Hello! My name is Dr. Luis Castro and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Stanford School of Medicine in 1984. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is the team of wonderfully talented people that partner with me at Sequoia Hospital to produce “best results” that are nationally and internationally recognized in cardiac surgery. This level of achievement comes from tremendous experience by all members alike. World-class outcomes can only result from concentrating efforts at a single center to achieve the highest level of team excellence.
"If I was to need valve surgery again, there would be no doubt I would only want Dr. Castro leaving his fingerprints on my heart."
-- Shelly Gould, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/14/2011
"Great results, easier recovery than my first valve replacement 17 years ago. "
-- Russ Colgate, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 12/21/2017
-- Pyare Begerhotta, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/12/2017
He made an appointment for me to see Dr. Castro in early December. When we met with Dr. Castro, he reviewed the tests that UC Davis had done and told us that not only the mitral valve was failing but the aortic valve (which had also been replaced 12 years ago) was also not working properly. The biggest surprise to me was that he also showed me that my tricuspid valve was damaged because of the other two failing valves. Dr. Castro reviewed all of my options and said that he was sure that he could repair or replace all three valves in a short surgery and felt my heart was strong enough to go through the procedure. He said he could tell I was a fighter and that a lesser woman would likely be in hospice based on the amount of trouble I was having just trying to breathe; oxygen was just not getting to my blood stream due to the blocked valves.
His kindness and confidence was very reassuring and just over a week later I was admitted into Sequoia Hospital for surgery on December 19. The surgery went well, I had 2 valves replaced and the third one repaired in a relatively short 2.5 hour surgery. Afterwards I woke up in the ICU with a wonderful staff of people taking care of me and my very supportive family nearby. I think my recovery went well and I moved to another floor of the hospital where more dedicated and wonderful nurses took great care of me. After leaving the hospital I moved to a rehab facility closer to my home in Marin, for more therapy and then headed home on Jan 13; less than 4 weeks from my surgery. I have ben home a month and a half and am doing very well, driving again and enjoying my life again. My own cardiologist, Dr. Ann Kao is following my progress and has prescribed ongoing therapy to assure a complete recovery. I feel good and positive about my recovery; I can breathe again! That is the main thing!
Thank you Dr. Castro and the heart team at Sequoia Hospital!"
-- Evelyn Gallagher, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 12/19/2016
I have to say the experience was beyond what I thought it would be... Prior to surgery, Dr. Castro gave me great comfort and guidance with thorough explanations about my mitral valve repair surgery. I was a bit nervous about the mini sternotomy, however Dr. Castro assured me that my incision would be small and it's appearance would be minimal in size. I am three months out of surgery and I can barely see the incision That is the truth!! And, I am very proud to wear my "badge of courage" because it looks that good.
Dr. Castro insisted I call him by his first name Luis ! He is a very personal individual with a "human touch" and I feel 100% better after surgery. My heart is beating with joy... ❤️
Dr. Castro and Dr Harmon paid me a daily visit while hospitalized to check on my well being and that in itself made me stronger with each day. They truly care about their patients ! Post surgery rehabilitation within the hospital was excellent with both physical therapist and respiratory professionals coming by my room daily to give me the tools I needed for recovery.
The new cardiac unit built in 2014 is beautiful to say the least. I had a very clean and private room with a view and the nursing staff is top notch 5 star all the way. They are truly professional and I can say I had an extremely positive experience and surgery at Sequoia Hospital. I chose Dr Luis Castro as my surgeon and Sequoia Heart Institute for my heart valve surgery and it is the best decision I've ever made ... And I mean that from the bottom of my heart ❤️ "
-- Andrea Reed, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/03/2016
I am 69 years old and experienced a stroke and heart attack in 2010. I received 6 stents in 2010, all of which were still patent (open). I had no other medical problems or illnesses. However, my heart was beginning to enlarge, from severe mitral regurgitation, and I didn’t want to die or become disabled from my coronary artery disease or heart failure, if I didn’t have my heart problems fixed. I had become short of breath, while walking around the house.
