"Dr. Stewart performed a successful aortic root and valve replacement procedure. He was always available to our family!"
"There are times when one casually says, “Thanks, you saved my life”, but there are few times when it is actually the case. Doctor Stewart not only saved my life, he saved my quality of life as well.
I have Parkinson ’s disease, and was diagnosed over 8 years ago. We know quite a bit about Parkinson’s, but not very much about the heart. Just after Labor Day this year, my primary physician called on the phone to discuss a heart murmur he had heard during my annual checkup.
He wanted me to go get an echocardiogram and a CATSCAN ASAP. After this was done, he said, while he was not a cardiologist, the results were of concern and he thought something would have to be done surgically before the end of the year, and gave us the name of a local cardiology practice. We made an appointment and began to try to find out what all of this meant.
Through divine providence, our daughter was working on a project with Donatella Arpaia, who is Dr. Stewart’s wife. She suggested we send the findings to him, and see what he thought. Within a day of receiving the information Dr. Stewart called us and rendered his assessment of my physical condition and shared that he not only knew how to solve the problem, but that the surgery had to be done as soon as possible. He stated most clearly that my condition was very serious and had to be dealt with quickly. Let me be clear, we are not wealthy, famous, or important. We live in a small town in North Carolina. Dr. Stewart explained what he saw and said “if you are willing to come to Mount Sinai, I can help you.” Dr. Stewart understood the dangers of surgery with Parkinson’s and successfully reassured us that he would make sure all the necessary interfaces with neurology and anesthesia would be addressed. Within a week, we were in New York City.
Dr. Stewart’s office assistant Debra Segretti, assisted us in making all the necessary arrangements, and guided us every step of the way, dealing with preoperational issues as well as insurance , housing, etc.
Dr. Stewart’s team was supportive, organized, professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. The surgery was successful, and family was notified as quickly as possible to help alleviate anxiety. Dr. Stewart visited at least twice a day each day I was at the hospital and addressed questions clearly, concisely and patiently. He also helped us ensure that the coordination between neurology and cardiology was effective.
There are many good surgeons. There are not many excellent surgeons who also make the commitment to support their patients once the surgery is completed or who willingly address the complications of a second disease. I do not have sufficient command of the English language to properly convey how grateful and thankful we are for Dr. Allan Stewart. He truly is a rare professional."
-- Paul ONeil, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 10/17/2014
"My name is William Brogna and I reside in Jupiter, Florida. I had open heart surgery in 2009 to repair an aneurysm in the aortic root which was done in Florida. In 2012, I had a dissection which tore the entire aorta from ascending to descending. After two years of heavy doses of high blood pressure medication, I was told I had another aneurysm and I needed immediate surgery. That is when I did my homework and found Dr. Stewart at Mount Sinai hospital in New York. From my first conversation with his secretary Debbie, I knew I had chosen the right surgeon. After explaining my situation to her, she asked if I would like to speak with the surgeon. I near fell off my chair because that is not how it works in Florida. In a few moments I spoke with Dr. Stewart and explained my problem and he assured me he could help me. After a visit to his office, I scheduled the surgery in two weeks because this man was so convincing and so sure he could fix the problem, I was completely ready to put my heart in his hands. My experience with this surgeon and this hospital is hard to explain but I am on my way to recovery and every day I thank my lucky stars for finding this outstanding surgeon and better yet a humble human being. My only advice to someone who has heart complications and is looking for the right person to help you on this road, your search is over. You will be happy you called Dr. Stewart and hope you have the same results I had."
-- William Brogna, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 08/14/2014
"Mine was different. I had an aberrant artery, so Dr. Stewart did a double stent placement to block the artery running between the esophagus and aorta. Then, he did a subclavian to carotid bypass. His, and Dr. Sharif Elozzy's professionalism, bedside manner and the results of my surgery were all just perfect. The best surgical experience I've ever had and going to NY was the best decision that I ever made!"
-- Anna Thomas, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 06/19/2014
"Doctor Stewart and his team are amazing. I had surgery for an aortic aneurysm and an aortic valve repair. From the first time we met, I felt comfortable and confident that I was in good hands. All my concerns were addressed so my wife and I had a total understanding of what was happening to me. Dr. Stewart repaired my valve, the aneurysm has subsided. Dr. Stewart was impressed with my surgery and recovery. It’s been five weeks since my surgery and I’m back at the gym and living a normal life."
