About Dr. Stephen Olenchock,
Heart Valve Surgeon
Hello! My name is Dr. Stephen Olenchock and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. To date, I have performed approximately 800 cardiac surgeries, of which more than 500 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at St. Luke's University Hospital. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my combination of technical expertise and compassion.
I have a willingness to strive for nothing short of perfection in the care of my patients that is my goal. This pursuit of perfect care begins from the first moment I make a connection to a patient and continues throughout the operating room, hospital stay, and into the recovery phase.
My team and I experience great professional reward from guiding and treating patients with heart valve disease to recover to a more fulfilled life after their surgically corrected valve disease has been completed.
Lastly, my years of experience with complex cases, along with my youthful energy, create a drive in me to offer my patients the latest advances in heart valve surgery with the correct applications.
27 Patient Reviews for
"I felt better right after surgery. I feel stronger every day. Thanks Dr. Olenchock!"
-- Wilbur Boyer, heart valve surgery patient
"Dr. Olenchock is a gifted and extremely competent surgeon. He thoroughly explains all of the surgical procedures. He is very professional and personable. You can put your mind at ease knowing that with Dr. Olenchock you are choosing the best surgeon and you need look no further. Let no one doubt that Dr. Olenchock saved my life. Allow him to save yours."
-- Richard Dorward, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/01/2022
-- Daniel Luciano, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/28/2022
However, I was most impressed with his calm demeanor and extensive experience as the head of cardiac surgery at St. Lukes Hospital. My confidence in Dr. Olenchock and his team has paid off with a successful surgery and the promise of a, long healthy life."
-- David Miers, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/07/2022
My wife did research and knew all details because of Dr.Olenchock. She said he was comforting the day of surgery. We were both impressed and thankful we had chosen him and St.Luke’s Bethlehem. Both of us would highly recommend him."
-- Jeffrey McMurtrie, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/26/2021
-- Gary Polinchak, Aortic Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/11/2020
-- Bill Puhan, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/16/2019
My post op visit with Dr. Olenchock went very well as he took time to talk me through the recovery process and go through every question I had. I would highly recommend Dr. Olenchock as a heart surgeon because he is involved with his patients and takes time. My surgery was a huge success and while I take credit for that, Dr. Olenchock was a huge part of that. "
-- Catherine Anderson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/22/2019
-- Gregory Showak, Aortic Valve, Transcatheter, 06/13/2019
-- Judy Kery, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 06/11/2019
-- Harold Pudliner, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/25/2019
-- Michael Barbella, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/10/2019
-- Bernard Schonbach, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/16/2018
-- Edward Goldsmid, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/25/2018
-- William Gillespie, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/14/2017
-- Arthur DeCheser, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 06/06/2017
-- Jens Laur, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/24/2017
-- Stephen Ehasz, Aortic Valve, Transcatheter, 03/09/2017
-- Gordon Allem, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 02/27/2017
-- TOny Azar, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 03/10/2016
-- Edward Lawler, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/19/2015
I would recommend the hospital, the cardiac surgeon and staff, the hospital staff from admission to discharge and follow up as well as the heart and vascular physicians involved. I was up less than 24 hours following my transfer from the OR to Intensive Care, walked to the Telemetry Unit within hours and was discharged in 4 days. Might also add that I have experienced absolutely no pain, am healing well and ready to begin rehab. My family and I are most grateful to Dr. Olenchock and St. Luke's Hospital of Bethlehem."
-- Frederick Shunk, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/05/2015
-- alan jones, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/26/2015
-- John Kunkle, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/17/2015
-- Tammy Leister, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 01/08/2015
We would recommend him for our family members and friends."
-- Joseph Mies, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Transcatheter, 04/22/2014
-- ELLISMARO CORDERO, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/09/2014
Dr. Olenchock conducted the surgery as planned and was there in the days after to see me through my recovery. His team is exceptional and also provided me with excellent care while in the hospital and in the office. I feel renewed! There are few way to thank a surgeon who makes such a huge impact on your life so I feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to refer any one I know or who visits this profile to reach out to the brilliant and highly skilled Dr. Olenchock."
-- Dominique Miccio, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/06/2014
-- Richard Woodyatt, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/05/2009
My Specialities &
My heart surgery specialties include:
- Aortic valve surgery, including minimally invasive & TAVR
- Aortic root surgery
- Mitral valve surgery, including minimally invasive & MitraClip
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
- Stentless aortic valve therapies
- Aortic root reconstructions
- Risk adjusted quality measures
Education, Training & Certificates
Dr. Stephen Olenchock, heart surgeon, graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998.
Then, Dr. Stephen Olenchock completed a General Surgical Residency at St. Luke's University Hospital and a Cardiothoracic Residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Dr. Olenchock is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology.
Today, Dr. Olenchock is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at St. Luke's Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine.
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Page last updated: April 16, 2022