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 Heart Valve Center. 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 hearts, bodies and lives. Returning people to full lives 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 natural cardiac architecture and function is my highest priority. My focus is on valve repair to avoid replacement, and I have comprehensive experience and skill with minimally invasive mitral valve repair, including in the setting of addressing other valves and/or atrial fibrillation concomitantly. Furthermore, we have the good fortune to participate in trials and research that enhance our ability to achieve our goals. Currently, we 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.
I trained for seven years at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and remain on staff as an associate professor. I am a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and Heart Rhythm Society. At Franciscan Health, I am chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. My patients and I benefit from being part of a program based on excellent communication and collaboration among some of the finest professionals working in cardiac care. As a founding board member of the international Enhanced Recover After Surgery – Cardiac Society (ERAS Cardiac), 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 techniques to minimize discomfort and accelerate recover. The most critically important element of restoration to a full life is perfection in surgical technique, but nearly as important are principles applied in and out of the operating room to enhance the entirety of patients experience and sense of well-being. 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.
124 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
"First appointment we had with Dr. Gerdisch, I knew he was the one to do my aortic valve replacement, ascending aorta replacement, and left atrial appendage procedure. He displayed professionalism, knowledge, compassion and just being honest and down to earth. I didn't even consider a second opinion. I looked at a couple things in needing a second opinion. 1) test results, if those are questionable, 2) the experience with the doctor. Tests results are usually numbers, opinions, etc. Another set of tests wasn't going to change the facts based on my symptoms.
The doctor was a slam dunk. I researched him on this website and immediately learned I hit the jackpot.
My surgery, 4 days in hospital, and discharge was magnificent. Couldn't have gone any better. Minor things going on that's usually expected but Dr. Gerdisch, nurses, technicians, etc was top notch. I told them the reason I'm here isn't great but the way I was treated with care and compassion was excellent.
That's the memory I'll take away. Dr. Gerdisch and team has got this heart valve surgery journey fine tuned. It would be hard pressed to find other heart centers any better."
-- Dan Rhoden, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 03/28/2022
The pain was extremely low, I would call it a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. A lot of times I had no pain at all. I largely followed the staff's recommendations and made sure I ate even though I didn’t want to.
I did the exercises (e.g. walking as I was told) and was sure to put in my whole effort. I ended up being released after 3 days. All the nurses, therapists, doctors (I want to specifically shoutout my anesthesiologist) and advocates were a pleasure to work with. I can’t recommend Dr Gerdisch and his team highly enough. A 10 out of 10!!! Extremely knowledgeable, kind, & helpful!!!"
-- Charles Stults, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 02/11/2022
-- Michelle Troxell, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/12/2021
When you meet Dr. Gerdisch, you can tell he’s just a genuinely good man… with great women like Nicole and NP Cindy serving alongside him. He might not remember, but soon after I sent in my TEE disk, Dr. Gerdisch called me himself while sitting in his office reviewing it. After discharge, both NP Cindy and Dr. Gerdisch gave me their cellphone numbers before I left Indianapolis.
I messaged Cindy several times my first month post-op, and she always got back to me within a couple hours. Dr. Gerdisch told me to send him my 1 year post-op ECHO and he would review it. Bottom line, if you’re their patient, this team has your back. I don’t think there could be a more comforting feeling when navigating such a serious life event. I will forever be grateful for this team, and I know and believe God put my care in their hands for a reason.
Technical Notes (I know I would want them from a review):
- I had a very loud murmur related to mitral valve prolapse with severe regurgitation
- My 1 month post-op ECHO showed NO regurgitation
- I’m over two months post-op with NO audible murmur upon auscultation/by stethoscope (yep, I’m a nurse 😁)
- I had a mini-thoracotomy. I have a 2.5 inch scar on my right chest (yep, right side) that healed great and I’m sure will fade nicely with some silicone.
- I had no real pain post-op. I received a nerve block in the operation room. Two months out and I still feel a little numb under my right armpit and around my right nipple.
- I’m mid-30s. Going into surgery my BMI was approx. 25, I was exercising moderately 2-3 days per week, and would regard myself as in good health.
- Start eating heart healthy several months before surgery
- Stop alcohol (and smoking of course)
- Talk to your friends and family and talk to God about this major decision.
