About Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately 4,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Saint Alphonsus. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is being meticulous during each heart valve procedure and in the post-operative care of patients. I am well versed in all techniques related to valvular surgery and I offer patients the best possible outcome.
Additionally, I take time with each patient and their family to explain the procedure and the expected result.
I strive to give world class cardiac surgery in a friendly, down-to-earth environment.
3 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Farivar is very easy to talk to and made me feel like I wasn't just another patient. Even at my one month follow-up appointment, he took the time to answer any outstanding concerns or questions to make sure I would get the most success out of my recovery and back to a normal, healthy life. I would highly recommend him to anyone!"
-- Tammi Gunwall, heart valve surgery patient
"I will sing the praises of the care I received from Dr. Farivar and his entire team for the rest of my days.
I sought Dr. Farivar thanks to the recommendation of a good friend and co-worker who had had an aortic valve replaced about a year and a half before my diagnosis. From the moment I started working with my cardiologists there I knew I was in good hands. It was a coincidence but my friend also had Dr. Farivar for her procedure and she raved about the level of care she received.
I met Dr. Farivar for my surgical consult, and I knew I was in good hands right away. He did a terrific job of explaining the damage to my valve leaflets and I felt for the first time I truly had an understanding of the actual physiology of my mitral valve. I left the hospital that morning still scared but confident in the team being assembled to help restore my heart's efficiency. It truly is a team effort, and that's what most impressed me about my entire experience with Dr. Farivar. Top to bottom I felt like the whole system was invested in my having the best outcome from my procedure. Throughout the whole experience I was constantly assured that I was in good hands, and how I was treated by schedulers, nurses, PA's, anesthesiologists, and parking attendants reaffirmed it many times over.
The toughest part of the time from diagnosis to surgery was the uncertainty regarding whether my mitral valve was going to need a repair or replacement. Dr. Farivar didn't sugar-coat anything regarding the complexity of my valve situation, and I appreciated his frankness and honesty. I had one hundred percent confidence that if it could be repaired he was the surgeon to do it.
I'll never forget how it felt to emerge from anesthesia post-surgery and be told that Dr. Farivar and his team were able to repair my valve and that everything looked great going forward. I had tried to be as stoic as possible during this experience, but I'll never forget the tears of joy and the extreme gratitude I felt towards Dr. Farivar and his entire team."
-- Jeffrey Olmsted, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/18/2017
Specializing in minimally invasive surgery, I felt confident in Dr. Farivar to proceed with this recommendation for me. All went as planned, and I have a beautiful (almost invisible) scar - even after just 6 weeks! During my recovery at the hospital, he checked in on me often (in person) to ensure all was going well.
Dr. Farivar is very easy to talk to and made me feel like I wasn't just another patient. Even at my one month follow-up appointment, he took the time to answer any outstanding concerns or questions to make sure I would get the most success out of my recovery and back to a normal, healthy life. I would highly recommend him to anyone!"
-- Tammi Gunwall, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/07/2015
He is professional and outstanding in his practice. I am three years post surgery, living life every day, enjoying my kids, and exercising every day."
-- William Mixon, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/08/2014
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Minimally-invasive heart surgery techniques
- Mitral valve repair
- Aortic valve replacement
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Non-invasive surgery including aortic and mitral valves using TAVR and TMVR devices
- Under-treated aortic stenosis, aortic aneurysm therapy and atrial fibrillation treatments (including the Maze procedure)
- Re-operative surgery, octogenerian surgery and bloodless cardiac surgery
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar, heart surgeon, graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1998.
After medical school, Dr. Farivar completed residencies at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Today, Dr. Farivar is the Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Saint Alphonsus. He is specialty-trained in cardiothoracic surgery, specifically in minimally-invasive techniques for heart valve repair and heart valve replacement.
Dr. Farivar has performed over 2,000 heart valve operations including 1,000+ aortic valve replacements and 1,000+ mitral valve repairs.
In the United States, Dr. Farivar was the first surgeon to perform commercial transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as well as the first surgeon to perform transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) using the Tendyne device. (TAVR and TMVR procedures typically do not require the patient to have an incision to their chest or ribs and patients are not required to be on the heart-lung machine.)
During his 20+ year career, Dr. Farivar has received several acknowledgements including the Castle Connolly "Top Doctors" award.
Previously, Dr. Farivar was the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Dr. Farivar is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farivar, you can:
- Call (208) 609-9355 right now
- Request an appointment by clicking here.
The office of Dr. Farivar is located at 6140 W. Curtisan Avenue, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83704. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.
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News & Online References Featuring Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar
Here is the latest news featuring Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar:
- Expert Surgeon Profile: Robert Saeid Farivar, Saint Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho
- Technology Update: Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement with Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar
- Surgeon Q&A with Dr. Farivar: Can An Aortic Valve Replacement Fit in the Mitral Position?
- Heart Valve Update: Top 4 Facts About Mitral Valve Chords with Dr. Robert Farivar
Page last updated: September 18, 2021