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Konstadinos A. Plestis, MD, named system chief, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute

Lankenau Medical Center May 20, 2014 News Releases

Main Line Health (MLH) has named Konstadinos A. Plestis, MD, system chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the Lankenau Heart Institute. Dr. Plestis, who most recently served as director of aortic surgery and the Aortic Wellness Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, brings more than 20 years of cardiovascular surgical experience, specifically in aortic surgery, to his new role. 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 aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, and complex valvular and coronary disease.

In his position at Main Line Health, Dr. Plestis will assume a leadership role within the Lankenau Heart Institute—Main Line Health's team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and subspecialists seamlessly integrated into one uncompromising service focused on prevention, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and disease management. In particular, Dr. Plestis will oversee the ongoing clinical advancement of the Lankenau Heart Institute's Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery program.

In welcoming Dr. Plestis, Andrew Norton, MD, chief medical officer, Main Line Health, stated: “Dr. Plestis brings considerable talents and clinical knowledge to Main Line Health and the Lankenau Heart Institute, further enhancing our ability to provide superior cardiac care to our patients across the region and beyond. We are honored that Dr. Plestis has chosen to come to Main Line Health to offer his experience and partner with us as we advance our position as a true destination for heart care.”

Kyle Kramer, vice president, clinical operations at Main Line Health noted, “Dr. Plestis's experience builds upon an already strong foundation in minimally invasive cardiac surgical intervention at Main Line Health and immediately positions our program as one of the most comprehensive and advanced cardiac surgical programs in the broader region.”

During his tenure with Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Plestis led a service that offered integrated care of aortic disease, available only at a few hospitals in the nation, involving collaboration among cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, structural cardiologists and internal medicine physicians. Prior to joining Lenox Hill, Dr. Plestis served as associate director of aortic surgery and assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

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 in Houston, where he trained with Michael DeBakey, MD, during the development of aortic surgery in the early 1990s, and a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.

Dr. Plestis, who is board-certified in general surgery, vascular surgery and thoracic surgery, has been honored with top doctor status from Castle Connelley, 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, and The Michael DeBakey International Surgical Society and the Society of Heart Valve Disease amongst others. 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.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Lankenau Heart Institute

The Lankenau Heart Institute is Main Line Health’s premier, comprehensive cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. The Lankenau Heart Institute brings together the clinical expertise of all four Main Line Health acute care hospitals and community cardiology practices to ensure that patients receive a level of quality, service, and experience that is unprecedented in the region. Through the system-wide coordination of services, the Lankenau Heart Institute delivers preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative cardiovascular services at each of our locations including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.

Lankenau Heart Institute continues to be a pioneer in the use of beating-heart techniques and robotic-assisted procedures for coronary artery revascularization, minimally invasive and transcatheter approaches for valve repair and replacement, and complex aortic surgeries. With our growing experience and focus on minimally invasive techniques, Lankenau Heart Institute has expanded participation in clinical trials year over year. Our physicians are frequently invited to participate in clinical/medical device trials, many of these designed to facilitate minimally invasive procedures/approaches.

With a collaborative team of expert consultative cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and specially trained nurses and technologists, the Lankenau Heart Institute is dedicated to managing and treating patients with heart failure, aortic disease, coronary and peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm disorders and valve disease. Our team of cardiologists and cardiac specialists provide patients and their families with expert cardiac care, close to home.