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.
13 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
"Dr. Farivar is a very experienced cardio surgeon. I felt confident after meeting him and talking with him about the valve repair and an appendage ligation. He had models of what the different procedures looked like and was upbeat as he shared details of the upcoming surgery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Farivar as a cardio surgeon."
-- Joyce Ferreira, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/06/2022
-- Allison Wilcoxon, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/13/2022
Dr. Farivar's assurances have been borne out, in that after six weeks since surgery, all of my wounds have healed almost completely and I'm feeling really good for being at this point in the process.
My thanks to Dr. Farivar and his team!!!"
-- Michael Hansen, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/12/2022
-- Randy Bohachek, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 06/29/2022
The procedure went exactly as Dr. Farivar had planned and my Uncle made a full recovery. He’s back at to going on long nature walks and living his best life. Every time I call and visit with him the first 5 minutes of our conversation is about how great he feels and how grateful he is to Dr. Farivar.
In addition to being a world class cardiac surgeon, Dr. Farivar is a warm and caring person who makes himself available to family and made this experience all it could be. Our entire family is so grateful to Dr. Farivar and his Heart Team. Much obliged."
-- Mike Gabler, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 05/09/2022
-- Sharmini Dealwis, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 05/04/2022
-- Chad Donat, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/25/2022
-- Herbert Sweeney, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 04/22/2022
To highlight his skills and surgical techniques, I must mention that I was taken off opioid medication for pain 3-days post-surgery. And I have easily managed any discomfort since with Tylenol. Let me state that I do not have a high threshold for pain. Quite the opposite is true. I firmly believe that Dr. Farivar's practiced approach to his work is the reason for this outcome.
Dr. Farivar is a blessing to this community. I was so fortunate to have him and his chosen team members there for me when I needed this medical intervention.
With all my sincerity, thank you Dr. Farivar."
-- Constance Taylor, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/12/2022
Dr Waldmann discovered the destroyed valves during what we thought was going to be a routine procedure. After consulting with Dr. Farivar, they felt I needed immediate surgery. I discussed with family and a couple of friends who were surgeons-in other fields. They all helped with researching Dr. Farivar.
He was new to the hospital but appeared to be very qualified. My wife and I personally interviewed Dr. Farivar asking him why I should put my life in his hands. Instead of being insulted, he presented a resume of education/accomplishments, list of satisfied patients, revenant publications and hard evidence of recent success.
The surgery itself was tricky but seems to be very successful. The incisions healed with no issue, the titanium plate he uses prevents any post-surgery bone separation and everything went exactly as he described it would. He works closely with Dr. Waldmann who has done the cardiac follow-up.
Dr Farivar's bedside manner is exactly what I wanted. Professional and confident. He also seems to care about my health. He went so far as to give me his private phone number in case I had any questions or concerns. (I’ve sent several texts and he always answers quickly - most of them after hours).
One year after surgery, I am alive and recovering. I made the right decision!"
-- John W Christofferson, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/31/2021
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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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
- Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar and Mike Gabler, TAVR Expert and Survivor 43 Contestant, Show Support for Heart Valve Patients
Page last updated: October 25, 2022