Why Are So Many Doctors Talking About the New EpicTM Plus Valve?

The Epic Plus is a next-generation tissue valve
that is durable, safe and requires no blood thinners.

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“The Epic Plus tissue valve is an innovative solution for
the lifetime management of heart valve disease.”

-- Dr. Kenith Fang, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Patients needing heart valve replacement surgery have important considerations about the safety and the performance of devices used to treat valvular disorders. In this video, Dr. Kenith Fang provides a comprehensive overview of heart valve disease, treatment options and new innovations within the Epic Plus valve that are designed to enhance the lifetime management of heart valve disease.

"Patients need to consider durability research. The Epic valve has great long-term results with 96% freedom from re-operation at 10 years." 1

-- Dr. Ibrahim Sultan, Surgical Director, Heart Valve Center,
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

When selecting a surgical valve to replace a diseased aortic or mitral valve, patients need to consider the durability of heart valve replacement devices. In this video, Dr. Ibrahim Sultan addresses important facts about valve durability including freedom from re-operation.

  1. Jawad, Khalil, Sven Lehmann, Alex Koziarz, Maja Dieterlen, Stefan Feder, Martin Misfeld, Jens Garbade, Vivek Rao, and Michael Borger. "Midterm results after St Jude Medical Epic porcine xenograft for aortic, mitral, and double valve replacement." Journal of Cardiac Surgery 35, no. 8 (2020): 1769-1777.

“The Epic Valve is my ‘go-to’ biological valve. It gives the patient a normal life.”

  • Eric Charbonneau, MD, FRCSC
    Quebec Heart Institute
  • Eric Charbonneau, MD, FRCSC
    Quebec Heart Institute

“Thanks to the Epic Plus valve, I can use minimally invasive robotic techniques to reduce patient discomfort and help patients recover faster.”

-- Dr. Robert Smith, Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgical Services,
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano

Minimally invasive techniques are widely used to replace defective heart valves. In this video, Dr. Robert Smith addresses how and why he uses the new Epic Plus valve during robot-assisted mitral valve replacement surgery to help patients recover faster after surgery.

“This is a ‘Game Changer’. Using new radiopaque markers on the Epic Plus valve, we can perform Valve-in-Valve Re-Operations without a surgical incision.”

-- Dr. Jason Rogers, Clinical Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine,
University of California Davis Health System

Valve-in-Valve procedures for heart valve re-operations do not require an incision to the patient’s chest or ribs and do not require the use of a heart-lung machine. In this video, Dr. Jason Rogers explains how medical experts use new radiopaque markers on the Epic Plus valve to replace failing surgical valves using non-invasive therapies.

“I was short of breath and had chest pressure. I felt sick. After my mitral valve replacement, I feel good and my symptoms disappeared.”

-- Maria, 70, Epic heart valve patient

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To help you learn more about the Epic Plus tissue valve, please download our free eBook, “Epic Plus Valve: What 7 Facts Should You Know?”  You can share this eBook with your family and friends to help them get educated as well.

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Find Surgeons That Specialize In Epic Plus

As the Epic Plus valve was recently approved by the Food & Drug Administration, there are a select group of surgeons that specialze in the implantation of this valve. Please use the surgeon finder below to locate a surgeon near you.

Phoenix

Dr. H. Kenith Fang

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix
1111 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Please call:
Yvette Gonzales
602-253-9168

Clovis

Dr. Shamsuddin Khwaja

Fresno Heart Hospital
729 Medical Center Dr. W.
Suite 223
Clovis, CA 93611

Please call:
Niomi Lazalde
559-449-9990

Long Beach

Dr. Mark Sakwa

MemorialCare
3828 Schaufele Avenue, Suite 340
Long Beach, CA 90808

Please call:
Sandy Stanisic
657-241-9052

Los Angeles

Dr. Craig J. Baker

Keck Hospital of USC
1520 San Pablo Street #4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Please call:
Bob Sachs
323-442-5849

Dr. Vaughn A. Starnes

Keck Hospital of USC
1520 San Pablo Street #4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Please call:
Bob Sachs
323-442-5849

Redwood City

Dr. Luis Castro

Sequoia Hospital
2900 Whipple Ave
Redwood City, CA 94062

Please call:
Elizabeth Mikstas
650-261-2366

Miami

Dr. Joseph Lamelas

University of Miami Hospital
1400 NW 12th Avenue
Suite # 1
Miami, FL 33136

Please call:
Amarilis Gonzalez
305-689-2784

Ann Arbor

Dr. Gorav Ailawadi

Michigan Medicine
Frankel Cardiovascular Center
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please call:
Lindsey Fohr
888-287-1082 (Option 3)

New Brunswick

Dr. Leonard Lee

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
125 Paterson Street
Clinical Academic Building Suite 4100
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please call:
Meghan Smith
732-235-9228

Dr. Mark Russo

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
125 Paterson Street
Clinical Academic Building Suite 4100
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please call:
Meghan Smith
732-235-9228

Pittsburgh

Dr. Ibrahim Sultan

UPMC Shadyside Medical Center
5230 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please call:
Raquel Singleton
412-623-6193

Nashville

Dr. V. Seenu Reddy

TriStar Cardiovascular Surgery
2400 Patterson Street Ste 307
Nashville, TN 37203

Please call:
615-342-6900

Dr. Evelio Rodriguez

St. Thomas Hospital
4230 Harding Pike, Ste 530
Nashville, TN 37205

Please call:
Lauren Cherry
615-222-5592

Plano

Dr. Robert Smith

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital - Plano
4708 Alliance Blvd # 540
Plano, TX 75093

Please call:
Melisa Berry
469-800-6200

Murray

Dr. John R. Doty

Intermountain Medical Center
Eccles Outpatient Center, Suite 600
5169 S. Cottonwood Street
Murray, UT 84107

Please call:
Teria Baird
801-507-3600

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