Patient Experience

Your Cardiac Care Team

After you consult with your surgeon and decide on the procedure that’s right for you, you’ll be introduced to your cardiac care team who will tend to your needs before, during and after your surgery. This group will include your surgeon, a cardiologist, a physician assistant, an anesthesiologist, nurses, pulmonary and physical therapists, and a social worker. 

In addition, you will receive personalized, one-on-one attention from our cardiac coordinator. She will guide you through the surgery, recovery and rehabilitation process. She will also provide you with educational materials and direct you to a class on nutrition, exercise and stress management and other aspects of your at-home care. Your family will also have an opportunity to participate in a class for caregivers.

We will make sure that your entire experience—from your pre-op care to your discharge and post-op rehabilitation—reflects the first class care that NYP/Columbia is known for.

Taking Care of your Emotional Health

Depression and anxiety are common among patients who have heart surgery. We consider emotional health an important part of the healing process. That’s why we offer ongoing support groups, led by experienced social workers, to help patients and their families move more swiftly toward recovery. Consisting of one hour of education and one hour of support, these group meetings take place monthly.


After your surgery, we offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program that will also help you maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. These programs are described in the Resources section of our brochure.

The highly trained and supportive cardiac surgery team at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center will guide you and your family through every step of your surgery and recovery. For more information related to the patient experience at Columbia, click on the links below: