Hello! My name is Dr. Michael Argenziano and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992. To date, I have performed approximately 3,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my ability to provide safe, top-quality treatment for cardiac diseases, using the latest and least invasive techniques available anywhere -- while keeping the patient and their family at the center of the process.
I spend time with each patient, their family and friends to explain all aspects of the patient’s condition, including surgical, minimally invasive, and non-surgical treatments, so that patients can make an informed decision about the best plan of care for their specific problem.
I enjoy being a good communicator and teacher, and I believe that patients should feel comfortable with their treatment and have better outcomes when they are fully educated about their medical condition.
"I have had mitral valve prolapse with moderate to severe regurgitation for almost my whole life, but surgery was never really mentioned until this year. When I was told four months ago to have a repair/replacement in the next six months I did not handle it well. As someone who tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle and believes in prevention before disease strikes, I simply had no foundation upon which to hold this information.
Dr. Argenziano was recommended to me by a former patient and I was able to get an appointment for the following week. I was very afraid and could not imagine undergoing surgery, especially open heart surgery. When he entered the examining room, there I was, sobbing, incredulous, and ready to run for the hills. As this doctor listened to my chest and proceeded to tell me a joke, I started laughing and my overworked heart was won over. While we talked, he casually mentioned that perhaps I didn't need to have surgery immediately. They could monitor me every three months. I was overjoyed as the thought of surgery was too much to bare initially. However, after my first echo showed no change, and the doctor said it was only a question of time before there would be damage, he recommended that I do it sooner than later while I was healthy. I decided during that telephone conversation to just go forward. I scheduled the surgery for the next month and then took a serious emotional downhill slide.
During this period of time, Dr. Argenziano met with me and my family two times, each time for an hour. He answered every single question thoroughly, with great knowledge, compassion, and yes, humor. On several occasions I had concerns prior to surgery and he called me back personally! After the surgery he showed up to check on me, even when it wasn't scheduled. Although he is a very busy man, chief of staff of adult cardiothoracic surgery at NY Presbyterian, and a pioneer of minimally invasive robotic surgery I have always felt that my well being was as important to him as my heart. I ended up needing a replacement but not until he was convinced that a repair was impossible. I am eight days out of surgery, home, walking around, and grateful that I found this doctor. I do not easily recommend doctors but Dr. Argenziano is an amazing human being as well as doctor."
-- Susan Kotansky, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 10/01/2015
"At 51 years old, I had Mitral Valve Repair Surgery on 8/13/14 and all went well. A routine checkup of my prolapsing valve was done back in April and it showed that the prolapse went to severe which enlarged my heart. Surgery was required to prevent bad things from happening. I was very fortunate to be given a warning of the problem. I must have Angels looking out for me, as I had no symptoms.
After much research, Dr. Michael Argenziano and the team of terrific Doctors at New York Columbia Presbyterian were found to be the best choice. The Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair via Right Thoracotomy Approach was used. The minimally invasive way keeps the ribs and bones intact and has a shorter recovery time at 4-6 weeks. The things they are able to routinely do are truly amazing.
Recovery went well. At 4 weeks I was 65% of normal. At 6 weeks I was able to return to work. 38 visits to Exercise Cardio Rehab helped me regain my to strength. It did take my body a little over a year to fully recover.
Each day I thank God it all worked out. Life is so precious. Unlike so many who have died without warnings from heart problems, I was given the opportunity to have top ranking Doctors fix it.
No Worries, Life is good!"
-- Gil Aliberto, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/13/2014
-- Terri Christmann, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/05/2010
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. Michael Argenziano, heart surgeon, graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992.
Dr. Argenziano then completed his Surgical Residency and Thoracic Residenccy at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Argenziano is board certified in Thoracic Surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Electrophysiology by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners.
During his 20-year career, Dr. Argenziano has received several honors and awards including:
* Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Columbia College, 1988 * Rudin Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University College of P&S, 1990, 1991 * Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Columbia University College of P&S, 1992 * Allen O. Whipple Prize for Surgery, Columbia University College of P&S, 1992 * Sandoz Award of Distinction in Research, Columbia University College of P&S, 1992 * Claire-Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award, 1996 * Blakemore Prize for Best Body of Surgical Research, Columbia University, 1998 * Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2004-present * Member, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2004-present * Career Development Award, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, 2007 * Member, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 2009-present * Executive Council, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery, 2007-present * Vice-President, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery, 2009-2010 * Education Committee, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 2009-11 * Physician of the Year, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Dept. of Surgery, 2009 * President, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery, 2010-2011 * Faculty, American Association for Thoracic Surgery Leadership Academy, 2010-present * Chair, AATS Allied Professional Postgraduate Course, May, 2011 * American Heart Association Young Heart Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine, June 2011 * Chair, AATS Postgraduate Course in Adult Cardiac Surgery, May, 2012 * Principal Investigator, “Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigations.” NIH U01 Network Grant, 2007-2014 * Co-Principal Investigator, “Hybrid Revascularization for Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease,” NIH/NHLBI RC1 (Challenge Grant), 2009-2012 * Scientific Journal Reviewer, Annals of Thoracic Surgery * Scientific Journal Reviewer, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery * Scientific Journal Reviewer, Circulation Grant Reviewer, NIH/ NHLBI Study Section, 2009-2013