About Dr. Luis Castro,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Luis Castro and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Stanford School of Medicine in 1984. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Sequoia Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is the team of wonderfully talented people that partner with me at Sequoia Hospital to produce “best results” that are nationally and internationally recognized in cardiac surgery. This level of achievement comes from tremendous experience by all members alike. World-class outcomes can only result from concentrating efforts at a single center to achieve the highest level of team excellence.
166 Patient Reviews for
"If I was to need valve surgery again, there would be no doubt I would only want Dr. Castro leaving his fingerprints on my heart."
-- Shelly Gould, heart valve surgery patient
"Wonderful. Results were excellent. He was direct, friendly, and easy to talk to. What he told me to expect was what happened. He inspired no end of confidence in me and, more important, in my wife, who thinks he's just great."
-- Hans Troesch, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 10/22/2020
His office staff was very receptive to questions, concerns and scheduling. I was able to talk to someone and or receive a return call every time I called. My surgery took place at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, an hour away from my home. The facility is modern, beautiful and safe with COVID. Dr. Castro and his team of Dr. Harmon and PA Surh, did a great job repairing my valve. I stayed in the hospital for an extra day, my choice, for 5 days.
I have met with Dr. Castro twice since the heart procedure. During each visit he was professional, informative and kind. Due to COVID one was virtual. After two months I have occasional pains at the under breast incision site and in my mid chest. My incision is about 5 inches and the thigh incision about the same. Both have healed well. I would recommend Dr. Castro to repair your heart. He is knowledgable, experienced, kind, easy to talk to, and a good person."
-- LaRene Kidd, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/19/2020
I met and spoke with Dr. Castro many times, in person and by cell phone. He was always courteous, listened, and never oversold the procedure. He provided the pros and cons and I appreciated his advice and thoughts.
Dr. Castro's "Manner" has high confidence in his abilities but not too much that he comes across as cocky (many surgeons can seem cocky), yet he's humble and appreciative that you've chosen to speak with him. He listens very well and even though he's heard 'your story' tens of thousands of times, you'll feel like your conversation is the first he's had on the topic. He's respectful of all levels of questions and concerns.
I want to also point out the fact that the 'Castro TEAM' is JUST AS IMPORTANT as Dr. Castro himself. Dr. Castro has skills but you'll learn that it's the collection of skills and how those many skilled professionals work together that makes a much bigger difference. Each person on the team was amazing at what they do and they all have an important part from logistics, to follow through, to hand holding, to support. I felt like I was dealing with a very well-oiled optimized machine. When I woke up from surgery and into the recovery, the follow through was impeccable. Dr. Castro and his staff came to see me every day and answered all my questions. Again, always patient and it was a pleasure to see them. One of my biggest fears was regret on timing, procedure (tissue), and surgeon. All those fears were 100% gone when I woke up.
Additionally, I was really impressed with Dignity Sequoia - It's like a boutique hospital. Very nice, clean, and all the nursing staff did a great job. I highly recommend Dr. Castro and I met with over 10 surgeons in 2 yrs."
-- Daniel Green, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/29/2020
Dr. Castro did surgery 6 months ago and I am playing golf now and totally healed from my valve replaced. His bedside manner is warm, informative and he treats you like family. He is an angel that has found his purpose as a surgeon. He is absolutely the most professional, gifted and humble doctor we have ever met.
Don’t go anyplace else. Dr Castro and his team are the BEST.
Also... Sequoia hospital is top notch. The staff from the top to the people delivering the food or cleaning the rooms are friendly and appear to love their jobs and are excellent at their service. All in all the most scary experience made safe and felt that we were being held together by family that truly care. "
-- Martin Hymowitz, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 01/31/2020
-- Robert Dulsky, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/18/2019
My husband and I want to thank Doctor Luis Castro for the wonderful work of the surgery he and his team performed on me this past month, December 11th, 2019, but additionally many thanks for making me feel comfortable and safe in his hands well before the procedure. Everyone of us that has had to face the thought of undergoing something this complex and life threatening will agree that it can be terrifying. When I first called and spoke with Dr. Castro, though I had no appointment, he took over 30 minutes of his valuable time to stop what he was doing and listened to the concerns of a 75 years old woman who lives at 6300 foot elevation. From those first minutes on, the specter of what I had to face in the future no longer held me in terror. I was still frightened and nervous, but now I could think more rationally and put together a plan.
The following face to face meeting only served to secure my faith that he was the one to do the surgery. Now that the mitral valve replacement, Maze procedure, and left ventricle appendage removal is in my rear-view mirror, I am so grateful for his wise and calming counsel and can look forward to a much longer and healthier life to share with my family. I am getting stronger every day and the tender area around the incision becomes less sensitive. Incidentally the surgery was only 4 weeks ago, I only took Tylenol as my pain threshold never went above a 4, mostly a 1-2, and am now completely off any meds.
My husband and I agree that Dr. Luis Castro is the best surgeon, with the best team of Dr. Adam Harmon and PA Taeman Surh, with the best hospital care anyone could have to trust one’s heart! Incidentally, as I was preparing to send in my review, I came across other reviews from Dr. Castro’s patients for the first time and am even more humbled by the fact that I have been blessed to have been referred to and had my treatment with him. Please, read some of the other reviews of Dr. Castro and you will find a new source of inspiration and calm if you are facing this issue.
With sincere gratitude, Elizabeth and John McDonald "
-- Elizabeth McDonald, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 12/11/2019
-- Michael Emerzian, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 12/09/2019
-- Kathleen Shore, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/18/2019
I was fortunate enough to have my aortic stenosis problem diagnosed early, which allowed me the opportunity to thoroughly research heart valve surgeons, based on the recommendations of friends of mine in the medical community. Prior to my surgery, I had a great deal of confidence that doctor Castro would be the best doctor for me.
In contrast to the two other physicians I interviewed, not only did Dr. Castro provide me with plenty of time during the appointment, he also provided me with his personal cell phone number and personal email address should I have any other questions. This was an experience I’ve never had with any doctor I’ve ever seen in my life! In contrast, another surgeon I interviewed — at a very prominent medical institution — required me to set a follow-up appointment to have any additional pre-surgery questions answered.
