WOW!!! Over 273 Heart Valve Surgeon Profiles Already Uploaded!!!

By Adam Pick on March 25, 2009

Great news regarding the launch of our heart valve surgeon database!!!

I’m very excited to share that our new, FREE database already has over 273 surgeon profiles uploaded! In less than one week, patients from around the world – including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Israel, Canada and Mauritius – have uploaded their surgeon information and their feedback.

Thanks so much for your help everybody!!! I know this very unique, heart valve surgeon database is going to help many future patients and caregivers for years-and-years-and-years-and-years to come!



As I wrote earlier, the FIRST STEP of this process is to upload as many surgeon profiles as possible to the database.

That said, if you are a former valve surgery patient and would like to add your surgeon profile, please click here!

The SECOND STEP will be making the database available to everybody for use. This will happen next week when we officially launch our own version of “Google” for heart valve surgeons.

Keep on tickin!

Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick, Heart Valve Patient Advocate

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Mary Anne says on March 25th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Thank you Adam – I can’t wait to see the database – this is perfect timing for me – my surgery will be within the next few months – and I this database will be extremely helpful.

Edmund Tagliamonte says on March 25th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I noticed in leave a reply It asks for a website? what website? please clarify
Ed Tagliamonte

Martin D. Goodkin says on March 25th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

When will it be possible to look at surgeon profiles??

John manning says on March 25th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I liked your book. I went to Cleveland Clinic to have my aortic valve replaced, but my co2 was too high (61) and was turned down because the doctors said I wouldn’t be able to get off the ventilator. I applied for the trial program for transcatheter valve replacement using the Edwards Sapien THV and passed all the criteria except that my aorta was 5/10 mm too large for the valve and couldn’t participate. I was told that Core Valve had a valve that would work, but as yet there is no trial study available in the USA and these experimental procedures aren’t FDA approved. I would like to know where in Canada(hospitals,Doctors, and costsfor this) since the valve is approved everywhere but the USA?

Adam Pick says on March 25th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Hi Martin,

As written above, the database will be available for viewing next week!!!

If you know anyone else who has had valve surgery – valve repair or valve replacement – please encourage them to add their surgeon profile by clicking here:

Keep on tickin!


Linda Dixon says on March 25th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Hope there is a great surgeon in South Carolina!!!

Adam Pick says on March 25th, 2009 at 4:22 pm


I just took a sneak peek into the database for you. Here are some doctors to consider:

Reid Tribble
United States

Fred Crawford
United States
(888) 792-499

John Ikonomidis
United States

I hope that helps!

Keep on tickin!


Carol Russell says on March 26th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Thanks Adam!
I can’t wait to see the database. What a great idea this is! I know how special my surgeon was (Dr Michael Fiocco). Its a comfort to know if someone from my area needs heart surgery, they can check this site and see his name.

Very good! You have been absolutely wonderful during my rehab, a true friend let me tell you. I love checking emails because I love reading all the messages you post. I’m 7 mths post op for mitral valve repair and can finally say, I feel great!!!

Thanks for everything!

Mark Kromholz says on March 26th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I need to have my aortiv valve replaced in May. I live outside of Denver, CO. Does any know of an outstanding surgeon in Denver. I’ve already had an unnecessary heart surgery eight years ago (It’s a long story, they didn’t find anything wrong. I was told it was a shadow in the echo) on my mitrol valve. PLEASE HELP! Thanks, Mark

Dennis McWilliams says on March 27th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I’ll probably have aortic value replacement (pg valve) surgery this summer. I would like to find the best surgeon in Columbus, Ohio.

Dave McDonald says on March 28th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I did the Aortic replacement and double by-pass last October at Stanford Medical. Five months of healing and I couldn’t be happier. I spent 13 days in ICU and then five more getting ready to come home.
Question: Hallucinations. I had some intense periods of Dante’s inferno and then some. Am I the only lucky one? When finally home the tears seemed to be endless for almost six weeks. Would like some feedback. thanks.

Midge says on March 29th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Dave’s hallucinations. No, Dave, you aren’t the only one who had hallucinations after their surgery. I had my Aortic Valve replaced with a mechanical on Feb. 13th. I spent three days in CICU, then 6 more in the cardiac unit. Do not remember a thing from the time I was being wheeled into surgery (Friday AM) until Monday afternoon in the cardiac unit. I should say I don’t remember any of the real physical surroundings or the people there with me, but I sure had some weird hallucinations that are still as vivid today as when I was having them. One great one was hallucinating about my bed being moved into a store room so that the hospital staff could use my room to party. I mean I saw that old room turned into a storeroom so vividly, heard the music, laughter, etc. Also had other hallucinations about being at work and could feel my hands moving about such as at the computer keyboard, adding machine, etc. When I finally asked the nurses about this on about my 5th day (when I felt my mind was pretty normal) they said it was not uncommon and that percocet may have something to do with it. But it was certainly wild and a little frightening when the hallucinations were happening.


robert witt says on March 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I am looking for a great surgeon in San Francisco bay area – East Bay, if possible, but I will go anywhere (expect to have the surgery sometime within the next 2-3 months

Elisabeth Carver says on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:36 am

I had my aortic valve replaced last week on Tuesday March 24th at the University of alabama Hospital UAB. Birmingham Alabama. I was admitted for surgery on Monday 23rd, and left hospital on the Sunday 29th. My experience could not have been more positive. I love my surgeon. Dr David McGiffin who did a wonderful job.Very good personality and bedside manner also, and very well thought of by the excellent cardiac nursing staff. My choice was based on reccommendations from other people and of course my cardiologist. The hosptal is clean and very well organised and I knew that i was in excellent hands, I recommend him as being marvellous. I am now recuperating at home. Adams book has been ,and continues to be a great reference book for me……

Blaine Molsberry says on July 25th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Hi Adam,
I’ve devouring your book and web site, as I prepare for aortic valve surgery.
Is your big list of recommended heart surgeons available yet? However, I must use a Kaiser surgeon in So. Cal. I hope you have some information on the 11 I see on their web site. One of your respondents praised Dr. Kwok Yum of Kaiser as being great.
Hope you can help.
Blaine Molsberry
Orange County, CA

Adam Pick says on July 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm


To use the database, simply click this link.

FYI, I also just posted a permanent icon in the right-side margin of this blog to help all future patients and caregivers locate the database.
I hope this helps!

Keep on tickin!


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