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What's New in the Department of Surgery

NYP/Columbia Welcomes World Leader in Valve Surgery

Vinayat (Vinnie) Bapat, MD, a world-renowned surgeon with expertise in open heart and minimally-invasive valve surgery, and a pioneer of transcatheter devices, has joined the faculty at NYP/Columbia.
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

HeartMate 3™ Mechanical Assist Device FDA-Approved

Thanks in large part to the leadership of Columbia’s Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Programs, a new left ventricular assist device, the Heartmate 3™ LVAD is now FDA approved.
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NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital provides the most comprehensive care available for babies with multiple and complex congenital anomalies. “While other centers can handle a single system disease, our multidisciplinary team can address the most challenging patients all in one place, and provide the most advanced circulatory support for those with heart, lung and airway malformations,” says William Middlesworth, MD, director of the Pediatric Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program.
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Tetralogy of Fallot was in the news, as talk show host Jimmy Kimmel described the birth of his son whose skin turned a purplish hue with the first few hours. At NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, pediatric cardiac surgeons are making great advances in the surgery for tetralogy of Fallot, correcting these defects in a single-stage operation.
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Craig R. Smith, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery, with cardiac nurses.
What's New in the Department of Surgery

NYP/Columbia Celebrates Landmarks in Heart Surgery

On March 29, 2017 NYP/Columbia celebrated 60 years of innovation in open-heart surgery with a gathering of patients, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and an official proclamation from the New York State Assembly and Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer.
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"In the past ten years, we have been emphasizing prevention for many forms of heart disease,” says Dr. Edward Schuster, assistant clinical professor of Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. "With a healthy diet, no smoking and proper medication, we have cut the death rate from coronary events by 50 percent. In Fairfield County, where Columbia has an affiliate hospital, this figure has dropped by an impressive 80 percent, indicating that lifestyle changes can have a big effect."
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David Kalfa, MD, PhD, has received a grant from the CHD Coalition to create and test a new type of heart valve that can grow and conform to the patient’s anatomy over time. Such a device would benefit neonates, children and young adults with congenital heart disease, reducing the need for multiple surgeries and greatly improving their quality of life.
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The Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center at NYP/Columbia is making great strides in the treatment of children with this relatively rare diagnosis. In 2014, the hospital received accreditation as a Center of Comprehensive Care by the National PH Association. Established 20 years ago, Columbia’s program continues to be one of the largest in the world, drawing patients across the United States and from other countries.
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