Hello! My name is Dr. Ali Khoynezhad and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Cologne College of Medicine, Koln, Germany in 1996. To date, I have performed approximately 2,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 950 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that my comprehensive training provides me with a unique opportunity to provide a broad and individualized approach to my patient's cardiovascular needs.
I realize that the stress of open-heart surgery can be overwhelming for my patient's and their loved-ones. I take the time to explain procedures in detail before each operation, and will closely follow-up throughout the course of the patient's stay, and beyond.
"Dr. Khoynezhad is professional, extremely competent, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He is willing to answer all questions and surrounds himself with staff that has the same attributes. This is very important when facing open heart surgery that you have complete confidence in your medical team. "
-- James Belford, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2016
"When I found out in October 2015 that I needed to have my aortic valve and root replacement, I did much of my research here on Adam Pick's website www.HeartValveSurgery.com. I found the site to be very helpful!
I very quickly attracted to Dr. Khoynezhad through his video and bio as an expert and with aortic valves. Through his video, he appeared to have a sincere, calm and poised demeanor. I took a very small leap and chose Dr. K as my surgeon. After our first appointment, I was most impressed and everything I had read about Dr. K from the testimonials was confirmed. Not only is he one of the premier experts in the aortic value arena, he has a truly sincere demeanor and cares deeply about his patients. Our consultation was unrushed and he took the time to answer all of my questions and concerns in detail. From beginning to end, his staff is very communicative, supportive and friendly.
As for the procedure itself, I couldn't be happier and I'm so grateful for Dr. K's expertise. Being that I'm a relatively young patient (54), I asked if he could perform the operation with a smaller incision as I still spend a lot of time at the beach and in the water. To my great surprise, Dr. K was able to complete my new value replacement and aortic root (graft) with only a 4 inch incision. When wearing a v-neck t-shirt, there is no sign of the incision.
After the procedure, I was awake within 1 hour and sitting upright in a chair breathing on my own after 2 hours. Out of ICU under 24 hours. From there, I was walking the halls of Cedar the next day and released to go home on day 5. Since being home, I've have a very pain free experience and now after 2 weeks, I'm taking 3 - 4 miles daily.
Thank you so much Dr. K for your caring, thorough, precise workmanship and taking the extra time/effort to keep my incision to a minimum!!! I am so grateful to have chosen you as my surgeon. I highly recommend anyone to put your life in Dr. K's hands!!!! He is truly amazing!!!"
-- Alan Godfrey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 01/19/2016
-- Mike Eddy, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 12/10/2015
I felt I could trust him right away, and 2 weeks down the line he performed my surgery. I had an aortic aneurysm, which can sound quite a scary thing to have, but having Dr. Khoynezhad as my surgeon, I didn't feel as if I was in danger but actually, I was looking forward to my little 5-day-vacation at hospital. And do you know what?? That's exactly how it felt to me. My recovery was much faster than I thought it would be, he personally came to see me and check on me. He CARES!
The very small scar on my chest is almost invisible. Last but not least, I am also very grateful to Dr. Khoynezhad's team: each and everyone of them showed concern and care towards me. Thank you!"
-- Daniel Soifer, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 07/06/2015
The first sign Dr. Khoynezhad was more competent than all the previous surgeons I met with was the fact that he recognized my aneurysm was in fact larger than what any of the past surgeons had diagnosed. I had been hospitalized twice with severe chest pain and high blood pressure in the weeks before meeting Dr. Khoynezhad and continued to have several episodes after my second hospital stay but none of the cardio surgeons I met with from the hospital nor any of the ones I followed up with outside of the hospital properly conveyed the magnitude of my aneurysm nor how urgent it was for me to get it fixed before it ruptured. Despite my pain never subsiding and continuing to experience frequent episodes of faintness and extreme chest pain, everyone but Dr. Khoynezhad told me I could wait a year or so before having my surgery. I kid you not, they did not see the urgency in my deteriorating health and actually told me to endure such horrific symptoms for up to a year - I guess when your diagnosis is way off, it's not surprising for your recommendations to be as well!
