About Dr. Paul Stelzer,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Paul Stelzer and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Columbia University in 1972. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is extensive technical expertise, which leads to excellent results, combined with a humanistic patient-centered approach to medicine are what set me apart in the field of aortic root surgery.
A 1972 Columbia P&S graduate, I completed general surgery training at Roosevelt Hospital and then Cardiothoracic surgery at New York Hospital/Cornell in 1981 where I was on the faculty until 1985. I then spent four years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center on the surgery faculty before returning to New York's Lenox Hill Hospital where I was in practice until 1996. Beginning in 1996, I served as a senior cardiac surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York until joining The Mount Sinai Medical Center in April, 2007.
Valvular heart disease has been my primary interest with particular emphasis on the aortic valve and aortic root. My experience with the Ross Procedure now exceeds 25 years with well over 500 cases which ranks as one of the largest and longest in the world.
With my extensive series of Ross Procedures and extensive additional experience using aortic homografts and stentless porcine valves, I have done over 1,000 aortic root replacements with biological devices. I have lectured extensively on these subjects around the country and in Europe where he has served as visiting surgeon on multiple occasions.
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"Dr. Stelzer is an amazingly gifted surgeon and an amazing human being! I literally owe my life to him."
-- Jeff Shebovsky, heart valve surgery patient
"Dr. Paul Stelzer is all of the wonderful things his patients say about him and more! I feel like many heart patients feel, there are no words to describe a person who literally gives you a new lease on life. I am so fortunate I could have my surgery performed by Dr. Stelzer and Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, basically the best duo of Ross procedures (think Ruth/Gehrig or for hockey fans Gretzky/Messier).
Three years prior to my actual surgery, I was told on a Friday afternoon that I would need surgery sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, I was two months away from graduating my training fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care and planning an upcoming wedding! Dr Stelzer went out of his way, and called me on that Sunday night before I had even met him, and I knew within 1 minute of talking to him, all would be well with the world. I graduated my training program, got married, and we got three more years out of my valve prior to needing surgery!
I am now three months out from surgery and I am jogging and riding my bike and feel so much better! Dr. Stelzer made me feel at complete ease while we planned for my surgery, literally visited me everyday in the hospital once or twice a day, and made my entire family feel at ease with what was going on every step of the way. He is not just an incredible surgeon, but a compassionate and incredible person who excels at the human aspect of being a doctor.
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to choose the Ross procedure (he has performed over 700 of them, I believe, which is an enormous number for this surgery) rather than a mechanical valve and only would have done it in his hands. "
-- Jason Filopei, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 08/19/2020
-- Kim Laurent, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 06/07/2019
-- Anthony Vernaci, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 04/01/2019
-- Deborah Berger, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 03/07/2018
-- Monica Carradori, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/20/2017
-- Morton Fleshler, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/23/2016
Not only the best passionate surgeon, but what a compassionate, caring professional human being, and not to mention great sense of humor.. Thank you Dr. Stelzer for everything you have done for me and making my family feel I was in the best hands. You took the time everyday for me... No words can thank this man for everything he has done. "
-- sarit simon, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, Bloodless Surgery, 03/02/2016
-- Kenneth Tobin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 11/13/2015
-- DILIA NUNEZ, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 08/31/2015
-- Jen Huff, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 02/27/2015
-- Bill Skasilas, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/05/2015
-- robert haber, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/22/2014
-- Clarisa Vazquez, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/07/2013
-- michael eisenberg, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 12/19/2012
-- Bruce C, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 05/23/2012
-- Mark Schnittman, Aortic Valve, Root Replacement, Ross Procedure, 05/21/2012
-- Felipe Garran, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 03/28/2012
-- Chris Dixon, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 02/27/2012
Dr. Stelzer was five minutes away from his house and already did 3 surgeries that day. But, when he herd Theresa crying he told the nurse to let us know he was on his way. The minute we met Dr. Stelzer we knew he was angle sent from god. Not only he is the best heart surgeon but also is number one with bed side manners. After the surgery, he came by all his patients at least 2 to 4 times a day. I will never forget him and he is a blessing -- not just him but the whole team. Thank you! Love you doc!"
-- Michael/ Theresa Sestito/ burnetto, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 01/02/2012
-- Debbie Raphael, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Ross Procedure, 03/30/2011
-- Steven Ramirez, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, David Procedure, 02/16/2011
-- James Conneen, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 11/01/2010
-- Manuel Manotas, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 09/22/2010
-- Madeleine Farkas, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 09/01/2010
-- Steven Meier, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/21/2010
-- Richard Hibbard, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 07/15/2010
-- Mary Ann Terpenny, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Mitral Valve, Ross Procedure, 07/12/2010
-- Koeli Choudhury, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/29/2010
-- Vince Kelley, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 12/04/2009
-- David Thomson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 09/20/2009
-- Robert Penn, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/16/2008
-- ELIAS ZAIDMAN, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 05/07/2008
-- Elizabeth Devaney, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 02/27/2008
-- JOHN CASSIDY, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 10/10/2007
-- Jason Madlin, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Ross Procedure, 06/06/2006
-- Mike Ryan, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, Ross Procedure, 01/16/1996
-- elena zuralau, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/05/1991
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Ross Procedure
- Aortic Root Surgery including Stentless Porcine and Homograft Replacement
- Aortic Valve Sparing Root Surgery
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Clinical Results of Ross Procedure
- Investigator for Stentless Porcine Valves
- Diastolic Dysfunction and Aortic Disease
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Paul Stelzer, heart surgeon, graduated from Columbia University in 1972.
After medical school, Dr. Stelzer completed a General Surgery Residency at Roosevelt Hospital and a Thoracic Surgery Residency at New York Hospital Cornell University Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Dr. Stelzer has received several awards including "New York's Best Doctor" and the Castle Connolly's "Top Doctors New York Metro Area".
Dr. Stelzer is internationally known for his experience with the Ross Procedure, a complex procedure for treating aortic valve disease. Doctor Stelzer has performed over 500 Ross operations and has published several journal articles and research papers on this topic.
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Page last updated: March 8, 2021