Another factor that influenced my decision to choose Dr. Castro was the confidence that he would be available post surgery should the need arise, unlike another prominent physician who operated out of several different medical facilities.
From the very first contact in setting the appointment with Dr. Castro to the follow up I received from the care team at Sequoia Hospital, I can’t imagine having a more positive experience. Prior to my surgery I had spoken to other patients of other heart valve surgeons who had a similar procedure and were not nearly as pleased with the outcome or the care that they received post surgery. Dr. Castro has earned the very highest rating in my book, and I am filled with nothing but gratitude for his help."
-- John Reis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/25/2019
-- John Ehret, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/29/2019
I was extremely impressed by Dr. Castro and his cardiac team at Sequoia Hospital. The worst part for me was the anticipation of the surgery but Dr. Castro helped calm me by knowing he had done this surgery successfully thousands of times before. Dr. Castro explained the surgery to us and made us feel very confident that the surgery would go well. My surgery could not have gone any better. My entire pain level never went past a four.
I have a pig valve now and am amazed as to how fast I healed and how good I now feel. I highly recommend Dr. Castro and his team and the care provided at Sequoia Hospital."
-- Gary Schaefer, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/28/2019
Triple By-Pass had complications. Arteries were backward, inside the heart instead of outside and although I had stopped Plavix for a week I bled so much they had to give me 3 Units of blood. I am so glad Dr. Castro, with his skills and experience was the surgeon. Other doctors may not have been able to manage the unexpected twists in my surgery.
He was friendly and spent time with me in the hospital. I have more energy and endurance than I have had in 50 years, and I have an amazing doctor who wants me to come in now and then just to talk. His genuine interest in me and the time he has taken to get to know me are a truly unique experience for me with all the doctors I have ever met. This man has amazing skills but his extraordinary care and friendship for someone he didn't know before our appointment are even more amazing. Dr. Castro makes me want to be a better man. "
-- Paul Hoekenga, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/02/2019
-- Salma Halteh, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/25/2019
-- THOMAS HOOPER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/23/2019
-- Gregg Vurbeff, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/27/2019
-- Edward Esmaili, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/30/2019
-- Steve DeVincenzi, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 05/04/2019
-- Janet Stringer, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 04/18/2019
-- DAVID SOMERVILLE, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/05/2019
-- Ray Poydessus, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/04/2019
I was somewhat apprehensive (as anyone would be). Dr. Castro and his staff were very kind and informative.
After the surgery I was treated with utmost respect and caring by the nursing staff."
-- Jonathan Paquin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/20/2019
His online videos were impressive, but it was our phone consultations that really convinced me to fly from LA to San Francisco for the procedure. Dr. Castro's confident knowledge and expertise amazed me. He even discovered something in the tests that every other surgeon had completely missed - a dangerous aneurism. Just as reassuring as his brilliance and his calm demeanor, was the fact that he sincerely cared about me as a patient and as a person. He told me that he absolutely would not let my child grow up without her mother. (In fact, his fatality rate is zero.) He patiently answered all of my questions and made it clear I could call him personally with any concerns I had. His assistant Claudia was fantastic. She coordinated all the scheduling with me over the phone, followed up on all my questions, gave me directions to the hospital, and even set up my pre-operative stay at Sequoia House, the medical group's low-cost lodging right next to the hospital. She was on top of every detail. Nurses Dana and Kelly took care of all of my needs before and after the surgery with kindness and efficiency. They are angels. Dr. Castro and his outstanding surgery partner, Dr. Harmon, flawlessly performed the valve surgery and fixed the aneurism in less than half the time it takes most other surgeons. The post-op team was phenomenal, and the staff at Sequoia Hospital couldn't have been more professional or accommodating. Only two months after my surgery, I am walking 3 miles a day, have more energy and stamina, and feel much better than I have in years.
Literally putting my heart in Dr. Castro's hands is one of the best decisions I have ever made. He kept his promise to my precious daughter."
-- Christy Wright, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/29/2018
-- Sean Dunn, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/13/2018
-- Arthur Muncheryan, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/12/2018
-- Gerald Dixon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 12/06/2018
-- Scott Lyter, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/15/2018
-- marta drury, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 11/13/2018
-- Nick Cademartori, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/02/2018
-- Edward Finley, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/25/2018
-- Max Eggert, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/18/2018
-- Linda Todd, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/11/2018
-- Ronald Orlando, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/21/2018
-- Carolyn Buhs, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/13/2018
-- Ron Mahaffee, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 09/06/2018
I didn’t know what was missing until I met Dr. Luis Castro. I had checked out Sequoia Hospital and their outcomes, so I had done my due diligence. What I was not prepared for was Dr. Castro himself--he was warm, human, and funny and unlike any other medical professional I had seen over the last two years.
After our first meeting, I tried to put aside the fact that I liked him so much to focus on more “substantial” criteria for selecting a surgeon. My appointment with another surgeon I was considering led me down a rabbit hole with a lot of scare tactics along the way. I reached out to Dr. Castro a second time because I felt that he was the only honest person I had met on this journey. What I discovered in my second encounter was how confident he was in his ability to replace my aortic valve without any touch of arrogance. He was the only person I trusted, so I made my decision on the spot.
My surgery went perfectly and in record time. Dr. Castro and his team visited daily throughout my hospital stay (including weekends) and showed genuine concern throughout the process. Dr. Castro saw me for my week-out check-up as well as my one-month surgical check-in, and he even ordered a baseline echocardiogram that he evaluated for me. He went above and beyond in his care, and I only wish I could have him as my long-term doctor!"
