About Dr. Marc Gerdisch,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Marc Gerdisch and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1987. To date, I have performed approximately 6,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 4,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Franciscan Health. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my ability to partner with patients to understand their valve problems in the context of the entirety of their heart, their bodies and their lives. Returning people to their life is an incredible experience I am privileged to share with my patients and entire team, every day. My central role in developing a program with a theme of excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease allows me to perform approximately 300 cardiac surgeries each year, spanning from transcatheter valve replacement and minimally invasive valve repair, to multi-valve reoperations and adult congenital cardiac surgery. In addition, for the past fifteen years, I have been dedicated to ensuring excellence in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and have trained hundreds of surgeons to address atrial fibrillation for their patients. Preserving and restoring cardiac architecture and function is my highest priority. My focus is on valve repair, to avoid replacement, whenever possible and appropriate. I have the good fortune to participate in trials and research that have enhanced our ability to achieve these goals. We currently have studies on-going with advanced aortic valve repair, next generation heart valves, treatment of atrial fibrillation and the use of extra-cellular matrix (ECM) in tissue generation. Most recently, I contributed to the development of robotic surgical assisting technology that enhances field visualization with millimeter precision.
I trained for seven years at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago and remain on staff. At Franciscan Health, I am chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. I have the luxury and my patients have the benefit, of being part of a process based on excellent communication and collaboration among some of the finest health care professionals working in cardiac care. As a founding member of ERAS Cardiac (Enhanced Recover After Surgery) I have merged many of our program initiatives with other progressive programs around the world, to share practice excellence. In addition to leading edge valve therapies, we have integrated an exceptional set of skills and practices to minimize discomfort and accelerate recover. By combining minimally invasive procedures with advance local nerve block and providing rigid fixation for all patients requiring sternotomy, we have dramatically diminished any early limitations on activity and hastened restoration to a full life. My team and I deliver the care we would want for our own family. Our patients know our commitment, and our greatest reward is their health and life-long friendship.
99 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Marc Gerdisch’s bedside manner was impeccable. All of my questions were answered before and after my mitral valve repair."
-- Angie Gregory, heart valve surgery patient
"I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Marc Gerdisch. I first met him in 2007 after my 1 and only afib experience. After a cardioversion the afib was gone. My cardiologist recommended I at least meet with Dr. Gerdisch because in time he would be fixing my heart. I was sent to talk to him again in early 2018 by my cardiologist Dr. Rao. He was excited that he believed my aortic valve could be repaired and saved by Dr. Gerdisch. We met and came to the conclusion that it was time to replace my aortic root which was now 5.0cm and repair my moderate to severe leaking aortic valve. Dr. Gerdisch has a fantastic bedside manner and is always ready to answer all of my questions. He has a great way of making you feel comfortable. He has done thousands of heart valve surgeries and to me is a pioneer in his field. He did successfully repair and save my aortic valve as well as replacing my aortic root too. After surgery he told me that my valve had no leak anymore. My recovery has been great and I've had little to no pain since I've been home. I had my follow up with Dr. Gerdisch today and he said my echo looks perfect and I have NO leak at my aortic valve and he can no longer even hear a murmur. I'm 1 month out from surgery and can drive and do most things. I'm just starting cardiac rehab to make sure I can be in the best shape as soon as possible. I feel great. Dr. Marc Gerdisch has been nothing short of amazing. I highly recommend him. He has saved my life and I look forward to a long full life to enjoy with my wife and daughter. God Bless you all!"
-- Christopher Pagano, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 01/11/2019
Now I know that my choice of Dr. Marc Gerdisch as the surgeon for my severely stenotic aortic valve replacement was the right one. His practice is not in my area so I had all tests done at a local hospital and sent the results to him for review. In my case, he was able to perform a minimally-invasive procedure (with a horizontal incision about three inches long) which is resulting in a shorter recovery period (eleven days now since operation, six of them in the hospital). NO PAIN MEDICATION since discharge.
Sure, Gerdisch has a number of "firsts" in the field and is, obviously, an intelligent researcher; but he's also a dedicated, hard-working guy! Surgery was scheduled over a major holiday (because during my office visit he determined that time was a factor) and I was surprised that he asked one nurse to call him with a lab result at 4:00 AM and called in at 4:00 AM another time to inquire about another lab result which required some coordination. So, do the research necessary for your particular circumstance! But if Dr. Marc Gerdisch comes into your browser, give him a serious look. I feel that you will be glad you did!"
