Meet the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Team
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Meet the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Team

David A. D'Alessandro, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Practice Specialty
Cardiothoracic Surgery (Heart), Surgery, Surgical Specialties
Medical Education
Columbia Univ College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia Univ College of Phys & Surgeons
Columbia Univ College of Phys & Surgeons
Board Certified
Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Academic Title
Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Administrative Title
Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplantation
Clinical Focus
Dr. D’Alessandro’s clinical focus has been on surgical treatments of end stage heart failure including mechanical assistance and heart transplantation. He has a broad experience with all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery including on and off pump coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, and the treatment thoracic aneurysms. Additionally, he has extensive experience with the latest generation of mechanical assist devices and is a co-investigator in their ongoing clinical trials.
Research Focus
His preclinical research focuses on stem cell therapies for myocardial regeneration and his clinical research focuses on developing methods for improving clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery.

View Dr. D'Alessandro's publications on Pubmed.


Dr. D’Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.  He received his medical education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  Dr. D’Alessandro completed his residency in General Surgery, a fellowship in Renal Transplantation and a clinical and research fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. 

Before joining the Montefiore Medical Center faculty, Dr. D’Alessandro was on the faculty of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York where he served as a clinical instructor and an active participant in the heart transplantation and mechanical assist device programs, one of the largest such programs in the nation.

In addition to numerous publications and scientific presentations, Dr. D'Alessandro was awarded a U.S. patent for a novel cardiac stabilizer with a potential application to beating heart surgery.