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Bonde, Pramod

Associate Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery); Surgical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support; Associate Program Director Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

Biography

Dr. Pramod Bonde is a Board Certified Cardiac Surgeon. He is dedicated to improving the quality and longevity of his patients afflicted with heart disease. In his eyes, you are not a patient but a person who deserves to be treated with compassion and dignity to facilitate a return to your family to spend a meaningful and happy life following heart surgery.

Dr. Bonde was greatly influenced by the loss of a dear one to the sufferings of heart failure; it was a turning point in his...

Dr. Pramod Bonde is a Board Certified Cardiac Surgeon. He is dedicated to improving the quality and longevity of his patients afflicted with heart disease. In his eyes, you are not a patient but a person who deserves to be treated with compassion and dignity to facilitate a return to your family to spend a meaningful and happy life following heart surgery.

Dr. Bonde was greatly influenced by the loss of a dear one to the sufferings of heart failure; it was a turning point in his formative years as a young surgeon that made him pursue heart surgery. His desire to help and heal is driven by that quest so that no other human being has to suffer the debilitating effects of heart disease.

Dr. Bonde is passionate about the treatment of men and women limited by angina and shortness of breath due to coronary artery disease or valve disease and those with end stages of heart failure. He specializes in coronary bypass, valve repair/replacements, and treatment of aortic diseases. His special focus is on heart transplantation and artificial heart pump therapy for people waiting for heart transplant and for those who are not transplant candidates.

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Darr, Umer Mansoor

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Biography

Dr. Umer Darr is board-certified in general and thoracic surgery. He is fellowship trained in cardiovascular (complex aortic and heart valve surgery). Dr. Darr earned his M.B.B.S from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and in Cardiothoracic surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Umer Darr is board-certified in general and thoracic surgery. He is fellowship trained in cardiovascular (complex aortic and heart valve surgery). Dr. Darr earned his M.B.B.S from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and in Cardiothoracic surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Darr’s clinical interests include Cardiac Surgery, Aneurysm Aortic Surgery, Aortic Surgery, Cardiac Ablation, Cardiac Arrhythmias, Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Surgery, and Thoracic Aortic Surgery.

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Dewar, Michael

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Biography

Michael Dewar, MD, FACS, FRCS (C) is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery. He is fellowship trained in cardiac, thoracic, vascular and general surgery. Dr. Dewar earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his coordinated surgical residency at McGill University and his general surgical residency at Montreal Chest Hospital.

Michael Dewar, MD, FACS, FRCS (C) is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery. He is fellowship trained in cardiac, thoracic, vascular and general surgery. Dr. Dewar earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his coordinated surgical residency at McGill University and his general surgical residency at Montreal Chest Hospital.

Dr. Dewar's clinical interests include aortic valve surgery; minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery; mitral valve repair surgery; and Ross procedure.

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Elefteriades, John Alex

William W.L. Glenn Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Biography

Dr. John Elefteriades is the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Aortic Institute at Yale University and Yale New-Haven Hospital. He served as Chief of Cardiac Surgery from 1995 to 2011, when he became Founding Director of the Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven. He is among the most clinically active academic surgeons in the country.

Dr. John Elefteriades is the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Aortic Institute at Yale University and Yale New-Haven Hospital. He served as Chief of Cardiac Surgery from 1995 to 2011, when he became Founding Director of the Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven. He is among the most clinically active academic surgeons in the country.

Dr. Elefteriades graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in Physics, French and Psychology from Yale University. He received his MD degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He trained at Yale in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. After completing his training, he joined the faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine.

He performs all aspects of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. He is a recognized authority in interventions for the failing left ventricle, including coronary artery bypass grafting, left ventricular aneurysmectomy, and artificial heart implantation. Dr. Elefteriades directs the Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven Hospital, one of the nation's largest facilities for treatment of the dilated thoracic aorta. He conducts laboratory research in new techniques of heart transplantation. Among his research projects, he is working with Celera Diagnostics to identify the genetic mutations responsible for thoracic aortic aneurysms. Dr. Elefteriades research work into brain and spinal cord protection via hypothermia has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

At his Aortic Institute, Dr. Elefteriades and his team have achieved many milestones in the understanding and treatment of aortic diseases, including: recognition of the genetic nature of thoracic aortic aneurysm, characterization of the natural history of thoracic aortic aneurysm, determination that physical and emotional stress can precipitate aortic dissection, identification of the role of MMPs in the pathogenesis of thoracic aortic aneurysms, determination of the appropriate size for surgical resection, and identification of the correspondence of mechanical deterioration of the aortic wall with clinical behavior. His team has also developed an “RNA Signature” blood test for aneurysm disease.

