Yep! That’s Mitch Running A Half-Marathon After Aortic Valve Replacement!

Since launching this website 6 years ago, Mitch Friedman has stood out as an extraordinary members of patient and caregiver community. As many of you know, Mitch has provided both on-line and off-line support to many, many, many patients searching for answers and guidance about heart valve surgery.

Today is Mitch’s first anniversary from aortic valve and root replacement surgery. That said, I would like to take a moment to thank Mitch for all of his help, his time, his encouragement and all of his wonderful support to the patients and caregivers who visit this website.

Mitch Friedman's Heart Surgery JourneyMitch Friedman – Aortic Valve Replacement Patient

It’s no surprise to me that Mitch is taking advantage of his “Second-Chance” at life. So you know, Dr. Leonard Girardi performed the successful aortic valve replacement and aortic root replacement surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center.

As you can see above, Mitch has dedicated himself to running. In a recent note, Mitch wrote to me, “I hope all is well with you and your family. I am doing very well. I could not be better. I am training for my second half marathon since surgery. My first half marathon was 8 months post-op. My second half-marathon will be in March — just 13 months following my heart valve replacement. So yeah, things are good with me.”

Keep on tickin’ and runnin’ Mitch!


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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  • Sara

    Awesome Mitch – what an inspiration! I have an upcoming surgery, I hope to have a success story like yours!!!

  • Janis Kielbasa

    Mitch, Awesome! Your zest, humor and determination through this journey has been inspiring to me and others. Continued blessings and good health, my friend.

    Janis Kielbasa

  • Chris Dixon

    So proud of you Mitch. I’ll never forget you and your beautiful mother coming to visit me at Mt. Sinai last year during my Ross Procedure. You’re very special to me and my whole family. Congratulations on all your success brother.

    Big Hugs,

    Chris Dixon

  • DVB


    Mitch my man, you are living proof that anything is possible after heart surgery. Especially when going with that fixed up heart are attitude, love, commitment, and service. And the way you have touched and helped others must be a personal joy that you carry with you every day.

    Like +1, 5-stars, high-five, gold medal winner, first place trophy. My hat is off to you — DVB

  • Ricky(a female)

    Congrats Mitch.Keep up the good work and keep tickin……..

  • peggyann doak

    being athletic before i could not anymore due to my arotic valve disfuntion, this photo means a great deal to me! I want to climb the mountains I used to climb, ride spirited horses used to ride, bike fifty miles with friends, run without turning purple and dance and dance. thankyou mitch

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