Hello! My name is Dr. Craig Smith and I am a heart surgeon having graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1977. To date, I have performed approximately 3,500 cardiac surgical procedures, of which 2,275 involved heart valve operations. I perform surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
"My valve repair was successful. However, I developed complications and eight days later I was rushed back into surgery. Dr. Craig Smith and his team saved my life. "
"Dr. Craig Smith is the 'Man' in New York. Possibly the best there is on this planet. I'm 64 years of age, 18 months from surgery and I play tennis 7 day's a week -- both singles and doubles. I run on a treadmill and work out using free weights. I'm alive, I'm healthy and living my life. Without Dr. Smith, I would be on Boot Hill. GOD Bless this man for all he did for me, and countless others. "
"The operation itself and recovery was flawless, but what distinguishes Dr. Craig Smith is his responsiveness. For example, after I was discharged I felt very nauseous from the anesthesia. When I could not take it anymore, I called his office on Sunday evening. He called back within 15 minutes and re-assured me, but was also ready to see me that evening should I choose. On another occasion, I was not sure whether the chest pain was from a pulled muscle or had something to do with the heart. Dr. Smith again responded within minutes. (It was a strained muscle). All in all, the operation was extremely successful (this is of course the important part) but what makes Dr. Smith special, is his responsiveness to his patients."
"Dr. Smith is an excellent surgeon and his staff is highly trained and competent."
"Fantastic surgeon, outstanding care at Colombia Presbyterian. Arrhythmia corrected one month later at Good Sam Hospital in Suffern, NY. Hiking two months after. "
"I was very fortunate to have Dr. Craig Smith as my surgeon. He was very thoughtful and patient in explaining everything to me, very reassuring in his manner and quiet demeanor and very attentive. "
"Experience with the surgeon was terrific. He was very professional in manner and was clear about explaining the operation, risks, decisions that had to be made and had a great team for followup. Very happy with the result"
"Technically good. Bland bedside manner. But, happy with results"
"Dr. Smith is an outstanding surgeon both technically and at the bedside. I was very happy with the results of the surgery."
My cardiac specialties include:
- Aortic Valve
- Mitral Valve Repair
Relative to heart valve surgery, I have the following clinical interests:
- Mitral Valve Repair
- Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
- Adaption in Cardiac Transplantation
"I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon is nearly 3 decades of experience with simple and complex valve disease."
Dr. Craig Smith, heart surgeon, graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1977.
I have relationships with several insurance providers including:
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield (call for additional providers)
177 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY 10032
(866) 306-8461 A map of our clinic is provided below.