-- Judy S, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 08/06/2018
-- kenneth sproul, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 07/01/2018
-- John Solomon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/06/2018
-- Richard Smith, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 05/30/2018
-- Jack Ames, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/16/2018
-- John durmanich, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 05/16/2018
-- Gordon Van Kessel, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 04/11/2018
-- James Brzezinski, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/05/2018
-- Simpson Risso, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 03/26/2018
-- Simpson Risso, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 03/26/2018
-- Jose Aguilar, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 03/21/2018
-- gina fiorentino, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 03/08/2018
Not only did he perform a successful surgery, and repaired and replaced the Aortic valve that was placed by Doctor Merrick at UCSF, but he gave me the invaluable gifts of hope and health. My spirits were lifted and for the first time in a long time, I had confidence that I could lead a long and prosperous life. Thank you for your kindness and attention. It is apparent that you go above and beyond for your patients. "
-- Jaleh N, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/28/2018
-- Jay English, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/21/2018
I think he did an outstanding job, and I thank him for moving me in a positive and healthy direction I would recommend him to anyone requiring heart surgery. Sequoia Hospital's surgeons, physicians and staff are a caring and efficient group of professionals."
-- Ignatius Passantino, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/16/2018
-- “Melissa” Bridge, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, Bloodless Surgery, 02/14/2018
Dr Castro spent several hours with me and my husband; answered every question with patience and humor; and was genuinely curious about me and what I wanted and needed. I had never had any previous surgery and was initially very anxious. Dr. Castro and his team greatly reduced my anxiety. By the time I had the surgery, I was completely confident I would have an excellent outcome and quick recovery. All of which turned out to be true. Whatever inconvenience there was in having the surgery away from home (which was minimal) was completely and more than outweighed by the quality of patient centric care I received. I recommend Dr. Castro and his team without qualification! "
-- Patricia Frobes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/31/2018
-- Chuck Lebo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 12/29/2017
-- Russ Colgate, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 12/21/2017
-- Donald Cahalan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/14/2017
-- Mark Hamblin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/13/2017
He had predicted that I'd be raring to go in 3 months, and it's true. I believe in miracles now. There was some fluid collection in the pericardium a couple of months after surgery, and my excellent cardiologist in Sonora, Dr. Hemminger, was able to drain it with a needle--not more surgery. These two miracle workers saved my life, and I'll be eternally grateful!"
-- Nancy Schwarzmann, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/17/2017
-- Rod Beck, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 11/15/2017
-- Stanley Solbeck, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/10/2017
-- Didi Fisher, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/03/2017
-- John Allan, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/11/2017
-- William Hammonds, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/14/2017
I am 9 weeks post surgery, and have remained in contact with Dr. Castro to resolve issues with blood pressure and an episode of atrial fibrillation. I couldn't be more pleased with the surgery, and his care."
-- Chris Thollaug, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/31/2017
-- robert hansen, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 08/31/2017
The surgery went excellent and it has been 9 months now. I feel great. We chose a Bovine Valve and Dr. Castro performed a mini Sternotomy and I was on Tylenol for 3 days.
I am so thankful that I found and chose Dr. Castro for my surgery , he is a fine gentleman and a nice and caring man and talented surgeon. He treated me and my family with the utmost respect and kindness. He and Dr. Harmon visited me every day while I was in the hospital. The Nurses in ICU are A+ they could not have treated me any kinder or better. Dr. Castro and these nice people have a special place in my heart. I highly recommend Dr. Castro.
Dr. Castro and Dr. Harman are excellent Surgeons and Sequoia Heart and Vascular Institute is at the top of it's class."
-- Andrew Kirby, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/31/2017
Sequoia Hospital delivers on its advertisement as a patients-first hospital. I truly felt cared for. Dr. Castro's partner surgeon, Dr. Harmon, is also top notch in my book. Both doctors spent as much time as I wanted to discuss my concerns and provided understandable explanations.
Check out this surgical team. They are the best."
-- Mark Stearman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 08/24/2017
-- Scott Morton, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/16/2017
-- David Ring, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 08/10/2017
-- Karen Weiseth, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/12/2017
-- Barry Sullivan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/06/2017
-- David George, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/28/2017
-- Andrew Rand, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 06/21/2017
-- RAYMOND TESTA, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/19/2017
-- Richard Keas, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/16/2017
-- David Gartshore, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/08/2017
-- James Wagner, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/08/2017
-- George DiMundo, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/01/2017
-- David Wall, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/18/2017
-- william wong, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/27/2017
-- Pyare Begerhotta, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/12/2017
-- Billy Houck, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/30/2016
He made an appointment for me to see Dr. Castro in early December. When we met with Dr. Castro, he reviewed the tests that UC Davis had done and told us that not only the mitral valve was failing but the aortic valve (which had also been replaced 12 years ago) was also not working properly. The biggest surprise to me was that he also showed me that my tricuspid valve was damaged because of the other two failing valves. Dr. Castro reviewed all of my options and said that he was sure that he could repair or replace all three valves in a short surgery and felt my heart was strong enough to go through the procedure. He said he could tell I was a fighter and that a lesser woman would likely be in hospice based on the amount of trouble I was having just trying to breathe; oxygen was just not getting to my blood stream due to the blocked valves.
His kindness and confidence was very reassuring and just over a week later I was admitted into Sequoia Hospital for surgery on December 19. The surgery went well, I had 2 valves replaced and the third one repaired in a relatively short 2.5 hour surgery. Afterwards I woke up in the ICU with a wonderful staff of people taking care of me and my very supportive family nearby. I think my recovery went well and I moved to another floor of the hospital where more dedicated and wonderful nurses took great care of me. After leaving the hospital I moved to a rehab facility closer to my home in Marin, for more therapy and then headed home on Jan 13; less than 4 weeks from my surgery. I have ben home a month and a half and am doing very well, driving again and enjoying my life again. My own cardiologist, Dr. Ann Kao is following my progress and has prescribed ongoing therapy to assure a complete recovery. I feel good and positive about my recovery; I can breathe again! That is the main thing!
Thank you Dr. Castro and the heart team at Sequoia Hospital!"