I was concerned that my age and medical history might increase the surgical risk of morbidity and mortality. I spent approximately one year researching my medical problems and the best surgeons and hospitals that could provide me with the greatest chance of a successful repair of my heart, with the lowest risk of morbidity and mortality. After careful research of the most experienced and reputable heart surgeons and hospitals in America, I narrowed my choice down to heart surgeons in Chicago, New York City, Cleveland, and Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California. I chose Doctors Castro and Harmon, at Sequoia Hospital, in Redwood City, California, for the following reasons: - One of the most experienced heart valve surgeons in America, with one of the highest successful heart valve repair rates.
- Doctors Castro and Harmon have successfully worked together, when necessary, for approximately 20 plus years. When necessary for more extensive heart surgeries, it’s nice to have 2 able heart surgeons working on you simultaneously. It saves time.
- They are much faster than the average heart surgeons, which lessens the risk of brain cell damage, from longer aortic cross clamp and cardio-pulmonary bypass time.
- One of lowest heart surgery mortality and morbidity rates in the nation, particularly for complex surgeries and second surgeries involving older patients with previous heart attacks and surgeries.
- Sequoia is not a teaching hospital with inexperienced heart surgery residents in training.
- Sequoia Hospital is a heart reference center where they perform more successful mitral valve repairs, per year, than average, and have been ranked one of the nation’s leading providers of cardiovascular care for more than three decades. - Sequoia Hospital is comparatively small; clean; efficient; caring; competent; and unbureaucratic. The other hospitals I considered were so large, bureaucratic, and impersonal, that I was never able to speak with the surgeon. This was a major concern when there was a real, albeit small, risk that I could die during my surgery. Doctors Castro and Harmon always made time to answer my questions and concerns, whether by phone, email, or in person.
I was impressed with the flowchart-like efficiency of Sequoia Hospital’s cardiovascular care department and their dedicated, hard working, caring employees. Unlike large university medical centers, Sequoia Hospital gives personal care to its patients and every patient has a private room where his or her spouse may stay with the patient. Everything is conveniently located and in close proximity. Cardiologists, heart surgeons, and labs, are all in one building next to the hospital. You will be able to speak to Doctors Castro and Harmon personally. They are nice people and caring, dedicated doctors. Lastly, contrary to what you may have seen or thought, the surgery doesn’t really hurt very much. Though I had a mini-sternotomy, I never had to use any pain killers stronger than Tylenol, after hospital discharge. Twelve weeks after my surgery, I feel substantially recovered. I now run 2 to 3 miles a day on my treadmill and have more stamina than any time before my surgery from Doctors Castro and Harmon.
I am very satisfied with Doctor Castro’s and Doctor Harmon’s surgical skills, judgment, and care. The quality of their work exceeded my expectations, based on the information I gained from their internet videos."
-- Ronald Yamamoto, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/02/2016
His staff were phenomenal in the pre-op period. They answered questions, helped me with setting up my further testing and medical leave, and set up a room at Sequoia House for my family. The actual pre-op day was easy and planned well. I met my Nurse Navigator for the heart surgery as well as Dr. Castro's PA, Taeman Suhr who was just the greatest! I got all the pre-op testing and info and again, it was unrushed and well scheduled. My surgery went as planned and Dr. Castro talked to my friends and family post-op. My experience in the hospital was better than I ever expected. The staff were phenomenal, experienced, professional, and very caring.
Dr. Castro has been available to me post-op for questions. He has helped me with recommendations for Cardiology sub specialty care, and I truly value his insight and trust his judgement.
Besides his wonderful manner, his program at Sequoia has published their data for number and type of procedures, pump/bypass time, as well as procedure related mortality and their results are far better than average.
I am 19 weeks post-op, my valve is working perfectly, I am in better shape that I was pre-op, and I have no pain or ill effects. Dr. Castro is a rock star and the program he has built at Sequoia with Dignity Health is the best! A million stars for all of them!!"
-- Ellen Leng, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 09/28/2016
-- Jon Carroll, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/23/2016
I'm from Southern California, and initially consulted with surgeons closer to home. However, after consulting with Dr. Castro, his demeanor and spirit made me feel very confident--not to mention his unbeatable credentials! I knew right away that he was the surgeon for me.
I also want to add that pre and post surgery, Dr. Castro was always accessible to any questions or concerns that I had. That means a lot when going through open heart surgery.
I had an excellent surgical experience with Dr. Luis Castro and his team at Sequoia Hospital. It couldn't have been better!"