-- Richard Abel, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/21/2018
I had researched many surgeons and as an RN, Luckily I knew by word of mouth in my profession that Dr Gerdisch was the best! I was completely at ease going into this surgery! I knew I had the best surgeon for what I needed done! He is so articulate, smart, professional and caring! You could not go wrong by picking Dr Gerdisch! I would reccomend him to anyone! He exceeds all standards as does his staff! He expects the best from his colleagues and they are all very goal oriented when it comes to his patients and the care they receive! I am truly blessed to have known to go to Dr Gerdisch! He is one in a million! Thank you so much Dr Gerdisch for everything you have done for me!"
-- Christopher Kinnaird, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/01/2018
I am now 7 weeks post surgery. I am doing great. I am back to work part time and getting stronger every day. If I have any questions I feel very comfortable calling his office. He and his staff are wonderful.
I would recommend Dr. Gerdisch to anyone who needs heart surgery. I have recommended him to friends and they love him as much as I do."
-- Vicki Borders, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/20/2018
The work of Franciscan St. Francis Heart Valve Center also deserves an A+ rating."
-- James Brown, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/20/2018
-- Robert Wilson, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/23/2018
-- Frank Carson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/20/2018
-- Edith(Penny) Wells, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/12/2018
-- John A Lippert II, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 03/02/2018
-- Donna Parmer, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/12/2018
At age 55, this was my second mitral valve surgery, and my last... My new valve has restored my quality of life, and I have an active life! Dr. Gerdisch used sternal plates, which reduced my post-surgery pain by at least 50%. I was able to use my arms right away, and I feel it reduced my recovery time by at least 2 weeks.
Thank you Dr. Gerdisch!!"
-- Shari Whitaker, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 01/29/2018
-- Oliver Pointer Jr, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 12/12/2017
-- Albert Hidalgo, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/09/2017
The doctors at St Francis are wonderful.....but Dr. Gerdish is top level."
-- Sara Hayes, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 12/07/2016
-- steven tichenor, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/01/2016
-- Audrey Newcomer, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 11/17/2016
-- Steve Nicklin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/27/2016
-- Barbara Skillman, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 08/25/2016
-- Christina Beverly, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Bloodless Surgery, 07/28/2016
-- Ben Watson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/27/2016
My case was complicated by the fact that I have Parkinsons Disease, also. Fortunately, my caregiver is a retired RN who just happens to be my wife. I was impressed by how he respectfully listened to her input and included her in the plan. Dr. Gerdisch didn't just blow her off as being unimportant as some other doctors may have. Upon release from the hospital, he took the time to explain the care plan with her.
I would recommend Dr. Gerdisch and his team any and every day. "
-- Ron Hawn, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 07/21/2016
-- Bradley McQueen, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/11/2016
I highly recommend him and his team, as well as all the cardiac nurses and aides at St. Francis Franciscan Heart Center."
-- Christine Perry, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 06/20/2016
-- Gary Harter, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/06/2016
-- Myrtle (Jones)Huling, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Bloodless Surgery, 06/01/2016
Let me tell you that I am really glad I did go talk to Dr. Marc Gerdisch. He said there were three ways to do the surgery. First, a full chest split. Second, a partial chest split. Third, a newer type surgery a 3” to 4” incision on the right side, using special tools they can go in and replace it. But, it all depends on the results of the CT scan. My result came back came back with the right location of the heart valve.
I was concerned about time off from work. He said with this procedure anywhere from a month to three months depending how your body heals. After the surgery I was in the hospital 5 days. The last day or two was trying to get my blood (INR) at the right level. The entire operation went great. I remember going into the operating and that was it.
I am very thankful that I listened to my primary care physician and that he recommended Dr. Gerdisch. There are not enough nice and great things I can say about Dr. Gerdisch. He is down to Earth and was easy to talk to. You just get that comfortable feeling like you have known him forever when talking to him. I went into the operation with 100% confidence that everything was going to be ok. It’s just the way Dr. Gerdisch and his staff make you feel. It seems like everyone has heard of him and nothing but positive things to said about him. Even medical personal from other hospitals have heard of him and had nothing but good things to say about him. Whether you are from Indiana or Florida, California, Alaska, Maine or wherever don’t do it without seeing Dr Gerdisch. Google his name and read about him. It’s been seven weeks and I’m doing great just waiting to get clearance from D.O.T then I’m back to work. In a brief closing statement. This new type surgery is the way to go. Not much pain after and a shorter down time. Dr Marc Gerdisch Thank you!"
