About Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy,
Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Universite de Montreal in 2000. To date, I have performed approximately 2,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,800 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more...

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44 Patient Reviews for
Dr. El-Hamamsy

"I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, with only two leaves instead of three. After 70+ years, the valve began to leak. As a result, the regurgitation was clearly audible during my annual physical in 2018, and my primary care physician referred me to Dr Alon Gitig MD, director of cardiology for Mount Sinai Doctors Westchester, who monitored my aortic stenosis and aneurism for 4 years before referring me to Dr Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD, PhD, Director of Aortic Surgery at Mount Sinai whom he considers: “not simply a brilliant aortic valve specialist, but also one of the best known aortic valve surgeons in North America.”

From the initial meeting in September 2022, Dr. El-Hamamsy and his surgical team at Mount Sinai hospital in NYC reflected a profound sense of trust, respect, warmth, and compassion. Dr. El-Hamamsy assured me that he "would take great care of me." For the next 12 months, he monitored my aortic stenosis and aneurysm, and dedicated time to explore various aspects of the surgical procedure to ensure I felt at ease. He helped me surmount my insecurities and my hesitations, providing me with the knowledge to make the decision on my own.

The surgical team also provided a comprehensive overview of what to expect post-surgery, during the recovery period. So, I decided to schedule my surgery with the gracious Leemor, the surgical team’s executive assistant, for Tuesday 12/19/2023, when it would be the least impactful on my job, and would allow me to be home recovering during the Christmas holidays.

The warm-spirited anesthesiologist, Dr. Ingrid Hollinger MD, who guided me through pretesting and surgery, and Dr Joseph Sweeney MD who performed my coronary catheterization, also demonstrated genuine care, following through in a most compassionate manner.

The entire team’s involvement in the surgical procedure, as well as post-surgery recovery in the ICU and subsequent transfer of post-surgical care to Dr Marc Miller, cardiac electrophysiologist and his team, fellow Dr Nana Gegechkori MD PhD and Helen Alexandroff NP, were simply marvelous in observing and treating the arrhythmia in my heartbeat.

The continuous communication during my aftercare at home was unprecedented, particularly Roberto Galao Malo NP, who guided me through every step of the way before and after surgery, demonstrating such humanity that I had tears in my eyes when I went to thank him.

The arrhythmia persisted at home and so, during the short week between Christmas and New Year’s, Galao immediately arranged for me to come in and be seen by the surgical team, Dr Elbert Williams MD, Dr Charles Laurin and Dr Lillyanne Chen MD, and cardiologist Dr. Tara Naib MD. This emphasized the team’s dedication to my well-being as a patient. I never felt alone. I felt like part of the family with an honored position on the team.

One month after the surgery, the cardiologist, Dr. Naib, scheduled me to start monitored exercises at the Mount Sinai Cardiac Rehab Center, participating twice a week for a duration of 12 weeks. My staying physically active during post-surgical monitoring further highlights the positive impact of the surgery and my swift recovery.

Overall, I’d like to express my sincere thanks for the exceptional care received at Mount Sinai, emphasizing the individualized approach, effective communication, and successful surgical outcome. I never expected to have had such an outstanding experience from beginning to end."

-- Miguel Coelho, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 12/19/2023

"The best experience. Dr. El-Hamamsy is not only a great surgeon, he is a great human being and always ready to receive me and talk to me and my wife. The surgery went flawless and I am having a great recovery without complications. Also, his team is wonderful and always available."

-- Alberto Cortinas , Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/22/2023

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My Specialities &
Clinical Interests

My heart surgery specialties include:

  • Ross procedure
  • Valve-sparing aortic root replacement
  • Aortic valve repair

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

  • Aortic aneurysms and connective tissue disease
  • Long-term outcomes of aortic reconstructive surgery
  • Innovative aortic surgical approaches

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, heart surgeon, graduated from Universite de Montreal in 2000.

After medical school, Dr. El-Hamamsy completed an extensive Cardiac Surgery Residency at University de Montreal, within the Montreal Heart Institute, in 2006.

Then, Dr. El-Hamamsy completed a special doctorate program, The Living Aortic Valve, under the supervision of world-renowned heart surgeon, Sir Magdi Yacoub, at the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.

Dr. El-Hamamsy is one of the leading Ross Procedure specialists as he recently completed his 400th Ross Procedure.

Schedule Appointment
with Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD

To schedule an appointment with Dr. El-Hamamsy, you can:

  • Call (516) 260-4180 right now
  • Request an appointment by clicking here.

The office of Dr. El-Hamamsy is located at 1190 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10029. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.

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Watch Educational Videos with Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy

Learn about heart valve surgery from Dr. El-Hamamsy in these videos:

  • Research Alert: Ross Procedure Leads to Improved Survival Benefit for Aortic Valve Patients
  • Ross Procedure Advantages for Aortic Valve Replacement with Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy & Dr. Paul Stelzer

Page last updated: February 21, 2024