Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

4-22-10: Medicine Grand Rounds

Aortic and Mitral Valve Repair: Indications and Techniques 

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 22, 2010

8:00 am
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses/Montefiore

Image: Robert E. Michler, MD


Robert E. Michler, MD
Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Professor, Department of Surgery 
Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
Chair, Department of Surgery 
Samuel Belkin Professorial Chair 

Dr. Robert Michler has earned an international reputation as a cardiothoracic surgeon and researcher across a number of subspecialties, including complex cardiac surgery, heart transplantation, valve repair surgery, ventricular reconstruction for congestive heart failure and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He was one of the first to perform minimally invasive and robotic surgery in heart patients, which led to FDA approval of this advanced technology for mitral valve repair and coronary artery bypass surgery.

Dr. Michler has been the lead investigator in FDA trials for the safe use of injections of autologous human muscle cells and stem cells into diseased heart muscle to treat heart failure. He is the PI on a five-year NIH U01 grant entitled "Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigation in Cardiovascular Medicine".

As Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Michler has assembled a team of specialists who provide cutting-edge treatment to patients through heart remodeling, surgery for valve repair and treatment of atrial fibrillation, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, heart-assist devices and heart transplants, stem cell research, and myoblast injections. As Chair of the Department of Surgery, he has recruited aggressively to re-build strength in key areas such as general, GI, and cancer surgery.

Dr. Michler is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, where he was a Leopold Schepp Scholar. He completed both his residency in general surgery as well as his fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation at Columbia University, and was chief resident in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital.

After rising through the ranks to become a tenured associate professor of Surgery at Columbia University and the director of Cardiac Transplantation at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he relocated to become the John G. and Jeanne B. McCoy chair and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Ohio State University, where he was instrumental in building the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and served as its first executive director. He was recruited to Montefiore/Einstein in 2005 as Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Samuel Belkin Professor, and was appointed Chair of Surgery in 2008.

This grand rounds is hosted by the Division of Cardiology.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine which patients are appropriate for mitral or aortic valve repair
  2. Understand the current clinical practice for the surgical repair of mitral and aortic valves
  3. Identify factors associated with repair failure


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


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