Our Team

Columbia University Medical Center Attending Physicians

Emile Bacha, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Phone: 212.305.2688
Fax: 212.305.4408

Michael Argenziano, MD
Section Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery
Phone: 212.305.5888
Fax: 212.305.2439

Michael Borger, MD
Phone: 212.305.4980
Fax: 212.305.2439

Paul Chai, MD
Phone: 212.305.5975

Isaac George, MD
Phone at Valve Center: 212.342.0444
Phone at CT Surgery Office: 212.305.4134

Yoshifumi Naka, MD, PhD
Phone: 212.305.0828
Fax: 212.305.2439

Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS
Phone: 212.305.4434
Fax: 212.342.3520

Jan Modest Quaegebeur, MD
Phone: 212.305.5975
Fax: 212.305.4408

Syed T. Raza, MD, FACS
Phone: 212.305.3305
Fax: 212.305.2439

Craig R. Smith, MD
Phone: 212.305.8312
Fax: 212.305.0905

Henry M. Spotnitz, MD
Phone: 212.305.6191
Fax: 212.305.9724

Hiroo Takayama, MD, PhD
Phone: 212.305.6380
Fax: 212.342.3520

Koji Takeda, MD, PhD
Phone: 212.305.5156
Fax: 212.305.2439

Division Administrator

Diane Amato
Phone: 212.305.4902
Fax: 212.305.0905

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Chief
  • Eric Beninghof, PA
Operating Room
  • George Gibbons, PA
  • Erica Guidicipietro, PA
  • Jennifer Hsiao, PA
  • Erin Martin, PA
  • Debbie Savarese, PA
  • Chris Wheelock, PA
Inpatients/5GN
  • Laura Altman, PA
  • Rachel Ashbrook
  • Sarah Boss, PA
  • Katelyn Buckley
  • Ying Yu Chan, PA
  • Allison Chang
  • Emily Clark, PA
  • Andrea Corpora, PA
  • Tom Cosola
  • Chris Coughlin
  • Brad Crerar, PA
  • Diane DeMartino, PA
  • Jimmy Doolittle, PA
  • Devin Flanigan, PA
  • Jessica Fox, PA
  • Jessica Fraser, PA
  • Michelle James, PA
  • Garrett Nintzel
  • Natalie-Nicole O'Brien
  • Jessica Panarella
  • Mindi Rodgers, PA
  • Julianne Straface
  • Emmy Xhemali

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapists

Lori Buck, PT, MS, CCS

Advanced Clinician of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy. Graduate of Long Island University. Certified as a Cardiopulmonary Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Theresa Morrone, PT, MS, CCS

Director of Physical Therapy. Graduate of Columbia University. Certified as a Cardiopulmonary Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Kim Stavrolakes, PT, MS, CCS

Supervisor of the Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy area. Graduate of Long Island University. Certified as a Cardiopulmonary Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Denise Vilotijevic, PT, MA, MS, CCS

Supervisor of the Inpatient Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Area. Graduate of Columbia University. Certified as a Cardiopulmonary Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

David Zemmel, PT, MS, CCS

Assistant Supervisor of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy area. Treats in the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation area. Graduate of Columbia University. Certified as a Cardiopulmonary Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Note: For outpatient physical therapy, please call 212.305.4695.

Cardiac Social Workers – Phone: 212.305.1969

Stephen Moore LCSW
Graduate of Columbia University, Master of Science in Clinical Social Work

Financial Coordinator

Michelle Castro, financial coordinator, works with every patient to secure presurgical approval and coverage by patients' insurance companies.