Montefiore's renowned Cardiac Surgery Program at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care was awarded the highest 3-Star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a nonprofit organization representing more than 6,000 surgeons, researchers and healthcare professionals worldwide. Find out more.
The Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care began a distinguished 50-year history of achievement in cardiac care on May 2, 1960, when Robert H. Goetz, MD, performed the world's first successful coronary artery bypass operation. Today, we remain at the forefront of cardiothoracic surgery and medicine. Our more recent accomplishments have been reported by ABC "World News Tonight", the New England Journal of Medicine and the National Proceedings of the Academy of Science. In addition, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recognized the department with the highly coveted, multimillion-dollar clinical research award from the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network for the NHLBI UO1 cardiovascular surgery and outcomes trials.
The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery is actively involved in numerous clinical trials. Collaboration has been our tradition. The culture at Montefiore has long fostered clinical research and development, leading us to create visionary approaches that elevate current standard of care and inform best practices.
Our position as a leader in cardiothoracic surgery is nationally recognized, and today's medical students compete for residency positions in our program. Patients and families can be confident, knowing that the heart experts of tomorrow are learning from Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care surgeons today.
Because the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery is committed to restoring patients to active lives as quickly as possible, we take pride in our position as a national leader in minimally invasive treatments. Department Chairman Robert E. Michler, MD, was among the first surgeons in the United States to perform minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery. In addition, Joseph DeRose, MD, an internationally renowned surgeon, serves as the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Heart Surgery. Under their leadership, many complex heart surgeries can be accomplished with smaller incisions, providing shorter recovery periods for our patients.
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