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Arnar Geirsson

MD, FACS, FAHA
Professor of Surgery (Cardiac); Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Surgery

Contact Information

Arnar Geirsson, MD, FACS, FAHA

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Cardiac Surgery

    PO Box 208062

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8062

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Chief Division of Cardiac Surgery at Yale and Surgeon-in-chief, Cardiac Surgery, Yale-New Haven Health System.

Surgical Director Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Support, Yale-New Haven Health System.

Raised and received his medical education in Iceland. Trained in General Surgery at Yale University and Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Pennsylvania, 1998-2007. Faculty at Yale from 2007 until 2013 as Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. Lived in Iceland from 2013-2016 and worked as Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland. Returned to Yale in 2016 and appointed as Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Yale in 2017.

Maintains a very busy clinical practice which focuses on minimally invasive cardiac surgery and valve surgery, including robotic mitral valve repair and aortic valve repair. Performed the first minimally right thoracotomy mitral valve surgery at YNHH in 2009 and first robotic mitral valve surgery at YNHH in 2018. Research focus includes basic and clinical science research in mitral valve prolapse and aortic aneurysm disease.

Education & Training

  • MD
    University of Iceland (1997)
  • Chief Resident
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellow
    Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Resident
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Intern
    Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Intern
    Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Board Certification
    AB of Thoracic Surgery, Surgery (2008, recertified: 2016)

Departments & Organizations