About Dr. Isaac George,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Isaac George and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2001. To date, I have performed approximately over 7,000 cardiac surgeries, of which over 5,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my integration of new technology and innovation into my clinical practice.
I am trained in the most current, cutting edge procedures. I believe that these new innovations minimize pain for the patient, while giving them the best possible surgical outcome and cosmetic result. After being trained in multiple disciplines, I am able to combine strategies to create a personalized treatment for each individual patient.
I perform all types of open complex adult cardiac valve surgery (aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve surgery). I annually perform 200+ open heart surgeries a year and am one of the few physicians in the world trained in both cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. I am currently the Surgical Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center at Columbia University Medical Center and the Surgical Director of Structural Heart Disease at NYP.
I am focused on integrating new technology and innovation into his clinical practice. I am trained in the most current and cutting-edge procedures including Transcatheter Valve Replacement (TAVR, TMVR), transcatheter valvular repair, percutaneous coronary stenting, and aortic stent grafting. I perform almost 600 transcatheter valve procedures a year, in addition, and have personally done over 5000 TAVR procedures. Because I am trained in multiple disciplines, I am able to combine strategies to create a treatment plan for each individual patient that is both unbiased and personalized. As Primary Investigator of a national TAVR trial and with involvement in numerous other clinical trials, I have extensive clinical research trial experience.
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"I am overwhelmed and still in disbelief how wonderful Dr. George and his staff were to me. I am alive because of Dr. George. I would not let anyone else touch me or treat me. He is the BEST!!!"
-- Patrick Purcell, Pulmonary Valve, 01/02/2020
"Dr. George is the kindest doctor that I ever met. He is so knowledgeable and professional and is a silent giant. When he told me that I had to have open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve, I was so scared being that I was 81 years old.
He assured me that he could do the surgery. He visited me every day in the hospital with his team and was so down to earth when they talked to me. It is now 4 months after the surgery and I'm able to walk 5,000 steps. I'm on my way to doing everything I used to do. Dr. George saved my life and I will be forever grateful to him."
-- RITA GUARRACINA, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/18/2019
-- Stephen Celestino, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/29/2019
-- JACKIE CAVALLA, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/25/2018
Five months later I was able to climb 625 steps to the top of a church tower in Florence, Italy."
-- Ellen Wolk, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 04/11/2018
After meeting Dr. Isaac George, who explained to everything to me, I felt very comfortable. He was very calm, extremely patient as he answered all of my questions. The recuperation from surgery took a little bit of time, but following the surgery, I immediately felt better and eight months later I felt great.
Mary thanks Dr. George!"
-- Mary Fernandez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/25/2013
While at Columbia, I learned that my mechanical valve was failing and immediately needed to be replaced. I met with Dr. Isaac George who provided me my options. He suggested a surgical replacement of my mechanical valve. I was very scared to have another surgery, but I found Dr. George to be very reassuring. Dr. George made me feel very comfortable through the entire process, and was extremely patient with me as I took notes of everything he said.
My surgery went extremely well and my recovery was very comfortable. The entire Columbia staff was very good. Approximately 30 days following my procedure and 3 weeks after hospital discharge, I met with Dr. George in his clinic one last time. He discharged me in good health.
I am so very grateful to Dr. George for his excellent care."
-- Annique Cook, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/20/2012
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Valve Surgery: Aortic, Mitral, and Tricuspid Repair and Replacement (Standard and Minimally Invasive), Transcatheter Valve Surgery (TAVR): Percutaneous, TransAortic, Transapical Approach for Aortic and Mitral valve disease
- Aortic Aneurysm Surgery: Aortic Root, Aortic Arch, and Endovascular Hybrid Thoracic Aortic Stenting
- Hybrid Surgery: Valve+PCI, Robotic MIDCAB+PCI, Complex Reoperative Valve+PCI
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Myostatin Dependent Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Growth and Atrophy Signaling
- TGF-Beta regulation and Signaling in Patients with Non-Syndromic Aortic Aneurysms
- Mechanisms of valve calcification in Surgical versus Transcatheter Valve Replacement
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Isaac George, heart surgeon, graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 2001.
After medical school, Dr. George completed an extensive 10-year training program in surgery, cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. George completed an Internship, a General Surgery Residency, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
Then, Dr. George was a Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery and a Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center from 2008 to 2010. To broaden his cardiac specialties, Dr. George completed a Ventricular Assist Device/Cardiac Transplant Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, in 2011, and an Interventional Cardiology / Hybrid Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia in 2012.
In July, 2012, Dr. George became an Assistant Professor of Surgery and later an Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 2019, Dr. George was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery.
Dr. George is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
During his career, Dr. George has received numerous honors and awards including:
* Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellowship * Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society * New Era Cardiac Surgery Conference Scholarship (2004) * Blakemore Award - Best Resident Research Award, Columbia University- College of Physicians and Surgeons (2006, 2007, 2008)
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Page last updated: July 21, 2021