Robert E. Michler

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Robert E. Michler
Robert E. Michler, MD.jpg
ResidenceGreenwich, CT
Alma materColumbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Columbia University (Residency),
Boston Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School (Residency),
Dartmouth Medical School (M.D.),
Harvard University (B.A. Magna Cum Laude)
OccupationCardiothoracic Surgeon, author, lecturer

Robert E. Michler is an internationally renowned heart surgeon who specializes in complex heart surgery, aortic and mitral valve repair, coronary artery bypass surgery, aneurysm surgery, and management of the failing heart. In 2017, Dr. Michler received the Vladimir Borakovsky Prize in Moscow from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation for “his personal contributions to the development of cardiovascular surgery”.

Michler is Surgeon-in-Chief at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York. He is also the Samuel I. Belkin Endowed Chair, Professor and Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery and Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care.

Professional career[edit]

Dr. Michler began his career on the faculty of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/Columbia University in New York City. He rose to become the Director of the Heart Transplantation Program before being recruited to the Ohio State University as the Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Heart & Lung Transplantation Program. In 2005, Michler returned to New York City as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and soon thereafter, was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief of the healthcare system and Chairman, Department of Surgery.

Michler’s research interest in repairing the injured heart has led to clinical trials in autologous skeletal myoblast and cardiac stem cell transplantation. He is an NIH-funded investigator and leader in clinical trial enrollment. Michler and his teams have advanced minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery procedures and surgical robotics.[1] This work led to Food and Drug Administration approval for selective cardiac robotic procedures including mitral valve repair and coronary bypass surgery.[2][3]

Michler has particular interest and experience as a turnaround specialist in the healthcare industry. His work experiences at New York Columbia Presbyterian, the Ohio State University Medical Center, and the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine have led to the creation and implementation of programs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, general surgery, organ transplantation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric surgery, breast surgery and cancer care. Michler was central to the planning, architectural design, and philanthropic development of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. He served as the first executive director of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.

Michler has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, recently publishing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a frequent editor and media authority on heart disease topics.[4][5][6] Over the years, Dr. Michler has provided regular commentary to NBC Nightly News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Michler lectures extensively, both nationally and abroad, on topics ranging from advances in heart therapies, humanitarian heart surgery programs, “team building” and “leadership” in healthcare, and the design and development of specialty heart hospitals.

In 2017, Dr. Michler was appointed a Delegate to the Dartmouth Conference, an annual meeting alternating between Russia and the USA. The Dartmouth Conference was established during the Cold War by the author Norman Cousins and the philanthropist David Rockefeller for the express purpose of bringing together respected leaders of business, government, law, medicine and public policy from both countries in an effort to improve scholarly and open connections between the citizens of both countries.

Formerly, Michler was the John G. and Jeanne B. McCoy Endowed Chair, Professor of Surgery, and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director, Heart & Lung Transplantation at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Before joining the Ohio State University, Michler was a tenured Associate Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and served as the Director of the Cardiac Transplantation Program at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.

Education and training[edit]

Michler received his undergraduate education Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University. He received his medical education at Dartmouth Medical School where he was a Leopold Schepp Scholar. Michler completed his residency in General Surgery, a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Transplantation and a residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He was awarded the Blakemore Research Prize for three consecutive years. He completed a chief residency in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery with Dr. Aldo Castaneda at the Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Heart Care International[edit]

Michler is the chairman and founder of a not-for-profit foundation, Heart Care International, which performs pediatric heart surgery in underserved regions of the world. Since 1994, Heart Care International has helped over 1,500 children with heart disease and performed heart surgery on over 1,000 children. He has received numerous honors including “Person of the Week” by Peter Jennings of ABC World News Tonight, the Pace Humanitarian Award, and “The Order of Christopher Columbus” by Hipólito Mejía, President of the Dominican Republic.


Endovascular Flexible Stapling Device Robert E. Michler & Sunuchi Homma U.S. Patent No. 6,482,224 Issued: November 19, 2002

Vascular and Intestinal Occlusion Albert N. Santilli & Robert E. Michler U.S. Patent No. 9,480,480 Issued: November 1, 2016

Exclusion of the Left Atrial Appendage Robert E. Michler & Albert N. Santilli U.S. Patent No. 9,486,225 Issued: November 8, 2016

Single-Arm Stabilizer Having Suction Capability Robert E. Michler & Albert N. Santilli U.S. Patent No. 9,603,590 Issued: March 28, 2017

Left Ventricular Vent Robert E. Michler et al. U.S. Patent (Pending)


  • Vladimir Borakovsky Prize from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation 2017
  • ABC World News Person of the Week - With Peter Jennings Tonight February 18, 1995
  • La Orden Heraldica de Cristobal Colon Dominican Republic (The Order of Christopher Columbus) Awarded by President Hipolito Mejiaof the Dominican Republic for Heart Care International's humanitarian heart surgery missions) March 17, 2003
  • Erasmus Foundation Honorary President, Brussels, June 7, 2000
  • Columbia University Claire Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award College of Physicians and Surgeons May 13, 1996
  • Best Doctors in America 1995–present
  • Best Doctors in New York 1995–present
  • Columbia University Blakemore Research Prize, College of Physicians and Surgeons 1985; 1986; 1987


