Our Heart Surgery Team

Our Cardiac Surgeons treat the full range of heart conditions and have high-level experience with all current and advanced cardiac procedures. To meet our team, call (212) 305-2633 or use our appointment request form.

For specialized care teams:
Heart Attacks/Cardiovascular Disease  |  Arrhythmia/Irregular Heart Rate  |  Heart Failure & Transplant  |  Valve Disease  |  Aorta  |  Congenital & Pediatric  |  Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy  |  Heart Tumors

Emile Bacha, MD | (212) 305-2688
Chief, Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
Director, Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center

Dr. Bacha is Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic, & Vascular Surgery and the director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center. His surgical expertise encompasses the full-spectrum of congenital and pediatric heart disease, including complex neonatal cardiac repairs and heart transplantation.

Hiroo Takayama, MD, PhD | (212) 305-6380
Section Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Takayama is Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery. For years, he has led the Aortic Center at Columbia, focusing on endovascular and minimally-invasive aortic treatments. He also specializes in minimally-invasive mitral repair, septal myectomy for hypertropic cardiomyopathy as well as complex high-risk surgical procedures.

Michael Argenziano, MD | (212) 305-5888
Associate Chief, Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Dr. Argenziano is a cardiac surgeon with decades of experience as a leader in the field. Dr. Argenziano's surgical expertise includes valve repair, coronary bypass, and treatment of cardiac tumors and arrhythmias, as well as minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

Isaac George, MD | (212) 305-4134
Dr. George performs all types of open complex adult cardiac surgery, including valve surgery, aortic aneurysm surgery, and coronary bypass grafting. He is a specialist in all forms of transcatheter valve therapies and is the Surgical Director of the Structural Heart & Valve Center.

Yuji Kaku, MD | (212) 305-0828
Dr. Kaku earned his medical degree from Tohoku University in Japan. After finishing his cardiovascular surgery residency at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, he came to the US to complete heart transplant and LVAD fellowships. His interests are coronary revascularization, heart transplant and LVAD surgery, and he serves as Surgical Director of Cardiogenic Shock.

David Kalfa, MD, PhD | (212) 305-5975
Dr. Kalfa is the Director of the Pediatric Heart Valve Center and Director of the Initiative for Pediatric Cardiac Innovation. His expertise includes the full spectrum of pediatric and adult congenital heart diseases including minimally-invasive procedures and heart transplantation.

Syed T. Raza, MD, FACS | (212) 305-3305
Dr. Raza is the medical director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Step-Down Unit. His background as a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon gives him a unique perspective on management of patients after heart surgery.

Craig R. Smith, MD | (212) 305-8312
Dr. Smith is Chair of Surgery at Columbia and a renowned heart surgeon. Dr. Smith's surgical expertise includes aortic and mitral valve operations, aortic procedures, and coronary artery bypass. Dr. Smith's research into transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has shaped international standards in heart care.

Henry M. Spotnitz, MD | (212) 305-6191
Dr. Spotnitz is known for his skill in arrhythmia surgery. He developed unique clinical methods for insertion of transvenous pacemakers and defibrillators in infants and children.

Koji Takeda, MD, PhD | (212) 305-5156
Dr. Takeda is the director of the Cardiac Transplant program, one of the highest- volume programs in the country. He also has expertise in acute/chronic pulmonary embolism care as well as high-risk CABG and valve procedures requiring perioperative mechanical circulatory support.

Our team is located at:

Cardiac Surgery, Room 7-435
Milstein Hospital Building, 7th Floor
177 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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Orange County Office
1995 Route 17M
Goshen, NY 10924
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New Jersey Office
25 Rockwood
Englewood, NJ 07631
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We’re here to help you, whether it’s for diagnosis, treatment, or a second opinion. To learn more about our specialized programs & services, call (212) 305-2633 or Request an Appointment