Bpt_7i7CEAI9wD5We’re proud to announce that New York Magazine has chosen 15 faculty members from the Columbia University Department of Surgery for its 2014 Best Doctors list.

Michael Argenziano, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Jeffrey Ascherman, MD (Plastic Surgery)
Emile A. Bacha, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Marc Bessler, MD (Bariatric Surgery)
John A. Chabot, MD (GI/Endocrine Surgery)
Jean C. Emond, MD (Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery)
Daniel L. Feingold, MD (Colon & Rectal Surgery)
Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD (Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery)
Tomoaki Kato, MD (Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery)
James A. Lee, MD (GI/Endocrine Surgery)
William Middlesworth, MD (Pediatric Surgery)
Nicholas J. Morrissey, MD (Vascular Surgery)
Yoshifuma Naka, MD, PhD (Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery )
Mehmet C. Oz, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Craig R. Smith, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Joshua R. Sonett, MD (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

For the full list of physicians and ranking criteria, visit


Pediatric Heart Surgery: Congenital Heart Defects

by Columbia Surgery on May 2, 2014

Congenital Heart Center treats the sickest of newborns, with outcomes among the best in the nation.

Every year, about 30,000 children in the United States, about one percent of all live births, are born with congenital heart defects. Many babies require surgery within hours of birth.

Under the direction of pediatric cardiovascular surgeon Emile Bacha, MD and pediatric cardiologist Julie A. Vincent, MD the Congenital Heart Center is one of the largest and most preeminent pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery centers in the nation. Families come from around the country and around the world to seek the most advanced, safest, and proven treatments for newborns with life-threatening conditions such as transposition of the great arteries, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and complex left ventricular obstruction.

Prenatal Diagnosis and Intervention

For some children, taking care of their hearts must begin even before they are born. The Congenital Heart Center has one of the largest and most experienced maternal-fetal medicine teams in the country; the Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics is the only one of its kind in the metropolitan New York area, offering comprehensive, multidisciplinary prenatal diagnosis and therapy in conjunction with pediatric subspecialty consultation.

Cardiac Critical Care

A highly specialized team of neonatologists and cardiologists with subspecialties in neonatal cardiac care, the Congenital Heart Center offers the enormous resources needed when treating serious heart defects. The center offers all levels of care and one-to-one patient/nurse ratios.

Surgeons at the center perform more than 600 surgeries for congenital heart disease every year and offer the best possible surgical outcomes. Despite treating babies with some of the most complex heart conditions, survival rates at the center significantly surpass the national average, with children routinely returning to normal levels of activity and living into adulthood. The mortality rate for newborns at the Congenital Heart Center is among the lowest in the nation: 4.6% compared to a national benchmark of 9.8%*. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked NewYork-Presbyterian as one of the top pediatric heart and heart surgery programs nationally, reflecting its reputation and surgical outcomes, the expertise of our surgical teams, volume of cases and other patient-care related data.

According to Dr. Bacha, “By focusing exclusively on neonates with cardiac disease, we feel we have developed unsurpassed expertise in the care of low birthweight and premature babies in particular.”

Pediatric Interventional Cardiology

The center has particular expertise in pediatric interventional cardiology, a unique specialty that involves the non-surgical treatment of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disorders. A few examples of catheter-based interventions include:

  • Angioplasty, including dilation and stent implantation, to open narrowed arteries and veins
  • Atrial septoplasty or blade septostomy to treat pulmonary hypertension
  • Coil and Amplatzer device closure of open ductus
  • arteriosus, atrial septal defect, Fontan fenestration, and patent foramen ovale.

Surgeons and interventional cardiologists at the center use an innovative hybrid technique, combining surgery with a catheter-based intervention, to treat babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This approach achieves comparable results as the Norwood procedure, and can sometimes be safer for high risk infants because it avoids using the heart-lung machine.

Other advanced therapies available at the Congenital Heart Center include:

  • Minimally invasive, transfusion-free repair of atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect
  • Hybrid procedure to close ventricular septal defect
  • Percutaneous (under the skin) valve replacement therapy.

The center is renowned for its pioneering work in pediatric heart valve repair, its expertise in ventricular assist devices, and outstanding results with the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in children with cardiorespiratory failure.

For information about The Congenital Heart Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, please visit: or call: 212.305.2688.

*Mortality data provided by Society of Thoracic Surgeons database


Emile Bacha, MD is Featured on ABC’s The View with Barbara Walters

February 27, 2014

TweetIn 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 […]

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Emile Bacha, MD, Publishes Review of Minimally Invasive Pediatric Heart Surgery in Nature Reviews Cardiology

January 20, 2014

TweetNature 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 […]

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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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