-- Evelyn Gallagher, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 12/19/2016
I have to say the experience was beyond what I thought it would be... Prior to surgery, Dr. Castro gave me great comfort and guidance with thorough explanations about my mitral valve repair surgery. I was a bit nervous about the mini sternotomy, however Dr. Castro assured me that my incision would be small and it's appearance would be minimal in size. I am three months out of surgery and I can barely see the incision That is the truth!! And, I am very proud to wear my "badge of courage" because it looks that good.
Dr. Castro insisted I call him by his first name Luis ! He is a very personal individual with a "human touch" and I feel 100% better after surgery. My heart is beating with joy... ❤️
Dr. Castro and Dr Harmon paid me a daily visit while hospitalized to check on my well being and that in itself made me stronger with each day. They truly care about their patients ! Post surgery rehabilitation within the hospital was excellent with both physical therapist and respiratory professionals coming by my room daily to give me the tools I needed for recovery.
The new cardiac unit built in 2014 is beautiful to say the least. I had a very clean and private room with a view and the nursing staff is top notch 5 star all the way. They are truly professional and I can say I had an extremely positive experience and surgery at Sequoia Hospital. I chose Dr Luis Castro as my surgeon and Sequoia Heart Institute for my heart valve surgery and it is the best decision I've ever made ... And I mean that from the bottom of my heart ❤️ "
-- Andrea Reed, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/03/2016
I am 69 years old and experienced a stroke and heart attack in 2010. I received 6 stents in 2010, all of which were still patent (open). I had no other medical problems or illnesses. However, my heart was beginning to enlarge, from severe mitral regurgitation, and I didn’t want to die or become disabled from my coronary artery disease or heart failure, if I didn’t have my heart problems fixed. I had become short of breath, while walking around the house.
I was concerned that my age and medical history might increase the surgical risk of morbidity and mortality. I spent approximately one year researching my medical problems and the best surgeons and hospitals that could provide me with the greatest chance of a successful repair of my heart, with the lowest risk of morbidity and mortality. After careful research of the most experienced and reputable heart surgeons and hospitals in America, I narrowed my choice down to heart surgeons in Chicago, New York City, Cleveland, and Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California. I chose Doctors Castro and Harmon, at Sequoia Hospital, in Redwood City, California, for the following reasons: - One of the most experienced heart valve surgeons in America, with one of the highest successful heart valve repair rates.
- Doctors Castro and Harmon have successfully worked together, when necessary, for approximately 20 plus years. When necessary for more extensive heart surgeries, it’s nice to have 2 able heart surgeons working on you simultaneously. It saves time.
- They are much faster than the average heart surgeons, which lessens the risk of brain cell damage, from longer aortic cross clamp and cardio-pulmonary bypass time.
- One of lowest heart surgery mortality and morbidity rates in the nation, particularly for complex surgeries and second surgeries involving older patients with previous heart attacks and surgeries.
- Sequoia is not a teaching hospital with inexperienced heart surgery residents in training.
- Sequoia Hospital is a heart reference center where they perform more successful mitral valve repairs, per year, than average, and have been ranked one of the nation’s leading providers of cardiovascular care for more than three decades. - Sequoia Hospital is comparatively small; clean; efficient; caring; competent; and unbureaucratic. The other hospitals I considered were so large, bureaucratic, and impersonal, that I was never able to speak with the surgeon. This was a major concern when there was a real, albeit small, risk that I could die during my surgery. Doctors Castro and Harmon always made time to answer my questions and concerns, whether by phone, email, or in person.
I was impressed with the flowchart-like efficiency of Sequoia Hospital’s cardiovascular care department and their dedicated, hard working, caring employees. Unlike large university medical centers, Sequoia Hospital gives personal care to its patients and every patient has a private room where his or her spouse may stay with the patient. Everything is conveniently located and in close proximity. Cardiologists, heart surgeons, and labs, are all in one building next to the hospital. You will be able to speak to Doctors Castro and Harmon personally. They are nice people and caring, dedicated doctors. Lastly, contrary to what you may have seen or thought, the surgery doesn’t really hurt very much. Though I had a mini-sternotomy, I never had to use any pain killers stronger than Tylenol, after hospital discharge. Twelve weeks after my surgery, I feel substantially recovered. I now run 2 to 3 miles a day on my treadmill and have more stamina than any time before my surgery from Doctors Castro and Harmon.
I am very satisfied with Doctor Castro’s and Doctor Harmon’s surgical skills, judgment, and care. The quality of their work exceeded my expectations, based on the information I gained from their internet videos."
-- Ronald Yamamoto, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 11/02/2016
-- Stephen Herdll, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Robotic Surgery, 10/22/2016
His staff were phenomenal in the pre-op period. They answered questions, helped me with setting up my further testing and medical leave, and set up a room at Sequoia House for my family. The actual pre-op day was easy and planned well. I met my Nurse Navigator for the heart surgery as well as Dr. Castro's PA, Taeman Suhr who was just the greatest! I got all the pre-op testing and info and again, it was unrushed and well scheduled. My surgery went as planned and Dr. Castro talked to my friends and family post-op. My experience in the hospital was better than I ever expected. The staff were phenomenal, experienced, professional, and very caring.
Dr. Castro has been available to me post-op for questions. He has helped me with recommendations for Cardiology sub specialty care, and I truly value his insight and trust his judgement.
Besides his wonderful manner, his program at Sequoia has published their data for number and type of procedures, pump/bypass time, as well as procedure related mortality and their results are far better than average.
I am 19 weeks post-op, my valve is working perfectly, I am in better shape that I was pre-op, and I have no pain or ill effects. Dr. Castro is a rock star and the program he has built at Sequoia with Dignity Health is the best! A million stars for all of them!!"
-- Ellen Leng, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 09/28/2016
-- Hank Masterson, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 09/09/2016
-- Jon Carroll, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/23/2016
I'm from Southern California, and initially consulted with surgeons closer to home. However, after consulting with Dr. Castro, his demeanor and spirit made me feel very confident--not to mention his unbeatable credentials! I knew right away that he was the surgeon for me.
I also want to add that pre and post surgery, Dr. Castro was always accessible to any questions or concerns that I had. That means a lot when going through open heart surgery.