In addition to numerous book chapters, his peer-reviewed Journal articles include

  • Michler RE, Smith PK, Parides MK, Ailawadi G, Thourani V, Moskowitz AJ, Acker MA, Hung JW, Chang HL, Perrault LP, Gillinov M, Argenziano M, Bagiella E, Overbey JR, Moquete EG, Gupta LN, Miller MA, Taddei-Peters WC, Jeffries N, Weisel RD, Rose EA, Gammie JS, DeRose JJ, Puskas JD, Dagenais F, Burks SG, Hamamsy IE, Milano CA, Atluri P, Voisine P, O’Gara PT, Gelijns AC. Two Year Outcomes following Surgical Treatment of Moderate Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation. N Engl J Med. 2016; 374:1932-1941.
  • Velazquez, EJ, Lee KL, Jones RH, Al-Khalidi HR, Hill JA, Panza JA, Michler RE, Bonow RO, Doesn’t T, Petrie MC, Oh JK, She L, Moore V, Desvigne Nickens P, Sopko G, Rouleau JL. Ten-Year Outcome of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery versus Medical Therapy in Patients with Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Results of the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure Extension Study. N Engl J Med. 2016; 374:1511-1520.
  • Goldstein D, Moskowitz AJ, Geijins AC, Ailawadi G, Parides MK, Perrault LP, Hung JW, Voisine P, Dagenais F, Gillinov M, Thourani V, Argenziano M, Gammie JS, Mack M, Demers P, Atluri P, Rose EA, O’Sullivan K, Williams DL, Bagelia E, Michler RE, Weisel RD, Miller MA, Geller NL, Taddei-Peters WC, Smith PK, Moquete E, Overbey JR, Kron IL, O’Gara PT, Acker MA. Two Year Outcomes of Surgical Treatment in Severe Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation. N Engl J Med. 2016; 374:344-353.
  • Acker MA, Parides MK, Perrault LP, Moskowitz AJ, Gelijns AC, Voisine P, Smith PK, Hung JW, Blackstone EH, Puskas JD, Argenziano M, Gammie JS, Mack M, Ascheim DD, Bagiella E, Moquete EG, Ferguson TB, Horvath KA, Geller NL, Miller MA, Woo YJ, D'Alessandro DA, Ailawadi G, Dagenais F, Gardner TJ, O'Gara PT,Michler RE, Kron IL; the CTSN Mitral-Valve Repair versus Replacement for Severe Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation. N Engl J Med. 2014; 370:23-32.
  • Jones RH, Velazquez EJ, Michler RE, Sopko G, Oh JK, O'Connor CM, Hill JA, Menicanti L, Sadowski Z, Desvigne-Nickens P, Rouleau JL, Lee KL; the STICH Hypothesis 2 Investigators.Coronary Bypass Surgery with or without Surgical Ventricular Reconstruction. N Engl J Med. 2009; 360:1705-17.
  • Michler RE, Rouleau JL, Al-Khalidi HR, Bonow RO, Pellikka PA, Pohost GM, Holly TA, Oh JK, Dagenais F, Milano C, Wrobel K, Pirk J, Ali IS, Velazquez EJ, Lee KL, Di Donato M. Insights from the STICH trial: Change in left ventricular size after coronary artery bypass grafting with and without surgical ventricular reconstruction. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013; 146:1139-1145.
  • Michler RE, Surgical Management of Moderate Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation at the Time of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Remains Controversial. J Thoracic Cardiovasc Surg. 2018; 156:1498-1500
  • Michler RE. Surgical Options for the Management of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2013; 15:518-532.
  • Williams JB, Peterson ED, Brennan JM, Sedrakyan A, Tavris D, Alexander JH, Lopes RD, Dokholyan RS, Zhao Y, O’Brien SM, Michler RE, Thourani VH, Edwards FH, Gross T, Marinac-Dabic D, Smith PK. Endoscopic Association between endoscopic vs open vein-graft harvesting and mortality, wound complications, and cardiovascular events in patients undergoing CABG surgery. JAMA. 2012; 308:475-84.
  • Smith PK, Michler RE, Woo YJ, Alexander JH, Puskas JD, Parides MK, Hahn RT, Williams JB, Dent JM, Ferguson TB Jr, Moquete E, Rose EA, Pagé P, Jeffries NO, O'Gara PT, Ascheim DD. Design, rationale, and initiation of the Surgical Interventions for Moderate Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation Trial: A report from the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012; 143:111-117.


  1. ^ Kolata, Gina (4 April 2000). "Next Up: Surgery by Remote Control". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  2. ^ Grady, Denise (July 19, 2004). "Putting Weakened Heart in Experimental Hands". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Hamilton, Anita (June 4, 2001). "Forceps! Scalpel! Robot!". Time.
  4. ^ "Bill Clinton's Stent Procedure". CBS News. February 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Unnecessary Heart Implant?". CNN American Morning. January 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "Preventing Heart Attacks". ABCNews. September 29, 2011.