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Advocating for Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: An Interview With Leonard N. Girardi

Friday, March 22, 2024

At the 2024 STS Annual Meeting, CTSNet Editor in Chief Joel Dunning and CTSNet senior editors set out to interview the most knowledgeable CT surgeons from around the world. Stay tuned for more interviews from the meeting.

CTSNet Editor in Chief Joel Dunning spoke with Professor Leonard N. Girardi, a cardiac surgeon at Weill Cornell Medical Center, about the advantages of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) over transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Prof. Girardi emphasizes that TAVR can be successful in the right patient, but SAVR is still a safe and durable option. In addition, he discusses some of the robust data supporting SAVR and how it has been misinterpreted by TAVR advocates.


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