I had an excellent surgical experience with Dr. Luis Castro and his team at Sequoia Hospital. It couldn't have been better!"
-- Nancy Aguayo, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 08/19/2016
During our first meeting, Dr. Castro explained all planned surgical procedures in details and answered all questions. His positive demeanor and confidence put my wife and me at ease. Dr. Castro is very approachable and easy to talk to, which makes the stressful experience of a heart surgery easier to go through. Both pre and post-surgery Dr. Castro made himself accessible to any questions or concerns. Dr. Harmon and/or Dr. Castro visited me daily after the surgery and they stayed on top of things the whole time. They work very close with nurses and hospital staff and the whole team is truly amazing.
I don’t think my surgical experience with Dr. Castro and his team could have been any better and I’m forever grateful to him for giving me a new lease of life. I would whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Castro to anyone facing a heart surgery."
-- Paul Sydell, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 08/04/2016
-- Don Yates, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/03/2016
The days leading up to his surgery were very scary for Mike and emotional for both of us. Dr. Castro's staff were like angels walking us through the process. Melissa Sandez, the office receptionist was absolutely a Godsend to us. She called us throughout the day and step by step informed us with every detail we needed to know for surgery day. Mike had a lot of pre-op tests and she personally came down from her office and met us to check in. She was so sensitive and genuinely cared about our feelings and concerns we had. She set us up for a consultation with Dr. Castro. The very first meeting with him he listened very closely to Mike's story and walked us through our options. Dr. Castro met again with us and went over step by step what would happen during the surgery. It was not hard to talk to him and he was not impersonal, even though he is a highly-accomplished doctor. He possesses a humble demeanor and does not have a larger than life ego despite all the skilled surgeries he performs. We had met with other highly skilled surgeons but Mike felt comfortable right away with Dr. Castro communicating his needs. Dr. Castro was so sensitive with Mike and related to him on a guy to guy level. Mike could really talk to him and explain what his worries were without feeling anxiety. Dr. Harmon also took the time to introduce himself to Mike and assured him that he was in good hands. Dr. Harmon has a great sense of humor that eases everyone but also is very careful and meticulous regarding care for his patients. He was there every step of the way from the beginning until the end.
During the surgery, everything went well and Tina Collins was our nurse navigator. She would let us know how the surgery was going and checked in with us several times. She exuded a confidence and strength that reassured us things were running smoothly. I had her contact information close and called her often during the days to follow as well. She always answered or got back to me right away. I probably interrupted her lunch sometimes but she still answered. Her compassion for her job definitely shined through. Mike was really worried about the breathing tube and Dr. Castro personally was there in ICU to take it out. Tina made sure to let me know as well because I was worried about that being traumatic.
During Mike's stay in the hospital the nurses were great. We especially remember nurse Marcy who made us smile and treated us with respect and sensitivity. Mike has never experienced such love and genuine care. She greeted us by saying, “We have been expecting you and have heard all about you. You are someone special!” She made us feel like old friends and she never felt like a stranger. Dr. Castro and Dr. Harmon made rounds to visit us throughout the week. They all took pictures with our two little girls and told Mike jokes even though Mike could not laugh at them. Dr. Taemin Surh, PA came by each day to check on Mike as well. He had a way of encouraging Mike to walk each day, do his breathing exercises and helped him gain confidence. The medical team was strong and really pulled Mike through the difficult times. We really appreciated all they did for us and it made this stressful time go as smoothly as could.
Lastly, we want to thank Dr. Castro for recommending Dr. Tom Hinohara who continues to care for Mike post operation. Mike could not have been in better hands with this medical team. Before his surgery and probably every time I saw the team, I would say, “This guy has been through a lot so please take care of him!” Not only did they take care of him but they over exceeded our expectations so much. I really feel that God sent us to Dr. Castro and the caring team at Sequoia Hospital. Something in my heart told me to make that call to his office that day and I’m so glad I did. Mike was in good hands and continues to receive good care. His recovery has been a constant adjustment to the mechanical valve, and being on Coumadin for the rest of his life will be challenging, but this experience has allowed him his life! For that we are forever grateful. The Rabe Family"
-- Michael Rabe, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/01/2016
-- Marilyn Canon, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/25/2016
-- Bastiaan Saarloos, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 07/20/2016
-- Jill Wood, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/07/2016
-- Robert Harper, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/22/2016
There was a glitch after surgery. The very next day I experienced no feeling on my left side. Dr. Castro and Dr. Harmon immediately sent me to have a CT scan. It proved that I did not have a stroke and something broke off during surgery. Within a day or two my feeling started to return and totally returned by the time I left the hospital. Due to the complication I was kept in the CCU until 4/19. Each day it was a great feeling of comfort to see the smiling face of Dr. Castro and his loving care. After being sent up to the Cardiac Unit he continued along with Dr. Harmon to see me each day until they dismissed me on 4/25/16. At that time I elected to go to Fremont Health Care for physical therapy.
They provided excellent therapy for physical and respiratory and I progressed very well. Do to the heartbeat they elected to have a pace maker put in for safety reasons on 4/23/16.
The total experience was one not to fear under Dr. Luis Castro's care. I would strongly recommend Dr. Castro to anyone facing this type of surgery. A truly caring and loving man to all his patients.
The Sequoia Hospital provided a room for my husband while I was there. A truly wonderful place to be when the staff does all they can to make their loved ones feel at home."
-- Thelma Jane Miller, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/14/2016
I cannot express my gratitude for Dr Castro's great ability not only as a surgeon, but as a genuine human being that really cares for his patients. All his staff, including Dr Harmon, his PA, and Elizabeth are also amazing. And last, the care at Sequioa Hospital also deserve an A+. It has been a month since my surgery and I feel great, more energized and have started cardiac rehabilitation. My cardiologist here in town was amazed when he saw me 10 days post-op at this office. He says he had never seen such a great incision and he complimented me as to how good I looked. And although I dont plan on having heart surgery any time soon, I would not hesitate to return with Dr Castro in the future. "
-- Mario Quesadilla, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/13/2016
-- Willard Nutting, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/13/2016
He replaced my aortic valve and also took the initiative to repair an aortic root aneurysm. My recovery was routine at the hospital as well as at home. I was walking over one mile daily after four weeks and I will be back at playing regular golf in four months.
