I am a cardiac surgeon at Lankenau Heart Institute. I treat coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is a major cause of death and suffering, and I am dedicated to restoring health and quality of life for people affected by the disease.
My goal as a heart surgeon is to find the safest, most effective, and least invasive way to restore normal blood flow to a heart badly affected by CAD. I specialize in advanced forms of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. During CABG, a "bypass" is created around a blocked heart vessel using a blood vessel moved from another part of the patient's body. When a person has several blocked vessels, CABG often is combined with stents (little scaffolds to hold a blood vessel open) in what is called a hybrid procedure.
CABG surgery has advanced greatly and can now be done through very small incisions. When appropriate, a surgical robot is also used to assist with the operation. I have found that using the robot during CABG surgery helps me perform these delicate operations more precisely.
I am pleased to offer patients the most advanced techniques available for treating CAD, including:
- Robotic CABG and robotic totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) surgery—a highly sophisticated approach to CABG surgery using tiny incisions
- Hybrid revascularization (robotic CABG plus stent placement) for multivessel CAD
- Off-pump ("beating heart") CABG—bypass surgery done while the heart continues to beat normally
My journey as a cardiac surgeon started in Italy, where I was born. When I was 17, I read a life-changing book about an Italian surgeon's humanitarian work treating Afghan children maimed by explosive devices designed to look like toys. I realized then that I wanted to be a doctor so I, too, could help people.
I was accepted to a leading medical school in Italy, at University of Padua, and graduated cum laude. Midway through medical school I observed a heart transplant and at that moment knew I wanted to be a heart surgeon. After completing a cardiac surgery residency in Italy, I came to the United States and spent an additional 8 years training in advanced forms of minimally invasive cardiac surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and at University of Chicago Medicine.
I joined Main Line Health in 2021 and serve as Director of Robotic Coronary Revascularization at Lankenau Heart Institute. In this role, I have the honor of pursuing my passion of minimally invasive coronary surgery in a program where more robotic CABG surgeries have been performed than anywhere else in the country.
- Gender: Male
- Language: English, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic