Hello! My name is Dr. Paul Stelzer and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Columbia University in 1972. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is extensive technical expertise, which leads to excellent results, combined with a humanistic patient-centered approach to medicine are what set me apart in the field of aortic root surgery.
A 1972 Columbia P&S graduate, I completed general surgery training at Roosevelt Hospital and then Cardiothoracic surgery at New York Hospital/Cornell in 1981 where I was on the faculty until 1985. I then spent four years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center on the surgery faculty before returning to New York's Lenox Hill Hospital where I was in practice until 1996. Beginning in 1996, I served as a senior cardiac surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York until joining The Mount Sinai Medical Center in April, 2007.
Valvular heart disease has been my primary interest with particular emphasis on the aortic valve and aortic root. My experience with the Ross Procedure now exceeds 25 years with well over 500 cases which ranks as one of the largest and longest in the world.
With my extensive series of Ross Procedures and extensive additional experience using aortic homografts and stentless porcine valves, I have done over 1,000 aortic root replacements with biological devices. I have lectured extensively on these subjects around the country and in Europe where he has served as visiting surgeon on multiple occasions.
"Dr. Stelzer is an amazingly gifted surgeon and an amazing human being! I literally owe my life to him."
-- Jeff Shebovsky, heart valve surgery patient
"I was a high risk patient suffering from a yeast infection suspected to stem from the heart valve(s). I had had aortic valve surgery 7 years prior when a bovine valve replaced my aortic valve and there was severe damage to the aortic wall as well as the mitral valve due to a staph infection from dental work that was misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection. No surgeon wanted to operate on the yeast infection because I was a high risk patient. If I did not have this surgery I would spend the remainder of my life in and out of hospitals. Dr. Stelzer agreed to do the operation and saved my life. He replaced the bovine aortic valve which was then found to be the seat of the infection and replaced it with a human aortic valve. Not only is he a great surgeon, but a great human being as well and the most caring doctor I have met during my 82 years. You could not find a better doctor."
-- Morton Fleshler, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/23/2016
Not only the best passionate surgeon, but what a compassionate, caring professional human being, and not to mention great sense of humor.. Thank you Dr. Stelzer for everything you have done for me and making my family feel I was in the best hands. You took the time everyday for me... No words can thank this man for everything he has done. "
-- sarit simon, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, Bloodless Surgery, 03/02/2016
-- Kenneth Tobin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 11/13/2015
-- DILIA NUNEZ, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/31/2015
-- Jen Huff, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 02/27/2015
-- robert haber, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/22/2014
-- Clarisa Vazquez, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/07/2013
-- michael eisenberg, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 12/19/2012
-- Bruce C, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 05/23/2012
-- Mark Schnittman, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, Ross Procedure, 05/21/2012
-- Felipe Garran, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 03/28/2012
-- Chris Dixon, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 02/27/2012
Dr. Stelzer was five minutes away from his house and already did 3 surgeries that day. But, when he herd Theresa crying he told the nurse to let us know he was on his way. The minute we met Dr. Stelzer we knew he was angle sent from god. Not only he is the best heart surgeon but also is number one with bed side manners. After the surgery, he came by all his patients at least 2 to 4 times a day. I will never forget him and he is a blessing -- not just him but the whole team. Thank you! Love you doc!"
-- Michael/ Theresa Sestito/ burnetto, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 01/02/2012
-- Debbie Raphael, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Ross Procedure, 03/30/2011
-- Steven Ramirez, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, David Procedure, 02/16/2011
-- James Conneen, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 11/01/2010
-- Manuel Manotas, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 09/22/2010
-- Madeleine Farkas, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 09/01/2010
-- Steven Meier, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/21/2010
-- Richard Hibbard, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 07/15/2010
-- Mary Ann Terpenny, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Ross Procedure, 07/12/2010
-- Vince Kelley, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 12/04/2009
-- David Thomson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 09/20/2009
-- Robert Penn, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/16/2008
-- ELIAS ZAIDMAN, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 05/07/2008
-- Elizabeth Devaney, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 02/27/2008
-- JOHN CASSIDY, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 10/10/2007
-- Jason Madlin, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 06/06/2006
-- elena zuralau, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/05/1991
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. Paul Stelzer, heart surgeon, graduated from Columbia University in 1972.