Dr. Elefteriades serves on multiple scientific advisory and editorial boards. He is a past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and member of the national Board of Governors of the College. Dr. Elefteriades is also past President of the International College of Angiology. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, and Cardiology. He is a member of the Thoracic Surgery Director's Association and has been named consistently in The Best Doctors in America. He is a frequently requested international lecturer, visiting professor and guest surgeon. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications on a wide range of cardiac and thoracic topics. He was selected as one of the ten best doctors in America by Men’s Health magazine. He has been featured in many dozens of print, radio, and television presentations. He has been awarded the Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution in Clinical Research in Cardiology, and the John B. Chang Research Achievement Award. In 2005 he was selected to deliver a lecture for the Leadership in Biomedicine Series at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2006, he received the Socrates Award from the Thoracic Residents Association, Thoracic Surgery Directors' Association, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, recognizing exceptional achievement in teaching and mentorship of residents. In 2008 he was honored by the International Academy of Cardiology with a Distinguished Fellow Award. In 2011, he received the AHEPA award for Achievements in Medicine. In 2012, he was selected as one of six “Stars” to lecture at the Reunion of his Yale University undergraduate class.

Dr. Elefteriades was named the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006. This endowed chair honors the memory of Dr. Elefteriades’ mentor, Dr. Glenn. Dr. Elefteriades is the author of the books House Officer Guide to ICU Care (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions), Advanced Treatment Options for the Failing Left Ventricle, Diseases of the Aorta, Your Heart: The Owner's Guide, The Woman’s Heart Book, and Acute Aortic Disease, and Controversies in Diseases of the Aorta. Dr. Elefteriades recently published his first fiction work, the medical mystery/ethics thriller Transplant, which was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards as a best first novel. Dr. Elefteriades was featured in a documentary of the BBC Horizons television program for his innovative techniques applying deep hypothermia to surgery of the aortic arch. His hypothermia work has also been featured on the Italian RAI channel. His is featured again for hypothermia in a recently aired segment of the Science Channel’s acclaimed program Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

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Hashim, Sabet

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

Biography

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...

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.



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Karimi, Mohsen

Associate Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Associate Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Northeast Pediatric Specialties, Inc. Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital & Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Biography

Dr. Mohsen Karimi is the Associate Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the combined Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. He is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery, and congenital cardiac surgery. He is also an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Mohsen Karimi is the Associate Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the combined Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. He is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery, and congenital cardiac surgery. He is also an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery.

He provides surgical treatment for all types of congenital cardiac defects in pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Karimi’s clinical research interests include the development of improved surgical techniques and blood conservation measures to improve outcomes in pediatric cardiac operations. He has been practicing blood conservation cardiac surgery in children for the last 5 years, having sophisticated heart-lung bypass support and equipment which allows for limited or no blood transfusion during cardiac surgery. He has demonstrated that patients requiring less or no blood transfusion have lower need for heart medications, shorter ventilator support, lower complication rate, and much shorter length of stay in the hospital.

The combined Yale-New Haven and Connecticut Children’s Congenital Cardiac Program was established in 2012 under the umbrella of Northeast Pediatric Specialties, Inc. (NEPS). The premise of this joint program is to incorporate all the experts involved in the treatment of congenital heart disease with a shared commitment to further understand, prevent, and treat all aspects of the cardiac disease in pediatrics and adults with congenital cardiac defects.

The comprehensive children's heart program also includes specialized pediatric cardiologists, neonatologists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, and postoperative support groups dedicated to provide the best quality of care for children and adults with congenital heart diseases.

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Kirshbom, Paul, MD

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery); Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Biography

Dr. Paul Kirshbom became Yale’s new chief of pediatric cardiac surgery—and the first chief to hold the title at both Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. His position is an important piece in a joint endeavor between Yale School of Medicine and the two hospitals to provide better care closer to home for young patients.

He joined Yale from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and is now a member of the medical...

Dr. Paul Kirshbom became Yale’s new chief of pediatric cardiac surgery—and the first chief to hold the title at both Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. His position is an important piece in a joint endeavor between Yale School of Medicine and the two hospitals to provide better care closer to home for young patients.

He joined Yale from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and is now a member of the medical faculties at both Yale and the University of Connecticut.

His clinical interests include neonatal and cardiac repairs; congenital heart disease; neurological protection; pediatric cardiac surgery; pediatric cardiovascular surgery; and pediatric thoracic surgery.

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Kopf, Gary Sheldon

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)

Biography

Dr. Gary Kopf is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Dr. Gary Kopf is a Board Certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Dr. Kopf graduated from Columbia College majoring in Physics. He received his medical degree from Harvard University (cum laude). He trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Kopf spent two years at the National Institutes of Health doing research on perinatal physiology.

Dr. Kopf is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, The Society of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, among many other organizations. He has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors, New York’s Best Doctors, and America’s Top Surgeons for many years.

Dr. Kopf is also interested in biomedical ethics and is a member of the Pediatric Ethics Committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Technology and Ethics Working Group, and the End of Life Issues Study Group at the Yale Bioethics Center.

Patient Care: Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery, Aortic Surgery

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Mangi, Abeel A.

Associate Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery); Surgical Director, Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplantation; Surgical Director, Trans-Catheter Therapies

Biography

Abeel A. Mangi, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Section of Cardiac Surgery at Yale University, and is Surgical Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation at the Yale New Haven Heart & Vascular Institute. He is also Surgical Director of the Program in Trans-Catheter Therapies.

