About Dr. Michael Acker,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Michael Acker and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Brown University in 1981. To date, I have performed approximately over 9,000 cardiac surgeries, of which over 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is the considerable experience I have in treating patients that other surgeons believe to be too high risk. My training, expertise, and ingenuity enhances my ability to provide expanded options to patients with heart valve disease. Additionally, working at an organization like Penn Medicine means there are greater resources, technologies, and specialists that can be accessed for the most complex valve condition.
I also believe that transparency with my patients and their families is essential. I work to ensure they understand all options, benefits, and risks so we can make a decision together.
Every day I go to work, I’m excited. I love what I do, and I truly care about my patients. To have a profession where I’m impacting people’s lives is so important.
6 Patient Reviews for
"Superb staff and hospital. Surgery went off without a hitch, and quick recovery."
-- Charles Haas, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/05/2015
"Dr. Michael Acker is an outstanding surgeon. He is Chief of Staff and a Professor at HUP in Philadelphia, PA. He specializes in high risk patients and also does heart transplants as well as many valve surgeries. He is well respected at HUP."
-- Patricia Garcia, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/12/2015
-- Brad B, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/22/2013
-- Theresa Gussin, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/13/2013
-- Michael Casey, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/24/2010
-- William Gillin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 09/28/2007
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Complex and high-risk mitral valve surgery
- Mitral valve repair and replacement
- Mitral valve surgery in patients with heart failure
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Heart failure and mechanical circulatory support
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Michael Acker, heart surgeon, graduated from Brown University in 1981.
After medical school, Dr. Acker completed a General Surgery Residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Then, Dr. Acker completed a Cardiothoracic Research Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in 1987. Dr. Acker also completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1991.
Dr. Acker is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
During his career, Dr. Acker has received several awards and special credentials including:
*Director, Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center
*Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Penn Medicine
*Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2002 – 2020
*America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 – 2020
*Best Doctors in America, 2003 – 2020
*Alfred Stengel Health System Champion Award, 2013
*Gordon Buzby Surgical Leadership Award, 2018
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The office of Dr. Acker is located at 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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Watch Educational Videos with Dr. Michael Acker
Learn about heart valve surgery from Dr. Acker in these videos:
Top 6 Mitral Valve Surgery Myths Busted!
The Future of Heart Valve Surgery: Insights from Dr. Michael Acker
Surgeon Q&A: Mitral Valve Regurgitation & Stroke with Dr. Michael Acker
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Page last updated: December 6, 2022