Group News

An interview with Michael Argenziano, MD, Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery.
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We sat down with co-directors of the Aortic Center, Virendra Patel, MD, and Hiroo Takayama, MD, to discuss the exciting new clinical trial for endovascular total aortic arch replacement—a device called the RelayBranch System.
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Columbia’s heart surgery team has been recognized for its unparalleled quality with the highest ranking available to any center.
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The impact of the results from low-risk TAVR trials will be felt for many years. It will be felt by a wide group - surgeons, cardiologists, hospital systems, insurance companies, and most importantly patients.
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While it’s been around for years, TAVR was initially used as a last-chance option for people with highly severe aortic disease who wouldn’t be healthy enough to endure the intensity of a traditional surgery
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Reporting Outcomes in Surgery
For 30 years, cardiac surgeons have tracked their outcomes data in the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database - but why?
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Columbia heart surgeons discuss age limits and quality testing for surgeons
Earlier this month the New York Times explored an important question: “When is the surgeon too old to operate?” Columbia's heart surgeons give us their insight.
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Dr. Takayama and Dr. Patel perform an aortic surgery
Aortic surgery experts at Columbia explain how aortic surgery patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach between cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons.
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What can heart surgery outcomes tell patients?
Heart surgery has come a long way from when Dr. F. John Lewis performed one of the first open heart surgeries on a 5-year-old girl in 1952 to correct a birth defect that left a hole in the wall of the upper chamber in her heart.
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