I pray that whoever reads this will experience God’s peace, guidance and comfort during this challenging time in your life. It’s OKAY to be anxious and scared. I certainly was. Take it to Christ."
-- Joey S, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/12/2021
Repaired or fixed the following: Ascending artery aneurysm, bi-pass blocked vein, leaking valve and one other thing but don’t know what it is called. He is the greatest and referred to me by Dr. Kerry Ettensohn. Should anyone wish to speak with me about Dr. Gerdisch, I would be honored. Thank you Dr.Gerdisch and Dr. Ettensohn!!!!!"
-- William Gebhard, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 12/09/2020
Dr. Gerdisch sits attentively beside you as he responds to questions and explains procedures you will undergo in a calm, confident manner. The nurses and staff at Franciscan Hospital were competent and encouraging. The day following my release, Franciscan Hospital called to schedule my in-home care.
Both the pre- and post-operative instructions from all staff were thorough and clear. I highly recommend Dr. Gerdisch and the cardiac surgery unit at Franciscan Hospital. "
-- Lynette Farless, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/02/2020
Everyone has been so compassionate, patient, accessible, and have really held our hand through this experience. Learning about Dr. Gerdisch's expertise with the HAART annuloplasty ring, rigid sternal fixation, non-narcotic pain management, and involvement with other ongoing studies gave us confidence he was the surgeon we needed.
In addition, we heard personal testimonies about his skill but, equally important, his surgical judgment. He was confident and prepared to handle my husband's relatively rare case. His follow up with my husband in the hospital, willingness to call me outside of his rounds, and everything else has been so reassuring.
We are thrilled that my husband's aortic valve and congenital aneurysm have been repaired and addressed, respectively. THANK YOU!!!!!"
-- Adam Nichols, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 10/19/2020
-- Ronald Hamilton, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/21/2020
Dr. Gerdisch told me if I did the surgery that I would never regret it and I would be able to make the trip to South Carolina in 2 weeks. He was absolutely right. I came through the surgery better than I could have ever imagined.
Little to no pain after surgery with a quick recovery. I was in South Carolina 2 weeks to the day after my surgery. Everything that Dr. Gerdisch said was absolutely true. Dr. Gerdisch kept my wife informed during the surgery. Six weeks after my surgery, I feel so much better and have no regrets about doing the surgery.
Dr. Gerdisch has perfected his own surgical procedure and it is amazing. The staff at Franciscan Health is amazing. My scar is also amazing. No railroad track scare and it is already getting hard to see.
If any of my loved ones or anyone I know needs heart surgery, I will see that Dr. Gerdisch does it. My wife and I both feel Dr. Gerdisch is amazing. "
-- Bill Wire, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/05/2020
More importantly, he is a great surgeon. I was walking 7 miles a day 3 weeks post surgery with little to no pain. Much better than having chest bone cut and having 8 or more weeks to heal."
-- Cheryl Rhoades, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/28/2020
-- Kathy Kwasniewski, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 03/09/2020
-- Timothy Kennedy, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/27/2020
-- Todd Runnebohm, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, 02/03/2020
The surgery went very well. My recovery has been borderline miraculous. On the first day home form the hospital, I was able to care for myself. I have 17 steps to get to my apartment and that was no problem for me. I actually went up and down several times that first day.
When the visiting nurse service showed up the next day, the nurse told me I didn't qualify for the service since I was so healthy. Six weeks after the surgery, I was back to playing volleyball. I've had little to no pain in my chest.
His office has always been prompt with answering calls and answering any questions I had. I highly recommend Dr. Gerdisch and his team of professionals."
-- Paul Hilton, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/11/2019
-- Tricia Covert, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 11/27/2019
I have been suffering for 17 months with extreme shortness of breath and no one would order a TEE test that would explain my problem. I had a TAVR done in 2017 that did not last, and the doctors would not admit there could be a problem. I was told to learn to live with it.
Dr. Gerdisch went out of his way to ensure me that my problem can be corrected. His staff are top notch, the hospital nurses were amazing, and I can’t say enough about how wonderful Dr. Gerdisch is.
In surgery, at bedside, or in the office. It is now 9 weeks after surgery and he called me to see how I am doing. I had tears in my eyes that a busy surgeon would take the time to do that.
Oh by the way, I traveled from North Carolina to Indianapolis just for him to do the surgery. And it was the best decision I ever made."