-- Nancy Aguayo, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 08/19/2016
During our first meeting, Dr. Castro explained all planned surgical procedures in details and answered all questions. His positive demeanor and confidence put my wife and me at ease. Dr. Castro is very approachable and easy to talk to, which makes the stressful experience of a heart surgery easier to go through. Both pre and post-surgery Dr. Castro made himself accessible to any questions or concerns. Dr. Harmon and/or Dr. Castro visited me daily after the surgery and they stayed on top of things the whole time. They work very close with nurses and hospital staff and the whole team is truly amazing.
I don’t think my surgical experience with Dr. Castro and his team could have been any better and I’m forever grateful to him for giving me a new lease of life. I would whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Castro to anyone facing a heart surgery."
-- Paul Sydell, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 08/04/2016
-- Don Yates, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/03/2016
-- Marilyn Canon, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/25/2016
-- Bastiaan Saarloos, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 07/20/2016
-- Jill Wood, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/07/2016
-- Robert Harper, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/22/2016
There was a glitch after surgery. The very next day I experienced no feeling on my left side. Dr. Castro and Dr. Harmon immediately sent me to have a CT scan. It proved that I did not have a stroke and something broke off during surgery. Within a day or two my feeling started to return and totally returned by the time I left the hospital. Due to the complication I was kept in the CCU until 4/19. Each day it was a great feeling of comfort to see the smiling face of Dr. Castro and his loving care. After being sent up to the Cardiac Unit he continued along with Dr. Harmon to see me each day until they dismissed me on 4/25/16. At that time I elected to go to Fremont Health Care for physical therapy.
They provided excellent therapy for physical and respiratory and I progressed very well. Do to the heartbeat they elected to have a pace maker put in for safety reasons on 4/23/16.
The total experience was one not to fear under Dr. Luis Castro's care. I would strongly recommend Dr. Castro to anyone facing this type of surgery. A truly caring and loving man to all his patients.
The Sequoia Hospital provided a room for my husband while I was there. A truly wonderful place to be when the staff does all they can to make their loved ones feel at home."
-- Thelma Jane Miller, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/14/2016
I cannot express my gratitude for Dr Castro's great ability not only as a surgeon, but as a genuine human being that really cares for his patients. All his staff, including Dr Harmon, his PA, and Elizabeth are also amazing. And last, the care at Sequioa Hospital also deserve an A+. It has been a month since my surgery and I feel great, more energized and have started cardiac rehabilitation. My cardiologist here in town was amazed when he saw me 10 days post-op at this office. He says he had never seen such a great incision and he complimented me as to how good I looked. And although I dont plan on having heart surgery any time soon, I would not hesitate to return with Dr Castro in the future. "
-- Mario Quesadilla, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/13/2016
-- Willard Nutting, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/13/2016
He replaced my aortic valve and also took the initiative to repair an aortic root aneurysm. My recovery was routine at the hospital as well as at home. I was walking over one mile daily after four weeks and I will be back at playing regular golf in four months.
I believe Dr. Castro is one of the best heart surgeons in the country and has performed thousands cardiac surgeries The surgery well and much better than I expected. I had no issues or complications and my outcome was great. Dr. Castro's staff and the nurses were very capable and professional. The Sequoia Hospital Heart Center is new, bright, cheery, very clean and well maintained.
If you need heart surgery, there are none better than Dr. Castro and Sequoia Hospital. "
-- Jerry Hromyko, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 04/07/2016
-- Janice Rogers, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/03/2016
-- Javad Khakbaz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/30/2016
-- Ken Kuchta, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 03/25/2016
-- Joseph Pietro, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 03/24/2016
-- Rodger Simonian, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/08/2016
-- Dana Weir, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/14/2016
-- Bruce Oliver, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/14/2016
Dr. Castro, Medical Director, Cardiac Surgery at Sequoia Hospital Redwood City Ca., Who insist you call him by his first name Luis, is an outstanding surgeon with the demeanor of your "Best Friend", excellent bedside manor, very approachable and easy to talk to. Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City Ca. is highly renowned for their excellent outcome history with AVR and many other cardiothoracic surgeries.
Having been through this twice at Sequoia Hospital in 4.2 years, I can confidently say that Dr. Castro, his team and Sequoia Hospital are truly a medical "Dream Team".
If I ever have to revisit this process again, it will only be with Dr. Castro and the Sequoia team.....I thank God for all of them."
