Posted on January 11th, 2012 under Surgeons & Clinics.
After I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and regurgitation, I chose the Ross Procedure for my heart valve replacement surgery. While this approach to aortic valve replacement is more complex, I found the benefits of this procedure outweighed the risks. (To learn more about the Ross Procedure, click here.)
Since launching this website, I have become familiar with a handful of surgeons who are considered Ross Procedure gurus. In particular, Dr. Paul Stelzer, from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is widely regarded as one of the most experienced Ross Procedure surgeons in the United States.
Recently, I received an exciting email from Mark Kroto about Dr. Stelzer’s ongoing use of this surgical technique developed by Dr. Donald Ross in 1967.
I learned that Mark was Dr. Stelzer’s 500th Ross Procedure patient. Mark, who traveled from Chicago to New York to be operated on by Dr. Stelzer, is doing great. In his note, Mark wrote to me, “Dr. Stelzer is a miracle worker. Less than three weeks out from surgery, other than some incision soreness, I’m completely fine! I’m proud to be Dr. Stelzer’s 500th Ross Procedure patient.”
I have been fortunate to meet Dr. Stelzer on a few occasions. One time, I was even able to see Dr. Stelzer operate at Mount Sinai. In addition to being an accomplished surgeon, Dr. Stelzer is an incredibly nice guy who is adored by his patients.
Congratulations to Dr. Paul Stelzer for reaching this incredible milestone in his career!!!
Keep on tickin!