The Aortic Wellness Center is under the leadership of Konstadinos A. Plestis, MD, System Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. The program was established in 2014, when Dr. Plestis joined Lankenau Heart Institute and assembled a dedicated team of specialists to provide comprehensive treatment of all aspects of aortic disease. Dr. Plestis has more than 20 years of experience in aortic surgery. Between 1998 and 2014, Dr. Plestis performed 1,225 complex aortic surgical procedures spanning every segment of the aorta, with excellent outcomes.
As a nationally recognized leader in the field of cardiac surgery, Dr. Plestis maintains an active surgical practice focusing on the care of patients with complex aortic disease, including ascending aortic aneurysms, aortic root aneurysms, arch aneurysms, descending aneurysms, thoracoabdominal aneurysms, aortic dissections, complex valvular and coronary disease.
Dr. Plestis earned his medical degree from Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed a General Surgery residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, a Vascular Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
Dr. Plestis is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery and has been honored with top doctor status from Castle Connolly, Best Doctors® in America, New York Super Doctors, U.S. News & World Report and the Consumers Research Council of America. His memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Society of Vascular Surgery, The Michael DeBakey International Surgical Society and the Society of Heart Valve Disease and International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS).
He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/ Hemostasis. Dr. Plestis has made numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals, has participated in many clinical trials and is a frequent presenter on aortic surgery at national and international conferences.
- Gender: Male
- Years of Experience: 23
- Language: English, Greek