About Dr. Sameh Said,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Sameh Said and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Alexandria Medical School in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately over 3,000 cardiac surgeries, of which more than 2,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at hospitals including Masonic Children's Hospital (University of Minnesota) and M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center - Minneapolis (University of Minnesota). Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is that I put my patients first. I am also very passionate about heart surgery. This results in a great deal of determination and persistence to help my patients and ensure an excellent quality of life for them. Moreover, this pushes me to go beyond the limits to achieve these goals.
In addition to operating on adults, my sub-specialty as a congenital heart surgeon has been very gratifying. I love what I do because of the challenges that I face and overcome every day. I find joy in helping children and adults with complex heart defects. I also value the interaction with my colleagues and trainees.
My goal is to provide excellence in patient care, education and research.
19 Patient Reviews for
"Dr. Said was wonderful! He was so informative and patient during our pre-surgery video call. After her operation he was very thorough explaining what he did during the procedure. We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome!
Dr. Said was also very kind to us every time he checked in on her during our hospital stay, and he always made sure to answer all of our questions. We couldn’t be more satisfied with his care! We are so thankful for what he did for our daughter!"
-- Kaylin Faust, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/02/2020
"Trustworthy - I felt I could trust him with my son’s life. Of course I had few options because his heart needed repair but from the moment Dr. Said walked in the door, I felt at ease.
He described what would happen in solid detail. I didn’t feel too overwhelmed listening to him. I know this because I could repeat back to him what I got out of his medical jargon & he comfortably broke it down for me to truly comprehend. I appreciate this so much being foreign from the medical world.
Besides being incredibly brilliant, he also had wonderful bedside manner. He made my son feel “seen & heard” as well as his parents. I didn’t once feel like I was being treated as another name on another file. I felt a mutual respect which doesn’t always come naturally for doctors/surgeons.
When my son had to have a SECOND open heart surgery within a week from the first, it was a very difficult moment. However Dr. Said made the news easier to handle because of his confidence. He was knew what happened, he knew how to fix it & he knew he could do it. What more could I ask for from a surgeon as a mom? Dr. Said will forever be someone I keep close in my heart. He will be treasured by anyone who works with him."
-- Shannon Hennen, Aortic Valve, Pulmonary Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 07/02/2020
-- Jackson Elworthy, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 06/05/2020
My energy levels have returned and my overall health is great! Dr. Said and his team are wonderful and kind professionals who really care about their patients. Once again thank you for all that you have done."
-- Trevor Brown, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Ross Procedure, 04/23/2020
-- Annie S, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/15/2019
My cardiologist regularly says, “Why didn’t we do this to start with?” So far, my health has been good and my quality of life is wonderful. Within reason, I am able to do pretty much what I want to do.
We think of Dr. Said often and thank God for the skills he has that lengthened his life. We thank Dr. Said from the bottom of our hearts for his excellent care. "
-- Bob P., Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/21/2018
-- Jaeden W, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/17/2018
-- Larry W., Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/09/2018
I am active in the garden and have even started my own gardening blog. We hiked in Colorado over labor day and plan to go skiing in February. I feel great-better than I have in years. Thank you for taking the care to preserve my lifestyle."
-- Rosanne M, Aortic Valve, Ross Procedure, 03/05/2018
Thank you for being such a wonderful doctor for Wayne and for your encouragement to both me (Margie) and our family!
