Top ranked surgeons at the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Mass., perform some of the region’s most state-of-the-art cardiac surgery procedures available. Our cardiac center offers high quality procedures ranging from the most complex cardiac surgeries to robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries, and are tailored specifically for each individual patient. We treat a variety of cardiac conditions, including the prevention or alleviation of chest pain, heart failure or heart attack, heart valve defects and aortic aneurysms.
The Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery is led by Arvind Agnihotri, MD, a leader in the field of cardiac surgery.
Advanced cardiac surgery is any surgical procedure performed on the heart or vessels. Frequently, it is done to correct acquired or congenital defects, replace diseased valves, open or bypass blocked vessels, or graft a prosthesis or a transplant.
There are two types of cardiac surgery procedures performed, open and closed. The open technique is done by opening the heart chambers so they are fully visible and blood is detoured from the area through a heart-lung machine. The closed technique is completed through a small incision without the use of a lung machine.
The Steward® Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery tailors each surgical procedure for the individual patient, with a specially trained cardiac surgery team working together to provide comprehensive care before, during and after the surgery.
Arvind Agnihotri, MD, chief of the Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery, is a leader in the field of cardiac surgery and the most experienced minimally invasive cardiac surgeon in the Northeast. Dr. Agnihotri's special interests include complex adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve repair, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive bypass surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, and aortic surgery. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, he was the director of Cardiac Quality Assessment and Improvement for the Partners Health Care System, and director of the Robotic Heart Surgery Program and trans-catheter valve program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Agnihotri has a diverse background in engineering, computer science, and mathematics, and has published numerous publications and book chapters. His areas of interest include device development, outcomes research, database development, the electronic medical record and medical simulation. He holds several memberships, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.
Training our cardiac surgeons to use the most cutting-edge medical procedures available is a high priority at the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery. Specifically, we train our surgeons in the techniques of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted cardiac surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system. This surgical system includes a second console, which allows another surgeon or surgeon-in-training to participate in surgeries under the direction of a more experienced robotic surgeon.
Chief, Cardiac Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Cardiac Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's
St. Elizabeth's Medical Office Building
11 Nevins Street
Brighton, MA 02135