Joanna Chikwe, MD, Appointed Chairman of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt

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The Mount Sinai Health System has established a new Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s naming Dr. Joanna Chikwe its inaugural Chairman.

Joanna Chikwe, MD, Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke's.

The Mount Sinai Health System has established a new Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, to serve the communities of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.

Joanna Chikwe, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is the inaugural Chairman of the new Department. Dr. Chikwe will lead an established team of surgeons and clinician specialists, in partnership with the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

The new Department spearheads a cross-disciplinary collaboration with Mount Sinai Heart, offering exceptional guideline-focused patient care across the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Dr. Chikwe is an accomplished cardiac surgeon with an established clinical practice in aortic and mitral valve reconstruction and coronary revascularization, and specialized expertise in minimally invasive surgery techniques. Her contributions to clinical research have informed decision-making in cardiovascular surgery, and include landmark publications in JAMA and JACC, most recently in collaboration with Mount Sinai’s Department of Population Health and Policy.

In addition to her role as Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Dr. Chikwe serves as Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency and Advanced Fellowship Programs for the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Chikwe graduated from Oxford University and completed her cardiothoracic surgery residency in London, before being recruited to Mount Sinai in 2006. She is an award-winning author of seven surgical textbooks, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

“We have put together an outstanding team focused on bringing first class care to the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt communities,” says Dr. Joanna Chikwe, Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. “We are building a center of excellence here that the whole community can feel proud of.”

“Recruiting clinicians like Dr. Chikwe to Mount Sinai Heart at Mount Sinai St Luke’s ensures that this neighborhood has access to the best cardiovascular care available, right on its doorstep,” says Arthur Gianelli, President of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. “Our new team is partnering with care providers right across the community and further afield to provide the best possible care wherever our patients are.”

“We are recognized by peers around the world for our leadership and quality in cardiovascular surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital,” says David H. Adams, MD, the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor, Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief for the Mount Sinai Health System. “We are now dedicating some of our best leaders to Mount Sinai St Luke’s to ensure every patient across our system has access to world-class cardiovascular surgical care.”

“We congratulate and welcome Dr. Chikwe to our hospital campuses on the West Side of Manhattan,” says Evan Flatow, MD, President of Mount Sinai Roosevelt. “The launch of the new Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is a very exciting time of growth for our hospitals, and increased convenient access to advanced heart surgery expertise for our patients.”

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community‐based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12‐minority‐owned free‐standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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