-- Brian Brown, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/28/2016
At 8 weeks, I am walking over 5000 steps per day, enrolled in a rehab program, and feel very good. I have every reason to believe that I will make a full recovery.
Thanks to Dr. Marc Gerdisch and his excellent support staff for their expertise, professionalism and unbelievable skills. I would recommend Dr, Gerdisch to anyone who knows they have one chance to get it right, so why not go to the best."
-- Jack Newman, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 04/18/2016
That is why I came to him. He also performed an ascending aortic repair. I would recommend Dr. Gerdisch to anyone that needs heart surgery. Besides being a great surgeon, he has very good beside manners and a very good sense of humor. I can't thank him enough for restoring my heart and life so I can enjoy it with my wife and kids! "
-- Jeff Bryan, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Root Replacement, 04/14/2016
-- Nancy Carroll, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/08/2016
-- Dave Damin, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 03/28/2016
-- Ken Lee, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 02/29/2016
-- Brian Stultz, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/26/2016
-- GARY BAXTER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 12/18/2015
-- Filmore Willsey, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 12/07/2015
-- Donna Benjamin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, Root Replacement, 11/02/2015
-- Donna Benjamin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 11/02/2015
-- Joyce Hoopingarner, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/03/2015
-- thomas hill, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 08/20/2015
-- Jimmie Adams, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 08/19/2015
I can't express how grateful I am to have him here so close. I would have definitely traveled to experience his gifts and talents."
-- David Warner, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/15/2015
-- Dwight Rice, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 07/30/2015
Dr. Gerdisch's number one concern is the patient. He has great empathy for his patients. He is glib with a great sense of humor that cannot help but put you at ease. He explains things thoroughly and always answers questions.
Dr. Gerdisch is also surrounded by an outstanding group of surgeons, cardiologists, and nurses. They are so supportive and are a real team. The other advantage that Dr. Gerdisch has and offers is Franciscan St. Francis hospital in Indianapolis. I had, by far, the best treatment of any place that I am familiar with.
All told, you couldn't be in better hands."
-- Jay Siegel, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/17/2015
I felt really comfortable talking with him pre-operation and definitely knew I would be in the very best of hands during my surgery. Dr Gerdisch is very competent and confident in his practice and leads his entire team to give their utmost best for the patient while expecting no less. It doesn’t take long to realize this. During my journey of office visits, I noticed that anyone familiar with him spoke nothing but very highly in his regard. You could tell that he is respected in every way throughout the outpatient and inpatient care community.
Furthermore, my entire family was astonished with the communication, care, compassion, and consideration given during my surgery. I would recommend Dr Gerdisch without reservation to anyone needing any type of heart surgery."
-- Jeffrey Roberson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/13/2015
Dr. Gerdisch spent all the time necessary with me to explain and answer all questions. His demeanor, experience and his knowledge of the latest relevant research provided a high degree of comfort and confidence that I would receive the best care possible. Thank you Dr. Gerdisch! "
-- James Rees, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/10/2015
-- James Roth, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/29/2015
My mitral was in pretty bad shape judging by the severe back flow I had at the time, looking at the picture before surgery part of it already loose from its detachment. As an expert in "aggressive heart valve repairment" Marc was able to save and repair it instead of doing a valve replacement, I am very grateful for that.
The surgery went smoothly ( include mitral valve repair and reinforcement, a single bypass) and took 4-5 hours. So far five and a half week from surgery, my incision is healing nicely thanks to Marc's craftsmanship my heart has not had the slightest discomfort.
From my opinion Dr. Marc Gerdisch is a genius at what he does. Some nurses told me Marc is like a machine on surgical table because of his quickness, his precision and his many unique ways of doing things. looking at the picture of my valve after repair, looking at how well my incision was sutured I feel Mark is also an artist, he has truly elevated his work to a new level."