I believe Dr. Castro is one of the best heart surgeons in the country and has performed thousands cardiac surgeries The surgery well and much better than I expected. I had no issues or complications and my outcome was great. Dr. Castro's staff and the nurses were very capable and professional. The Sequoia Hospital Heart Center is new, bright, cheery, very clean and well maintained.
If you need heart surgery, there are none better than Dr. Castro and Sequoia Hospital. "
-- Jerry Hromyko, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 04/07/2016
-- C. Briggs, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, Maze Procedure, 04/05/2016
-- Janice Rogers, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/03/2016
-- Javad Khakbaz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/30/2016
-- Ken Kuchta, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 03/25/2016
-- Joseph Pietro, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 03/24/2016
-- Rodger Simonian, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/08/2016
-- Dana Weir, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/14/2016
-- Bruce Oliver, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/14/2016
Dr. Castro, Medical Director, Cardiac Surgery at Sequoia Hospital Redwood City Ca., Who insist you call him by his first name Luis, is an outstanding surgeon with the demeanor of your "Best Friend", excellent bedside manor, very approachable and easy to talk to. Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City Ca. is highly renowned for their excellent outcome history with AVR and many other cardiothoracic surgeries.
Having been through this twice at Sequoia Hospital in 4.2 years, I can confidently say that Dr. Castro, his team and Sequoia Hospital are truly a medical "Dream Team".
If I ever have to revisit this process again, it will only be with Dr. Castro and the Sequoia team.....I thank God for all of them."
-- Dennis Orsag, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/06/2016
-- Deborah Saenz, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/02/2015
-- Bruce Gallmeyer, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 11/30/2015
-- Jean Knappik, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/25/2015
-- Al Zaninovich, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/27/2015
-- Lee Mortimer, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 10/07/2015
-- Langston chinn, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 10/06/2015
-- Maurice Heagren, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 09/16/2015
I would highly recommend Dr. Castro with no exceptions!"
-- Gregory Clarke, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/16/2015
I feel fortunate to have had Dr. Luis Castro as my surgeon."
-- James Piccetti, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/03/2015
Dr. Castro answered and demonstrated when necessary every question. We also discussed the possibility of a new valve should a repair not be possible. After Dr. Castro's explanations and demonstrations of each valve, I felt very confident in my decision of the Porcine Valve should the need arise. My husband has had three traumatic brain injuries and can sometimes become lost in too much information coming at him too fast, Dr. Castro seemed to sense that my husband needed more time to process what was being said, and so he patiently walked and re-walked us through any part of the conversation that needed repeating. We were so impressed by Dr. Castro that we knew that no one else would be right for the surgery. His knowledge, his experience, his manners, and above all his reasons for being a one hospital surgeon gave us a well-founded sense of peace and assurance that I could place my life in his hands.
It has been five weeks since my surgery and I could not be more pleased with the results or the care that I received and my husband received at Sequoia Hospital and from Dr. Luis Castro."
-- Charlie Orsburn, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 09/02/2015
-- HERB POTTER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/05/2015
Dr. Castro is (in my lay opinion) an extremely skilled, talented surgeon and a wonderful, caring human being. He absolutely put me at ease in advance of the surgery, came by at least daily after surgery and was always available for a consult, question etc. two anecdotes:
1. I was going to get a flu shot a number of weeks after my surgery on a Sunday and realized i should probably check and make sure it was ok to do. I texted dr. castro at 1PM (on a sunday) and he texted back within 5 minutes. the pharmacist and their assistant were amazed that a high-powered surgeon would be that responsive
2. reading my post op report i learned that it took them 35 minutes to do the work on my heart (replace the aortic valve). sometimes i can't even write an email in 35 minutes and Dr. Castro and team did a full valve replacement and restarted my heart in that amount of time!!! And as i learned, the faster you are in and out of surgery, minimizing time under anesthesia and time on bypass, the better off you are.
thank you Dr. Castro!"
-- David Selby, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/16/2015
-- James Fitzpatrick, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/10/2015
After being diagnosed with a leaky aortic valve and told by the cardiologist that we should "watch and wait" I found Dr. Castro on Adam Pick's web site and saw him to get a second opinion. He saw me and my wife one week later, and, after reviewing my case history and symptoms of fatigue and enlarged left ventricle, he said, "Why wait? you are symptomatic. If you were my brother I would recommend that you replace your valve this year." Once I knew why I was so tired, I scheduled my surgery immediately. I happen to have spent a lot of time observing open heart surgeries due to my career in the medical industry (Cardiac ultrasound) and I investigated Dr. Castro's surgical outcome statistics: Luis Castro's surgical team has some of the best outcomes statistics on the planet for open heart surgery in general and valve repair specifically. So between his track-record and his knowledgeable and loving patient interactions I knew that I was in good hands and never had a single anxious moment in the weeks or even the final minutes before my surgery. Dr. Castro even gave me his cell phone number so that I could reach him at any time with questions, as he does for all his patients.
The surgery was perfect and I was out of the hospital by day five. Dr. Castro and all of his surgical team came and saw me at least twice during that week. Sequoia Hospital post-surgical care is special because they assigned the same nurses (day and night shifts) to watch me during my time there.
I texted Dr. Castro on my one year anniversary and said, "Thank you for doing such a great job with my surgery. You made the extraordinary routine." And he did: he performed a mini-sternotomy to access my AV, which made my recovery quicker I believe.
Luis and I have since become friends with Luis and he and I surf together. He is a caring and giving doctor and person: he regularly has volunteered to see patients one day per week in the "free clinic" in San Francisco. I have also attended surgery with him and watched how he works. He works quickly in order to minimize time "on pump" so that in the rare case some complication arises he has more time. He works with great confidence and leadership. He and I have talked since about his unwillingness to compromise during surgery to leave a patient with an average result if he can improve the patient's prospects with a second effort during surgery. I was even more impressed with his skill after watching him operate on complex cases than before my own surgery. I recommend Dr. Castro without hesitation.
