Cardiothoracic Surgeon Matthew Richey, MD, Joins The Chattanooga Heart Institute


Cardiothoracic surgeon Matthew Richey, MD, has joined The Chattanooga Heart Institute.  Dr. Richey earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.  He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Kansas in Kansas City and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, also in Omaha.  He specializes in all aspects of cardiac surgery. 

At The Chattanooga Heart Institute, Dr. Richey joins cardiothoracic surgeons Alan Simeone, MD, and James Zellner, MD, along with 27 cardiologists and three vascular surgeons. This team of experts is the region’s heart and vascular leader – providing compassionate care while effectively treating heart disease, no matter how complex. The Chattanooga Heart Institute’s board‐certified cardiologists—including specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging and vascular disease—exceed national standards for education, training, and skill. Their collaboration with cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons means they can offer the most comprehensive cardiac and vascular care in the area. 

In 2021, CHI Memorial was named best regional hospital by U. S. News and World Report.  The healthcare system’s cardiac team was also recognized in 2021 as high performing in the treatment for heart failure, heart bypass surgery, and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.  We are dedicated to providing patients with exceptional care using cutting edge technology. 

The Chattanooga Heart Institute offers six convenient locations in Tennessee and North Georgia.  Dr. Richey will practice at CHI Memorial Guerry Heart & Vascular Center, 2501 Citico Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of The Chattanooga Heart Institute’s cardiothoracic surgeons, call 423.697.2000.  Learn more at