About Dr. Anthony Caffarelli,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Anthony Caffarelli and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2000. To date, I have performed approximately 3,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is utilizing a team approach to deliver personalized care to every patient. I firmly believe that “team” means Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
Our surgeons, physician assistants, nurses and staff work collaboratively to care for our patients. We believe in paying attention to every detail to provide our patients with the highest level of care and quality support 24/7, which is of the utmost importance to us.
18 Patient Reviews for
"Outstanding experience from initial consult with review of options (with choice of minimally invasive right thoracotomy), pre-surgery prep, the surgery, in-hospital recovery and care, and post-surgical follow-up.
Dr. Caffarelli spent a great deal of time with us to review the test results and treatment options. His entire team was skilled, professional and compassionate. On a scale of 1 to 5 - Dr. Caffarelli and team earned a 6!
We are truly grateful to have chosen Dr. Caffarelli and his team for this procedure. We met with other surgeons and are so pleased with our choice of Dr. Caffarelli."
-- Jonathan Maples, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/28/2022
"Dr. Anthony Caffarelli is a wonderful doctor, very skillful surgeon, I have all the confidence in him. On my first meeting with him I was so nervous, I wrote a list of questions to ask him. At this preop visit he was so thorough in explaining everything that I needed to know, covering every aspect of my mitral valve problem and the surgery including what to expect in preop and postoperative.
At the end of this meeting I had no questions to ask him. He covered everything, I was less nervous, I felt at ease and I felt a lot of confidence in him. After my surgery I felt good sitting out of bed, walking with very little pain. On day three I was able to walk on my own 3-4 rounds around the surgical floor. Upon discharge I was able to walk to my front door without assistance.
My recovery was excellent, on my first postoperative visit with Dr. Caffarelli I was so happy I was almost in tears thanking him for a job well done. I continued to improve, lots of trips to movie theatre this time climbing stairs without breathlessness, dancing, lots of walking and doing cardiac rehab. This is my 10th week I am only 71 years old and I am ready to party, thank you Dr. Caffarelli you really make it happen. He is indeed a skillful and conscientious surgeon with excellent bedside manners. "
-- Christina Lim, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 06/15/2022
-- Joe K Dean, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 06/01/2022
Dr. Caffarelli and his team proceed with an eye to the future as well and consider how to progress with future needs as they may arise. Thinking ahead is key for patients who might need adjustments in the years ahead. I have never experienced a better surgical team, and I know some very good ones. If and when the time comes, I will stick with Dr. Caffarelli."
-- Ric Johnson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 05/26/2022
-- Barry Katz, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 05/16/2022
-- Linda Ewing, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/15/2022
-- Elaine Noble, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/14/2022
-- Thomas Conklin, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Transcatheter, 03/28/2022
-- Sherri Lewison, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 03/03/2022
-- Kristen Benedict, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 12/03/2021
One of the most valuable things he told me was to keep a journal after the surgery to track my progress. He said this would prevent the possibility of cardiac depression. I couldn't agree more! It was easy to look back and see how much progress I had made. I knew exactly what I had done each day and would use that to further fuel my motivation to recover sooner than expected. And I did!
I strongly recommend Dr. Caffarelli and Hoag Hospital for any type of heart surgery. They are the best of the best!"
-- Nancy Fletcher, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/16/2021
He even spoke with my 90-year old parents across the country when surgery was complete!
I was prepared and calm going into surgery and I'm now 4 weeks on my road to recovery. I can't thank Dr. Caffarelli and the Hoag team enough!"
-- Gregg Kent, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/14/2021
Before surgery... For the last 7 years, I have been unable to run, walk stairs, exercise or walk on an incline (ramps, hills). After this surgery, I am restored to full ability to take stairs at will, walk hills and only 148 days out of surgery I just completed a 5K walk.
I owe all of this "new life" and restored functionality to the ultra-professional surgical treatment by Dr. Caffarelli. It began with the pre-surgical treatment and the professional testing and pre-surgical preparation to the treatment by his team in the hospital and now in the after-care phase.
