About Dr. Craig Smith,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Craig Smith and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1977. To date, I have performed approximately 3,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,275 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is nearly 3 decades of experience with simple and complex valve disease.
17 Patient Reviews for
"I feel great after heart valve surgery. I'm very thankful for Dr. Smith and his team."
-- Barbara Walters, heart valve surgery patient
"Dr Craig Smith is the best of the best! I went to him to get a third aortic valve replacement. I was nervous about going for a third open heart surgery. The prior surgeries were done in New Jersey by another surgeon 2005 and 2012. Both were tissue valve replacements. In 2012, I required sternum removal and plating which added to the complexity of the surgery by Dr Smith.
After 10 hours on the operating room table, I ended up needing surgery on three heart valves. Dr Smith is god sent! Moreover, Dr Smith’s bedside manners are amazing. I was made to feel as if I was a member of his family. His professionalism is unmatched and is by far the best I’ve ever experienced. I was in and out of the hospital in only nine days!
I highly recommend Dr Smith!
Two years latter I feel great. To see me, you’d never know what I’ve been through. Thanks to Dr Smith I have a whole new lease on life!"
-- Francis Rempusheski, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 03/02/2020
My open heart surgery happened on a Wednesday afternoon and when I awakened I actually asked the nurse when my surgery would be! She said that it was 2 days before and I had no idea! I was jubilant! I had 2 replacements and one repair, so I had done some serious research before picking a surgeon."
-- Kathleen Conklin, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 06/05/2019
Dr. Smith's name rose right to the top, and afternoon speaking with his wonderful assistant, Dana Reed, I knew he was the one!
I went to New York City to meet with him and became even more confident after the consultation. He said that I would need the aortic and mitral valve replaced and that he could probably do a repair on the tricuspid.
Two weeks later, I was admitted for surgery. Many people have a hard time believing this, but when I awakened from surgery I thought that I was still waiting for it! I asked the nurse when it would be and she said "Two days ago!" This was a shock and a wonderful surprise! I was elated to be alive and not even feel as though I had been through a surgery. A week later, after great nursing care, I was driven home where I recovered very well. I had almost no pain, except when sneezing, and only took Tylenol.
Dr. Smith is terrific and he has a great team at Columbia University Medical Center / NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital!"
-- Kathleen Conklin, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 06/05/2019
-- Leslie Terjesen, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 02/19/2019
-- Maryann Conklin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/21/2017
-- edward warshawer, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/14/2017
-- Linda Tamburrino, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 02/22/2017
-- Roy Cohen, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/21/2011
-- Joseph P. Maniscalco, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/12/2011
-- Stephan Taranko, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 02/22/2010
-- Anne McCormick, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/29/2009
-- Bill Cahill, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 04/29/2009
-- M Lavin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/08/2008
-- Bob Pratt, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 07/28/2008
-- Gary Poltorak, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/29/2008
-- Darrell Yamashiro, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 12/11/2007
-- Charles Moser, Aortic Valve, 06/19/1996
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Aortic Valve
- Mitral Valve Repair
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Mitral Valve Repair
- Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
- Adaption in Cardiac Transplantation
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Craig Smith, heart surgeon, graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1977.
After medical school, Dr. Smith completed his general surgery residency and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Rochester. Then, following his completion of a cardiothoracic residency program at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Smith joined the faculty at Columbia in 1984.
During his career, Dr. Smith has received several awards, honors and distinctions within cardiac surgery including:
* Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Columbia. * "Practicioner of the Year" award in 2004. * "Heart of New York Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine" in 2007. * Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia.
with Dr. Craig Smith, MD
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, you can:
- Call (516) 614-6698 right now
- Request an appointment by clicking here.
The office of Dr. Smith is located at 177 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY 10032. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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News & Online References Featuring Dr. Craig Smith
Here is the latest news featuring Dr. Craig Smith:
- Surgeon Q&A: TAVR & Aortic Valve Debris
- Barbara Walters Recovers After Aortic Valve Surgery by Dr. Craig Smith
- Dr. Smith Performs Heart Surgery on President Bill Clinton
- COVID-19 Will Not Break Dr. Craig Smith & NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Expert Surgeon Profile: Craig Smith, MD, at Columbia Surgery in New York City, New York
- COVID-19 Vaccine Update: 3rd Dose? Booster Shot for Heart Valve Patients?
Page last updated: May 10, 2022