-- Jim Leavitt, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/14/2014
"Dr. Stewart is an excellent surgeon who I highly recommend! Since my first visit to his office with my mother and little brother he made us feel comfortable. He's a very caring doctor. His Team is great and he has a sweet caring secretary Debbie. Thank you Dr for saving my life! 👍"
-- Damian Garzon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, David Procedure, 04/14/2014
"Writing a review for Dr Allan Stewart and his team is my sincere pleasure. I live in Florida and made the trip to Mount Sinai in New York specifically to have my procedure done by Dr Stewart. I am only in my 4th week post-surgery, but I am certain that I made the correct move in making the trip.
I collapsed on a tennis court on 2/12/14, saw my local cardiologist the next day and called Dr Stewart’s office on 2/14/14. Dr Stewart called me on Sunday night and explained to me what had happened and how urgent it was for me to have the procedure done by either himself or 2 other physicians - a guy at at Mayo Clinic and a guy at Cleveland Clinic.
I gathered that these were the three best in the country for the specific, dual procedure that I required. I spoke to many cardiologists, and a few surgeons to boot, that were friends of family and friends of friends, trying to do as much research as possible with regards to my situation. They were all very nice but all spoke of varying options of what to do, when to do it, and how delicate the procedure was.
I found this to be extremely unnerving. But, when I spoke to Dr Stewart on the phone that Sunday night, and subsequently in his office, he refreshingly spoke in absolutes. “You are going to get a horse valve and a synthetic aorta. It will take me about 3 to 3 ½ hours. You will be in the hospital a total of 6-7 days and you will stay in NY another 5 days and then you will go home. You will be 100% fine. I have done this many times and it is like plumbing for me.”
He delivered on all promises. I chose Dr Stewart, not because he is world renowned, or because he had operated on famous people. I chose him because he came highly recommended and said all of the right things in the most positive and confident way.
It is obvious that he does this because he loves it and I see why. If his other patients leave his office with the tears of joy and thanks that I had when I left, I could not imagine a more rewarding profession.
His team was incredible, starting with Debbie in administration all the way to his assistant surgeon Dr Vicente Orozco-Sevilla. They all made me feel that I was an important person and were giving with their time. God Bless Dr Stewart, his team, and Mount Sinai Hospital."
-- Anthony Lupo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 02/21/2014
"At the age of 31, my husband was diagnosed with a Bicuspid Aortic Valve. He saw his cardiologist for regular checkups and Echocardiograms. For twenty years his valve remained stable and essentially unchanged. In January John said "I can't wait until May to see the doctor." He was experiencing more fatigue and shortness of breath. We saw his cardiologist the next day. The short of it is, Johns valve had closed to the point of being in the "critical" stage and he had an aneurysm in his Aortic Root.
John was very proactive and researched Cardiothoracic surgeons in our area and nationwide. John found Dr. Allan Stewart at Mt. Sinai in NYC. I also spoke with 2 cardiac anesthesiologists that I know for guidance. Both spoke highly of Dr. Stewart. Within 5 minutes of consulting with him, John knew that Dr. Stewart was "the one". Dr. Stewart explained Johns condition, what the surgery would involve, the recovery phase and the great nursing care that John would receive.
Dr. Stewart said "John, this is where you need to be". He could not have been more right. John went into surgery at noon on Monday and was discharged home on Saturday morning. Everything went just as Dr. Stewart had predicted. The nursing care was wonderful. Especially Susanna in CT ICU. It seemed as though her sole mission was Johns successful recovery.
Another consideration in choosing Dr. Stewart is his staff. It all starts with Debbie who manages his office. She guided us through the entire process of scheduling, testing and insurance. The entire time supporting us, answering our questions and easing our fears. Dr. Stewart is very fortunate to have her. The PAs in Dr. Stewart's office took great care of John, checked on him multiple times each day and even helped us after discharge.
It is 8 months ago today that John had his Aortic Root Replacement. He has been back to work full time for 5 months, he runs on the treadmill and feels better than he ever has.
