Edward Ranzenbach

Director of Clinical Education Physician Assistant Studies




Dr. Edward Ranzenbach, DMSc, PA-C, CAQ-CVTS currently serves as Director of Clinical Education (DCE), Assistant Professor, and Principal Faculty for the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Dr. Ranzenbach has been a PA for over 27 years, having graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program in 1997. He has a Masters degree in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery from the NCCPA. He received his Doctorate in Medical Sciences from Lynchburg University.

Dr. Ranzenbach has practiced in CT surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care for over twenty-five years and retired from the UC Davis School of Medicine where he was the Chief PA. He has operated in nine different countries throughout Europe and Asia and currently works per diem as member of a transplant team performing heart and lung harvests. He has been active in PA education as an adjunct professor and preceptor since the early 2000’s and joined academia full-time in 2022.

Dr. Ranzenbach has published numerous research and clinical articles and written invited book reviews as well, and was the founding Editor and is currently the Associate Editor for Writer Development of the Journal of the Association of PAs in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (JAPACVS). He has been a frequent lecturer at conferences both domestically and internationally and was an invited lecturer on minimally invasive surgical treatments of atrial fibrillation at the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg Russia. He is a Fellow of the APACVS and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of PAs.

Dr. Ranzenbach is a veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF) and volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol, an Auxiliary Service of the USAF, where he flies search and rescue and other missions and provides aerospace education to cadets. His hobbies include aviation, skiing, golf, disk golf, competitive cooking, and wine.


Ranzenbach, Edward. “Assessment of Malperfusion Syndrome in Aortic Dissection: Defining an Aortic Dissection Lab Panel.” JAPACVS 5, no. 2 (2023). https://issuu.com/japacvs/docs/japacvs_issue_10?fr=xKAE9_zU1NQ.
Ranzenbach, Edward A., Li Poa, Miguel Puig-Palomar, Madeline Holtzman, Shari Miller, and Michael Mohr. “The Safety and Efficacy of Physician Assistants as First Assistant Surgeons in Cardiac Surgery.” JAAPA (Montvale, N.J.) 25, no. 8 (2012): 52–52. https://doi.org/10.1097/01720610-201208000-00011.
Poa, Li, Miguel Puig, Pablo Zubiate, Edward Ranzenbach, Miller Shari-Knutson, Christina Poa, and Hyunah Poa. “Laser Ablation Of Atrial Fibrillation: Mid-Term Clinical Experience.” Journal of Atrial Fibrillation 2, no. 2 (August 1, 2009): 198. https://doi.org/10.4022/jafib.198.
Poa, Li, Edward Ranzenbach, David Chung, Chirag Patel, Michelle Min, Li Poa, Edward Ranzenbach, David Chung, Chirag Patel, and Michelle Min. “Schwannoma of the Thoracic Esophagus.” Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiology 6, no. 3 (July 11, 2019): 039–041.
Ranzenbach, Edward. “Aortic Dissection in a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Patient with Uncorrected Severe Paravalvular Regurgitation.” Journal of the Association of PAs in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery 2, no. 1 (2020): 9–16.
Ranzenbach, Edward. “Evidence to Support AORN Surgical Attire Recommendation Is Lacking.” JAAPA (Montvale, N.J.) 29, no. 12 (2016): 14–17. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.JAA.0000508215.65331.08.

Professional Experience

Over 25 years of experience in Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery and Critical Care.

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Road
Marion, Va. 24354