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Leading surgeons from NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital are collaborating with the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (CHoNJ) to perform pediatric cardiac surgical procedures.
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In 2018, we welcomed several internationally renowned physicians to the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. These men and women are leaders in their respective fields. They have a track record of innovation and their collaborative multidisciplinary team approach allows them to provide the very highest level of patient care. While these surgeons spearhead the newest treatments and techniques, they are also very compassionate communicators.
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Damien J. LaPar, MD, MSc, has joined the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at the NYP/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
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Vinayat (Vinnie) Bapat, MD, a world-renowned surgeon with expertise in open heart and minimally-invasive valve surgery, and a pioneer of transcatheter devices, has joined the faculty at NYP/Columbia.
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Thanks in large part to the leadership of Columbia’s Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs, a new left ventricular assist device, the Heartmate 3™ LVAD is now FDA approved.
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Craig R. Smith, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, with cardiac nurses.
On March 29, 2017 NYP/Columbia celebrated 60 years of innovation in open-heart surgery with a gathering of patients, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and an official proclamation from the New York State Assembly and Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer.
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"In the past ten years, we have been emphasizing prevention for many forms of heart disease,” says Dr. Edward Schuster, assistant clinical professor of Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. "With a healthy diet, no smoking and proper medication, we have cut the death rate from coronary events by 50 percent. In Fairfield County, where Columbia has an affiliate hospital, this figure has dropped by an impressive 80 percent, indicating that lifestyle changes can have a big effect."
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David Kalfa, MD, PhD, has received a grant from the CHD Coalition to create and test a new type of heart valve that can grow and conform to the patient’s anatomy over time. Such a device would benefit neonates, children and young adults with congenital heart disease, reducing the need for multiple surgeries and greatly improving their quality of life.
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