Abeel A. Mangi, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Section of Cardiac Surgery at Yale University, and is Surgical Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation at the Yale New Haven Heart & Vascular Institute. He is also Surgical Director of the Program in Trans-Catheter Therapies.

Dr. Mangi is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is Associate Professor of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.

He specializes in complex and re-operative cardiac surgery, heart, heart-lung, and lung transplantation, ventricular assist devices, total artificial hearts, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), operations for heart failure, aortic and mitral valve repair and replacement, off-pump coronary bypass grafting, myectomy and the surgical treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, treatment of chronic pulmonary emboli, and ascending aortic and arch replacement.

Dr. Mangi has performed over 2,000 heart operations. His accomplishments include pioneering one of the first uses of VA-ECMO in an awake, ambulating patient as a successful bridge to lung transplantation; recognizing the importance of surgical technique in avoiding LVAD failure; and investigating comparative cost-effectiveness of therapies for advanced heart failure. Under his leadership, volume of the transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs has quadrupled; while length of stay, morbidity and mortality have decreased, and quality has increased.

Dr. Mangi earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. After completing his residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, he was awarded a postdoctoral National Research Service Award fellowship, and won awards from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for ground-breaking stem cell research done at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship in cardiac surgery at Columbia University and was then appointed as an Associate Staff Cardiac Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic.

As principal or co-investigator in several clinical trials and studies, Dr. Mangi has focused his research efforts on his specialty interests, including the surgical treatment of ischemic heart failure, cellular therapy to treat advanced heart damage and expanded roles for left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). He is also interested in quality of care in LVAD patients, and desensitization of recipients awaiting cardiac transplantation. He is involved with three clinical trials investigating catheter-based therapies for valvular heart disease in high risk patients. He has previously led an additional eight clinical trials looking at outcomes of patients supported on newer generation LVADs.

Dr. Mangi’s group investigates important questions regarding variables that influence clinical outcomes for therapies for advanced heart failure. Large national databases such as the Interagency Registry for Mechanical Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS), United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) have been used to analyze cost and cost-effectiveness for such therapies, clinical prediction modeling, diversity and health equity issues, quality of life and access to care.

Dr. Mangi has been invited to speak about his clinical experience and research findings at conferences and symposia worldwide. He is the author or co-author of numerous book chapters on subjects related to his specialty interests, including advances in cardiac intensive care, cardiac surgery, assist devices and treatment of heart failure. He has authored or co-authored seventy published studies and abstracts in peer-reviewed publications, including Circulation, Nature Medicine, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery among others.

Dr. Mangi serves on multiple institutional, national and international committees, scientific advisory boards, and has been elected to membership and fellowship in the most esteemed organizations in his field including the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, The American College of Cardiology, The Society for Thoracic Surgeons, The Society of University Surgeons, and The American College of Surgeons.

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Tellides, George

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery) and of Investigative Medicine; Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Biography

George Tellides, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and his PhD from the University of Oxford. Dr. Tellidies is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of patients with cardiac disease and heart failure and concentrates his clinical practice at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Haven, CT.


Yuh, David Daiho

Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery); Section Chief

Biography

Dr. David Yuh, is board-certified in thoracic surgery, he performs mostly adult cardiac surgical operations. As the founding Director of the Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgical Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Yuh performed the first robot-assisted cardiac operation at that institution in 2003 and developed a robust minimally invasive mitral repair practice during his ten years in Baltimore. He specializes in minimally invasive approaches toward valve repair and replacement and...

Dr. David Yuh, is board-certified in thoracic surgery, he performs mostly adult cardiac surgical operations. As the founding Director of the Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgical Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Yuh performed the first robot-assisted cardiac operation at that institution in 2003 and developed a robust minimally invasive mitral repair practice during his ten years in Baltimore. He specializes in minimally invasive approaches toward valve repair and replacement and surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation. These operations are performed using much smaller incisions than are possible with traditional approaches. Compared to standard open-chest cardiac surgery, these minimally invasive techniques involve less pain, fewer wound complications, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery time for patients, particularly the elderly. Dr. Yuh is continuing to explore different ways of performing cardiac operations in a minimally invasive fashion.

Dr. Yuh earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University and completed his general and cardiothoracic surgical residencies at the Stanford University Medical Center before taking his first academic faculty position at Hopkins. Dr. Yuh’s research interests lie in improving surgical robotic technology and developing computational models of the heart with advanced imaging techniques to improve preoperative surgical planning of complex reconstructive cardiac operations. Dr. Yuh has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation to fund this research. He is a permanent member of an NIH study section and has recently been selected to serve on the Circulatory Systems Advisory Panel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Yuh has written numerous research publications about heart and lung transplantation and surgical robotics, and has served as the lead editor of two textbooks in adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Yuh is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, serving on committees and chairing scientific sessions for both societies, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American College of Cardiology. He also serves as an editorial reviewer for The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Annals of Surgery, and Circulation.

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