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...
I believe my greatest strength is that I put my patients first. This is the central tenant of my practice.
A patient is far more than his clinical condition, and every patient has a unique story, background and life goals. Aortic root procedures includes a vast array of techniques ranging from aortic valve repair to reconstructive root surgery to the Ross procedure. By engaging each patient individually, we can offer him/her a tailored surgical solution that meets their expectations and translates into optimal long-term results and quality of life.
At Mount Sinai, not only do we have extensive expertise in all aortic root reconstructive procedures, but importantly a dedicated multidisciplinary team that specializes in the management of these patients. Together, this allows us to provide each patient with personalized care using state-of the-art techniques in a very humane environment.
4 Patient Reviews for
"Where can I start? How do you thank the person who has made such a difference in your life? I had the lucky chance to have Dr. Stelzer and Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy fix my congenital unicuspid aortic valve at Mount Sinai Hospital, literally the two best Ross surgeons in the world. If you look up what Dr. El-Hamamsy has accomplished in the field of aortic disease, it truly is incredible how dedicated and motivated he is to making a true impact on the diseases he treats.
While I was in the hospital, he was caring, compassionate, patient, and had a well informed answer for any question related to the Ross procedure or aorta. He came to visit me everyday in the hospital and put my wife and me both at ease (no easy task, more-so to put me at ease than my wife :) ) with his cool, caring, and calm demeanor. I am so happy and fortunate that he decided to bring his incredible skill set to New York just a few months before I needed my surgery.
As a life-long NYer, I know he is going to positively touch so many people's lives here through his work and we are lucky to have him. I am now three months out from my surgery, continuing to focus on my rehab by riding a bike and jogging everyday, and I owe this second chance to him, Dr. Stelzer and their team! I am grateful for this second lease on life and could not thank him enough!"
-- Jason Filopei, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 08/19/2020
"I had a bicuspid aortic valve with severe aortic regurgitation. After developing symptoms, it was time to replace the aortic valve. I spoke to several surgeons, but the recommendations I was getting seem to be based on what each doctor was feeling comfortable doing, not what was best for me.
Dr. El-Hamamsy was literally the only exception. He is honestly the nicest doctor and one of the kindest people I have ever met. He is patient and empathetic, and most importantly, really talented and experienced at performing the Ross procedure---which is a particularly involved procedure.
As a research professor, I felt very comfortable in the hands of a surgeon whose own research offers compelling evidence that the Ross procedure for AVR provides better long-term results and improved quality of life. I did the surgery in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in NY city, and everything went great. Dr. El-Hamamsy and his team have so much experience at what they do, which made me feel particularly comfortable during my entire stay at Mt. Sinai. "
-- Ioannis Spyridopoulos, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 06/26/2020
-- Elizabeth Boylan, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 02/28/2019
I was introduced to Dr. El-Hamamsy as he is a Ross procedure specialist and he just completed his 400th Ross Procedure. He reassured me that I would get to participate in whatever race I’d want to in the future -- once i was healed.
He also understood that I was slightly anxious and shared that he’d try to accelerate the date of my operation (I was being scheduled for January and it was early October). Twice I needed to present myself at the hospital. Both times he came to find me as he was told that I was "in the house".
On my 2nd visit . . . He confirmed to me that he would get me scheduled by the end of November. On November 17th, one week later, I got the call. The operation was completed on November 20th successfully. He came out with a huge smile to greet my family and reassured them that I was doing well. For the 5 days I was at the hospital, he came every evening to check up on me. The nurses told me that I was very fortunate as very few surgeons did that.
His whole program is amazing with continued follow-ups. I’d recommend him."
-- Sophie Scoufaras, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 11/20/2017
My Specialities &
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.
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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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Page last updated: December 7, 2020