Sabet Hashim MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery); Director, Cardiac Valve Surgery

Biographical Info

Dr. Sabet Hashim is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, mitral valve repair, surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (Maze procedure), bilateral mammary bypass grafting, tricuspid valve surgery and reoperative cardiac surgery. Dr. Hashim earned his medical degree from St. Joseph’s University School of Medicine, Beirut in 1975 where he ranked 1st in the admission exam. He received his general surgical training from Columbia University at St. Lukes Hospital medical center in New York City. Following his cardiothoracic residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, he joined the Yale University Faculty where he is presently the Director of Valve Surgery. Dr. Hashim's association with his mentor, Dr. Alain Carpentier of France, lead to the development at Yale one of the first mitral valve repairs centers in the United States. He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Yale Surgical Society and American College of Surgeons.

In 1984, Dr. Hashim performed the first heart transplant in the state of Connecticut while co-directing the Heart Transplant Program at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Hashim has developed multiple programs at Yale New Haven Hospital, including the Mitral Valve Repair Program, the Atrial Fibrillation Surgery Program, and the Minimally Invasive Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgical Program. Dr. Hashim is the Primary Investigator on several ongoing trials; including CoreValve, SurTAVI amd COAPT & Commence.

Dr. Hashim’s clinical research focuses on mini-invasive valve operations and surgical treatment of ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR). His novel technique for treatment of IMR, published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, uses Gore-Tex neochordae to rebalance the valve geometry and achieves a more durable result.

Dr. Hashim performed the first mitral valve repair in New England. Since then, Dr. Hashim has consistently held the largest mitral valve practice in Connecticut and has performed over 1,000 mitral valve repairs. He is internationally recognized as an innovator and expert in valve surgery and has developed novel techniques in minimally invasive mitral repair operations. Dr. Hashim pioneered the discrete sub-mammary incision for young women and has perfected the right anterior thoracotomy approach, which eliminates the need for sternotomy and shortens recovery time.

Learn more about the Director of Yale Cardiac Valve Surgery.

Education & Training

St. Joseph University, Beirut (1975)
St. Luke's Hospital Center, New York, NY, Surgery, Thoracic & Cardiac (1975 - 1979)
Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, Surgery, Thoracic & Cardiac
Columbia University School of Medicine, New York, NY, Surgery (1978 - 1979)
Board Certification
, General Surgery, Board Certified
Board Certification
, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Board Certified
Board Certification
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery, Board Certified  (1982)

Honors & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in New York 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    New York Magazine 
  • NY Metro Area’s Top Doctors 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 
  • America’s Top Doctors 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 
  • Patients' Choice Award 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    Vitals Patient Choice 
  • Compassionate Doctor 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    Vitals Patient Choice 

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