-- Ethan Luo, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/19/2015
I had a very bad experience with my first aortic valve replacement in 2010. The bovine tissue valve showed a rapid calcification and deteriorated quickly. In selecting a hospital and surgeon, I felt a strong appreciation of the Franciscan St. Francis Hospital surgical care model, their ranking as one of the top hospitals for cardiac care nationally, and the record of Dr. Marc Gerdisch's surgical accomplishments.
A colleague of mine, who is a physician that had worked with Dr. Gerdisch, strongly recommended him as a top-notch cardiac surgeon. Dr. Gerdisch's upbeat communication style gave me confidence that he was versatile and sufficiently skilled to successfully insert any valve that I chose. He patiently answered all of my questions, no matter what time of day I contacted him. Most impressively, he listened to my numerous concerns that were based on my previous experience and addressed each one, thereby minimizing the post-surgergical complications and distress. I had the On-X mechanical valve implanted in June.
My progress toward recovery is significantly more rapid and less painful than the first surgery - note "re-do" surgeries are typically higher risk and often associated with more complications and longer recovery times. My most recent visit at 7 weeks post, confirmed good valve placement, excellent heart function based on the echocardiogram, normal sinus heart rhythm, good lung function, and rapidly-healing incisions and sternum.
I already feel better than I did going into surgery. With confidence, I can definitely recommend Dr. Gerdisch based on my experience. "
-- Nancy Ostrowski, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/10/2015
-- john wilmer, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 05/28/2015
-- Jackie Kolthoff, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/30/2015
-- tom mckinley, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/27/2015
-- Tom Mckinley, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/27/2015
Surgery was the morning of March 16th 2015 and by the 19th day of March, I was walking out of the hospital feeling great!! What do you offer a man that has given you another chance at life?? He and the other doctors and the nurses there were awesome!!! From my first appointment to my most recent appointment this morning!! I had an echocardiogram and everything was great!! I am a happy man today thanks to this fine team of what I believe is the 'Best of the Best' cardiovascular team any where!! And the nurses and the technicians were very helpful caring and explained things in a way that I could understand. Also, my family had a comfortable place to wait during my surgery! I could not have asked for better quicker and more caring service from the receptionist to the housekeepers to the kitchen service and great meals and service to the nurses and doctors!! Thanks for taking good care of me. My family was also impressed and we would highly recommend Doctor Gerdisch and his team to anyone any time!
From the bottom of my Heart thank you all you all were Awesome!!!"
-- John McClintock Sr., Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/16/2015
-- Bud Lich, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/09/2015
-- Bruce Driver, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/19/2015
-- martha g0dare, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Transcatheter, 01/15/2015
-- Jean Byrum, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 01/05/2015
-- Elaine Foster, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 12/10/2014
-- Elaine Foster, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/10/2014
-- GARY VAN EERDEN, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/27/2014
They literally saved my life. My recovery, the surgery and everything leading up to and following the operation was also made smooth and easy by the Dr. Gerdisch staff. After meeting and talking to him, I was actually calmed by the fact he was doing the operation because he truly cares about helping people and is he very confident about what he does. Do all the research you want, the more you read, the more impressed you will become.
Dr. Gerdisch is the man and I am very thankful for him."
-- James Poindexter, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 11/19/2014
-- John Williamson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/14/2014
-- Barbara Glidden, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 11/07/2014
-- Steven Angrick, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 11/05/2014
I was unbelievably pleased with recovery and the nursing team. They all kept pain to a minimum. Their goal was to keep pain at or near 3 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst. Pain was manageable; they never allowed it to get bad. I went into the surgery with a great deal of pain in my left foot from the results of long term rheumatoid arthritis. All through recovery the pain in my foot far exceeded the pain from the surgery. It would be impossible for me to recommend Dr. Gerdisch too highly."
-- Stephen Koleszar, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 11/03/2014
I would highly recommend any one with heart problems to seek out Dr. Marc Gerdisch and his outstanding team. Thank you for my second chance at life."
-- Stephen Rieman, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 10/08/2014
I haven't felt this good in years. Sept 29 is my new BIRTHDAY. Thru GOD and GOD working thru Dr Gerdisch I could not imagine feeling this good . I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr Gerdisch. Thank You Dr Gerdisch!!!!"
