Dr. Paul Stelzer is an American cardiothoracic surgeon who is one of the few worldwide to routinely perform the Ross procedure – a procedure Stelzer helped establish as the standard for aortic valve replacement. Stelzer's experience with the Ross procedure is considered among the most extensive in the world.
Stelzer is currently the Co-Director of the Heart Valve Center and a senior surgeon in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, and a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, both in New York City.
Stelzer graduated valedictorian from the Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1968, and from Columbia Medical School in 1972. After serving two years as the Surgeon General at the base hospital at Offut Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, Stelzer completed residencies at Roosevelt Hospital and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, both in New York City.
Stelzer's report on the Ross procedure, co-authored with Susanne Weinrauch and Robert F. Tranbaugh and published in 1997 in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, has been cited in over 20 medical publications across the globe.
Stelzer's experience with aortic valve replacement also extends to homograft, stentless porcine and implantations of mechanical valves, and in 1999 he was awarded a U.S. patent for his minimally invasive endoscope.
Past hospital positions have included Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Oklahoma Memorial Hospital and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. He served as president of the New York Society of Thoracic Surgery for the academic year 2006-2007.
- Mazzeffi M, Stone M, Stelzer P, Reich DL. Anticoagulation Management in a Patient With Antiphospholipid Antibodies Requiring Repeat Sternotomy. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2009 Jun 13. PMID 19525127
- Jani S, Liou M, Sibert KA, Stelzer P, Berger M, Hecht SR. Images in cardiovascular medicine. Serial images demonstrating proximal extension of an aortic intramural hematoma. Circulation. 2007 Jan 23;115(3):e38-40. PMID 17242288
- Gowda RM, Khan IA, Chaithiraphan V, Stelzer P, Boxt LM, Vasavada BC, Rosero H. Atrial septal aneurysm with multiple atrial septal defects: cribriform atrial septal aneurysm. Cardiology. 2005;104(1):22-3. Epub 2005 May 28. PMID 15942179
- Stelzer P. Reoperation for dilatation of the pulmonary autograft after the Ross procedure. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2002 Aug;124(2):417-8; author reply 418. PMID 12167810
- Stelzer P. Technique and results of the modified Ross procedure in aortic regurgitation versus aortic stenosis. Adv Cardiol. 2002;39:93-9. PMID 12060929
- Video of a Ross procedure
- Mount Sinai Hospital homepage
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine homepage
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- The International Registry for the Ross Procedure
- Detailed photos and captions of a 2006 Ross Procedure from a patient's point of view.
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