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.