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 1,500 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minneapolis Heart Institute. Read more...

3 Patient Reviews for Dr. Farivar

"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 out Minneapolis Heart Institute 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 Abbott Northwestern 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 and MHI at Abbott. 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

"Dr. Farivar has an extensive background and is currently the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Right from my initial appointment, Dr. Farivar was very easy going and personable. He took the time to discuss, in detail, my situation and my options with myself and my husband and proceeded to answer all of our questions and concerns.

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 in the Twin Cities (or surrounding) areas!"

-- Tammi Gunwall, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 01/07/2015

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My Specialities & Interests

Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:

  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Aortic valve replacement

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Minimally invasive surgery including TAVR and robotics
  • Under-treated aortic stenosis
  • 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.

During his 17-year career, Dr. Farivar has received several acknowledgements and awards including the Castle Connolly Top Doctors honor in 2011.

Dr. Farivar is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
920 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 328-9487

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