Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at SVMHS
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Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at SVMHS

Partnering with Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) and Stanford Hospital & Clinics (SHC) launched the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital on September 1, 2008. This partnership brings together SVMHS' 25-year history of excellence in cardiovascular services together with Stanford's worldwide reputation as a leader in cardiovascular care. This means that even more people with complex heart conditions that require surgery can receive care here in the Salinas Valley.

"With this partnership, we will take an already great program and make it even more cutting edge," says Dr. Vincent DeFilippi, Medical Director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. "With greater access to Stanford expertise, facilities and technologies, we will be performing more minimally invasive procedures including bypass and valve surgeries here in Salinas. This partnership also enables us to participate in clinical research trials of surgical procedures—now in the FDA approval process—that represent the next generation of cardiac surgery.

Dr. DeFilippi is board certified in both cardiothoracic and general surgery. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, and earned his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed a general surgery residency and research fellowship at The University of Chicago/Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed cardiac and thoracic surgery training at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. DeFilippi has performed more than 3,000 open heart surgeries, has exten­sive specialized experience in valve repair and replacement using minimally invasive techniques and pioneered several mini­mally invasive cardiac surgery procedures. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University. He and his family live full time in Monterey County.

"Our partnership and collaboration with Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System brings the most advanced and highest quality treatment for people with cardiovascular disease to the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula and surrounding com­munities," says Robert Robbins, MD, Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Stanford Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford University School of Medicine.