Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center

People visiting Franciscan Heart Valve Center will quickly recognize the emphasis we place on knowing not only the nature of their valve disorder, but how it affects them, other factors that may influence their condition, and personal goals they have for their health and future. Each person’s point of reference is unique, as is their particular physiology.


Led by Marc W. Gerdisch MD, Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center has innovated and grown as a referral center heart valve disease. Recognized for skill in mitral and aortic valve repair, the program encompasses the entire spectrum, from multi-valve redo operations to transcatheter procedures. Franciscan Heart Center is a leader in enhanced recovery following surgery, combining minimally invasive approaches and advanced closure techniques with rapid mobilization to build a clear path for expedient return to a full life. Our team of specialized physicians and staff are skilled at tailoring treatment for the most challenging patient scenarios, such as difficult access, complex cardiac anatomy, and concomitant heart rhythm disorders.

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A Leader In Minimally Invasive Advances to Help Patients

The Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center takes a unique approach to the minimally invasive treatment of heart valve disease.  Specifically, Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center leverages the newest and most innovative technologies to reduce pain, accelerate recovery, and shorten hospital stays for its patients.

Preserving and restoring natural cardiac architecture and function is our highest priority. An emphasis on valve repair rather than valve replacement for valve disease distinguishes our team. Valves that might be otherwise replaced, we repair and restore to normal function. Watch this video to learn about the minimally invasive techniques used by Dr. Marc Gerdisch and the Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center to perform mitral valve repair operations for the treatment of mitral regurgitation.  

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Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists

Franciscan Health 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

"I was extremely tired all the time.  I thought, “Well, maybe this is just part of getting older,” but I knew that something was really wrong.  My symptoms got worse.  I started ... Read more.

"I could barely get out of bed. I felt like I was going to die.  The other doctors told me there was nothing that could be done for me - except a heart transplant.  I still had faith.  I went ... Read more.

“After my aortic valve surgery, I had no pain or loss of movement. After 3 weeks, I played tennis and served without problems. Dr. Gerdisch was super with his communications to my family and myself. ... Read more.

Have A Question? Call Nicole at (317) 886-0458

Nicole Reitz

Hi, my name is Nicole Reitz and I am the heart valve clinic coordinator for Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center.

I assist in the coordination of care for patients who have heart valve disease and other cardiac problems including atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease.

At Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center, I've been fortunate to help thousands of patients who struggled with heart valve disease. As a key member of our team, I'll help you coordinate appointments, resolve insurance issues, and answer questions ... Read more.

Clinical References For Our Patients

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