-- Dennis Orsag, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/06/2016
-- Deborah Saenz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/02/2015
-- Bruce Gallmeyer, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 11/30/2015
-- Jean Knappik, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/25/2015
-- Al Zaninovich, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/27/2015
-- Lee Mortimer, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 10/07/2015
-- Langston chinn, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 10/06/2015
-- Maurice Heagren, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 09/16/2015
I would highly recommend Dr. Castro with no exceptions!"
-- Gregory Clarke, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/16/2015
I feel fortunate to have had Dr. Luis Castro as my surgeon."
-- James Piccetti, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/03/2015
Dr. Castro answered and demonstrated when necessary every question. We also discussed the possibility of a new valve should a repair not be possible. After Dr. Castro's explanations and demonstrations of each valve, I felt very confident in my decision of the Porcine Valve should the need arise. My husband has had three traumatic brain injuries and can sometimes become lost in too much information coming at him too fast, Dr. Castro seemed to sense that my husband needed more time to process what was being said, and so he patiently walked and re-walked us through any part of the conversation that needed repeating. We were so impressed by Dr. Castro that we knew that no one else would be right for the surgery. His knowledge, his experience, his manners, and above all his reasons for being a one hospital surgeon gave us a well-founded sense of peace and assurance that I could place my life in his hands.
It has been five weeks since my surgery and I could not be more pleased with the results or the care that I received and my husband received at Sequoia Hospital and from Dr. Luis Castro."
-- Charlie Orsburn, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 09/02/2015
-- HERB POTTER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/05/2015
Dr. Castro is (in my lay opinion) an extremely skilled, talented surgeon and a wonderful, caring human being. He absolutely put me at ease in advance of the surgery, came by at least daily after surgery and was always available for a consult, question etc. two anecdotes:
1. I was going to get a flu shot a number of weeks after my surgery on a Sunday and realized i should probably check and make sure it was ok to do. I texted dr. castro at 1PM (on a sunday) and he texted back within 5 minutes. the pharmacist and their assistant were amazed that a high-powered surgeon would be that responsive
2. reading my post op report i learned that it took them 35 minutes to do the work on my heart (replace the aortic valve). sometimes i can't even write an email in 35 minutes and Dr. Castro and team did a full valve replacement and restarted my heart in that amount of time!!! And as i learned, the faster you are in and out of surgery, minimizing time under anesthesia and time on bypass, the better off you are.
thank you Dr. Castro!"
-- David Selby, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/16/2015
The surgery, while complicated, came off without a problem. I am pain free and recovering rapidly. Thank you Dr.Castro and Team."
-- Frank Benneyan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 02/27/2015
This was the most serious experience I've ever had, but I felt very confident and comfortable with Dr. Castro. I give him the highest recommendation possible to anyone facing cardiac-surgery; and if I ever require such a procedure again, I would want Dr. Castro as the surgeon."
-- Charles Senteney, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Bloodless Surgery, 02/24/2015
-- John Wallace, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/30/2014
I went to see 4 heart surgeons and 3 Cardiologists and after careful review I selected Dr. Castro and Sequoia hospital. The surgery was extremely successful and after 1 day in ICU I was up and walking. Dr. Castro and the staff at Sequoia hospital are extremely professional and very caring. Everyone from the people working to clean, shave, feed and nurse me back to health were extremely attentive and I continue to receive follow up calls at home.
I would highly recommend Dr. Castro and Sequoia hospital for anyone that may need heart valve surgery. He is not only a fantastic surgeon but a very caring person as are his staff at Sequoia hospital."
-- Pat Sarceda, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/14/2014
He performed this miracle through a 4 1/4 inch incision at the sternum that has resulted in an almost pain-free recovery since leaving the hospital. I haven't taken anything for pain since the third day after discharge.
I have been home for 3 weeks and take several walks every day: the longest is 2.8 miles which takes 48 minutes and the shortest is 20 minutes. (This is a little longer than recommended in the material sent home with me.) The only pain I am having occurs when I cough or sneeze. Thank goodness for the chest pillow and the chest harness given to me!
Dr. Castro's bedside manner and that of the team of care providers who work with him was the most caring and responsive you can imagine. He emphasized to me that the quality and compassion of care after surgery are as important as the surgery itself in giving the patient the best experience possible. It was evident with each and every person who nursed me toward recovery that his commitment to excellence was a culture that everyone involved with cardiac care buys into at Sequoia Hospital!
