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07.21.09

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For Immediate Release

Kourosh Asgarian MD Appointed Director of Cardiac Surgery at The Heart Institute

The Heart Institute, one of the nation’s leading heart care facilities located in Staten Island, NY, announced today, the appointment of their new Director of Cardiac Surgery, Kourosh Asgarian, MD.

Dr. Asgarian has extensive experience in areas of Cardiothoracic Surgery, including minimally invasive thoracoscopic and laparoscopic esophageal and pulmonary surgery, minimally invasive “off-pump” beating-heart surgery, mitral and aortic valvular repair and replacement, robotic heart and lung surgery, and arrhythmia surgery.

Dr. Joseph T. McGinn, renowned Medical Director of The Heart Institute said, “We’re proud to welcome Dr. Asgarian to our elite facility. His wealth of experience and knowledge will strengthen our ability to deliver the absolute best cardiac care to the New York metropolitan area.”

Dr. Asgarian is board certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. He received his doctor of osteopathy degree from New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), Old Westbury, New York, where he ranked in the top one percent of his class. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital, New Jersey. He also completed clerkships in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, and Cornell Medical Center, New York. Dr. Asgarian continued his training in Cardiothoracic Surgery with a Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Asgarian has received much recognition throughout his career including the Five Star Award for Patient Satisfaction, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Zero Coronary Mortality Recognition HUMC for 2005–2007. Most recently, Dr. Asgarian was an attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center. Additionally, he is a teaching professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Newark, New Jersey.

“It’s an honor to be appointed Director of Cardiac Surgery at The Heart Institute,” said Dr. Asgarian. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to join one of the nation’s top cardiothoracic surgical teams. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated surgeons, nurses and staff at The Heart Institute.”

ABOUT MICS CABG

MICS CABG is different than traditional bypass surgery, in that, it is performed through three small incisions, rather than the typical sternotomy incision. In addition, it is performed without having to break the ribs or the breastbone. Major benefits of this advanced procedure include less pain, lower risk of wound infection and minimized scarring for an improved cosmetic outcome. Most patients leave the hospital within two to three days and resume normal activities within a couple of weeks.

ABOUT THE HEART INSTITUTE

From pioneering techniques in heart surgery and angioplasties, to the most advanced diagnostic technologies, postsurgical outpatient care and prevention programs, The Heart Institute ranks among the nation’s leading heart hospitals. Procedures include coronary bypass operations, heart valve repair/replacements, angioplasty and cardiac catheterizations. Opened in 2001, The Heart institute is jointly operated by Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center.