Hello! My name is Dr. Marc Gerdisch and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1987. To date, I have performed approximately 4,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Franciscan St. Francis Health, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Valve Center, and Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my relationships with my partners, associates, staff and patients. During the past several years, my practice has become 90% valve surgery. I have developed a specialized set of operative skills that allow me to reconstruct the heart. My creativity coupled with an understanding of the inter-dependence of the heart structures has directed my unique experience as an individual surgeon. Returning someone to their life is an incredible experience that I share with my entire team and the patient. Perhaps beyond my surgical expertise, my greatest strength is my central role in developing a program with a pervasive theme of excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease. I have the luxury and my patients have the benefit, of being part of a process based on excellent communication and partnership among some of the finest health care professionals working in cardiac care. My practice spans from minimally invasive valve procedures to complex multi-valve operations in patients with advanced disease. Preserving and restoring cardiac architecture and function is my highest priority. I have had the good fortune to participate in trials and research that have enhanced our ability to achieve these goals. We currently have studies on-going with next generation heart valves, treatment of atrial fibrillation and the use of extra-cellular matrix (ECM) in tissue reconstruction. In 2007, we were the first in the world to use the ECM bio-scaffold to rebuild or replace cardiac tissue and in 2008 we performed the first operations using ECM in patients with valve disease. In the lab, we are evaluating mechanisms for cardiac tissue re-growth that we hope will have a profound impact on the future. My team and I deliver the care we would want for our own family. Our patients know our commitment, and our greatest reward is their health and life-long friendship.
"Dr. Marc Gerdisch’s bedside manner was impeccable. All of my questions were answered before and after my mitral valve repair."
-- Angie Gregory, heart valve surgery patient
"My experience with Dr. Marc Gerdisch was TOTALLY AWESOME from beginning to end. He is a human dynamo, while at the same time an humble and unassuming gentleman. He is eager to answer questions in understandable terms. He appears driven to treat his patients in the best possible manner. He has the admirable trait of giving credit for his success to his family, friends, patients and associates. Dr. Gerdisch has earned the utmost respect from his colleagues. He has a genuine smile which he uses often and effectively.
After Dr. Gerdisch accepted me as a patient, I had such a deep feeling that I was in good hands! From that moment on, I can say with no reservation, there was absolutely no trepidation. A calm peaceful feeling that remains with me to this day. I feel that God guides his every thought, diagnosis, decision, counsel with patients and his hands during surgery.
Dr. Gerdisch chose to repair my mitral valve. He explained exactly what he would be doing during my surgery. Everything went as planned! And my recovery has been better than expected and the scar is minimal."
-- RICHARD PERKINS, heart valve surgery patient
My surgery was classified as high risk and I would recommend this man and his team to anyone needing heart surgery."
-- charles grubbs, heart valve surgery patient
My heart doctor highly recommended Dr Gerdisch, though my family still wanted to do some research on other doctors and hospitals. In my 73 years, I've been very lucky and never had any kind of surgery before. Now, here I was looking at open heart surgery and it was scary. I didn't just want a good doctor, I wanted the best.
After all the research, we decided to go with Dr. Gerdisch at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our first meeting with Dr. Gerdisch, he had us feeling 100% better about having the surgery. He has a great bedside manner. You can tell that he takes pride in what he does. He answered all of our questions and explained what he would be doing. We left his office feeling good.
My surgery was set up for May 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM. Everything went great. I never had any problems nor did I have the first bit of pain. I was out of the hospital in four days and four weeks later i was walking two miles.
Dr. Gerdisch and his staff did a great job. If any of the people I love would need any heart valve surgery I would want them in the hands of this doctor. Thank you Dr. Gerdisch for all you have done."
-- JOHN BONNEWELL, heart valve surgery patient
-- Russ Woodard, heart valve surgery patient
I'm confident he not only extended my life but also is giving me an opportunity to have a higher quality of life. I can't thank him and his team enough. I highly recommend Dr. Gerdisch. "
-- Linda Kincaid, heart valve surgery patient
-- William Hoke, heart valve surgery patient
-- Stephen Faulkenberg, heart valve surgery patient
It is my opinion that he has saved my life with two high risk heart surgeries, one performed in Nov 2008 and this last procedure done in Feb 2014. I am now being told that my heart is functioning at a level greater than before 2008.
I would recommend Dr. Gerdisch to any individual from around the world who is needing heart surgery or valve replacement. He is the best!"
-- Dwight Armitage, heart valve surgery patient
He was always honest about all aspects and expectations and provided all the answers to our questions and concerns with patience. His team was equally as forthright with their visits and gave us all a feeling of hopefulness and positivity for a full recovery during some worrisome moments.
