In honor of February being “heart month,” the February 21, 2014 episode of ABC’s The View, entitled “Barbara’s Heart to Heart,” featured Emile Bacha, MD, Director, Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian.

In this episode, Dr. Bacha escorts Barbara Walters through the hospital where she underwent heart surgery four years ago. She says that while most of us think of heart disease as affecting adults, babies can have heart disease too. Dr. Bacha introduces her to three such patients in the pediatric surgery ward, which treats children born with serious heart defects from before birth up to age 18.

According to Dr. Bacha, 99% of patients recover “very well” after surgery for congenital heart defects. But the team’s goal is not merely recovery. “Most are able to live normal lives and participate in sports and other activities. That is very important to us,” says Dr. Bacha.

In his typical modest style, Dr. Bacha says, “I am just the front person. The real work is done by everybody else — it truly takes a team.”


Emile Bacha, MD

Emile Bacha, MD

Nature Reviews Cardiology, a prominent peer-reviewed journal, published a review of minimally invasive pediatric heart surgery by Emile Bacha, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and David Kalfa, MD, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.

In this review, intended for general practitioners and members of multidisciplinary teams caring for children who require heart surgery, Drs. Bacha and Kalfa provide an overview of minimally invasive techniques as they apply to sternal-sparing incisions, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robotically assisted surgery (RAS), hybrid procedures, minimization of the effects of cardiopulmonary bypass, and other specific ‘trauma-sparing’ strategies.

The overarching goal is to teach practitioners how to “treat more while hurting less,” according to the authors.

Related Link:

Nature Reviews Cardiology: Minimally invasive paediatric cardiac surgery


Announcement: Division of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

February 11, 2013

TweetWithin the NYP/Columbia Department of Surgery, more than two dozen departments and programs offer specialized care in breast surgery, colorectal surgery, pancreas surgery, and more. The department is pleased to announce that three of its divisions – Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Vascular Surgery – have united into an integrated Division of Cardiac, Thoracic, and […]

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What types of heart diseases are treated with surgery?

February 8, 2013

TweetSometimes it takes more than medicine to treat heart disease. In this brief Sharecare video, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Emile Bacha discusses when and why heart disease requires surgery. Dr. Bacha is Chief, Division of Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery and Director of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Bacha […]

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2013 Cardiac Critical Care CME: Current Concepts in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Critical Care

January 28, 2013

TweetCourse: Current Concepts in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Critical Care Date:  Thursday, March 21, 2013 Time: 7:00am – 5:40pm Location: Columbia University Faculty House, 
64 Morningside Drive, 
New York, NY 10027 Course Director: Arthur J. Smerling, MD Program Director: Emile A. Bacha, MD Associate Program Director: Sandra M. McGill-Lane, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRN  NewYork-Presbyterian […]

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NYP/Columbia Physicians Major Participants in Cardiovascular Conference

December 3, 2012

TweetThe world’s largest and most important educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine, the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Conference, featured dozens of NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center doctors, PAs, RNs, and other health care professionals. Gregg W. Stone, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Research and Education, NYP/Columbia, was this year’s codirector of the TCT Conference, […]

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U.S. News & World Report Recognizes 33 Top Doctors at NYP/Columbia Department of Surgery

September 21, 2012

TweetCongratulations to the thirty three surgeons at the Department of Surgeon for being recognized by U.S. News & World Report in their 2012 list of Top Doctors. Of these top-ranked surgeons, U.S. News further identified seventeen physicians as being in the top one percent in the nation in their specialties. U.S. News & World Report’s […]

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One-Day Symposium on Cardiovascular Research

August 27, 2012

TweetThe First Annual Cardiovascular Translational Research Symposium will be held on September 22 at The Valley Hospital Conference Center in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Jointly sponsored by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, the conference focuses on the impact of translational research on cardiovascular medicine. Keynote Speaker Valentine […]

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NY Magazine Recognizes 16 Top Docs at NYP/Columbia

June 7, 2012

TweetCongratulations to sixteen surgeons at the Department of Surgery for being named top doctors by New York Magazine. This annual list recognizes 1160 physicians from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who are considered top in their fields of expertise. This year, the magazine recognized faculty from nine divisions at NYP/Columbia Department of Surgery: Plastic […]

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In the Zone: A day in the life of a pediatric cardiac surgeon

February 10, 2012

TweetInterview with Emile Bacha, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center In this interview, Dr. Bacha, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, provides a glimpse into what it is like to perform open heart surgery on children every day, and what it takes to excel in such […]

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