I joined the Penn Aorta Center as a cardiac surgeon after completing fellowships in cardiothoracic and advanced aortic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. I appreciate how Penn Medicine prioritizes teamwork and the collective motivation to move the field forward.
My particular specialties include valve replacement, with surgical or transcatheter techniques, as well as complex valve repair. I also operate on Types A and B dissections and complex aneurysms of the aortic root, ascending aorta and thoracoabdominal segments. On the research side, I’m heading up a new biobank that seeks to provide further insight into aortic disease and how it progresses.
My interest in cardiac pathology was born in childhood. When my grandfather needed a coronary artery bypass, I had the opportunity to meet a surgeon. This experience left a lasting impression, and I entered medical school with the goal of becoming a heart surgeon.
I focus on listening to my patients' individual goals while making recommendations that are aligned with the best evidence to meet them. As a surgeon with my patients, we truly practice shared decision making.