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Michael Argenziano, MD

Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
Director, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Director, Surgical Arrhythmia Program
Associate Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery Section


Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)
Aneurysm Repair
Aortic Dissection
Aortic Valve Surgery
Arrhythmia Surgery
Arterial Insufficiency
Arterial Stents
Bicuspid Aortic Valve
Bloodless Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Cardiac Valve Replacement
Cardiac Valve Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease
Coronary Artery Bypass
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Failure
Heart Surgery
Heart Transplantation
Heart Valve Repair
Heart Valve Surgery
Marfan Syndrome
Mechanical Assist Device
Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Reconstruction
Mitral Valve Repair
Mitral Valve Surgery
Off Pump Coronary Bypass Surgery
Open Heart Surgery
Pericardial Disease
Robotic Surgery
Second Opinion
Thoracic Aneurysm
Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
Thoracic Aneurysm Surgery
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Valve Reconstruction/Repair
Valve Replacement


Michael Argenziano, MD, FACS, is Associate Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He also serves as the director of the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Arrhythmia programs, director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Laboratory and Clinical Research Program, and program director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency program. Dr. Argenziano received his medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his postgraduate training at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Argenziano is board certified in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He is the immediate past president of the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery. He has authored more than 100 publications, presented at numerous scientific conferences, and received several grants and awards for his research. He has led two national trials of robotic surgery, and his atrial fibrillation research has been supported by the TSFRE's Career Development Award. He currently serves as Columbia's principal investigator in the NIH/NHLBI Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigations.


2015-2016: New York Magazine's Top Doctors

2011: Young Heart Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine, American Heart Association

2011-2012: Educational Simulation Research Grant, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education

2010-2011: President, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery

2009: Physician of the Year, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Department of Surgery

2007-2012: Executive Council, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery

2007-2010: Career Development Award, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education

2007-2012: Principal Site Investigator, National Institutes of Health U01 Network Grant. "Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigations"

2004: Fellow, American College of Surgeons

2002: "Best Oral Presentation" Award at the Scientific Sessions of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, New York. Title of Presentation: "A totally endoscopic, beating heart approach to pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation."

1996-1998: Blakemore Award for Excellence in Surgical Research, Columbia University Medical Center

1996: Claire-Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award (Healing the Children Guatemala Heart Surgery Team)

1992: Allen O. Whipple Prize for Excellence in Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

1992: Sandoz Award for Excellence in Research, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

1992: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society


Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
Heart transplantation and mechanical assistance
Treatment of atrial fibrillation
Thoracic surgery education/simulation


Journal ArticlesIribarne A, Russo MJ, Easterwood R, Hong KN, Yang J, Cheema FH, Smith CR, Argenziano M. "Minimally invasive versus sternotomy approach for mitral valve surgery: a propensity analysis." Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2011.

Iribarne A, Karpenko A, Russo MJ, Cheema FH, Umann T, Oz MC, Smith C, Argenziano M. "Eight year experience with minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery." World J Surg. 2010 Apr;34(4):611-5.

Russo MJ, Martens TP, Hong KN, Colman DL, Voleti VB, Smith CR Jr, Argenziano M. Minimally invasive versus standard approach for excision of atrial masses. Heart Surg Forum. 2007;10(1):E50-54.

Ben-Gal Y, Stone GW, Smith CR, Genereux P, Weisz G, Williams MR, Argenziano M. "On-Pump versus Off-Pump Surgical Revascularization in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes: Analysis from the ACUITY Trial." Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010.

Iribarne A, Easterwood R, Russo MJ, Yang J, Cheema FH, Smith CR, Argenziano M. "Long term outcomes with a minimally invasive approach for resection of cardiac masses." Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2010; 90(4):1251-55.

Hong KN, Russo MJ, Williams MR, Abbasi A, Sorabella R, Martens TP, Smith CR Jr, Oz MC, Argenziano M. "Patient-specific characteristics determine success of surgical atrial fibrillation ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation." Heart Surg Forum. 2007;10(6):E468-72.

