About Dr. Allan Stewart,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Allan Stewart and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in 1995. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at HCA Healthcare East Florida. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is I am an extremely innovative and creative surgeon, who recognizes that there is more to cardiac surgery than the actual procedure.
I always tailor each operation to fit the patient, rather than making the patient fit into a procedure. I take the time to explain the diagnoses, treatment options, and risks in plain and understandable terms -- without arrogance or judgement.
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"Dr. Stewart performed a successful aortic root and valve replacement procedure. He was always available to our family!"
-- Bill Easton, heart valve surgery patient
"After lots of research and meeting with two surgeons who are known for minimally invasive mitral valve repair his confidence instilled confidence in me that he was my best choice. He has an outstanding reputation and it is well deserved. I am very satisfied with the outcome. "
-- Donna Herzek, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/11/2018
-- Lilliam Filer, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 10/31/2018
He was highly recommended and I am here to say I would not have had anyone else perform my procedure. The incision scar in less than two years is barely visible and less than 4 inches long. There was little postoperative pain from the incision at all and I continue to feel great. Just last week had an echocardiogram which showed the valve is working well.
Thank you Dr. Stewart and I wish you well."
-- John Kirby, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/31/2018
-- RAY PIPHER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/12/2017
-- Diane Lichtenstein, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/14/2017
-- Ed Abbate, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 06/09/2016
He replaced my aortic valve using a cow valve via a minimally invasive 3" incision. Although my recovery has been a bit slower than he originally made it out to be, at 4 weeks out, I continue to slowly make progress.
Bottom line, this man is an expert on anything and everything having to do with the aorta and I would recommend him to anyone."
-- Donald Metzger, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 05/12/2015
-- brian goldstein, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 04/30/2015
He also genuinely cares about his patients and finds a way to make himself available as needed this in spite an incredibly hectic schedule which is not at all uncommon among top surgeons. You can be certain that going to Dr. Stewart you are getting the platinum standard of care. - So do not hesitate just put yourself in his hands and you can be confident that you will come out stronger the other side."
-- Paul Fodor, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 12/15/2014
I can't say enough about his hospital, given I did have a complication post surgery which the hospital immediately addressed and fixed. I also can't say enough about the post surgery care unit, 7 West and their nurses. I strongly recommend the Doctor Stewart."
-- Robert Butler, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 12/02/2014
I have Parkinson ’s disease, and was diagnosed over 8 years ago. We know quite a bit about Parkinson’s, but not very much about the heart. Just after Labor Day this year, my primary physician called on the phone to discuss a heart murmur he had heard during my annual checkup. He wanted me to go get an echocardiogram and a CATSCAN ASAP. After this was done, he said, while he was not a cardiologist, the results were of concern and he thought something would have to be done surgically before the end of the year, and gave us the name of a local cardiology practice. We made an appointment and began to try to find out what all of this meant.
Through divine providence, our daughter was working on a project with Donatella Arpaia, who is Dr. Stewart’s wife. She suggested we send the findings to him, and see what he thought. Within a day of receiving the information Dr. Stewart called us and rendered his assessment of my physical condition and shared that he not only knew how to solve the problem, but that the surgery had to be done as soon as possible. He stated most clearly that my condition was very serious and had to be dealt with quickly. Let me be clear, we are not wealthy, famous, or important. We live in a small town in North Carolina. Dr. Stewart explained what he saw and said “if you are willing to come to our hospital, I can help you.” Dr. Stewart understood the dangers of surgery with Parkinson’s and successfully reassured us that he would make sure all the necessary interfaces with neurology and anesthesia would be addressed.
Dr. Stewart’s office assistant Debra Segretti, assisted us in making all the necessary arrangements, and guided us every step of the way, dealing with preoperational issues as well as insurance , housing, etc.
