Dr. Andrew S. Heller has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical field. He is board certified in Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Heller began his medical career as a private practitioner with Certified Surgical Specialists of South New Jersey where he practiced for 26 years. Currently, he is the Chief of Surgery with the Orlando VA Medical Center. Dr. Heller has held numerous hospital affiliations and university appointments throughout his career.


Dr. Heller received the Excellence in Teaching Award with the UCF College of Medicine in 2016. He was named a “NJ Top Docs” in Thoracic Surgery in 2005 and received the “Patient’s Choice Award” with the American Registry in 2010. He was also presented the Department of Surgery Research Award while completing his Residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital. Dr. Heller is a Fellow of The American College of Chest Physicians as well as The American College of Surgeons. Additionally, he is a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


In partnership with the VA, UCF College of Medicine has identified individuals that provide a significant contribution to the college and medical students. Dr. Heller joined the college in July of 2016 as part of this partnership. VA faculty members are invited to participate in teaching assignments, curriculum and admissions committees, student affairs and research mentorship. Their contributions make a significant impact for both the college and students.


Recent Publications and Presentations


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Golden AG, Heller A, Silverman MA, Loyal M, Cendan JC. Potential Conflicting Interests for Surgeon in End-of-Life Care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 32 (7), 763-766. 2015.
  2. Schentag JJ, Heller AS, Hardy BG, Wels PB. Antibiotic Penetration in Liver Infection: A Case of Tobramycin Failure Responsive to Moxalactam. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 78:10, Oct 1983.
  3. Wels PB, Rainstein MA, Heller, AS. Coagulum Choledocholithotomy: A Preliminary Report. Surgery 89:2, Feb 1981.


Poster Presentations

  1. Courtney C, Heller A, Thompson JC. An Unusual Etiology for a Larger Anterior Chest Wall Mass. Poster Presentation at the Florida Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians. St. Petersburg, FL. Oct 2013.

Education & Specialties

  • M.D., State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
  • Residency, General Surgery, Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, NY
  • Fellowship, Thoracic and Cardiovascular, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL



  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Vascular Technology


Research Interests

  • Tobramycin Failure Responsive to Moxalactam
  • Coagulum Choledocholithotomy


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