Joseph M. Kiernan , MD, FACC, FSCAI


Joseph M. Kiernan, MD, specializes in general, preventative and interventional cardiology to treat a number of conditions, including valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. He is skilled in the use of stress testing and echocardiography to diagnosis cardiac conditions and performs endomyocardial biopsies, cardiac catheterization with coronary stenting, aortic balloon valvuloplasty and implantation of percutaneous ventricular assist devices. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and internal medicine. “Excellent cardiac care enables patients to modify their risk factors for developing illness. However, when acutely needed, we have so many effective therapies and interventions to improve their outcomes,” he said.

Dr. Kiernan earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and pursued his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also completed a fellowship in cardiology.

In his free time, Dr. Kiernan enjoys golf, skiing and traveling with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Leadership Positions  

  • Medical Director, Progressive Coronary Care Unit | Inova Fairfax Hospital 
  • Co-Chair, Cardiology Improvement Committee | Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Member, Medical Executive Committee | Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Member, Cardiac Operations Council | Inova Fairfax Hospital


  • America's Top Doctors | Castle Connelly
  • Top Doctor | Washingtonian Magazine
  • Top Doctor | Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Super Doctor | Washington Post Magazine
  • Top Doctor | Castle Connolly
  • Magna Cum Laude | Williams College
  • Phi Betta Kappa | Williams College

Hospital Affiliations

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • HCA Reston Hospital Center
  • Virginia Hospital Center

“Cardiac care enables us to help patients modify their risk factors for developing illness but when needed, we have so many effective therapies available to us."

- Dr. Joseph M. Kiernan