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Thomas Lewis Matthew, M.D., M.S.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Languages: English, Spanish


Aortic Valve Repair, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement, Mitral Valve Repair, Revascularization, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery more

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Thomas L. Matthew, M.D., is the director of the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. 

Dr. Matthew has an expertise in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery. He has surgical interests in complex coronary artery surgical revascularization, mitral valve repair, reparative cardiac surgery and aortic valve replacement including the TAVR procedure.

Dr. Matthew earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, followed by a Master of Science degree in surgical research from the University of Virginia. He completed a general surgery internship and residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, where he served as chief resident and also completed a residency in thoracic-cardiovascular surgery. Dr. Matthew was also a research fellow, part of the National Science Foundation Fellowship at University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. During this research fellowship, he studied the use of Albumin micro bubbles and echocardiography during open heart operations to measure myocardial perfusion.  

Dr. Matthew previously served as the chief of the medical staff and medical director of the progressive open heart unit at Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. While there, he was a member of the Board of Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Institute and the Board of the American Heart Association of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as vice president of the Falls City Medical Society.

Dr. Matthew then moved to Colorado, where he served as co-director of the cardiovascular and thoracic surgical services at Boulder Community Hospital and developed the same program at Longmont United Hospital. He was also co-director of the cardiovascular service line for the Medical Center of the Rockies, where he was a Perioperative Governance Committee member and director of the CV Quality Committee. Dr. Matthew also served as a member of the Team Heart Surgical Mission Development Team performing valve replacement procedures to treat rheumatic heart disease in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dr. Matthew is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. He is a member of the National Medical Association and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. 

Dr. Matthew has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and is recognized as one of the area’s “Top Doctors” by Washingtonian magazine. more


  • Director, Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1985)


  • General Surgery; University of Virginia School of Medicine (1992)
  • Thoracic Surgery; University of Virginia School of Medicine (1994)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery) (1993)
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery) (1995)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Coors, M.E., Matthew, T.L., Matthew, D.B. "Ethical precepts for medical volunteerism: including local voices and values to guide RHD surgery in Rwanda." J Med Ethics. 2015 Oct;41(10):814-9. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101694. Epub 2015 Jun 11.

Activities & Honors


  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
  • Regional Top Doctor, Castle Connolly


  • American College of Surgeons


  • American College of Cardiology


  • National Medical Association


  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons


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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Report with WTOP-FM: coronary artery disease. 

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

  • 5.0 Provider Explained Things Clearly
  • 4.9 Provider Listened Carefully
  • 5.0 Provider Gave Easy to Understand Instructions
  • 4.9 Provider Knew Medical History
  • 5.0 Provider Showed Respect
  • 5.0 Provider Spent Enough Time
  • 4.9 Overall Rating by Patient
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