Trying to put Dr. Stewart into words is easy. Dr. Stewart is professional, highly skilled and quietly self confident. He has performed thousands of heart procedures and specializes in Aortic Valves. Trying to put what he did for my husband into words is not as easy. How do you thank someone for saving your husbands life? We, and our 4 children, will never be able to thank him enough."
-- John Levasseur, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/27/2014
"When it became clear that I would require an aortic root replacement sooner rather than later due to a steadily enlarging aortic aneurysm, I began research in order to find the top doctor in this field.
My research brought me to Dr Allan Stewart and upon meeting him I knew I had made the right choice. He has a warm and very personable manner which put my wife and I immediately at ease. He took a lot of time to speak to us and answer any and all concerns. Dr Stewart encouraged me to call him with any questions, even giving us his cell phone number. He couldn't have been more gracious and reassuring. His office staff were equally pleasant and professional. All the arrangements were taken care of quickly and I underwent valve sparing open heart surgery a few weeks after our consultation.
The surgery went smoothly and I have nothing but praise for Dr. Stewart and the Mt Sinai staff. The nurses were exceptionally well trained, knowledgeable and responsive. We ran into the director of nursing twice while on post op strolls and both times she stopped to ask how I was doing and if there was anything she could do for me. A very well run hospital!
I am now 10 weeks post op and doing very well. Dr Stewart assured me the problem was taken care of and I look forward to seeing him for my one year checkup so that I can thank him again for everything. I highly recommend Dr Stewart, not only for his expertise and skills as a surgeon but also for the good feeling we got about the kind of person he is...also very important when finding a doctor you can trust."
-- Dennis Connolly, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 12/03/2013
"Today is the one year anniversary of Allan Stewart saving my life. He told me he was a "good plumber." He is a great surgeon and a lovely human being. I will be grateful to him all the happy and healthy days of my life."
-- Penny Goldsmith, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 03/08/2013
"I met with Dr. Stewart on 12/6/12, had valve-sparing aortic root replacement surgery on 12/19/12 and sit here today, 12/30/12 with the belief that, not only will I be around to watch my 8 month old son grow and mature but that I will be an active participant in that process for him and his 5 older siblings. To this day, I still can't believe that I was given access to such a remarkable talent and facility. Needless to say, my state of being today is a testament, not only to Dr. Stewart's confidence, but also to his ability to portray that he has a "stake in the game" so to speak and an investment in your health and well being.
Obviously, it is still early in my recovery process but everything has occurred exactly as Dr. Stewart has explained that it would and only leaves me with the expectation that I will be up and running around trying to keep up with my kids in no time."
-- Mark Lampersberger, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 12/19/2012
"Dr. Allan Stewart really is "the best of the best" in my opinion. He was easy to talk with and put me immediately at ease. Dr. Stewart answered my long list of questions and I knew within a few minutes of consultation that he was my surgeon choice for my surgery. I had a speedy recovery and my cardiologist is very pleased with the outcome of this surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Allan Stewart."
-- Joan Davenport, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 06/12/2012
"I did extensive research on various aortic surgeons throughout the New York City and Northeast area and settled upon Dr. Allan Stewart. He is the best Doctor I have ever come across through my various interviews with surgeons pre-op. He is always available and is extremely personable. He performed my second OHS using the David Procedure and spared by aortic valve - three years after my original aortic dissection. I could not be happier with the results. As of one month post operation, there is 'zero' regurgitation and everything looks perfect. I cannot thank him enough and fully recommend this professional for aortic thoracic procedures."
-- Matt Gerber, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 01/14/2012
"Dr. Allan Stewart is great. He saved my life. Did it with a smile and concern. His team is awesome they were always there and ready to answer any thing that we asked. I did much research and was very thankful to find Dr. Allan Stewart. If you need aortic surgery he is the man."
-- Carmine Gualtieri, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 06/03/2011
"Three days after, my kidney, liver and lungs went down. I was brought back three times. Doctor Allan Stewart kept my 4 daughters informed at all times. He helped managed their expectations even though they feared the worst. Dr. Stewart assured them it was not uncommon. He was calm and reassuring at all times. I highly recommend him. Dr. Stewart is the best!!!"
