Upon the completion of my training, I remained on the faculty of NYP/Columbia, where I serve as Director of Aortic Surgery. As an attending surgeon at Columbia, I have co-authored over 50 manuscripts and book chapters, and lectured and/or operated on five continents in over 20 countries about valvular heart disease. I have created a variety of innovative and minimally invasive approaches to valvular heart disease, and am actively involved in clinical trials of transcatheter valve therapy. Additionally, I am a member of our specialty’s most prestigious societies including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgery, and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery. I serve as a reviewer on both of our specialty’s most prestigious journals: the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, as well as an expert for your website and for aorticdissection.com. I have served as a medical correspondent for Fox News and the Rachel Maddow show.
On a personal note, I become an advocate for patient recovery after heart valve surgery. I have recently completed three triathlons with a former valvular heart disease patient and ran the NYC marathon with another one of my patients, who celebrated the one-year anniversary of his valve sparing aortic root replacement on the day of the marathon!