HassanTetteh“To whom much is given, much is expected.” Luke 12:48

Dr. Tetteh was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the parents of West African immigrants. When his parents left Africa in search of a better life, their strength carried over into the courage Dr. Tetteh has every day to approach his work and life as a gift, to encourage patients to “never sacrifice the gift” and challenge himself every day to give back all that he has received.


Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a board-certified surgeon specializing in thoracic surgery, critical care, heart and lung transplantation, research and education. Dr. Tetteh is a member of the Washington Regional Transplant Community; serves as a cardiothoracic staff surgeon at INOVA Fairfax Hospital and consultant to Cardiac Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates, (CVTSA) in Falls Church, Virginia and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He also has academic appointments as an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and adjunct professor of surgery at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

After receiving his M.D. from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y) Downstate Medical School in 1998, Dr. Tetteh completed his general surgery residency at Downstate and Kings County Hospitals in Brooklyn, New York and then served as the director for surgical services aboard the USS Carl Vinson, (CVN70). In 2007, Dr. Tetteh received the Alley Sheridan Award from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, (TSFRE) and that same year was selected as a fellow for the Society for Black Academic Surgeons Leadership Institute. In 2008 he received a National Institute of Health, (NIH) and National Medical Association, (NMA) travel grant for young clinical investigators and completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Tetteh went on to complete an advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Along with his extensive work in the medical field, Dr. Tetteh is a recognized authority on health care and public policy. Dr. Tetteh received his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and in 2009 he moderated the seminar Achieving Total Health: Eliminating Disparities through Policy, during the Harvard Kennedy School’s Black Policy Conference. He also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Medical Services Management from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tetteh is a Company Director for Nikias Group, LLC and teaching faculty for the physician education company, Essential Seminars for Physicians, (ES4P). He is a Fellow of the American College of  Surgeons (ACS) and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, (ACHE), and the Informatics Officer for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). He has published articles on issues of health care; health care reform; and health-policy management and administration.


Dr. Tetteh serves as a board member for three philanthropic and social impact organizations, including  Champions for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively transforming the lives of millions of children, Mentoring in Medicine and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Dr. Tetteh’s philanthropic contributions have been recognized by nonprofits, schools, hospitals, youth organizations, and community outreach programs including the Twin Cities Rise Core Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Young Adult Borough Center, (YABC) at Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, New York.