-- Martin Faeger, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/05/2010
"I had valve sparing and aortic root replacement surgery performed by Dr. Allan Stewart in April 2010 and just celebrated the one year anniversary of my surgery last week. I purposely waited a year to write down my thoughts about Dr. Stewart because I did not want to be overly influenced by the post surgical euphoria that most of us who go through this type of surgery feel for simply having survived it. Also, I wanted to be able to look back on the recovery process knowing it was complete, which mine is. With a year of perspective now, if I were to simply say that everything about my surgery and recovery went incredibly well, and that Dr. Stewart was nothing short of fantastic in every regard, it would not be enough to do the man justice. There are two reasons for this. First, I believe that Dr. Stewart’s technical skills are superb but I am the first to say that those of us who are “layman,” and who are not trained in medicine, are not really qualified to properly evaluate a surgeon’s technical skills. Instead, we should look at the fact that Dr. Stewart is Director of Aortic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, one of the best medical schools in the world, and recognize that this tells us how highly his peer group regards his skills. Equally as important as his technical skill though, Dr. Stewart is a mensch. For those of you who don’t know that word, it means he is a real human being, a man of integrity and honor, a good person, a man you can count on. Dr. Stewart showed so much care for me as a person, that I felt like I was almost a partner to him in approaching my surgery rather than just a patient with a physical condition. He was incredibly generous with his time, always encouraging me to ask questions, always taking the time to answer them fully, always inviting me to call or email him with more questions, never being satisfied himself unless I had all the information I was asking for. In short, Dr. Stewart showed so much concern for my mental health prior to surgery that I know I went into the procedure itself with as much confidence about the outcome as possible. I have no doubt that this contributed to the success of the procedure as well. There are obviously lots of surgeons in New York and I am sure there are many who are very good at what they do. What sets Dr. Stewart apart, in my mind, is his concern for the whole person, body of course but also mind and spirit. He saved my valve, which he was confident he could do prior to surgery, and he thought to send someone out from the operating room to inform my family in the waiting room as soon as he knew that he had. It was little things like this that showed his thoughtfulness throughout the time leading up to my surgery, the procedure itself and my recovery since. I am proud to have had Dr. Stewart as my surgeon and highly recommend him to anyone reading this and considering him as their surgeon as well. The man is a rock star. "
-- Bruce Jakubovitz, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 04/21/2010
"My experience with Dr. Allan Stewart was fabulous. In a week, I felt back to normal. I then rested for two more weeks. After that, I went back to executive work and feel well. The 36 cardiac rehabilitation treatments during the recovery was helpful."
-- Lawrence Sarf, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 03/21/2010
"Candid. Confident. Compassionate. It was refreshing to finally find a doctor with these qualities, especially as my anxiety (and my aneurysm) grew with the thought of having to undergo open heart surgery. Unlike other surgeons who surprisingly wavered in deciding what the best course of action to follow would be, Dr. Stewart was not only deliberate in his assessment but simultaneously allayed my concerns. Dr. Allan Stewart's dedication to his patients extends beyond the operating room, and he made it a point to explain my condition to my family before, during, and after the surgery. He truly is an excellent example of what a surgeon should be, and there is no question that he is one of the best- if not the best- in the field. "
-- Tom Szymanski, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 11/05/2009
"Let me be candid. Dr. Allan Stewart is the best Aortic Surgeon in the world. That is not a sentimental compliment. I am a research-a-holic/type-A person who was diagnosed with an Aortic Aneurysm. I spent 8 months researching procedures and doctors and nearly died because it grew to 6.1cm. I can tell you all the doctors I met with and researched, and all of the methods I looked into. Only when I came across Dr. Allan Stewart, and his Valve Sparing procedure was I comfortable with moving forward. Luckily for me I didn't die before having the surgery, but I was NOT about to have a half-assed procedure done, by a mediocre doctor. I had heard that Dr. Stewart was the best in the country before meeting him. I was very impressed with him. He was sharp as hell, young, ambitious, and seemed to live, eat, and breathe his job. He immediately struck me as the Top Gun in his field. He was extremely passionate, yet candid. A great balance of getting his points across, yet accompanied by the RARE good bedside manner that most doctors lack. He was amazing, and his valve sparing procedure made more sense than any of the others I had looked into. Let me be clear, I did so much research on the different procedures, that I pretty much grilled him, and could talk the "lingo" regarding the many different aspects of Aortic heart surgery. His valve sparing method seemed brilliant. Furthermore, there are specific aspects of this method that he puts his own personal touch on and does them "his way". Without getting into details, the procedure is just brilliant. Anyone can email me for more information. To wrap this up; Dr. Stewart is one hell of a guy. He doesn't charge a dime for consultation, he gave me his PERSONAL phone number, he befriended my wife and worked closely with her throughout my surgery and recovery, and most of all; he didn't disappear after he did the surgery. He still touches base with me, and is fully in the loop on my recovery with my family, and with my cardiologist. Dr. Stewart is the closest thing to God. At the very least he is an ambitious, go getter, hard driving, compassionate, young, sharp as hell, good dressing doctor! If you want information contact me and i'll give you a million reasons why he is the best Aortic Surgeon in the world, and I can back it up with research, not just emotion.
