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Roland Assi, MD, MMS

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cardiac); Associate Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, Surgery; Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Surgery; Medical Director of Perfusion Services, Heart and Vascular Center

Contact Information

Roland Assi, MD, MMS

Patient Care Location

Lab Location

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Cardiac Surgery

    PO Box 208062

    New Haven, CT 06520-8062

    United States



Roland Assi, MD, MMS is a cardiac surgeon who performs a range of heart surgeries. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of thoracic aortic disease such as aortic aneurysms and dissections, aortic valve surgery, advanced endovascular aortic surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, mitral valve surgery, heart and lung transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support devices.

Education & Training

  • Advanced Thoracic Aortic and Endovascular Surgery Fellow
    University of Pennsylvania (2019)
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Fellow
    University of Pennsylvania (2019)
  • General Surgery Resident
    Yale University (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Yale University (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    University College London (2013)
  • General Surgery Intern
    Yale University (2011)
  • MD
    St. Joseph University (2009)
  • MMS
    St. Joseph University (2007)


  • Aortic Valve and Root Anatomy and Function
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 2022
    5th North American Aortic Valve Repair Symposium 2022

Honors & Recognition

Sam Harvey Award for Distinguishing Work As The Ideal Yale Surgeon2017
Outstanding Resident Teaching and Leadership Award2017
Yale Surgical Society2017
Educational Chief Resident2016
New England Surgical Society2016
Society of Thoracic Surgeons2015
New England Surgical Society 1st Prize in Basic Science Research2014

Professional Service

National Institutes of HealthReviewer2024 - Present
Society of Thoracic SurgeonsSTS Workforce on Evidence Based Surgery 2024 - Present
American Heart AssociationCommittee Member2022 - Present
Thoracic Surgery FoundationGrant Reviewer2021 - Present
Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical AssociationMember2019 - Present
New England Surgical SocietyMember2017 - Present
Society o f Thoracic SurgeonsMember2017 - Present
American College of SurgeonsMember2012 - Present

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