Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Alfredo Trento’s Innovative Approach To Cardiac Care Leads Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Each time I meet a cardiac surgeon with a “Chief”, “Chairman” or “Director” in front of their name, I feel extraordinarily humble. I know those titles are not easy to attain. I know these physicians have spent their entire lives learning, researching and teaching about cardiac care. Lastly, I know these doctors have spent thousands of hours in the operating room pursuing surgical perfection, always innovating to improve patient outcomes.

For example… Consider the career of Dr. Alfredo Trento, the Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. During his 30-year career, Dr. Trento has performed over 7,500 cardiac procedures of which 4,000 operations included valvular treatment.

Doctor Alfredo Trento, Cedars-Sinai
Dr. Alfredo Trento – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

As a result of his clinical experience and innovative approach to cardiac care, Doctor Trento has published over 150 research papers and has been featured in over 300 scientific journals. To better understand the professional and personal story of Dr. Trento, I encourage to watch this fascinating video with Florence Henderson, one of Dr. Trento’s heart valve surgery patients.

Within our patient and caregiver community, Dr. Trento is one of the most recommended doctors at the surgeon locator. As shown below, his patients offer glowing testimonials for Dr. Trento and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“Dr. Alfredo Trento is a highly qualified and competent surgeon. He is very pleasant and patient. He is also very attentive to all aspects of the procedure — both before and after. His staff reflects his overall attitude. They are also very friendly and accessible.” –Robin Hirsch, Aortic Valve Replacement

“Dr. Trento and the staff at Cedars-Sinai were wonderful. They took amazing care of me. I went home 4 days after the surgery and back to work after 4 weeks. I resumed full activity after 3 months. It was a fantastic experience. ” — Donald Andrew Church, Ross Procedure

Personally, I was very fortunate to watch Dr. Trento perform mitral valve repair surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. As shown below, this procedure involved the experimental use of the MitraClip, a new catheter-based technology that reduces severe mitral regurgitation for inoperable patients. Today, Cedars-Sinai is one of the most experienced cardiac centers using percutaneous devices for valvular disorders.

Dr. Trento Positioning MitraClip
Dr. Trento Performing Mitral Valve Repair Surgery

On behalf of our community, thanks to Dr. Trento for his life-long pursuit of healthy hearts. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Trento, please click here. Or, you can contact his office by calling (888) 519-2973.

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick

Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of

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  • Mark D.

    Did not know Florence Henderson had a valve surgery. I always had a crush on her growing up. I have had 4 open hearts to correct Tetralogy Of Fallot – 2 at UCSF at 3 months and 39 years old and 2 at 4 years and 9 years old. I am now thriving again with some leakage in all my valves following Pulmonary Valve Replacement, Ascending Aorta Reconstruction, Maze and Pacemaker Replacement. Just in the last month had cardiac catheterization and ablation procedure for Atrial Flutter which now seems to be under control. For anyone with a congenital heart defect who is now an adult it should be imperative that you contact the Adult Congenital Heart Association about how to keep healthy. Adult survivors of heart defects have many health issues related to post surgery as children that almost always need addressing later in life. Please contact this website for more information on clinics that specialize in adults with congenital heart defects. It is a very helpful sight that provides information and research by professional doctors and health professionals directly to the patients.

  • Karen Pomer

    Love, Love, Love, Dr. Trento! He’s the genius that performed surgery on a dear friend who had severe mitral valve regurgitation and he played an important role before and during the mitraclip procedure that saved mother’s life. Thank-you again Dr. Trento, have much to be grateful to you for.

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