He is a remarkable doctor and if ever anyone needs a heart procedure this Doctor is our choice. Trust is most important when facing the magnitude of heart surgery and if you choose Dr. Marc Gerdisch you are getting the best total care possible. Thank you from the entire Oliver family."
-- John Oliver, heart valve surgery patient
It has been 7 weeks since my surgery and I feel pretty good. I absolutely recommend Dr. Gerdisch for your heart valve needs!!!"
-- William Huth, heart valve surgery patient
His follow-up, his bedside manner, his professionalism exceeds all standards and as a community we are very blessed. Thank you so much to Dr. Gerdisch and his wonderful, caring staff."
-- Connie Hicks, heart valve surgery patient
I had numerous issues as a result of the leaking valve, I was unable to walk any distance, had trouble breathing and sleeping and was told that due to my current health condition that I could not undergo further surgery.
I heard great things about Dr. Gerdisch and made an appointment to meet with him. After my first visit with Dr. Gerdisch he throughly and carefully explained in length what could be done, along with the risks that were involved. On January 22, 2014, Dr. Gerdisch replaced the aortic valve, the procedure went fantastic and was a miracle to me.
I came out of surgery feeling great and spent only four days in the hospital. I cannot thank Dr. Gerdisch enough for the new life which he has given to an 84 year old female!"
-- Doris Stevens, heart valve surgery patient
-- CARL RAYMANN, heart valve surgery patient
-- Frances Goss, heart valve surgery patient
Nine months later I feel better than I have felt in five or six years and am so appreciative of his expertise. In three days, I will see my 62nd birthday which the other surgeons thought wouldn't happen. I am a survivor due to his superior talent and confidence and that of his staff!"
-- Glenda Knott, heart valve surgery patient
-- Jack Suits, heart valve surgery patient
-- Gary Hymer, heart valve surgery patient
-- Pamela Hudson, heart valve surgery patient
Chief among those would be Dr. Marc Gerdisch of Franciscan St. Francis Health and his team for the fine job on removing my damaged aortic valve and replacing it with the On-X valve. The great surgical skill that was displayed during the surgery, further evidenced during my recovery and the manner which my incision has healed are evidence of the great care taken throughout the procedure. The healing of my incision has left me with essentially no lingering effects, neither physical nor cosmetic. For this I am very thankful.
The skill of Dr. Gerdisch was not relegated to surgery alone. The pre and post operative care was just that, concerned care. Dr. Gerdisch is a care giver fully aware of the trust that I sought in my surgeon at such a critical time when life seemed so frail and fragile. That trust was never violated and has only grown as my vitality has increased. This entire experience bodes well for an active life for many years.
The caring spirit of Dr. Gerdisch would have been welcome anywhere. However, as a part of the excellent care and service of the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, the expression of competence and care I received was seamless. A totally curative environment and experience. "
-- Victor Danielson, heart valve surgery patient
-- Margaret Gregory, heart valve surgery patient
I haven’t felt this healthy in 15 years! I feel youthful and energetic. I feel like I have my life back but even better than before."
-- Angie Gregory, heart valve surgery patient
-- John Siamas, heart valve surgery patient
Dr. Marc Gerdisch is a very special person. He is at the absolute peak of his profession and has an exceptional ability to relate to his patients and to others. While I was in the hospital post surgery a great many persons expressed to me how talented they thought he was. I later learned that Dr. Gerdisch is a world renowned heart surgeon who in addition to performing surgeries travels extensively worldwide to lecture and train other heart surgeons. He has been in the forefront and a pioneer in developing new concepts and new techniques. He is the current President of the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society which is an organization of the leading heart surgeons in the world. Membership is limited to 65 surgeons.
I am still an athlete and compete with and against much younger athletes playing full court basketball. Following surgery I was restricted from playing for a period of 13 weeks. When that recovery period ended I went back to playing the next day and had no difficulty doing so. I was able to return quickly because of the condition I was in prior to surgery and the effort I had put into rehabilitation. I should also note that I was released from the hospital in four days, which my cardiologist described as “absolutely amazing.” I am commenting on this not to pat myself on the back but to give encouragement to others. The book that I have written is entitled “Racing the Wind; Seventy-seven and Still Playing Full-Court, Fast-Break Basketball: Achieving Athletic Longevity, A Gift That Keeps on Giving.” A vignette in the book describes my experience as an open heart surgery patient in more detail.
Again I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Gerdisch."
-- Gordon Peters, heart valve surgery patient
-- Tom Wagner, heart valve surgery patient
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. Marc Gerdisch, heart surgeon, graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1987.
Dr. Marc Gerdisch is the Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at St. Francis Heart Center and the Surgical Director of the Heart Valve Center at Franciscan St. Francis Health. Dr. Marc Gerdisch is an independent physician with Cardiac Surgery Associates, who chooses to practice at Franciscan St. Francis Health.