Dr. Prem Shekar
Heart Surgeon

Boston, MA
- Unregistered Surgeon

Patient Recommendations (6)

"I first met with Dr. Prem Shekar in November 2011 to discuss my options for aortic valve replacement. During this visit, he informed me that I actually had two issues that needed to be addressed. The valve needed to be replaced but also I had an aneurysm on my ascending aorta that should be attended to, at the same time. We spent about 45 minutes discussing all options. Dr. Shekar answered all my questions in a most caring manner and addressed my concerns in a very relaxed, professional manner. My girlfriend, who accompanied me, also had questions. We left the meeting completely confident and at ease that Dr.Shekar was the best surgeon and Brigham & Women's was the best hospital. Several weeks later, Dr. Shekar performed the surgery on a Friday -- and I was discharged on Tuesday. One week (to the day!) after surgery, I attended my granddaughter's pre-school graduation. Recovery was smooth without any complications. The incision healed smoothly. The visiting nurses were amazed at how quickly I was recovering. I returned for a follow-up visit with Dr. Shekar after three weeks and was told that I would be 100% shortly and that every part of my recovery was on schedule. I was walking 1 mile every other day 10 days after surgery. I did have two a-fib occurrences 3 weeks apart but they were minor and corrected on their own without any medical intervention. My cardiologist told me that a-fib events are quite common after this type of surgery and usually don't appear after about the 7th week. They haven't. Three months after surgery, I am playing golf again with no restrictions and feel 100% as Dr. Shekar predicted. I absolutely would recommend Dr. Shekar and B&W hospital. And thank you to the whole recovery staff from ICU and nurses from step-down recovery. "

Posted by Val Cyr, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 05/18/2012

"Prem was an excellent surgeon to work with. He met with my wife and I for nearly and hour during our first meeting and discussed all of my options. He explained every step in detail and the techniques that he his team used. After our first meeting, I had more questions. When I e-mailed those questions to him, I had a response each time within a couple of hours! What a great response. I was left feeling very confident in the teams capabilities and my ability to make a fast recovery (which I did). Prem's bedside manner is unsurpassed. My post-op e-mailed questions were also answered quickly and completely. I know that I couldn't have had a better surgeon!"

Posted by Paul Smith, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/07/2010

"I can't praise & thank Dr. Prem Shekar enough for being my surgeon for my mitral valve replacement & maze procedure. He worked with Dr. Judith Lin (my hematologist) to plan for blood exchange prior to surgery due to my thalassemia. The outcome could not be better!! He is absolutely the best both in his expertise and bed side manner. I feel like I have hit the jackpot in picking the right person to perform such risky operation. Besides, Dr. Shekar has a good heart. "

Posted by Linda Chang-Wong, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/06/2011

"Dr. Shekar was attentive, clear and thoughtful about the issues, less hidebound then some colleagues where practice has progressed (i.e., aspirin rather than warfarin for anti-coagulation after biologic prosthetic, good discussion on valve choices), highly recommend."

Posted by Barry Margolin, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 03/14/2011

"Prem has terrific bedside manner. He spends all the time necessary to answer any questions during the first visit and responded in a very timely manner to follow up e-mail questions (many within an hour!). I was at Brigham and Womens for 7 days. 3 weeks post-op I was walking 4 miles per day, 4 weeks post-op 6 miles a day. My incision healed very nicely. Prem and I agreed on the type of valve that I should have (bovine - I'm 61 years old). "

Posted by Paul Smith, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 05/11/2010

"Dr.Shekar is part of Team Heart at Brigham and Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical I don't think I could have had any better! I had severe aortic stenosis and am recovering beautifully!"

Posted by Nancy Frazee, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/27/2009