Dr. Gregory Fontana
, Heart Surgeon
Thousand Oaks, CA
- Unregistered Surgeon
Patient Recommendations (2)
"I live in Laguna Niguel which is located in S. Orange County CA and am frequently asked why I chose to have my aortic valve surgery done in Thousand Oaks, located Ventura County, which is not exactly close and a good 1 3/4 hour drive with no traffic, and 3-4+ hours with traffic.
Simple answer: The cardiac surgeon, Greg Fontana, who I knew previously when we worked together in the development of aortic balloon catheters designed to place a patient on bypass without cracking the chest. This was done when Greg was located at Cedars Sinai. We had lost touch when Greg moved to NY and was based out of Lenox Hill. When I had learned he was back in S. CA heading up the cardiothoracic program at Los Robles Regional MC, the choice was easy, if not convenient.
Why: His skill level and experience in minimally invasive cardiac surgery is awesome and he had proven to be extremely helpful, insightful and cooperative in the multiple meetings we had previously in the development of the aortic balloon catheters. He is a great guy to deal with and his bedside manner is superb, taking all the time necessary to answer and address any and all questions and concerns. I'm now 6 weeks postop and all is AOK. If there is a rating system for recommending a cardiac surgeon, Greg Fontana is easily an A+++!!! He is the Man."
Posted by Jeff Kadan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 09/16/2020