Argenziano M, Skipper E, Heimansohn D, Letsou G, Woo YJ, Kron I, Alexander J, Cleveland J, Kong B, Davidson M, Vassiliades T, Krieger K, Sako E, Tibi P, Galloway A, Foster E, Feldman T, and Glower D; for the EVEREST Investigators. "Surgical revision after percutaneous mitral repair with the MitraClip device." Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Jan:89(1):72-80.

Topkara VK, Williams MR, Cheema FH, Vigilance DW, Garrido MJ, Russo MJ, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation: the Columbia Presbyterian experience. J Card Surg. 2006;21(5):441-448.

Argenziano M, Katz M, Bonatti J, Srivastava S, Murphy D, Poirier R, Loulmet D, Siwek L, Kreaden U, Ligon D, for the TECAB Trial Investigators. Results of the prospective multicenter trial of robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006;81:1666-1675.

Morgan JA, Thornton BA, Peacock JC, Hollingsworth KW, Smith CR, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Does robotic technology make minimally invasive cardiac surgery too expensive? A hospital cost analysis of robotic and conventional techniques. J Card Surg. 2005 May-Jun;20(3):246-251.

Nifong LW, Chitwood WR, Pappas PS, Smith CR, Argenziano M, Starnes VA, Shah PM. Robotic mitral valve surgery: a United States multicenter trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005 Jun;129(6):1395-1404.

Bisleri G, Vigilance DW, Morgan JA, Argenziano M. Efficacy of the "box" lesion pattern for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in presence of mitral valve disease. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 May;77(5):1879-1880; author reply 1880.

Williams MR, Garrido M, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Alternative energy sources for surgical atrial ablation. J Card Surg. 2004 May-Jun;19(3):201-206.

Morgan JA, Morales DL, Ginsburg ME, Kherani AR, Vigilance DW, Cheema FH, Smith CR, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Endoscopic, robotically assisted implantation of phrenic pacemakers. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003;126(2):582-3.

Argenziano M, Oz MC, Kohmoto T, Morgan J, Dimitui J, Mongero L, Beck J, Smith CR. "Totally Endoscopic Atrial Septal Defect Repair With Robotic Assistance" Circulation. 2003 Sep 9;108 (Suppl II):II-191-II-194.

Oz MC, Argenziano M, eds. "Left ventricular assist devices." Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 2000;43(1).

Argenziano M, Spotnitz HM, Bigger JT Jr., Whang W, Parides M, Rose EA. "Risk stratification for coronary bypass surgery in patients with left ventricular dysfunction: analysis of the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patch Trial database." Circulation 1999;100(suppl II):II-119-II-124.

Books/MonographsCheema FH, Argenziano M. "Robotic ASD Repair." Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery: Atlas and Guide. Chitwood RW, Kernstine K, editors. Springer, NY, 2010.

Argenziano M. "Robotically-assisted open heart surgery." Robotic Surgery, Gharagozloo F and Najam F, eds. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Mongero LB, Beck JR, eds. "On Bypass: Advanced Perfusion Techniques." Current Cardiac Surgery Series, Argenziano M, Oz MC, series editors. Humana Press, New York, 2008.

Argenziano M, editor. "Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation." Special Issue of the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, April 2003.

Argenziano M and Williams M. "Robotic ASD repair and endoscopic treatment of atrial fibrillation." In: Seminars in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery: Robotic Cardiac Surgery, F Mohr and V Falk, eds., 2003.

Argenziano M and Ginsburg ME, editors. "Lung volume reduction surgery." Humana Press, Inc., 2002.

Williams MR, Argenziano M. "Less Invasive Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation." In: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, DJ Goldstein and MC Oz, eds. Futura Publishing Co., Inc., 2002.

Argenziano M. "Totally endoscopic open-heart surgery." In: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, DJ Goldstein and MC Oz, eds. Futura Publishing Co., Inc., 2002.

Argenziano M, Rose EA. "Exploiting our understanding of pathogenetic mechanisms in developing surgical interventions." In: Pathogenetic basis of myocardial diseases, R. Virmani and J Willerson, eds. (2002).

Oz MC, Argenziano M, editors. "Left ventricular assist devices." Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 2000;43(1).

Argenziano M, Oz MC, Rose EA. "The continuing evolution of mechanical cardiac assistance." Current Problems in Surgery, 1997;34(4):317-388.