Usually I'm very skeptical when doctors are quick to recommend surgery because you always worry about their hidden ($) agenda but I honestly can say this brilliant man literally SAVED MY LIFE! If it wasn't for Dr. Khoynezhad, I may have taken the advice of all the previous surgeons thinking my aneurysm is smaller and less threatening than it actually was and continued without seeking surgery and my aneurysm would have ruptured and I could have been dead right now. How could you put a price tag on such brilliance? On such competence?
Dr. Khoynezhad is as professional and comforting of a doctor as anyone could ever pray for. He is extremely patient and kind both with myself as well as my boyfriend and family. He met with all of my loved ones prior to surgery and spent an ample amount of time explaining everything in detail and answering all of our questions. He never rushed through anything (unlike most hasty doctors these days) and smiled and was pleasant the entire time - and has been consistently this way with every one of my visits and I have had many with him by now. You can just sense his kind, humble nature when you meet him.
On the day of surgery, Dr. Khoynezhad finished removing my aneurysm and repairing my bicuspid leaflet valve both AHEAD of schedule! My boyfriend and family were all surprised when he came out to meet with them as they were expecting me to be in surgery for nearly another hour.
As far as his work goes, what more can I say? There is a reason he is the head surgeon. My surgery was phenomenal and I have been making a very quick and healthy recovery. I feel so much better now that my aneurysm has been removed and blood pressure lowered. I can't imagine how those previous doctors were suggesting I wait an entire year in pain and agony when I should have addressed it immediately. Dr. Khoynezhad came by and visited me several times while I was staying in the recovery room for a few days. He even surprised us by dropping in on a Friday night after 8:00PM just to check in on me and make sure I was okay! We were all pleasantly surprised to see him following up so diligently after all of the bad experiences I have had with other surgeons over the years (for unrelated matters).
Dr. Khoynezhad's staff has been equally competent and cordial. They have followed up diligently and have helped me tremendously every step of the way. I also am grateful to all of the staff and RN's of Cedar Sinai as they, too, are the friendliest, most professional hospital staff I have ever had the pleasure of being cared for by.
I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Khoynezhad and would strongly recommend him to anyone and everyone who may have a need for cardio surgery. You will not find a better surgeon, a better professional nor a kinder soul in this industry of tainted, impatient doctors. I thank you Dr. Khoynezhad for everything - we need more doctors like you!"
-- Tara Scheckwitz, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 04/02/2015
When searching for the right surgeon for me, Dr. K. called me back personally to discuss my case. Every other surgeon went thru their scheduler or some other go between...some of whom never called me back. Dr. K. explained my condition and educated me on what was wrong, how he would fix it and my outcome. I was very close to an aneurysm in my aorta and didn't know it. Dr. K. expedited my case and saved my life. I heartily recommend Dr. Ali Khoynezhad."
-- Ron Steel, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 03/09/2015
As a result, I discovered, by chance, that my aorta was dilated to around 45mm. Over the last few years, this increased slowly and the time came where I had to make the decision to go in for surgery. Having been to a couple of different places beforehand, I was then recommended to go to Cedars Sinai Los Angeles, where I was Introduced to Dr. Ali Khoynezhad. I was immediately put to ease and felt very comfortable as everything was explained in a good informative manner. My mind was made up and I went ahead and planned the date.
From the day I went in for surgery, till the day I left, only a few days later could not have been a better experience. Having gone in early on a Monday morning for the surgery and before I knew it I was in the ICU for recovery. Later the next day I was in my own room and was already feeling good and looked after very well indeed. Dr Khoynezhad would come and visit everyday and stay as long as needed to answer my never ending questions. Each day I was feeling better and better. I could have probably left on the Wednesday, only 2 days later but I guess I had to be monitored for a little while longer. The results from the surgery were all very good and I had a minimal incision which wasn't particularly painful at all. Obviously I was taking pain killers but I still had expected more and was pleasantly surprised.
