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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Unmatched experience, dedication, and skill in cardiovascular care.
Phone: (212) 434-3000

Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery:Gregory P. Fontana, MD
Associate Chairman and Director, Robotic Cardiac Surgery:Nirav C. Patel, MD
Director, Aortic Wellness Center:Konstadinos Plestis, MD
Attending Surgeon: Jonathan Hemli, MD


Expertise in Minimally Invasive Surgery

The minimally invasive techniques utilized by the physicians in the Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery have revolutionized the field. By making small, 2.5 inch incisions in the chest and utilizing robotic technology to perform procedures, our patients can now be back on their feet just a few days after surgery, compared to the longer recovery time associated with traditional techniques of cutting through the breast bone and opening the chest.

With experience in this field dating back to 1994 when Dr. Valavanur Subramanian performed the nation's first minimally invasive coronary surgery, the department�s physicians continue to lead the way with this cutting-edge technology. By eliminating the need for large incisions during both routine and complex surgeries, our patients experience:

  • Reduce pain and morbidity after surgery
  • Decrease blood loss during surgery
  • Decrease number of infections
  • Increase in mobility
  • Faster recovery times

The Due to the skill of our surgeons, our team commonly takes on the cases that other hospitals categorize as too difficult. Since minimally invasive surgical techniques are less taxing on the body, complex surgeries are now available to patients who were previously considered too high-risk, including older patients and those having repeat procedures.

Where other hospitals may occasionally utilize minimally invasive techniques for a limited scope of procedures, our surgeons utilize this approach in all types of routine and complex coronary procedures.

Our Surgery Center and Procedures

daVinci Robotic SurgeryThe surgeons at our Weisner Cardiothoracic Surgery Center have a wide range of expertise in routine and complex procedures, including:

  • Aortic aneurysm and congenital cardiovascular abnormality surgery
  • Defibrillator and pacemaker implant or replacements
  • Minimally invasive, off pump and robotic coronary bypass procedures, utilizing multiple arterial grafts
  • Off pump aortic surgery, in collaboration with our endovascular surgeons
  • Single or multiple valve repair or replacement, using autograft, homograft, pericardial and mechanical valves
  • Surgical ablation
  • Surgical laser revascularization

Recovering patients at the 52-bed Surgery Center benefit from a comprehensive monitoring network which closely observes heart functions to ensure a successful recuperation. Related services available to our cardiac patients include the Leon Hess Interventional Cardiology Center, the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) and the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Center.

Our Team Approach

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery operates in conjunction with the interventional and vascular specialists as part of the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute. As a result, three or four different surgeons typically work together on a case, bringing their unique talents and specialties to each procedure. This collaborative approach ensures that our patients benefit from the highest levels of expertise and talent that comes from the collective skill and experience of our internationally-recognized cardiac experts.



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Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute of New York

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