He is a blessing and I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Caffarelli and his team for the restoration of "better than ever" abilities I am now able to experience. Thanks!!!!"
-- Bruce Newmark, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/22/2021
Changing medical groups so that I could instead have my surgery done at Hoag with Dr. Anthony Caffarelli was the best thing I could have ever done. I cannot express how thankful I am to have Dr. Caffarelli on my medical team, and just how much time he spent reassuring me and explaining to me the ins and outs of my upcoming surgery. He gave me all the time I needed and more, answering my every question and explaining in great detail what needed to be done. His calm and confident demeanor, as I came to learn, was not unfounded. He had successfully performed my procedure countless times where the surgeon in my previous medical group had only done a few aortic root with ascending aorta replacements, often with suboptimal results.
I can only say the batting average is certainly not equal from one surgeon to the next and I am so, so glad I had Dr. Caffarelli to go to bat for me. The results of my surgery were simply astounding, everything from the incredibly small scar to how quickly I was able to resume my extremely active lifestyle blew me and my entire medical team away. Dr Caffarelli was by my side, reassuring me every step of the way, throughout my recovery just as much as before the procedure.
I have never had any medical professional dedicate so much of their time to me. Thank you, Dr. Caffarelli, I will never be able to express in words how thankful I am for what you have done for me. "
-- Benjamin Shackelford, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 05/24/2021
I was surprised that during our talk I felt confident. Of course, I had confidence in Doctor Caffarelli, but I found self-confidence. I suddenly knew that with the Lord's help, my family’s support, and Doctor Caffarelli team at Hoag Hospital, my open heart surgery would end-up being just a "bump in the road".
As a lot of patients in the HeartValveSurgery.com community do, I took advantage of the educational information that Adam provides. This information enables us to understand the process. In my case, this website gave me enough information to ask the doctor to consider a suggestion for my surgery. Doctor Caffarelli listened to me and took my suggestion into consideration. I felt so involved.
The bottom line is that when I entered the consultation room, I had anxiety. When I left that room, just 20-30 minutes later, my anxiety was gone and NEVER CAME BACK.
Thanks to Dr. Caffarelli, I had a successful operation and recovery."
-- Tom Everson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 08/19/2020
-- Randall Johnson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/24/2019
-- Jaime Schvartzman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 11/29/2018
-- Robert Robison, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 10/11/2012
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Mitral and aortic valve repairs
- Minimally-invasive cardiac surgery as well as transcatheter procedures including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), TEER, and TEVAR
- Complex re-operative and aortic surgery
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortopathy
- Genetics of aortic aneurysms
- Surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Anthony Caffarelli, heart surgeon, graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2000.
After medical school, Dr. Caffarelli completed General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Thoracic Transplantation Residencies at Stanford University Medical Center from 2000 to 2010.
Dr. Caffarelli is diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Throughout his career, Dr. Caffarelli has received several honors and distinctions for his dedication and commitment to cardiac care:
* 2019: Director of the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center, Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute
* 2018: Director of Cardiac Surgery, Hoag Hospital
* 2016: Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care
* 2009: Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Norman E. Shumway Award
* 2008: Participant, Intensive Course in Clinical Research: Study Design and Performance, Stanford Center for Clinical & Translational Education & Research
* 2008: Fellow Delegate, Stanford School of Medicine Annual Strategic Leadership Retreat
* 2007: John Henry Smith, III, M.D., “Outstanding Surgical Resident of the Year” Award
* 2007: Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for “Humanism and Excellence in Teaching”
* 2006: Administrative Chief Resident, Stanford General Surgery
* 2005: Outstanding Resident Award in Surgical Critical Care
* 2005: Resident Delegate to Association for Surgical Education
* 2003: Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Grant
* 2000: J.G. Hatfield Senior Surgical Award
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Page last updated: November 9, 2022