-- Jeffrey Woodruff, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 09/29/2014
-- George Bobick, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/24/2014
-- Leonard Verebay, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/01/2014
-- Gary Fulk, Aortic Valve, 08/25/2014
-- Alfred Hauersperger, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/08/2014
-- Garnald Dennis, 07/23/2014
After Dr. Gerdisch accepted me as a patient, I had such a deep feeling that I was in good hands! From that moment on, I can say with no reservation, there was absolutely no trepidation. A calm peaceful feeling that remains with me to this day. I feel that God guides his every thought, diagnosis, decision, counsel with patients and his hands during surgery.
Dr. Gerdisch chose to repair my mitral valve. He explained exactly what he would be doing during my surgery. Everything went as planned! And my recovery has been better than expected and the scar is minimal."
-- RICHARD PERKINS, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/13/2014
My surgery was classified as high risk and I would recommend this man and his team to anyone needing heart surgery."
-- charles grubbs, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/09/2014
My heart doctor highly recommended Dr Gerdisch, though my family still wanted to do some research on other doctors and hospitals. In my 73 years, I've been very lucky and never had any kind of surgery before. Now, here I was looking at open heart surgery and it was scary. I didn't just want a good doctor, I wanted the best.
After all the research, we decided to go with Dr. Gerdisch at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Our first meeting with Dr. Gerdisch, he had us feeling 100% better about having the surgery. He has a great bedside manner. You can tell that he takes pride in what he does. He answered all of our questions and explained what he would be doing. We left his office feeling good.
My surgery was set up for May 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM. Everything went great. I never had any problems nor did I have the first bit of pain. I was out of the hospital in four days and four weeks later i was walking two miles.
Dr. Gerdisch and his staff did a great job. If any of the people I love would need any heart valve surgery I would want them in the hands of this doctor. Thank you Dr. Gerdisch for all you have done."
-- JOHN BONNEWELL, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/14/2014
-- Russ Woodard, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/05/2014
I'm confident he not only extended my life but also is giving me an opportunity to have a higher quality of life. I can't thank him and his team enough. I highly recommend Dr. Gerdisch. "
-- Linda Kincaid, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 04/10/2014
-- William Hoke, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 03/21/2014
-- Stephen Faulkenberg, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/26/2014
It is my opinion that he has saved my life with two high risk heart surgeries, one performed in Nov 2008 and this last procedure done in Feb 2014. I am now being told that my heart is functioning at a level greater than before 2008.
I would recommend Dr. Gerdisch to any individual from around the world who is needing heart surgery or valve replacement. He is the best!"
-- Dwight Armitage, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/22/2014
He was always honest about all aspects and expectations and provided all the answers to our questions and concerns with patience. His team was equally as forthright with their visits and gave us all a feeling of hopefulness and positivity for a full recovery during some worrisome moments.
He is a remarkable doctor and if ever anyone needs a heart procedure this Doctor is our choice. Trust is most important when facing the magnitude of heart surgery and if you choose Dr. Marc Gerdisch you are getting the best total care possible. Thank you from the entire Oliver family."
-- John Oliver, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 02/22/2014
It has been 7 weeks since my surgery and I feel pretty good. I absolutely recommend Dr. Gerdisch for your heart valve needs!!!"
-- William Huth, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/30/2014
His follow-up, his bedside manner, his professionalism exceeds all standards and as a community we are very blessed. Thank you so much to Dr. Gerdisch and his wonderful, caring staff."
-- Connie Hicks, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 01/27/2014
I had numerous issues as a result of the leaking valve, I was unable to walk any distance, had trouble breathing and sleeping and was told that due to my current health condition that I could not undergo further surgery.
I heard great things about Dr. Gerdisch and made an appointment to meet with him. After my first visit with Dr. Gerdisch he throughly and carefully explained in length what could be done, along with the risks that were involved. On January 22, 2014, Dr. Gerdisch replaced the aortic valve, the procedure went fantastic and was a miracle to me.
I came out of surgery feeling great and spent only four days in the hospital. I cannot thank Dr. Gerdisch enough for the new life which he has given to an 84 year old female!"
-- Doris Stevens, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 01/22/2014
-- CARL RAYMANN, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 01/08/2014
-- Frances Goss, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/23/2013
Nine months later I feel better than I have felt in five or six years and am so appreciative of his expertise. In three days, I will see my 62nd birthday which the other surgeons thought wouldn't happen. I am a survivor due to his superior talent and confidence and that of his staff!"