I left the hospital on the 5th day having already been up and about everyday before then. On the 7th day I did a steady walk of 7 miles. I was very keen and was advised by the Dr. to keep active. 7 miles was probably not necessary, but I felt fine and was happy to be out again. I would thoroughly recommend Dr. Ali Khoynezhad to anyone needing to have heart surgery as he is one of the best in his field, professionally and personally. Also the staff at Cedars Sinai were out of this world and made me feel comfortable throughout my whole visit. It's been 6 months now since the surgery and I'm doing really well. I've been walking almost everyday since and been jogging for 3 months too.
Where as before where I would easily get out of breath, now I just feel the muscles in my legs working. I'm so happy that I've had the surgery and for anyone worried about it should be put at ease and make an appointment with Dr. Khoynezhad. "
-- Mark Holden, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/10/2014
Now, almost one year later, I've never felt better taken care of. I feel I am alive today because of Dr. Khoynezhad's vision of how a heart patient should be treated."
-- Deborah Goodwin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/31/2014
HIs staff was also amazing -- especially Mihaela his PA. My wife was able to easily communicate with Mihaela through email and telephone messaging. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Khoynezhad. And, the surgery went VERY WELL and 8 months later I am doing fine. "
-- Harold Green, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 07/21/2014
When you shake his hand you know you have the right man. I can't say enough to express the gratitude that I have for him and his helpful staff and I would never go anywhere else."
-- Aaron Youngreen, Aortic Valve, 07/07/2014
-- John Stimpfig, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, David Procedure, 06/05/2014
-- Polly Businger, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 04/29/2014
I saw him today for my six month check up and I am very healthy.I went back to work 8 weeks post surgery. I will recommend Dr. Khoynezhad to anyone who needs Heart Surgery. He is beyond amazing and the doctor who will save you or a loved one. He saved mine."
-- Mary Shannon Jones, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 03/11/2014
I really cannot say enough great things about Dr. Khoynezhad. He immediately made me feel comfortable about the upcoming surgery and took the time to answer all of my many questions. He even scheduled a follow up meeting before surgery to answer some of my additional questions. His nurse Mihaela was also a joy to work with. It's now been just over 7 weeks since my surgery and I am back to work and back to doing my cardio at the gym.
In my follow up appointment after surgery, Dr. Khoynezhad was also fantastic at answering my questions and making sure I was given the right information to have a perfect recovery. I am extremely pleased I chose Dr. Khoynezhad for my surgeon."
-- Mark Eisenberg, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 02/10/2014
Dr. Khoynezhad and his staff are very professional and available to answer any pre and post op questions. It's been 2 months and I feel well and am able to walk briskly for a mile or more with not problem."
-- C. Hendrix, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 01/21/2014
I always felt like I was in the best possible hands. And, that if fate intended it, Dr. K would make sure I lived to see my grandkids and maybe their kids too. He and his surgical team were compassionate, intelligent, available and just a pleasure to know and be treated by."
-- Ted Green, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 12/17/2013
-- Michael Van Nordheim, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 12/03/2013
Dr. Khoynezhad has done more than 2,000 such procedures. I rate the overall care by Dr. Khoynezhad as "Excellent" and the care at Cedars Sinai as "Excellent". The doctor took considerable time with me pre-op and post-op. I am 80 years old, back at the gym and now back to excellent health. "
-- Arthur Porter, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 10/28/2013
-- John Chapman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/27/2013
-- Chris Magnuson, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 09/03/2013
-- Francisco Marrari, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 07/02/2013
-- Joe Nestor, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 04/22/2013
-- Eleanor Rivas, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 04/15/2013
-- Scott Reiber, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 02/25/2013
Dr. Khoynezhad and his staff were exceptional. Everyone involved took the time to answer any questions I had and were kind, comforting and helpful. I would highly recommend Dr. Khoynezhad based on my experience with him and his staff."
-- james engstrom, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/07/2012
-- John Wehrly, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 09/10/2012
-- John Wehrly, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, David Procedure, 09/10/2012
After doing a large amount of research online, I reduced the number of potential sites for the surgery to four. Dr. Khoynezhad was the closest and I met him first and was very impressed. I scheduled the surgery immediately. I had a number of side effects immediately after the surgery including arrhythmia, blood sugar problems, extremely painful back spasms and fluid buildup in the chest cavity.
