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Expanded Role for John D. Puskas, MD, FACS

Friday, September 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Briggs
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We are pleased to share the appointment of John D. Puskas, MD, FACS, as Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West.  In addition to assuming this new role, Dr. Puskas will continue to serve as Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Director of Surgical Coronary Revascularization for the Mount Sinai Health System.  Dr. Puskas has served in these positions since May 2014.


Dr. Puskas is internationally recognized for his expertise in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery, and began performing off-pump coronary bypass surgeries in 1996. In 1997, he performed the world's first triple off-pump bypass surgery. In addition to his extensive leadership in less invasive coronary bypass surgery, he is recognized for his work in all arterial revascularization strategies and robotic coronary revascularization. He has also been a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and aortic valve disease.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Puskas served at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta as Professor and Associate Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, founding Director of the Cardiothoracic Clinical Research Unit, and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Midtown Hospital.

Since joining the Mount Sinai Health System, Dr. Puskas has continued his pioneering work investigating the benefits of off-pump cardiac surgery, developing new surgical techniques, and testing the latest technologies in advanced clinical trials. He is currently the national Principal Investigator for three ongoing U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigational device trials. He also leads a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial of hybrid coronary revascularization being conducted in 50 clinical sites throughout North America. Dr. Puskas is a past president of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) and a member of ISMICS, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr. Puskas received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiothoracic surgery residency training at Emory University School of Medicine.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Puskas on his expanded role within the Mount Sinai Health System.


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