Hello! My name is Dr. Marc Gerdisch and I am a heart surgeon having graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1987. To date, I have performed approximately 4,000 cardiac surgical procedures, of which 2,500 involved heart valve operations. I perform surgery at Franciscan St. Francis Health, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Valve Center, and Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center.
"Early this year, I found out that I was going to need a aortic valve replacement. I also had a ascending aortic aneurysm and some other thing to be fixed.
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."
"Wow, everything went great! Five weeks out from surgery and I am feeling fairly normal now -- even with a setback of atrial fibrillation. Dr. Gerdisch and his staff were wonderful, very attentive to my needs. I highly recommend Dr. Gerdisch for this type of surgery."
"Dr. Gerdisch and his team performed my mitral valve surgery nearly 6 weeks ago. The entire team was wonderful to me from the initial meeting, through surgery, to post-op visits. Dr. Gerdisch was always engaging with me and my family and would listen to any concerns we had as well take time to answer questions. He was always friendly and comforting. I felt at ease with him and confident in his skills to perform my surgery.
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. "
"Excellent experience. Marc is straight forward with explanations and takes the time required for full understanding of what is going to happen. Very personable."
"The mitral valve repair went very well and required very little time to recover. Dr. Gerdisch explained what was done and showed me pictures of the repair. I recommend Marc as a surgeon to anyone who needs heart surgery."
"Dr. Gerdisch has been very straight-forward with his comments, both before and after the surgery. His bedside manner has been such that this patient gained confidence in his ability to do the surgery.
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!"
"Dr. Gerdisch is not only an outstanding surgeon but he is a concerned and caring man as well. He performed surgery on a truly sick heart and remained dedicated to the healing of both the heart and the patient as well.
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."
"I am very pleased with Dr. Gerdisch and his staff. They were very informative before my surgery, which put me at ease. They were also informative and helpful afterward -- which helped me prepare for my healing process and what to expect.
It has been 7 weeks since my surgery and I feel pretty good. I absolutely recommend Dr. Gerdisch for your heart valve needs!!!"
"I and my family feel that Dr Marc Gerdisch is one of the best heart surgeons in Indiana's history. We are very thankful to him and his staff for the thorough, skilled care we have received during this stressful time.
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."
"Dr. Marc Gerdisch made such a difference in my life. Nine years ago I had an aortic valve replacement. The valve was leaking and deteriorating rapidly and I was advised that there was nothing further that could be done.
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!"
"I was amazed that this life and death situation went off so smoothly. Thanks Dr. Gerdisch!"
"Dr. Gerdisch and St. Francis was excellent in every way."
"I would highly recommend without reservation Dr. Gerdisch for any heart surgery. My surgery was extremely high risk. I had been declined surgery by two other surgeons. After meeting with Dr. Gerdisch and the confidence he exuded, my mind was put at ease that he was the man and that I had hope!
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!"
"I was very impressed with Dr Gerdisch's accomplishments and skills. His work, bedside manner and personality are all excellent and no one could ask for a better surgeon. My results are astounding."
"Dr. Gerdisch is a world-renowned heart surgeon whom I had complete trust in to do my Valve Repair and Bypass Surgery. A year later I feel better than I ever have. He is more than a great surgeon, he takes personal care in my well being. God blessed me with the best!"
"Dr. Marc Gerdisch is the most wonderful and caring heart surgeon. I can say that because this was my 2nd heart surgery. Dr. Gerdisch and his staff treated me and my family like family. He truly has a great love for what he does and his patients. Thank you Dr. Gerdisch for making my life better."
"As I approach the one year anniversary of my surgery to repair a diseased aortic valve I am reminded of a number of things. The first is that I am blest with each new day and thankful to God for the ongoing enjoyment of life. Along the way however, from the very first realization that I had a problem, to the understanding of the extent of the damage to my valve, to replacing the valve, to today when I feel so blessed, there are many who have contributed to the success.
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. "
"After losing confidence in my own cardiac team in KY, I began a search for a better surgeon. Research led me to Dr. Marc Gerdisch, an acclaimed heart valve surgeon in Indianapolis. I reached out to him and he personally contacted me within hours. All of my questions were answered before and after my mitral valve repair. I owe my outstanding recovery and current health to him. I haven’t felt this healthy in 15 years!"
"Dr. Marc Gerdisch’s bedside manner was impeccable. All of my questions were answered before and after my mitral valve repair.
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."
"On November 7, 2009, I became one of Dr. Gerdisch's patients. Dr. Gerdisch evaluated me and immediately realized that unless I had immediate surgical intervention that my life was at great risk. I had no idea that I was in atrial fibrillation and heart failure. On November 9, Dr. Gerdisch repaired my mitral valve, replaced my aortic valve and performed the Maze procedure. I know that Dr. Gerdisch through his training, expertise, talent, concern and compassion saved my life. Dr. Gerdisch also cared for my family both pre and post operation in that he patiently explained the surgical procedure to them, answered their many questions, and reported to them immediately after the operation concluded. My operation has been a complete success and my family and I will be forever grateful. "
"I recently dropped off one of the first copies of a book that I have just written at Dr. Gerdisch’s office. In it I wrote a very simple yet heartfelt expression of appreciation: “Thank you for saving my life.” I had walked around for a few weeks wondering if my next step would be my last and learned later that in fact I would have died in a very short period of time had the surgery not been performed. My experience at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center was excellent in all respects without exception.
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."
"Dr. Marc Gerdisch was an amazingly gifted surgeon. Doctor Gerdisch was able to not only explain to me what valve I needed but also got my insurance company to understand the new valves. He actually gave me his personal cell number while I was fighting with the insurance company. Doctor Gerdisch saved my life and got me back to my normal life."
My cardiac specialties include:
- Mitral valve repair and reconstruction
- Aortic valve and root surgery
- Complex multi-valve and redo operations
I have the following clinical interests:
- Cardiac tissue regeneration
- Next generation heart valves
- Atrial Fibrillation
"I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon 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, 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.
I have relationships with several insurance providers including:
- Medical and surgical procedures conducted at the St. Francis Heart Center, the St. Francis Heart Valve Center or other St. Francis Health facilities are covered by most major medical insurance. Please view http://www.stfrancishospitals.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=101
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