-- Karen Hochler, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/19/2019
My stay in the hospital was 4 days. After 4 days home I was released by visiting nurses and within a week was back on the treadmill. What a different experience! With Biomet plates instead of wire holding chest together I was able to move arms and exercise. Not to mention being able to sleep. I have not taken the first pain pill and am now after 3 weeks back up to 7 miles 4 days a week. No 18 wks. rehab or physical therapy like last time. I can not thank Dr. Gerdisch, his staff and Franciscan Hospital and nurses there for taking all the fear out of my experience. From my personal view, I can honestly say I now know the difference in procedures and if I ever need anything done, my hope is that Dr. Gerdisch and his staff will take my case on."
-- Tim Derloshon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 08/21/2019
-- kathy kwasniewski, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/12/2019
-- Richard Miller, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini-Thoracotomy / Port Access, Maze Procedure, 08/09/2019
-- J. Michael Clark, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/01/2019
-- Dottie Geiselman, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 07/15/2019
-- Lara Fine, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 07/08/2019
-- James Persinger, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 06/21/2019
-- Robin Ward, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/13/2019
-- Dennis Ferree, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 02/06/2019
-- Christopher Pagano, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 01/11/2019
-- Becky Robledo, Aortic Valve, Transcatheter, 12/26/2018
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
-- Dave Cobble, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 08/19/2016
-- 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
-- Kirk Mangold, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 10/31/2012
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
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:
- Minimally invasive valve surgery
- Mitral valve repair and reconstruction; Aortic valve repair and root surgery
- Redo cardiac surgeries and complex multi-valve operations
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Cardiac tissue regeneration
- Next generation heart valves and aortic valve repair
- 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 Cardiothoracic Surgery at Franciscan Health Heart Center and the Co-Medical Director of the Heart Valve Center at Franciscan Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Marc Gerdisch is an independent physician and senior partner of 26 years with Cardiac Surgery Associates, who chooses to practice at Franciscan Health.
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Watch Educational Videos with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
Learn about heart valve surgery from Dr. Gerdisch in these videos:
New Approach to Pain Management After Heart Valve Surgery: Patient Insights with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
Mitral Valve Prolapse: Will I Need Heart Surgery?
Atrial Fibrillation & Heart Valve Disease: Surgeon Insights with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
Aortic Valve Repair Surgery: What Should Patients Know?
Rapid Recovery Protocol for Heart Surgery: 4 Patient Success Stories
Heart Valve Calcification & Stroke Risk: What Should Patients Know?
Patient Webinar: The 5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery Webinar with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
Baby Aspirin After Heart Surgery: What Should Patients Know?
The MitraClip: "Will It Help My Mom?" asks Brian
Ask Dr. Gerdisch: Coronary Artery Disease & Heart Valve Surgery
Patient Webinar: Advances in Aortic Valve Surgery with 3D Imaging & Artificial Intelligence
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News & Online References Featuring Dr. Marc Gerdisch
Here is the latest news featuring Dr. Marc Gerdisch:
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- 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
- Breakthrough Innovation: HAART Annuloplasty Ring for Aortic Regurgitation Patients
- Amazing! Dr. Marc Gerdisch Receives his 100th Patient Review!
- Patient Celebrates Recovery with "Team Gerdisch" T-Shirts
- Rapid Recovery Protocol: What Should Patients Know?
- Clinical Trial Update: PROACT Xa Evaluates Mechanical Valve Replacement Without Warfarin
- Expert Surgeon Profile: Marc Gerdisch, MD, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Surgeon Q&A: Can Left Atrium Dilation Be Reversed?
- Heart Valve Experts Support HeartValveSurgery.com Patient Community
- Surgeon Insights: Minimally-Invasive Mitral Valve Repair with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
- Free eBook: The 5 Myths of Heart Valve Surgery with Dr. Marc Gerdisch
- Aortic Valve Repair: What Should Patients Know?
- New Approach to Pain Management After Heart Surgery
- Atrial Fibrillation: A Concern for Heart Valve Patients?
- Surgeon Q&A with Dr. Marc Gerdisch: Baby Aspirin & Heart Surgery
- Coronary Artery Disease & Heart Valve Surgery: Top 9 Facts
- Patient Webinar: Advancing Aortic Valve Surgery Using 3D Imaging & Artificial Intelligence
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