Columbia Heart Valve Center

The foundation of the Columbia Heart Valve Center is to provide comprehensive and coordinated medical services to those who suffer from valvular heart disease. Our center is led by Director, Susheel K. Kodali, MD, an interventional cardiologist and a highly experienced and skilled valve disease specialist. In fact, Dr. Kodali has performed more Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR) than any other interventionalist in the country. 

Integral members of the physician team include Rebecca T. Hahn, MD a world renowned imaging specialist and her colleague Omar Khalique, MD, Tamim Nazif, MD and Torsten Vahl, MD both interventional cardiologists and Isaac George, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, all of whom specialize in evaluating and treating patients with valvular heart disease.

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We Are The Most Experienced TAVR Center in the U.S.

Since 2005, the Columbia Heart Valve Center has been performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) a catheter based approach (typically done through the groin)  to treating severe aortic stenosis in patients who are high risk for heart surgery or inoperable. 

Our center was the national principal investigation site for the PARTNER Trial, the clinical study which led to the FDA’s approval of TAVR in the United States in 2011.  In addition to performing more TAVR procedures than any other center in the U.S., we also have a great deal of experience treating patients who have other medical conditions making them difficult to treat.

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Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists

Columbia Heart Valve Center has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:

Our Patients Say

Katherine Angell’s cardiologist diagnosed her with severe aortic stenosis.  Her cardiologist was concerned because Katherine needed surgery to replace her ... Read more.

I have always been an extremely independent person.  I live alone in a rural area, I do my own grocery shopping and I go to church every Sunday.  When I started to have trouble breathing and could ... Read more.

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Russell Brandwein, PA-C

Hi, my name is Russell Brandwein, PA-C and I am the heart valve clinic coordinator for Columbia Heart Valve Center.

I have been a physician assistant for approximately 15 years in the field of cardiology and have been with the center since its inception in 2011. However I have worked with our Director, Dr. Kodali since 2005 as we have been involved in many clinical trials together evaluating innovative new therapies for heart valve disease.

My role at the center is to help guide patients and their families through each ... Read more.

Clinical References For Our Patients

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