-- Glenda Knott, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 06/03/2013
-- Jack Suits, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 05/22/2013
-- Gary Hymer, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/13/2013
-- Keith Sangl, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 02/27/2013
-- William Trankle, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, Bloodless Surgery, 11/28/2012
-- Pamela Hudson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/01/2012
Chief among those would be Dr. Marc Gerdisch of Franciscan St. Francis Health and his team for the fine job on removing my damaged aortic valve and replacing it with the On-X valve. The great surgical skill that was displayed during the surgery, further evidenced during my recovery and the manner which my incision has healed are evidence of the great care taken throughout the procedure. The healing of my incision has left me with essentially no lingering effects, neither physical nor cosmetic. For this I am very thankful.
The skill of Dr. Gerdisch was not relegated to surgery alone. The pre and post operative care was just that, concerned care. Dr. Gerdisch is a care giver fully aware of the trust that I sought in my surgeon at such a critical time when life seemed so frail and fragile. That trust was never violated and has only grown as my vitality has increased. This entire experience bodes well for an active life for many years.
The caring spirit of Dr. Gerdisch would have been welcome anywhere. However, as a part of the excellent care and service of the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, the expression of competence and care I received was seamless. A totally curative environment and experience. "
-- Victor Danielson, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 02/15/2012
-- Margaret Gregory, Mitral Valve, Median Sternotomy, 02/10/2012
I haven’t felt this healthy in 15 years! I feel youthful and energetic. I feel like I have my life back but even better than before."
-- Angie Gregory, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/10/2012
-- penny campbell, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/18/2010
-- John Siamas, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 11/09/2010
Dr. Marc Gerdisch is a very special person. He is at the absolute peak of his profession and has an exceptional ability to relate to his patients and to others. While I was in the hospital post surgery a great many persons expressed to me how talented they thought he was. I later learned that Dr. Gerdisch is a world renowned heart surgeon who in addition to performing surgeries travels extensively worldwide to lecture and train other heart surgeons. He has been in the forefront and a pioneer in developing new concepts and new techniques. He is the current President of the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society which is an organization of the leading heart surgeons in the world. Membership is limited to 65 surgeons.
I am still an athlete and compete with and against much younger athletes playing full court basketball. Following surgery I was restricted from playing for a period of 13 weeks. When that recovery period ended I went back to playing the next day and had no difficulty doing so. I was able to return quickly because of the condition I was in prior to surgery and the effort I had put into rehabilitation. I should also note that I was released from the hospital in four days, which my cardiologist described as “absolutely amazing.” I am commenting on this not to pat myself on the back but to give encouragement to others. The book that I have written is entitled “Racing the Wind; Seventy-seven and Still Playing Full-Court, Fast-Break Basketball: Achieving Athletic Longevity, A Gift That Keeps on Giving.” A vignette in the book describes my experience as an open heart surgery patient in more detail.
Again I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Gerdisch."
-- Gordon Peters, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/12/2009
-- Tom Wagner, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 09/29/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Mitral valve repair and reconstruction
- Aortic valve and root surgery
- Complex multi-valve and redo operations
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Cardiac tissue regeneration
- Next generation heart valves
- Atrial Fibrillation
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Marc Gerdisch, heart surgeon, graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1987.
Dr. Marc Gerdisch is the Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Franciscan Health Heart Center and the Co-Medical Director of the Heart Valve Center at Franciscan Health. Dr. Marc Gerdisch is an independent physician and senior partner with Cardiac Surgery Associates, who chooses to practice at Franciscan Health.
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerdisch, you can:
- Call (866) 306-6530 right now
- Request an appointment by clicking here.
The office of Dr. Gerdisch is located at 8111 South Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46237. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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News Featuring Dr. Gerdisch
Here is the latest news featuring Dr. Marc Gerdisch:
- Rigid Sternal Fixation: Top 6 Facts for Patients
- Patient Success: Chicago Bulls Coach, Fred Hoiberg, Opens Up About Heart Surgery
- Patient Success: Linda Staples, Mitral Valve Disease & Atrial Fibrillation
- Patient Success: Nina Bamford, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
- New Research: Lower Coumadin Requirements for On-X Mechanical Valve
- Video: The Importance of Mitral Valve Repair with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
Page last updated: January 12, 2019