We are so thankful for all the excellent care we received! Wayne & Margie "
-- Wayne E, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 07/11/2017
God has blessed Dr. Said with tremendous talent and we are thankful that he helped me in resolving my symptoms! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
-- Keri M, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 03/28/2017
My clinical situation was complicated. I had had previous mitral and aortic mechanical valves implanted as well as a repair of the tricuspid valve. Despite months of monitoring and blood thinner adjustments by my local physicians, I continued to have MRI evidence and some clinical evidence of strokes. As a result, surgery was planned to replace the mechanical valves with tissue valves. On the Monday before the planned surgery on Friday, I had a stroke while staying in a hotel in Rochester. This resulted in ER admission and hospitalization until the heart surgery on Friday. I have recovered from surgery and have no weakness from the strokes thanks to the care at St. Mary's in Rochester, MN. I am participating in a local cardiac rehab program and I am able to walk up to 2 miles without problems. "
-- Debby Frank, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 01/27/2017
-- Monica L., Pulmonary Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/15/2016
-- Loretta M, Pulmonary Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/22/2016
-- Bruno G, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/14/2016
-- Keith Kenny, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 02/11/2016
I started cardiac rehab last week and their EKG shows me in good sinus rhythm. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Dr. Said and his staff. Thanks so much."
-- Martin R., Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 02/09/2016
I know I’ve said this many times, but I’m thankful to have found Dr. Said and his medical team for treatment. I know I got the best care possible from Dr. Said, a truly gifted surgeon and his entire staff.
Lastly, I just wanted to send a big thank you from our family. Dr. Said can add us to his collection of grateful families. He has made a big impact on our lives and we are so thankful!"
-- Christine R., Pulmonary Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/12/2016
-- Kenneth M, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 08/26/2015
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Cardiac surgery in children (pediatric) and adults
- Aortic valve repair and replacement including the Ross Procedure and Ozaki Procedure
- Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary valve repair and replacement
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Fetal cardiac interventions
- Pediatric mechanical circulatory support
- Regenerative medicine
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Sameh Said, heart surgeon, graduated from Alexandria Medical School in 1998.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Said completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Alexandria University, Faculty of Medicine (Egypt) in 2003. Then, Dr. Said completed an Advanced Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 2008.
Dr. Said also completed an Integrated and Thoracic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota in 2014. To pursue a speciality in pediatric cardiac surgery, Dr. Said completed a Congenital Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University in Stanford, California in 2015.
Throughout his career in heart surgery, Dr. Said has received several accolades and acknowledgments including:
* Honor Society (2020)
* Winner of the Young Fellow Association (YFA) Communications Committee Essay Contest - American Colleague of Surgeons (2020)
* Best Teacher-Student Award: Scholars World Heart Summit. Tokyo, Japan (2019)
* Top Doctors, Minnesota (2019)
* Western Thoracic Surgical Association (WTSA) Traveling Fellowship (2018)
* Adult Cardiac Surgery Moderated Poster Competition - American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Baltimore, Maryland (2016)
* Third Place Best Poster - Resident Poster Competition - Society for Vascular Surgery, American Association for Vascular Surgery, Boston, Massachusetts (2014)
* Dr. O.T. Clagett Resident Travel Award - Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota - For Excellence in Clinical and Academic Work (2013)
*2013 AATS Resident Critical Care Scholarship - AATS Graham Research Foundation, Washington, DC
* Winner of Minnesota State Trauma Resident Paper Competition - Minnesota Surgical Society, Red Wing, Minnesota (2011)
*Hawley H. Seiler Residents Competition Award - Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, San Antonio, Texas (2011)
* Dr. Kaare K. Nygaard Travel Award - Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine and Science, Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic General Surgery Residency Program - For Excellence in Clinical Research (2011)
Dr. Said is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in Congenital Cardiac Subspecialty.
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News & Online References Featuring Dr. Sameh Said
Here is the latest news featuring Dr. Sameh Said:
- Daughter’s Diagnosis Gives Mom a Life-Changing Mission
- Going All Out to Ease the Surgical Fear of a Young Patient
- Patient Story: I Survived a Heart Attack, Thanks to the Care of Many
- Pediatric Heart Valve Surgery: Top 5 Facts
- Expert Surgeon Profile: Sameh Said, MD, at University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Pediatrac Aortic Valve Surgery: 8 Facts for Parents
Page last updated: December 10, 2020