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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Surgery

Heart Conditions

Our cardiac surgeons are highly experienced in common and complex heart diseases and perform the following procedures:

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is performed in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), previous stents and mostly in diabetic patients. Our surgeons perform these procedures using minimally invasive approaches and beating heart surgery techniques (off-pump) to minimize the risks of surgery.

  • Traditional CABG, on pump
  • Off-Pump CABG
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac surgery
  • Hybrid CABG
  • Robotic Assisted CABG
  • No touch aortic techniques
  • Bilateral and all arterial bypass grafting
  • Endovein harvesting of leg veins
  • Radial artery harvesting


Heart Valve Surgery is performed in patients who have symptoms or in patients with worsening heart failure. Technology has advanced the field to allow these valves to be replaced or repaired using minimally invasive techniques and patient selection is critical for success.

  • Aortic valve repair
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Mitral valve replacement
  • Tricuspid valve repair
  • Tricuspid valve replacement
  • Pulmonary valve replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgeries


Aortic surgery is performed emergently or electively to repair dissections or aneurysms of the ascending aorta and aortic arch.

  • Ascending aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic root replacement
  • Aortic arch replacement


Congenital Adult Heart disease are conditions from birth that persist into adulthood and cause worsening heart and lung conditions over time. Minimally invasive techniques can be used to repair these defects.

  • Minimally invasive atrial septal defect repair
  • Sinous venosus atrial septal defect repair
  • Ventricular septal defect repair


Arrhythmia surgery for atrial fibrillation can be performed during other cardiac surgery procedures or as a stand alone procedure using minimally invasive techniques and as a hybrid procedure with the cardiac electrophysiologist.

  • Atrial fibrillation? Maze Procedure?
  • Minimally invasive? Maze Procedure?
  • Minimally invasive removal of left atrial appendage
  • Epicardial lead placement


Heart failure surgery and management includes maximal medical therapy along with any combination of the following:

  • Complex and redo heart surgeries
  • Single, double or triple valve surgery
  • Ventricular Assist Device Placement
    (Intra-aortic Balloon Pump Placement, Impella Placement, Centrimag Placement, Heartmate II Placement)
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)


Pericardial Disease may present with acute or chronic illness.

  • Pericardial drainage for tamponade
  • Pericardectomy for constrictive pericarditis


Chronic Chest Pain Angina - Patients that continue to have chest pain despite optimal medical and surgery therapy can undergo Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR).

Cardiac tumor resection is performed to remove masses from within the atrium, ventricle or great vessels of the heart.

Cardiac foreign body removal is performed to retrieve devices and other materials that migrate to the heart.