It felt like I was his only patient in a private hospital catering just to me! He stopped by every day before and after surgery: even on the day that he was called in to deal with an emergency early in the day and didn't finish with the surgery until late in the day. He stopped by to see how I was doing at 11:30 p.m. before leaving for home that night. In addition to that, he made it possible for me to get in touch with him if I had any questions before or after surgery.
While there are no guarantees regarding the outcome of heart procedures, I can guarantee that the likelihood of a great outcome is the highest if Dr. Castro and Dr. Harmon are your surgeons. They did an amazing job of making the surgery and subsequent recovery an almost painless experience. Everything went exactly as Dr. Castro said it would and I am among the 99 plus % who are delighted to be here to share my experience!"
-- Mike Ramsey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 10/14/2014
-- Ronald Sommer, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 09/30/2014
I was very scared of surgery which was unfortunately unavoidable. As a result, I did a lot of searching, reading and even watching the surgery on YouTube. I spoke to several doctors and surgeons as well.
The key is to find who the best surgeons for this type of surgery is, and Dr. Castro is there in the top 5-10 in the world - or at least among ones I could find or have access too. The hospital where he and his team operate, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, specializes in heart surgery and is rated in top 10 or 15. (Stanford is not even in this group).
To me Dr. Castro is the best surgeon in the world! How do I justify that?
(a) He is very fast. The amount of time you spend on heart/lung machine, while your heart is stopped is very important. (the more time you spent – the more likely you will get out brain damaged). For most surgeons the time your heart is not beating is close to 1hr or more. Dr. Castro did mine in 29 minutes (his average is 30min). I heard the fastest he did is 17 minutes.
(b) Second important point is the team. Dr. Castro has been 15 years at Sequoia and he and his team can read each other’s mind. To be that fast, one needs a good team, and Dr. Castro has that. He is very much liked by his team, his nurses and hospital staff. They love him and this is very important too.
(c) Dr. Castro’s mortality rate in the last 3 years is ZERO. He would not undertake any new procedure unless it has zero mortality rate. He cares about that. Thus, you can be sure that he does not want to ruin his record, so you will be fine. However, the week I was released he operated on 89 year old lady changing both valve: aortic and mitral. This is confidence!
(d) He is very calm and (I heard never loses his temper under pressure). This is very important if things go wrong.
(e) He is not overworked or over-committed, by his choice. He operates Tuesdays and Thursdays, so he is fresh and rested for your surgery. The rest of the days he is seeing patients in the hospital and he and his team were at my bedside every day I was there.
(f) His two anesthesiologists (Dr. Bradly and Dr. Paris) are the two angels. They were extremely important to me as I was not going to go into this surgery, neither willingly (nor alive). They will talk to you, calm you down and suddenly – you wake up - and it is all over!
(g) The care after surgery works very well in Sequoia. I slept most of the time and every time I woke up, I felt stronger. The nurses would take good care of you and I would recommend that you do not have visitors – they may tire you (that may apply even to your wife or husband). You do not need them as you will be totally taken care off by the excellent staff of nurses.
(h) The incision Dr. Castro made is quite small – about 4” and the scar is not very visible. To me this is unimportant, but if you are a lady and care for it – he does a great job with that too.
Finally, Dr. Castro is very approachable, down to earth and very charming. Once you meet him, your heart will tell you: “stop, do not look any further – I want this guy!” He will call you back personally, answer your email and I suspect, if you ask him to give you a ride home from the hospital – he will do it. But please do not! Many people need him critically, so be respectful of his time.
My recovery was fantastic. I heard from Dr. Castro that some people went to meetings 3 weeks after the surgery. The normal recovery time is 6 weeks.
I went to work in 1 week! (not that I did much, but I made the point) However the day after I worked 3 hrs, second week part time, third week overtime and in the fourth week I even picked up another consulting job. (my work is desk / computer job, so not very hard). However, I hope I did beat every record in recovery time!
It has been 5 weeks since my surgery and I feel very strong, walking without getting tired and I have energy like never before. "
-- Vojin G Oklobdzija, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/17/2014
We chose to fly in from out of state, based on (a) the world-class morbidity and mortality statistics of this program, (b) the mini-sternotomy option, and (c) the remarkably open and welcoming approach of Dr. Castro and his staff.
