About Dr. Gorav Ailawadi,
Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Gorav Ailawadi and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately 4,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at University of Michigan Health. Read more...

5 Patient Reviews for
Dr. Ailawadi

"In July 2023, Dr. Ailawadi repaired my mitral valve at University of Michigan Health in Ann Arbor. Prior to the surgery, I had quite a few questions and he spent a lot of time graciously answering all of them. Dr. Ailawadi is one of the most accomplished thoracic surgeons you will ever find. Having someone like him, with the expertise and number of successful procedures, combined with his compassion and awesome bedside manner, has been a great blessing. Facing open heart surgery can be overwhelming, but knowing he was doing the procedure was more than reassuring to me and my family.

He is absolutely one of the best, and I cannot say enough good things about him. I'll be forever grateful to Dr. Ailawadi and his incredible team."

-- Steve Turk, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 07/05/2023

"He’s the best. I had a mini-repair with no sternotomy with a much quicker recovery. He’s a very kind and caring man and all his patients love him. "

-- Bonnie Fiori, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/30/2018

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My Specialities &
Clinical Interests

My heart surgery specialties include:

  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic valve surgery and transcatheter valve surgery

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

  • Less invasive heart valve therapies
  • Aortic aneurysm disease and atrial fibrillation
  • Treatment of acute heart failure (infarction) with a novel patch

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, heart surgeon, graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1998.

Dr. Ailawadi then completed a Surgical Critical Care Residency in 2002 at the University of Michigan, a General Surgical Residency at the University of Michigan in 2005 and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Virginia in 2007.

In 2020, Dr. Ailawadi was named the Chair for the Department of Cardiac Surgery and the Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School. Previously, Dr. Ailawadi served as the chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the University of Virginia.

Known for his unique interests and research for the minimally-invasive treatment of heart valve disease, Dr. Ailawadi was the first surgeon in the United States to perform a hybrid MitraClip (transcatheter mitral valve repair) and atrial fibrillation ablation.

Dr. Ailawadi is one of five principal investigators leading the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network research consortium (NIH) developing new clinical trials in cardiac surgery. Dr. Ailawadi is the national principal investigator of the SUMMIT clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the Tendyne Mitral Valve Implant system, a new transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) device that does not require an incision to the patient's sternum or the use of a heart-lung machine.

Dr. Ailawadi is board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery and has received several awards including:

* Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award
* Top Research in the Department of Cardiac Surgery

Schedule Appointment
with Dr. Gorav Ailawadi, MD

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ailawadi, you can:

  • Call (734) 217-2086 right now
  • Request an appointment by clicking here.

The office of Dr. Ailawadi is located at 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.

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Watch Educational Videos with Dr. Gorav Ailawadi

Learn about heart valve surgery from Dr. Ailawadi in these videos:

  • Surgeon Q&A: The SUMMIT Clinical Trial for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) with Dr. Gorav Ailawadi
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease: New Research & Treatment Options with Dr. Gorav Ailawadi

Page last updated: February 12, 2024