Heart Surgery Program Earns Top Quality Rating

 

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2018 – MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute’s cardiac surgery program has earned the highest quality rating of three stars from the prestigious Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), placing it once again among the top surgical heart programs in the nation.

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, headquartered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, received the highest, three-star rating in all three ranked categories: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic valve replacement (AVR) and combined AVR + CABG. It’s an achievement shared by an elite group of less than five percent of cardiac surgery centers in the U.S. and Canada. Physicians widely regard the STS rating as the gold standard by which to evaluate cardiac surgery programs, and this rating also allows patients to make informed decisions about where to receive heart care.

“This is a great honor and reflects hard work by the entire team of cardiovascular surgeons, intensivists, anesthesiologists, surgical assistants and mid-level practitioners,” said Paul Corso, MD, senior cardiac surgeon at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “We have always strived to be better tomorrow than today, and have instituted uniform best practices verified by an extensive quality data system.”

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has earned the top-tier, three-star rating in coronary artery bypass grafting since 2006 when STS developed a sophisticated star rating system that evaluates the quality of cardiac surgical procedures performed at hospitals nationwide. The three-star rating is based on a composite score using a combination of 11 quality measures grouped into four categories: patient survival, the absence of surgical complications, recommended medications, and optimal surgical technique.

The STS releases quality awards semiannually. The three-star designation for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is for the data period July 2016 to June 2017. For aortic valve replacement (AVR) and the combined AVR + CABG, the data covers a three-year period from July 2014 to June 2017.

To learn more about the cardiac surgery program at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, click here.


About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. A network of 10 hospitals and 150 cardiovascular physicians throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C., region, MedStar Heart also offers a clinical and research alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program. Together, they have forged a relationship of shared expertise to enhance quality, improve safety and increase access to advanced services. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute was founded at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home to the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital. Opened in July 2016, the hospital ushered in a new era of coordinated, centralized specialty care for patients with even the most complex heart and vascular diagnoses.

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Dr. Vinod Thourani Named Chairman of Cardiac Surgery for MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

Washington, D.C., July 31, 2017 – MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is pleased to announce that Vinod Thourani, MD, will join its leadership team as the chairman of Cardiac Surgery, effective August 14. A nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon and researcher, Dr. Thourani brings with him extensive expertise in structural heart disease and valve surgery, specifically TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) and minimally invasive aortic and mitral valvular surgery.

Dr. Thourani joins MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute from Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Ga., where he is a professor of surgery and medicine, and was co-director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center, and chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown. In his new role at MedStar Heart, Dr. Thourani will be responsible for all cardiac surgical services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

“Dr. Thourani is the rising star in his generation of cardiovascular surgeons,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. “With his strong and well-established background in academic surgery, education and research, Dr. Thourani will continue to enhance our already highly distinguished cardiac surgery program, and will help us secure our position as one of the nation’s premier heart and vascular institutes.”

Dr. Thourani will be building on the legacy established by Dr. Paul Corso who has led the cardiac surgery program for more than 20 years. Under Dr. Corso’s direction, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has continually pioneered innovations in surgical techniques and secured the highest three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for 10 consecutive years. Dr. Corso will be remaining with MedStar Heart in order to focus on one of his passions–ensuring the highest quality outcomes for cardiac surgery patients–and to help ensure a smooth leadership transition.

During his tenure at Emory, Dr. Thourani focused on developing and refining innovative strategies and devices to treat structural heart disease, particularly in those patients who previously had no treatment alternatives. He played a pivotal role in directing a number of large studies that have helped to significantly expand the understanding of the use of TAVR in ever larger populations, having served as national principal investigator and having received NIH funding for his work in the structural heart arena. His skills are a strong fit with the high level of expertise and innovation in the treatment of structural heart disease that is already well-established at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Thourani also brings with him a commitment to education and leadership development. He served as the director of the Advanced Transcatheter Valve Surgery fellowship at Emory, and he was a fellow of Emory’s Woodruff Leadership Academy. He currently holds significant leadership positions in the major cardiology and cardiothoracic surgical associations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

 


About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. A network of 10 hospitals and 150 cardiovascular physicians throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C., region, MedStar Heart also offers a clinical and research alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program. Together, they have forged a relationship of shared expertise to enhance quality, improve safety and increase access to advanced services. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute was founded at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home to the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital. Opened in July 2016, the hospital ushered in a new era of coordinated, centralized specialty care for patients with even the most complex heart and vascular diagnoses.

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