Dr. Stewart’s team was supportive, organized, professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. The surgery was successful, and family was notified as quickly as possible to help alleviate anxiety. Dr. Stewart visited at least twice a day each day I was at the hospital and addressed questions clearly, concisely and patiently. He also helped us ensure that the coordination between neurology and cardiology was effective. There are many good surgeons. There are not many excellent surgeons who also make the commitment to support their patients once the surgery is completed or who willingly address the complications of a second disease. I do not have sufficient command of the English language to properly convey how grateful and thankful we are for Dr. Allan Stewart. He truly is a rare professional."
-- Paul ONeil, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 10/17/2014
-- William Brogna, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 08/14/2014
-- Anissa Quirk, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/30/2014
-- Anna Thomas, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 06/19/2014
-- Jim Leavitt, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/14/2014
-- Damian Garzon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, David Procedure, 04/14/2014
I collapsed on a tennis court on 2/12/14, saw my local cardiologist the next day and called Dr Stewart’s office on 2/14/14. Dr Stewart called me on Sunday night and explained to me what had happened and how urgent it was for me to have the procedure done by either himself or 2 other physicians - a guy at at Mayo Clinic and a guy at Cleveland Clinic.
I gathered that these were the three best in the country for the specific, dual procedure that I required. I spoke to many cardiologists, and a few surgeons to boot, that were friends of family and friends of friends, trying to do as much research as possible with regards to my situation. They were all very nice but all spoke of varying options of what to do, when to do it, and how delicate the procedure was.
I found this to be extremely unnerving. But, when I spoke to Dr Stewart on the phone that Sunday night, and subsequently in his office, he refreshingly spoke in absolutes. “You are going to get a horse valve and a synthetic aorta. It will take me about 3 to 3 ½ hours. You will be in the hospital a total of 6-7 days and you will stay in NY another 5 days and then you will go home. You will be 100% fine. I have done this many times and it is like plumbing for me.”
He delivered on all promises. I chose Dr Stewart, not because he is world renowned, or because he had operated on famous people. I chose him because he came highly recommended and said all of the right things in the most positive and confident way.
It is obvious that he does this because he loves it and I see why. If his other patients leave his office with the tears of joy and thanks that I had when I left, I could not imagine a more rewarding profession.
His team was incredible, starting with Debbie in administration all the way to his assistant surgeon Dr Vicente Orozco-Sevilla. They all made me feel that I was an important person and were giving with their time. God Bless Dr Stewart and his team."
-- Anthony Lupo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 02/21/2014
John was very proactive and researched Cardiothoracic surgeons in our area and nationwide. John found Dr. Allan Stewart. I also spoke with 2 cardiac anesthesiologists that I know for guidance. Both spoke highly of Dr. Stewart. Within 5 minutes of consulting with him, John knew that Dr. Stewart was "the one". Dr. Stewart explained Johns condition, what the surgery would involve, the recovery phase and the great nursing care that John would receive.
Dr. Stewart said "John, this is where you need to be". He could not have been more right. John went into surgery at noon on Monday and was discharged home on Saturday morning. Everything went just as Dr. Stewart had predicted. The nursing care was wonderful. Especially Susanna in CT ICU. It seemed as though her sole mission was Johns successful recovery.
Another consideration in choosing Dr. Stewart is his staff. It all starts with Debbie who manages his office. She guided us through the entire process of scheduling, testing and insurance. The entire time supporting us, answering our questions and easing our fears. Dr. Stewart is very fortunate to have her. The PAs in Dr. Stewart's office took great care of John, checked on him multiple times each day and even helped us after discharge.
It is 8 months ago today that John had his Aortic Root Replacement. He has been back to work full time for 5 months, he runs on the treadmill and feels better than he ever has.
Trying to put Dr. Stewart into words is easy. Dr. Stewart is professional, highly skilled and quietly self confident. He has performed thousands of heart procedures and specializes in Aortic Valves. Trying to put what he did for my husband into words is not as easy. How do you thank someone for saving your husbands life? We, and our 4 children, will never be able to thank him enough."
