NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Montefiore Medical Center transplanted its 300th heart,
"For nearly 20 years, Montefiore's heart transplant program has continued to grow and excel, achieving highly competitive patient survival rates while also sustaining our commitment to access to healthcare for all," said Robert E. Michler, M.D., professor and chairman of cardiothoracic & vascular surgery, professor and chairman of the department of surgery, Samuel I. Belkin Endowed Chair, Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "We are also proud of our leadership role in the field of heart surgery as evidenced by our work as principal investigators in major national clinical trials and this week's BronxHeart Symposium."
The BronxHeart Symposium invites global thought leaders in the field to educate colleagues on the latest developments in heart failure, transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support.
"Heart failure is a global epidemic affecting more than six million patients in the United States alone," said Ulrich Jorde, M.D., section head, heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support, vice chief, division of cardiology, professor of medicine, Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Our two-day course, led by 32 leaders in the fields of cardiology and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, will highlight current clinical practices, as well as the latest advanced therapies for the treatment of heart failure."
Montefiore's excellence in treating heart failure, as evidenced by the 300th heart transplant and BronxHeart Symposium, has a long and accomplished history; its first adult heart transplant was performed in 2001, and its first pediatric one in 2009. The longest living Montefiore heart transplant patient to date recently celebrated his 15th "birthday," the anniversary of his transplant surgery. With the 300th heart transplant, Montefiore performed its second bloodless heart transplant, using no blood transfusions: a major innovation in transplant care. Montefiore performed its first bloodless heart transplant in October 2014.
"Because our program continues to offer patients of all backgrounds the opportunity to live a healthier life, our annual volume of heart transplants continues to grow," said Daniel Goldstein, M.D., professor and vice chairman of the department of cardiothoracic surgery, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart & Vascular Care. "We are committed to using our expertise to turn lives around and give people hope. Using bloodless surgery is just one of the techniques we use to meet the needs of our culturally diverse population."
This year, Montefiore is celebrating 60 years of performing heart surgery. The Center's first open-heart surgery in 1957 was the beginning of a long history of clinical excellence including developing and using the world's first transvenous pacemaker system in 1958, and performing the first coronary artery bypass operation in 1960. Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart & Vascular Care has become a nationally recognized destination for heart and vascular care.
To learn more about the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart & Vascular Care, visit www.montefiore.org/heart and follow us on Montefiore's social media pages: Twitter @MontefioreNYC, Facebook, and YouTube.
About Montefiore Health SystemMontefiore Health System is one of New York's premier academic health systems and is a recognized leader in providing exceptional quality and personalized, accountable care to approximately three million people in communities across the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. It is comprised of 10 hospitals, including the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and close to 200 outpatient care sites. The advanced clinical and translational research at its' medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, directly informs patient care and improves outcomes. From the Montefiore-Einstein Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiology and vascular care, pediatrics, and transplantation, to its' preeminent school-based health program, Montefiore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system providing coordinated, comprehensive care to patients and their families. For more information please visit www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter and view us on Facebook and YouTube.
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