I hope that he is still performing surgery 20 years from now if I need a second valve."
-- Tom Fitzmorris, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/13/2015
The surgery, while complicated, came off without a problem. I am pain free and recovering rapidly. Thank you Dr.Castro and Team."
-- Frank Benneyan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 02/27/2015
This was the most serious experience I've ever had, but I felt very confident and comfortable with Dr. Castro. I give him the highest recommendation possible to anyone facing cardiac-surgery; and if I ever require such a procedure again, I would want Dr. Castro as the surgeon."
-- Charles Senteney, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Bloodless Surgery, 02/24/2015
-- Jennifer Miller, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 12/26/2014
-- John Wallace, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/30/2014
I went to see 4 heart surgeons and 3 Cardiologists and after careful review I selected Dr. Castro and Sequoia hospital. The surgery was extremely successful and after 1 day in ICU I was up and walking. Dr. Castro and the staff at Sequoia hospital are extremely professional and very caring. Everyone from the people working to clean, shave, feed and nurse me back to health were extremely attentive and I continue to receive follow up calls at home.
I would highly recommend Dr. Castro and Sequoia hospital for anyone that may need heart valve surgery. He is not only a fantastic surgeon but a very caring person as are his staff at Sequoia hospital."
-- Pat Sarceda, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/14/2014
He performed this miracle through a 4 1/4 inch incision at the sternum that has resulted in an almost pain-free recovery since leaving the hospital. I haven't taken anything for pain since the third day after discharge.
I have been home for 3 weeks and take several walks every day: the longest is 2.8 miles which takes 48 minutes and the shortest is 20 minutes. (This is a little longer than recommended in the material sent home with me.) The only pain I am having occurs when I cough or sneeze. Thank goodness for the chest pillow and the chest harness given to me!
Dr. Castro's bedside manner and that of the team of care providers who work with him was the most caring and responsive you can imagine. He emphasized to me that the quality and compassion of care after surgery are as important as the surgery itself in giving the patient the best experience possible. It was evident with each and every person who nursed me toward recovery that his commitment to excellence was a culture that everyone involved with cardiac care buys into at Sequoia Hospital!
It felt like I was his only patient in a private hospital catering just to me! He stopped by every day before and after surgery: even on the day that he was called in to deal with an emergency early in the day and didn't finish with the surgery until late in the day. He stopped by to see how I was doing at 11:30 p.m. before leaving for home that night. In addition to that, he made it possible for me to get in touch with him if I had any questions before or after surgery.
While there are no guarantees regarding the outcome of heart procedures, I can guarantee that the likelihood of a great outcome is the highest if Dr. Castro and Dr. Harmon are your surgeons. They did an amazing job of making the surgery and subsequent recovery an almost painless experience. Everything went exactly as Dr. Castro said it would and I am among the 99 plus % who are delighted to be here to share my experience!"
-- Mike Ramsey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 10/14/2014
-- Ronald Sommer, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 09/30/2014
I was very scared of surgery which was unfortunately unavoidable. As a result, I did a lot of searching, reading and even watching the surgery on YouTube. I spoke to several doctors and surgeons as well.
The key is to find who the best surgeons for this type of surgery is, and Dr. Castro is there in the top 5-10 in the world - or at least among ones I could find or have access too. The hospital where he and his team operate, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, specializes in heart surgery and is rated in top 10 or 15. (Stanford is not even in this group).
To me Dr. Castro is the best surgeon in the world! How do I justify that?
(a) He is very fast. The amount of time you spend on heart/lung machine, while your heart is stopped is very important. (the more time you spent – the more likely you will get out brain damaged). For most surgeons the time your heart is not beating is close to 1hr or more. Dr. Castro did mine in 29 minutes (his average is 30min). I heard the fastest he did is 17 minutes.
(b) Second important point is the team. Dr. Castro has been 15 years at Sequoia and he and his team can read each other’s mind. To be that fast, one needs a good team, and Dr. Castro has that. He is very much liked by his team, his nurses and hospital staff. They love him and this is very important too.
(c) Dr. Castro’s mortality rate in the last 3 years is ZERO. He would not undertake any new procedure unless it has zero mortality rate. He cares about that. Thus, you can be sure that he does not want to ruin his record, so you will be fine. However, the week I was released he operated on 89 year old lady changing both valve: aortic and mitral. This is confidence!
(d) He is very calm and (I heard never loses his temper under pressure). This is very important if things go wrong.
(e) He is not overworked or over-committed, by his choice. He operates Tuesdays and Thursdays, so he is fresh and rested for your surgery. The rest of the days he is seeing patients in the hospital and he and his team were at my bedside every day I was there.
(f) His two anesthesiologists (Dr. Bradly and Dr. Paris) are the two angels. They were extremely important to me as I was not going to go into this surgery, neither willingly (nor alive). They will talk to you, calm you down and suddenly – you wake up - and it is all over!
(g) The care after surgery works very well in Sequoia. I slept most of the time and every time I woke up, I felt stronger. The nurses would take good care of you and I would recommend that you do not have visitors – they may tire you (that may apply even to your wife or husband). You do not need them as you will be totally taken care off by the excellent staff of nurses.
(h) The incision Dr. Castro made is quite small – about 4” and the scar is not very visible. To me this is unimportant, but if you are a lady and care for it – he does a great job with that too.
Finally, Dr. Castro is very approachable, down to earth and very charming. Once you meet him, your heart will tell you: “stop, do not look any further – I want this guy!” He will call you back personally, answer your email and I suspect, if you ask him to give you a ride home from the hospital – he will do it. But please do not! Many people need him critically, so be respectful of his time.
My recovery was fantastic. I heard from Dr. Castro that some people went to meetings 3 weeks after the surgery. The normal recovery time is 6 weeks.