As a result, I took a bit longer in the hospital than originally hoped for. In the following months, I developed a ventricular pseudo aneurysm (which was repaired by Dr. Kar who was a colleague of Dr. Khoynezhad) and had lingering arrhythmia problems.
However, one year later, I celebrated the anniversary of the surgery with a 15 mile hike that included a 3,000 foot change in elevation in the Sierras. The only medications I currently take are fish oil, a vitamin tablet and one baby aspirin a day.
On my last annual visit, Dr. Khoynezhad told me that I wouldn't need to see him again for two years and that the tissue valve they used to replace my original valve was doing much better than expected. Consequently, I would probably not need the expected replacement as soon as I was originally told. I was and continue to be in very good hands with Dr. Khoynezhad."
-- Brent Shenton, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/17/2012
-- George Jones, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 07/12/2012
-- Danny Ray, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, David Procedure, 06/25/2012
My primary physician encouraged me to find the best qualified surgeon I could because the procedure is highly specialized. From a Google search I found an aortic aneurism program at Mount Sinai in New York. Mount Sinai recommended Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as expert in this very difficult procedure. After setting up a initial consultation with Dr. Khoynezhad and his staff, my wife and I most were most impressed with his caring nature and his ability answer all of our questions and concerns about my condition and the procedure ahead.
The David Procedure, as it is called, was about 5 hours in length and totally successful. Dr. Khoynezhad was able to repair my aortic valve rather than replace it with an artificial one. My aorta was replaced all the way up to the arch with a Dacron tube.
Looking back on the experience 15 months later I think the following moment sums up the type of surgeon and person you are placing your trust in when you choose Dr. Khoynezhad. At the end of our first meeting with Dr. Khoynezhad and his nurse practitioner Mihaela te Winkel, Dr. Khoynezhad shook our hands and said, "We're going to be friends for life." He was right and we are so fortunate to have found him."
-- Jeffrey May, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, David Procedure, 05/14/2012
-- William Alderson, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 04/09/2012
-- John C., Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 03/05/2012
-- John Thornbury, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, David Procedure, 02/13/2012
This surgery was performed to resect a 6.5 cm ascending aortic aneurysm and replace my aortic valve. The surgery was complex, and included hypothermic circulatory arrest. The surgical outcome was excellent, and the entire Cedars-Sinai team took time to answer all of my questions before the surgery, and provided excellent post-operative care both in the coronary ICU and when I was moved to the coronary care unit. The nursing staff at Cedars-Sinai also did a superb job in my post-operative care.
I returned to work a little over 3 months after the surgery and I enjoy an active, full life that includes daily bicycling as well as hiking in the mountains on summer vacations. I simply cannot say enough good things about Cedars-Sinai and the Heart Institute. The doctors and nurses are highly technically capable, and at the same time are very compassionate individuals. Cedars-Sinai is a world-class institution, and quite simply, I owe my life to them. "
-- Richard Chadwick, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 02/02/2012
-- Kathy Williams, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 02/01/2012
-- Jared Underwood, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/19/2011
-- David Katzman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/01/2011
-- John Feinour, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/08/2011
-- Robert Beren, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/13/2011
-- Ken Kline, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 03/29/2011
-- Mary Patricia Power, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, David Procedure, 01/25/2011
-- Alan Weisbart, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/15/2010
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Cologne College of Medicine, Koln, Germany in 1996.
After medical school, Dr. Khoynezhad received a doctorate from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Then, Dr. Khoynezhad moved to the United States where he completed an internship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
Dr. Khoynezhad completed his Surgical Residency at North Shore University-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Khoynezhad completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in New York at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
Doctor Khoynezhad also performed two fellowships. He was a Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellow at Lenox Hill and an Endovascular Fellow at UCLA Medical Center.
As the Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Khoynezhad has received several awards including:
* Recipient of the "Who's Who In Medicine and Healthcare in America" * Named "America's Top Surgeons" by Consumers Research Council of America
Dr. Khoynezhad is board certified and on over 20 professional organizations. He is also a national trainer for minimally invasive aortic valve repair.