-- John Levasseur, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/27/2014
My research brought me to Dr Allan Stewart and upon meeting him I knew I had made the right choice. He has a warm and very personable manner which put my wife and I immediately at ease. He took a lot of time to speak to us and answer any and all concerns. Dr Stewart encouraged me to call him with any questions, even giving us his cell phone number. He couldn't have been more gracious and reassuring. His office staff were equally pleasant and professional. All the arrangements were taken care of quickly and I underwent valve sparing open heart surgery a few weeks after our consultation.
The surgery went smoothly and I have nothing but praise for Dr. Stewart. The nurses were exceptionally well trained, knowledgeable and responsive. We ran into the director of nursing twice while on post op strolls and both times she stopped to ask how I was doing and if there was anything she could do for me. A very well run hospital!
I am now 10 weeks post op and doing very well. Dr Stewart assured me the problem was taken care of and I look forward to seeing him for my one year checkup so that I can thank him again for everything. I highly recommend Dr Stewart, not only for his expertise and skills as a surgeon but also for the good feeling we got about the kind of person he is...also very important when finding a doctor you can trust."
-- Dennis Connolly, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 12/03/2013
-- Penny Goldsmith, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 03/08/2013
-- Bob Eldi, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/08/2013
Obviously, it is still early in my recovery process but everything has occurred exactly as Dr. Stewart has explained that it would and only leaves me with the expectation that I will be up and running around trying to keep up with my kids in no time."
-- Mark Lampersberger, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 12/19/2012
-- George Giunta, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 07/27/2012
-- Joan Davenport, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 06/12/2012
-- Matt Gerber, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 01/14/2012
-- Carmine Gualtieri, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 06/03/2011
-- Christopher Harris, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 09/24/2010
-- Martin Faeger, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/05/2010
-- Bruce Jakubovitz, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 04/21/2010
-- Lawrence Sarf, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 03/21/2010
-- Tom Szymanski, Aortic Valve, David Procedure, 11/05/2009
-- Benjamin Carey, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 11/02/2009
-- Roger Miller, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/06/2009
-- Phillip Tennant, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, David Procedure, 09/28/2009
-- Julius Rosenwald, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/05/2009
-- Barry Hurewitz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/10/2009
-- Richard Curreri, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 03/24/2009
-- Greg O'Keeffe, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/20/2008
-- Dale Hensley, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/07/2007
-- Barbara Medlin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 03/02/2007
As you might imagine, after the first two less-than-successful surgeries, with my mother's life seemingly in the balance, my family had a lot of questions for Dr. Stewart. He calmly answered them all, always kept my mother up-to-date, and even took time to answer my emails. Just before the surgery, after days of hearing all the medical language, he looked me in the eye and said "She's going to be fixed." I believed him and he was right. That was three years ago. Today, my mother still lives on her own, travels, and laughs a lot. A few days ago I watched all her smiling grandchildren crowd around her at Christmas and quietly thanked God for Dr. Stewart."
-- Bart Erbach, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 11/17/2006
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Minimally-Invasive Valve Surgery
- Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) & Repair
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Complex and Reoperative Aortic Valve Repair & Replacement
- Aortic Root Aneurysms (Connective Tissue Disease)
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Therapy
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Allan Stewart, heart surgeon, graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in 1995.
Dr. Stewart then completed a Surgical Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and a Fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center in 2004.
In 2019, Dr. Stewart completed the Surgical Leadership Program at Harvard University.
Dr. Stewart was named: * America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly ten consecutive years * New York's Top Doctor by New York Magazine * Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons * Fellowship in the American College of Cardiology * Membership in American Association of Thoracic Surgeons * Membership in Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Dr. Stewart is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Stewart has operated and/or lectured throughout the world in over 20 countries on 6 continents.
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Page last updated: May 20, 2020