About Us


Since performing its first open-heart surgery in 1957, developing and using the world's first transvenous pacemaker system in 1958, and performing the first coronary artery bypass operation in 1960, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care has become a nationally recognized hub of innovation and clinical excellence in the area of heart and vascular care.

Led by Robert E. Michler, MD, and Mario J. Garcia, MD, and backed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, Montefiore has maintained a proud tradition of clinical excellence and research leadership in adult and pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.

Montefiore continues to be a pioneer in heart rhythm disorders and interventional and minimally invasive cardiac procedures, and is at the forefront of using ventricular assist devices (VADs) for the treatment of heart failure. Montefiore is also a primary resource for patients requiring complex, high-risk procedures such as mitral and aortic valve repair, abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair and heart transplantation for both children and adults.

The Center remains at the center of innovation, winning awards for its groundbreaking achievements and making headlines as it fights the battle to keep its vast community heart-healthy.

Innovations and Advancements

The Center's commitment to innovation is evident through its extensive clinical research with our partner, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, firm in the knowledge that you must push boundaries in order to create the therapies and treatments of tomorrow. Learn more about innovations and advancements made by Montefiore.

Awards and Recognition

From its high ranking by U.S. News & World Report to a spot among New York Magazine's Best Doctors and the highest three-star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Montefiore Medical Center cardiologists and heart surgeons are among the most recognized in the country. Learn more about the awards earned and recognition achieved by the Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

News and Events

Montefiore's heart team has made headlines throughout the country, while offering insight into advancements in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery through its Heartline Newsletter and Masters of Surgery Visiting Professor Series. View the Center for Heart and Vascular Care's latest news and events.