I went to work in 1 week! (not that I did much, but I made the point) However the day after I worked 3 hrs, second week part time, third week overtime and in the fourth week I even picked up another consulting job. (my work is desk / computer job, so not very hard). However, I hope I did beat every record in recovery time!
It has been 5 weeks since my surgery and I feel very strong, walking without getting tired and I have energy like never before. "
-- Vojin G Oklobdzija, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/17/2014
We chose to fly in from out of state, based on (a) the world-class morbidity and mortality statistics of this program, (b) the mini-sternotomy option, and (c) the remarkably open and welcoming approach of Dr. Castro and his staff.
Early on Dr. Castro readily accepted our request for a FaceTime interview, answered all of our questions and welcomed follow up contact. His office arranged the angiogram for the day prior to surgery, and arranged housing for us in the Sequoia House. He has remained accessible weeks after the surgery.
As expected (from the level of excellence reflected in the statistics) the entire program was on top of its game. Cardiology, Anesthesia, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy all delivered top level service.
We were not surprised when immediately after surgery Consumers Reports listed this program as one of only 15 in the country to achieve CR's highest ranking."
-- Ronald Bliss, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/02/2014
He and his team visited at least once a day while I was in the hospital. Although we are from out of town, he has continued to follow up with me and has offered to consult with my local cardiologist. The nursing staff was also excellent. The facility was a bit dated, but a brand new hospital is set to open very soon, so that will no longer be true. I am three weeks post surgery and doing very well. "
-- Barbara Hoth, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/02/2014
He is truly an amazing surgeon and I was most fortunate to have been under the care of Dr. Castro and his surgical team! Dr. Castro, in addition to being a skilled surgeon, is professional, kind, and a truly genuine person. He was very thorough with my care as well as my follow-up care and always listened to all of my concerns.
My experiences with Sequoia Hospital's Cardiac Surveillance Unit, doctors, and nurses, were exceptional. I felt genuinely cared for by the staff. I cannot say enough positive comments about my experience with Dr. Castro, his surgical team and Sequoia Hospital. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Castro, his surgical team, and Sequoia Hospital to my family and/or friends."
-- Patricia K., Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/14/2014
The surgery itself was very successful, thanks to Dr. Castro's approach and to the team that he assembled, and my recovery has been smooth, rapid, and free of complications since my surgery a month and a half ago. Dr. Castro continues to be available for any follow up questions and concerns that I may have, which is a further extension of his caring, patient-centered approach to consultations and treatment.
After conducting extensive research into treatment and caregiver options prior to surgery, I am certain that I made the right choice in selecting Dr. Castro to perform this critical valve repair operation."
-- Paul K., Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 06/03/2014
-- David Baga, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/20/2014
Dr. Castro took the time to explain the surgery and the options that were available to replace my valve. Dr. Castro erased all the fear I had about having this surgery and I felt like God just provided me a Guardian Angel to prolong my life.
Dr. Castro has an experienced staff that makes you feel like a celebrity and gives you their undivided attention to make sure your stay at the hosptial is first rate. We were so thankful that we found Dr. Castro and he is the only surgeon that I would recommend."
-- David Augustus, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/20/2014
-- Daniel SWISHER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/08/2014
-- Jim Ciamarro, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 08/13/2013
I'm riding my dirt bike, jogging and riding my mountain with no issues whatsoever. I feel 20 again. Thanks Dr. Castro. "
-- charles weems, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/11/2013
-- kent dorwin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/15/2013
-- mickey king, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/22/2013
-- Brian Newkirk, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 03/01/2013
-- Linda Gaudet, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/28/2012
-- Aaron Blum, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 07/19/2012
-- Dr. Joseph Busey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/18/2012
-- Betty Vieira, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/25/2012
-- Joanne Layne, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 06/14/2012
Dr. Castro is wonderful before, during, and after the surgery. Anyone needing heart valve surgery should consider Dr. Castro as their surgeon!"
-- Dean Bernacchi, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 06/12/2012
-- Constance Codding, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/09/2012
-- Tracy Collins, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/15/2012
-- Gary Norris, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/26/2012
-- Jan Tepper, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/19/2012
-- Gladys Francis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/14/2012
-- DiMitri Hage, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/28/2012
-- Kenneth Campbell, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 02/23/2012
-- Christopher Watkins, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/23/2012
-- Marilyn Bolei, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/09/2012
I would recommend Dr. Castro without any hesitation. "
-- Leslie Rose, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/06/2012
-- Dorayne Likely, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 01/24/2012
-- Dean Forbes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/09/2012
-- Shelly Gould, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/14/2011
-- Alfred Kildow, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 09/29/2011
-- Patrick C., Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/01/2010
-- Ken Klug, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 08/23/2010
-- Brian R, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/10/2010
-- Jo Ann Bunton, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/16/2009
-- Vallangiman Srinivasan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/09/2009
-- Martin Harband, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, 05/11/2009
-- Eddie Williams, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 11/08/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Minimally invasive aortic valve and mitral valve surgery
- Cox Maze IV procedure for atrial fibrillation
- Complex and high-risk valvular reoperations and coronary surgery
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Adult congenital heart surgery
- Surgical outcomes research
- Quality assurance
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Luis Castro, heart surgeon, graduated from Stanford School of Medicine in 1984.
After medical school, Dr. Castro completed a Surgical Residency at Stanford University and a Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at University of Southern California. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is one of the top-recommended surgeons at HeartValveSurgery.com with over 125 patients reviews.
Dr. Castro serves as the Director of Cardiac Surgery at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, California, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Sequoia Hospital is a leader in complex cardiac procedure including minimally invasive surgery for valvular disorders, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation.
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News & Online References Featuring Dr. Luis Castro
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- Free eBook: What Can Heart Valve Surgery Patients Expect?
- Surgeon Q&A: Are Heart Murmurs Common After Heart Valve Surgery?
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- Expert Surgeon Profile: Luis Castro, MD, at Dignity Health Sequoia Heart Institute in Redwood City, California
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