-- Benjamin Carey, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 11/02/2009
"Replaced part of the Aorta. Results were fantastic. All contact with doctor was great."
-- Roger Miller, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/06/2009
"This is our second major surgery with Dr. Stewart. He is a very dedicated surgeon to his patients and works tirelessly to get the best results for them. He is very confident in his ability and from our experience he backs that up with his excellent surgical performance. He takes the time to really listen to patient and families questions and concerns. "
-- Phillip Tennant, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 09/28/2009
"I have a vivid imagination and I cannot conceive of having a surgeon in the same league as Dr. Stewart. He is a tightly packed bundle of consummate skill, acuity, empathy and someone who strives (and achieves!) the pinnacle of excellence in his field.
Happy with the outcome? Ecstatic is a better word."
-- Julius Rosenwald, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/05/2009
"My family and I did extensive research to identify the best possible surgeon for an aortic valve replacement that my father was undergoing. Dr. Stewart specializes in Aortic valve replacement, has an excellent reputation, and has some of the best statistics of any of the Doctors we considered. He was incredibly patient in answering our questions and ensuring that we understood the procedure. He personally followed up to see how my father was progressing. My father's recovery time period went much faster than I was anticipating based on conversations I had with others who had a similar experience. My father is now back to full strength and feel like he has more energy than before. "
-- Barry Hurewitz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/10/2009
"This guy is off the charts. Totally competent and gives you all alternatives."
-- Richard Curreri, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 03/24/2009
"I interviewed surgeons in Boston and New York and opted to travel out of state from MA to NY and entrust my heart to Dr. Stewart. Aside from coming highly recommended from multiple sources, his humility coupled with the pride he takes in his work made it an easy decision. I never once felt like a patient lost in the crowd; he took the time to chat casually with me and took full responsibility for my well-being AND my family's during my recovery. I could not be happier with the results and would strongly recommend consulting with Dr. Stewart because he is highly skilled, professionally renowned, and personally invested in his patients."
-- Greg O'Keeffe, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/20/2008
"Dr. Allan Stewart is an incredibly caring and skilled surgeon. From the first consultation, I knew I was in excellent hands. His bedside manner is incredibly kind and he encouraged me to work hard to get back to my normal life. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Stewart. He touched my life in many ways."
-- Dale Hensley, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/07/2007
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"In a twelve-month period my 74-year-old mother underwent three open-heart surgeries. The first two failed to solve the problem. The third, which was performed by Dr. Allan Stewart, was an extremely long and difficult surgery that replaced her aorta "from stem to stern." It saved my mother's life.
As you might imagine, after the first two less-than-successful surgeries, with my mother's life seemingly in the balance, my family had a lot of questions for Dr. Stewart. He calmly answered them all, always kept my mother up-to-date, and even took time to answer my emails. Just before the surgery, after days of hearing all the medical language, he looked me in the eye and said "She's going to be fixed."
I believed him and he was right. That was three years ago. Today, my mother still lives on her own, travels, and laughs a lot. A few days ago I watched all her smiling grandchildren crowd around her at Christmas and quietly thanked God for Dr. Stewart."
-- Bart Erbach, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 11/17/2006