Early on Dr. Castro readily accepted our request for a FaceTime interview, answered all of our questions and welcomed follow up contact. His office arranged the angiogram for the day prior to surgery, and arranged housing for us in the Sequoia House. He has remained accessible weeks after the surgery.
As expected (from the level of excellence reflected in the statistics) the entire program was on top of its game. Cardiology, Anesthesia, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy all delivered top level service.
We were not surprised when immediately after surgery Consumers Reports listed this program as one of only 15 in the country to achieve CR's highest ranking."
-- Ronald Bliss, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/02/2014
He and his team visited at least once a day while I was in the hospital. Although we are from out of town, he has continued to follow up with me and has offered to consult with my local cardiologist. The nursing staff was also excellent. The facility was a bit dated, but a brand new hospital is set to open very soon, so that will no longer be true. I am three weeks post surgery and doing very well. "
-- Barbara Hoth, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/02/2014
He is truly an amazing surgeon and I was most fortunate to have been under the care of Dr. Castro and his surgical team! Dr. Castro, in addition to being a skilled surgeon, is professional, kind, and a truly genuine person. He was very thorough with my care as well as my follow-up care and always listened to all of my concerns.
My experiences with Sequoia Hospital's Cardiac Surveillance Unit, doctors, and nurses, were exceptional. I felt genuinely cared for by the staff. I cannot say enough positive comments about my experience with Dr. Castro, his surgical team and Sequoia Hospital. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Castro, his surgical team, and Sequoia Hospital to my family and/or friends."
-- Patricia K., Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/14/2014
The surgery itself was very successful, thanks to Dr. Castro's approach and to the team that he assembled, and my recovery has been smooth, rapid, and free of complications since my surgery a month and a half ago. Dr. Castro continues to be available for any follow up questions and concerns that I may have, which is a further extension of his caring, patient-centered approach to consultations and treatment.
After conducting extensive research into treatment and caregiver options prior to surgery, I am certain that I made the right choice in selecting Dr. Castro to perform this critical valve repair operation."
-- Paul K., Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 06/03/2014
-- David Baga, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/20/2014
Dr. Castro took the time to explain the surgery and the options that were available to replace my valve. Dr. Castro erased all the fear I had about having this surgery and I felt like God just provided me a Guardian Angel to prolong my life.
Dr. Castro has an experienced staff that makes you feel like a celebrity and gives you their undivided attention to make sure your stay at the hosptial is first rate. We were so thankful that we found Dr. Castro and he is the only surgeon that I would recommend."
-- David Augustus, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/20/2014
-- Daniel SWISHER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/08/2014
-- Jim Ciamarro, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 08/13/2013
I'm riding my dirt bike, jogging and riding my mountain with no issues whatsoever. I feel 20 again. Thanks Dr. Castro. "
-- charles weems, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/11/2013
-- kent dorwin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/15/2013
-- mickey king, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/22/2013
-- Brian Newkirk, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 03/01/2013
-- Linda Gaudet, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/28/2012
-- Aaron Blum, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 07/19/2012
-- Dr. Joseph Busey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/18/2012
-- Betty Vieira, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/25/2012
-- Joanne Layne, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 06/14/2012
-- Constance Codding, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/09/2012
-- Tracy Collins, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/15/2012
-- Gary Norris, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/26/2012
-- Jan Tepper, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/19/2012
-- Gladys Francis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/14/2012
-- DiMitri Hage, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/28/2012
-- Kenneth Campbell, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 02/23/2012
-- Christopher Watkins, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/23/2012
-- Marilyn Bolei, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/09/2012
I would recommend Dr. Castro without any hesitation. "
-- Leslie Rose, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/06/2012
-- Dorayne Likely, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 01/24/2012
-- Dean Forbes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/09/2012
-- Shelly Gould, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/14/2011
-- Alfred Kildow, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 09/29/2011
-- Patrick C., Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/01/2010
-- Ken Klug, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 08/23/2010
-- Brian R, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/10/2010
-- Jo Ann Bunton, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/16/2009
-- Vallangiman Srinivasan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/09/2009
-- Martin Harband, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, 05/11/2009
-- Eddie Williams, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 11/08/2008
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. Luis Castro, heart surgeon, graduated from Stanford School of Medicine in 1984.
He is the medical director of cardiac surgery at Sequoia Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute.