Dr. Vinay Badhwar, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Vinay Badhwar and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Ottawa in 1993. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which more than 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Passavant, and UPMC Mercy. Read more...

3 Patient Reviews for Dr. Badhwar

"Dr Vinay Badhwar is the BEST! Wonderful surgeon, extremely down to earth and compassionate."

-- Matthew Fountain, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 06/07/2011

"On January 10th, 2013 I had a heart valve repair operation at Presbyterian University Hospital in Oakland. The lead surgeon for my operation was Dr. Vinay Badhwar. His team included Ms. Debbie James, a lead nurse for the operating team, and a variety of other doctors including an anesthesiologist and others. All were outstanding!

My surgery was minimally invasive which meant that instead of cracking open my rib-cage, everything was done through a three inch incision on the right side of my chest and a variety of small cuts equal to pencil holes for tubes and scopes to be inserted. During the surgery, two of my heart valves were banded with titanium bands and I also had the Mays Technique to solve a problem with Atrial Fibrillation. The banding has solved the leakage problem and the Mays Technique has solved my atrial fibrillation problem.

Since the operation was micro-surgery, my recovery time was cut in half. Today I am stronger and in far better condition than I was ten years ago. This is all due to the work of Dr. Badhwar and his team. He is truly an artist when it comes to his surgical technique. The operation was one part of my experience, but the preparation prior to the operation was equally important.

Like many people facing a heart operation, I was living in fear for nearly two years regarding the possible outcome of my operation. I kept putting off the operation for as long as possible – hoping against hope that things would get better and that the operation would be unnecessary. My fear was laid to rest in October, 2012 on a visit to my cardiologist. I respect his advise highly and the two pieces of information he provided to me during that visit were crucial in my decision to proceed with the operation.

First, based upon a specific measurement of the leakage coming out of my faulty heart valve, the fact my heart valve was significantly larger than normal and since my problem was nearly twenty-five years old, the valve was nearing the point of replacement rather than repair. This measure provides a “window of opportunity” in which it is possible to repair a valve rather than replace it. If you wait too long, you move into the replacement mode which is more difficult and lengthens recovery time.

Second, my cardiologist shared with me the fact that his daughter-in-law had a condition similar to but worse than mine. Some months before this appointment, she was admitted to the emergency room for the same type of operation which I had been postponing. The person that he called in to do her operation was Dr. Badhwar and his team. The end result was highly successful. Based upon this information, two things were obvious – the right surgeon had been identified and my stalling needed to stop. The operation was imminent. The key was when to schedule the surgery.

The next step was to schedule a meeting with Dr. Badhwar. This was done within weeks at his office in Oakland through his receptionist Becky. I found his staff and the head nurse, Ms. Debbie James, to be outstanding in terms of professionalism and their communications and human relations skills. In our original meeting, I was so impressed with Ms. James that I thought she was a medical resident working with Dr. Badhwar.

The office visit was calm, the explanation provided by Dr. Badhwar and Ms. James was in simple terms and easy to understand. It included highlighting where my condition lie in my heart based upon a scale model of the heart which they showed me. During this consultation, Dr. Badhwar and Ms. James were careful to listen well to my questions, observed my emotional state and they took the time needed to answer my questions clearly and frankly. I admired their patience and communication skills. Based upon this initial consultation, I left the office confident that I would be in good hands -- these were the right people to do my surgery.

It is now nearly a year since my operation. My progress has been far beyond expectations – I have healed and recovered far sooner than anticipated. My body is in good repair and my fear has disappeared. I continue to meet with Dr. Badhwar and his team on a quarterly basis for follow-up check-ups. My treatment continues similar to my earlier experience – very professional, patient oriented and outstanding communication skills in simple terms.

I have already recommended Dr. Badhwar and his team to three neighbors in my community who have similar problems to mine. I will continue to recommend him in the future. Overall, I came away from this experience with great admiration for this medical team and confidence in the quality of medicine available in our area.

I will be celebrating my one year anniversary for my surgery on January 10th, 2014 – the same day that I will also celebrate my son’s 25th birthday. Thank you for doing an outstanding job! It is greatly appreciated."

-- Jerry Groves, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 01/10/2013

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Complex and robotic mitral valve repair
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
  • Cox-Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Optimal quality outcomes in cardiac surgery
  • Early minimally invasive intervention for mitral valve disease
  • Atrial fibrillation

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Vinay Badhwar, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Ottawa in 1993.

Dr. Badhwar is a certified fellow of the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the European Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Badhwar was awarded the Enriquez Lopez Innovative Humanitarian Award in 2006 for his progressive reconstructive heart surgery techniques in Tampa, FL and he was named the 2010 Orlando Healthcare Hero by the Orlando Business Journal. In 2010, he was named as an American Top Doctor as well as America’s Most Compassionate Doctor by the National Patient’s Choice Award.

Upon his arrival to Pittsburgh, Dr. Badhwar has received the Faculty of the Year Award by the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 2012 and 2013 for his leadership in education.

For his research in mitral valve surgery, Dr. Badhwar was honored by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons by receiving the prestigious 2012 J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award for the nation’s best research paper in adult cardiac surgery.

Dr. Badhwar completed his Surgical Residency at McGill University in 1998 and his Cardiothoracic Fellowship at the University of Ottawa in 2000.

Dr. Vinay Badhwar

UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(888) 625-3189

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