Dr. Alexander Ellis

(757) 668-7214
Board Certifications

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Cardiology


Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Residency: Medical University of South Carolina

Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina


Dr. Ellis, a native Virginian who grew up in Richmond, earned a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University, and then spent two years working in the rain forests in Panama and earning a master's of science in biology from McGill University in Montreal.

He returned home for his medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training was at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Dr. Ellis did additional post-fellowship training on adult congenital heart disease with Dr. Gary Webb of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Ellis is one of only two Adult Congenital Heart Disease board-certified cardiologists in Hampton Roads, with practice partner Dr. Lopa Hartke being the other. There are currently fewer than 200 certified ACHD physicians in the country.

 Outside of medicine, he is a competitive runner, and is interested in cycling and swimming. He enjoys spending time on the water, especially boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking on the Lynnhaven Bay and Chesapeake Bay. He is an amateur photographer and enjoys travel and spending time with his wife and two children.

Clinical Interests
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal)
  • Advanced imaging with congenital cardiac CT and MRI)
  • Exercise testing in congenital heart disease
  • Inpatient/ICU management of patients with congenital heart disease
Additional Language
  • Spanish
Honors & Awards
  • Virginia Business Magazine "Top Doc" 2024
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014-2022
  • Best Doctors in Hampton Roads, 2012 and 2013
  • Outstanding Subspecialty Faculty Teacher Award nominee, 2013 and 2017
  • Fellow of the Year, Medical University of South Carolina, 2006
Community Involvement
  • Boy Scouts