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Visiting Cardiothoracic Surgeon 

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Professor Dr. Prashant Vaijyanath

Professor Vaijyanath is a graduate of India’s world-famous Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) where he topped his class in receiving his Master of Surgery degree.  He then went on to obtain his MCH degree in Cardiothoracic Surgery from India’s top ranked All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He was thereafter inducted as the youngest Professor at AIIMS where he remained for 10 years. He also is a former fellow of Harvard Medical Medical School in Boston USA and Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio USA. 

Professor Vaijyanath’s professional career is even more impressive. His body of work is highly regarded and respected in India among his peers having performed over 15,000 Open Heart Surgeries in his career. His long list of accomplishments includes performing the first heart transplant in India in 1994, the first successful heterotopic heart transplant on a native beating heart with direct pulmonary anastomosis in the world in 2017, the first transcatheter aortic vale implantation (TAVI) in India in 2010 among several other pioneering and innovative firsts in his native India. 

He brings to the ACIST team this unmatched wealth of experience along with a unique skill set in a number of areas of complex cardiac surgery including 1.Off-pump beating heart total revascularization CABG surgery. 2. Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass graft (MIDCABG) surgery, 3. Minimally Invasive Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery, 4. Aortic aneurysm and valve sparing surgery using hemografts and Ross procedure, 5. Resternotomy and repeat CABG Procedures and 6. Endovascular Transcatheter Valve Therapy. The hope in time would be to expand into other areas of ground-breaking surgical innovation including a Circulatory Assist Program, Cardiac Transplantation and Stem Cell Research.

Professor Vaijyanath will be available for virtual consultation for any doctors who want to consult with him on cases of potential interest. ACIST will facilitate video conferencing, data transfer and patient work up as needed to allow the professor to give an opinion on any cases that may require his services.


For more information kindly contact our surgical coordinator Lynn Whitehead at 628-4740 

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