Weill Cornell Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian have sustained a superior track record of surgical excellence in cardiac surgery. The New York State Department of Health Cardiac Surgery report tracks outcomes for cardiac surgery for hospitals and individual surgeons.
Results are publicly reported. The Weill Cornell Medicine Cardiothoracic Surgery Department remains one of the few programs in New York with both observed and risk-adjusted mortality consistently below the state mean for coronary artery bypass, valve surgery and combined valve/bypass surgery. Our surgical outcomes have routinely surpassed the regional and national benchmark statistics for mortality and major complications. We have exceptional experience caring for patients of all ages with complex health conditions.
Superior Outcomes for Heart Valve Therapy
We have well-established collaborative efforts with cardiology in areas such as percutaneous valve replacement and repair, congestive heart failure and mechanical assist devices, emergent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and in the management of patients with advanced arrhythmias. Our excellent outcomes can also be attributed to our collaboration with the Department of Anesthesia and critical care. Our endovascular aortic program has been a successful collaborative effort with the Department of Radiology for nearly 20 years.
Our Aortic Valve-Sparing Surgery Outcomes
The Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery performs a large number of aortic valve-sparing aneurysm repairs in patients with associated aortic aneurysms. This has allowed many of our patients to keep their own valves instead of replacing them with a prosthetic valve. This can provide a durable, life-long solution to aortic valve problems that helps avoid future operations or treatment with blood thinners. We have had a 0% mortality associated with this operation for over 15 years and 99% of those repaired using our current technique have not needed additional aortic valve surgery.
Our Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program
The William Acquavella Heart Valve Center of New York Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine provides thorough, multidisciplinary care for all varieties of structural heart disease. Foremost among those are the surgical and transcatheter treatments for aortic stenosis. The team, led by co-Directors, Arash Salemi, MD and S. Chiu Wong, MD and Program Manager Tracey Shannon, NP, has performed nearly one thousand procedures since the inception of the program in 2008.
With additional expertise in alternative access approaches to the aortic valve, including trans-apical, trans-aortic, and trans-subclavian routes, the team at the Acquavella Heart Valve Center boasts the best outcomes in the nation as it relates to incidence of mortality and stroke.
The multidisciplinary clinical and research service includes leaders from many departments who take part in the evaluation and treatment of patients. This includes interventional cardiologists, Dr. Robert Minutello and Dr. Geoffrey Bergman, Dr. Nikolaos Skubas, cardiac anesthesia, and an extensive imaging team led by Drs. Richard Devereux, Jiwon Kim, and Quynh Truing.
Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists
Weill Cornell Medicine 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
"After surgery, I could not be better. I am training for my second half marathon since surgery. My first half marathon was 8 months post-op. My second half-marathon will be in March — just 13 months ...
"After surgery, I could not be better. I am training for my second half marathon since surgery. My first half marathon was 8 months post-op. My second half-marathon will be in March — just 13 months following my heart valve replacement with Dr. Girardi. So yeah, things are good with me." -- Mitch Friedman, patient
“I had a problematic mitral valve. I got a referral to see Dr. T. Sloane Guy. Four weeks after robotic mitral valve surgery, I was back to work. My experience at Weill Cornell was extremely efficient. ...
“I had a problematic mitral valve. I got a referral to see Dr. T. Sloane Guy. Four weeks after robotic mitral valve surgery, I was back to work. My experience at Weill Cornell was extremely efficient. All the support was just incredible. They were so fantastic.” – James Tan, patient
"I knew I had congestive heart failure. But, I did not know that I was six months to a year before I was going to drop dead on the street. My aortic valve was so tight. After getting my new valve, I have ...
"I knew I had congestive heart failure. But, I did not know that I was six months to a year before I was going to drop dead on the street. My aortic valve was so tight. After getting my new valve, I have more energy now than I’ve had in years! Now my grandson will know me!" --Carolyn Levine, patient