Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Ali Khoynezhad and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of Cologne College of Medicine, Koln, Germany in 1996. To date, I have performed approximately 3,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,100 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute. Read more...

42 Patient Reviews for Dr. Khoynezhad

"Dr. Khoynezhad is professional, extremely competent, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He is willing to answer all questions and surrounds himself with staff that has the same attributes. This is very important when facing open heart surgery that you have complete confidence in your medical team. "

-- James Belford, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2016

"When I found out in October 2015 that I needed to have my aortic valve and root replacement, I did much of my research here on Adam Pick's website www.HeartValveSurgery.com. I found the site to be very helpful!

I very quickly attracted to Dr. Khoynezhad through his video and bio as an expert and with aortic valves. Through his video, he appeared to have a sincere, calm and poised demeanor. I took a very small leap and chose Dr. K as my surgeon. After our first appointment, I was most impressed and everything I had read about Dr. K from the testimonials was confirmed. Not only is he one of the premier experts in the aortic value arena, he has a truly sincere demeanor and cares deeply about his patients. Our consultation was unrushed and he took the time to answer all of my questions and concerns in detail. From beginning to end, his staff is very communicative, supportive and friendly.

As for the procedure itself, I couldn't be happier and I'm so grateful for Dr. K's expertise. Being that I'm a relatively young patient (54), I asked if he could perform the operation with a smaller incision as I still spend a lot of time at the beach and in the water. To my great surprise, Dr. K was able to complete my new value replacement and aortic root (graft) with only a 4 inch incision. When wearing a v-neck t-shirt, there is no sign of the incision.

After the procedure, I was awake within 1 hour and sitting upright in a chair breathing on my own after 2 hours. Out of ICU under 24 hours. From there, I was walking the halls of the hospital the next day and released to go home on day 5. Since being home, I've have a very pain free experience and now after 2 weeks, I'm taking 3 - 4 miles daily.

Thank you so much Dr. K for your caring, thorough, precise workmanship and taking the extra time/effort to keep my incision to a minimum!!! I am so grateful to have chosen you as my surgeon. I highly recommend anyone to put your life in Dr. K's hands!!!! He is truly amazing!!!"

-- Alan Godfrey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 01/19/2016

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Aortic and mitral valve repair
  • Minimally-invasive aortic root repair
  • High risk and re-do valve surgery

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Development of minimally invasive procedures to repair the aortic root and the ascending aorta
  • Reduction of spinal cord injury after surgery on descending thoracic aorta
  • Outcome of patients with aortic dissection

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, heart surgeon, graduated from University of Cologne College of Medicine, Koln, Germany in 1996.

After medical school, Dr. Khoynezhad received a doctorate from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Then, Dr. Khoynezhad moved to the United States where he completed an internship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Khoynezhad completed his Surgical Residency at North Shore University-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Khoynezhad completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in New York at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Doctor Khoynezhad also performed two fellowships. He was a Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellow at Lenox Hill and an Endovascular Fellow at UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Khoynezhad has received several awards including:

* Recipient of the "Who's Who In Medicine and Healthcare in America"
* Named "America's Top Surgeons" by Consumers Research Council of America

Dr. Khoynezhad is board certified and on over 20 professional organizations. He is also a national trainer for minimally invasive aortic valve repair.

Dr. Ali Khoynezhad

MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute
3828 Schaufele Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90808
(888) 534-2049

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