrial fibrillation, and coronary artery disease.

Dr. Shults is currently enrolling patients in several unique clinical trials, including the use of GORE® TAG® thoracic endoprosthesis in the treatment of lesions of the aortic arch and descending thoracic aorta; NeoChord artificial chordae delivery system, a mitral valve repair technique for patients with severe mitral regurgitation; CONVERGE hybrid epicardial-endometrial ablation for the treatment of longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation; as well as several trials involving the latest in transcatheter valve technology. Additionally, he is Principal Investigator for the Bolton Medical acute complicated type B thoracic aortic dissection clinical trial.

Dr. Shults received his medical degree and general surgical training from Georgetown University School of Medicine and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. During his general surgical training, he spent a year at Harvard Medical School for a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he focused on developing novel strategies to treat patients in hemorrhagic shock. He then returned to MedStar as a Chief Resident of General Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. After this, Dr. Shults continued his specialty training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University, where he completed a three-year specialized fellowship focusing on revascularization, complex aortic disease, valvular and transcatheter valvular therapies, as well as all other aspects of cardiac surgery. Next, he traveled to Leipzig, Germany for a visiting fellowship in minimally invasive/transcatheter aortic valve repair at the University of Leipzig Heart Hospital. He returned to the US for an aortic surgery mini-fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston Memorial Hermann Hospital and an endovascular mini-fellowship at the Arizona Heart Hospital Department of Heart & Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Shults provides comprehensive care that involves interspecialty collaboration with vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and electrophysiologists. He is passionate about building a heart team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center that brings all these specialties together in order to offer the best solutions for patients. He is dedicated to offering complete endovascular treatment to patients diagnosed with aortic disease as well as combining different transcatheter therapies to provide complete transcatheter repair of valvular heart disease.

Philosophy of Care

“My goal is to deliver the best solution possible to my patients, incorporating all of the innovation and technology available, while minimizing the impact on the body, such as recovery time and time away from work and daily activities. I take my role in the health of my patients very seriously. I’ve seen first hand the impact that heart disease can have on a family: the downside of untreated heart disease and the downside of heart disease treatment complications. I’m very intent on addressing and preventing complications from happening while also providing solutions.

“Each patient and their family is the center of a world that gets my full attention. An important aspect of treatment is explaining the disease process and providing an educational foundation to my patients so that they fully understand the significance of the disease and why it’s important to treat.”

  • Fellowship Program: Emory University Hospital (2013)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2010)
  • Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2004)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • Board Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
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Practice Locations
  • 110 Irving Street Northwest
    Suite NW
    Washington, DC 20010
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