About Dr. Patrick DeValeria,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Patrick DeValeria and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1987. Mayo Clinic performs more than 4,500 cardiac surgeries each year. We are experts in treating pediatric, congenital and complex forms of heart valve disease using minimally invasive procedures including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and robotic mitral valve repair. In addition, Mayo Clinic specializes in treating cardiac conditions often related to heart valve disease including atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease and aortic aneurysms. I regularly perform surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that my practice primarily involves heart valve surgery; specifically, mitral valve and aortic valve repair and replacement. Additionally, I do a good deal of ascending aortic aneurysm surgery, as well as heart transplantation and left ventricular assist device therapy.
As far as heart valve conditions go as a disease process, I think one of the strong suits to Mayo Clinic’s approach is that we have a collaborative practice among the cardiologists, the echocardiographers who perform the diagnostics and surgeons or the interventional cardiologists who then intervene upon and repair or replace the valves. We frequently can, in one day, have a patient see a cardiologist, get an echocardiogram, see a cardiothoracic surgeon and then provide a treatment option to the patient.
Treatment options can include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and transcatheter mitral valve repair (MitraClip) which is a minimally invasive non-surgical option to treat mitral valve disease in select patients. We also perform a good number of open-heart valve replacements and valve repair procedures. I perform the majority of mitral valve repairs at Mayo clinic Arizona. In that operation, the goal is to repair the patient’s leaking mitral valve without having to put in a prosthesis. The advantage is both increased durability and less reliance on a manmade device to perform the work of the valve. Sometimes these operations can be performed in a minimally invasive approach. A limited lateral approach gives the patient a better cosmetic appearance as well as a quicker opportunity to return to a more active level of work and play. It’s very popular here in the Phoenix area for patients who are golfers, for example, and who do not want to have their breastbone divided.
I think one thing that patients might want to know about me is that I have a somewhat dry sense of humor, and sometimes patients find me a bit too serious. This is only because I take my job very seriously. I think patients should know that I’m going to do absolutely everything I can to make them better. I’m going to do my very best, and everyone on my team is always going to do their best and work their hardest, to get the patient through surgery and recovery.
8 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. DeValeria is head of cardio-thoracic surgery for Mayo Clinic Phoenix. He is a very young 61-year-old doctor with a vast amount of experience, having preceded his position at Mayo Clinic with stints at Johns Hopkins and Stanford.
I STRONGLY recommend Dr. DeValeria for any heart surgery needs from valve repair/replacement all the way to full transplant. In the classic Mayo Clinic manner, Dr. DeValeria's staff of PA's and cardiac nurses are simply fantastic.
And, as a final note, I truly appreciated Dr. DeValeria's sense of humor - he really can make you feel good in a short time during his bedside visits as well as in all pre-procedure meetings. I can't recommend Dr DeValeria enough."
-- Tom Wishon, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/06/2021
"I can’t say enough good things about Dr. DeValeria. I expect doctors to be more knowledgeable about their area of expertise than I am, which Dr. DeValeria certainly is. One of the areas he excels is he’s also very good at translating medical jargon into easily understandable language. The most telling thing for me was just before surgery, I was joking around with the anesthesiologist who would be taking care of me throughout the procedure - she was great too. When Dr. D walked into the room, the joking stopped. Everybody stood up straighter and it was all business. His mere presence put everyone on their “A Game.” It was clear the level of performance & professionalism he expected during a procedure and that all involved were well rehearsed and committed to not be the person to do something foolish. He has an air of quiet confidence, but is patient enough to answer my inane questions. I referring to during office visits, before the surgery I didn’t have many questions, but I’m sure he’d have made everyone else wait to address my questions or concerns.
If heart surgery is unavoidable, he’s the person you want in your corner. I’m alive today because of him. The only thing that kinda saddens me is that if he ever needs heart surgery he’ll have to settle for the second best surgeon to perform it.
I recommend him with no reservations of any kind. He’s really that good. "
-- Jim Thompson, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 04/17/2020
-- Rondus Bennett, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/12/2018
-- Dan Marcantel, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Robotic Surgery, 08/03/2016
-- Donald Peters, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, 05/22/2013
-- Ralph Brown, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/10/2011
-- Caryn Martinez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/30/2008
-- J D Jordan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/05/2008
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Minimally invasive valve surgery
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm
- Cardiac transplantation
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Patrick DeValeria, heart surgeon, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1987.
After medical school, Dr. DeValeria completed a Surgical Internship in 1988, a Surgical Residency in 1989, a Research Fellowship in 1991, a Surgical Residency in 1992, a Chief Residency in 1992 and 1993 and a Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Residency in 1994 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. DeValeria was also named Surgical and Cardiopulmonary Transplantation Chief Resident in 1994 at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. DeValeria is board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.
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Page last updated: September 30, 2022