Hello! My name is Dr. Isaac George and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2001. To date, I have performed approximately 1,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,100 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my integration of new technology and innovation into my clinical practice.
I am trained in the most current, cutting edge procedures. I believe that these new innovations minimize pain for the patient, while giving them the best possible surgical outcome and cosmetic result. After being trained in multiple disciplines, I am able to combine strategies to create a personalized treatment for each individual patient.
"I was experiencing some bleeding issues and was scheduled for a diagnostic double-balloon enteroscopy at Columbia University Medical Center. I came to the hospital to do some pre-testing prior to my enteroscopy which revealed that I had a life-threatening condition called aortic stenosis which needed to be treated immediately.
After meeting Dr. Isaac George, who explained to everything to me, I felt very comfortable. He was very calm, extremely patient as he answered all of my questions. The recuperation from surgery took a little bit of time, but following the surgery, I immediately felt better and eight months later I felt great.
Mary thanks Dr. George!"
-- Mary Fernandez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/25/2013
"I was visiting my family in New York City, from my home in the country of Trinidad, when I did not feel well and sought medical care at Columbia University Medical Center. A few years earlier, I had open heart surgery where my mitral valve was replaced by a mechanical valve.
While at Columbia, I learned that my mechanical valve was failing and immediately needed to be replaced. I met with Dr. Isaac George who provided me my options. He suggested a surgical replacement of my mechanical valve. I was very scared to have another surgery, but I found Dr. George to be very reassuring. Dr. George made me feel very comfortable through the entire process, and was extremely patient with me as I took notes of everything he said.
My surgery went extremely well and my recovery was very comfortable. The entire Columbia staff was very good. Approximately 30 days following my procedure and 3 weeks after hospital discharge, I met with Dr. George in his clinic one last time. He discharged me in good health.
I am so very grateful to Dr. George for his excellent care."
-- Annique Cook, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/20/2012
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. Isaac George, heart surgeon, graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2001.
After medial school, Dr. George completed an extensive 10-year training program in surgery, cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. George completed an Internship, a General Surgery Residency, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
Then, Dr. George was a Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery and a Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center from 2008 to 2010. To broaden his cardiac specialties, Dr. George completed a Ventricular Assist Device/Cardiac Transplant Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, in 2011, and an Interventional Cardiology / Hybrid Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia in 2012.
Dr. George is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
During his career, Dr. George has received numerous honors and awards including:
* Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellowship * Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society * New Era Cardiac Surgery Conference Scholarship (2004) * Blakemore Award - Best Resident Research Award, Columbia University- College of Physicians and Surgeons (2006, 2007, 2008)