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Iosif Gulkarov

Iosif Gulkarov, M.D.

NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York Presbyterian Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing , NY  11355
United States
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


NYU College of Arts and Science (B.A. 1997)
NYU School of Medicine (M.D. 2001)
NYU General Surgery Residency (2001-2003)
NYU Cardiothoracic Research Fellow (2003-2005)
NYU General Surgery Residency (2005-2008)
Weill Cornell Medical Center Cardiothoracic Fellowship (2008 - 2010)
New York Methodist Hospital, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2010-August 2017)
Weill Cornell Medical Center, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (2010-August 2017)
State Island University Hospital, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (September 2017-May 2020)
RWJBarnabas Health, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (June 2020-May 2022)
New York Presyberian/Weill Cornell Medicine (May 2022 - present)
New York Presbyterian Queens (May 2022 - present)


1.    Pountney D, Gulkarov I, Eleazar V, Holmes D, Saganich M, Rudy B, Artman M, Coetzee W. Identification and cloning of TWIK-originated similarity sequence (TOSS): a novel human 2-pore K+ channel principal subunit. FEBS Letters.  1999;450(3):191-96

2.    Schwartz CF, Gulkarov I, Bohmann K, Colvin SB, Galloway AC. The role of annuloplasty in mitral valve repair. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery. 2004;45(5):419-25

3.    Pintucci G, Saunders PC, Gulkarov I, Sharony R, Kadian-Dodov DL, Bohmann K,Baumann FG, Galloway AC, Mignatti P.  Anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory effects of topical MAPK inhibition in arterialized vein grafts. FASEB Journal. 2006;20(2):398-400

4.    Gulkarov I, Pintucci G, Bohmann K, Saunders PC, Sullivan RF, Ferrari G, Mignatti P, Galloway AC. Mechanisms of c-reactive protein up-regulation in arterialized vein grafts. Surgery. 2006;139(2):254-62.

5.    Pirelli P,Yu P, Gulkarov I, Galloway AC, Mignatti P, Pintucci G. Inhibition of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases (MAPKs) as a Strategy to Prevent Intimal Hyperplasia Following Cardiovascular Interventions.Vascular Disease Prevention. 2006;3(3):173-83

6.    Yu P, Ferrari G, Pirelli L, Gulkarov I, Galloway AC, Mignatti P, Pintucci G. Vascular injury and modulation of MAPKs: A targeted approach to therapy of restenosis. Cellular Signalling. 2007;19(7):1359-71

7.    Gulkarov I, Wetterau M, Ren CJ, Fielding GA. Hiatal hernia repair at the initial laparoscopic adjustable gastric band operation reduces the need for reoperation. Surgical Endoscopy. 2008; 22(4):1035-41

8.    Gulkarov I, Bohmann K, Cinnante KM, Pirelli L, Yu P, Grau JB1, Pintucci G, Galloway AC, Mignatti P. Topical MAPK inhibition reduces intimal hyperplasia in arterialized vein grafts. Journal of Surgical Research. 2009;154(1):150-6

9.    Gulkarov I, Malik R, Yakubov R, Gagne P, Muhs BE, Rockman CB, Cayne NS, Jacobowitz GR, Adelman MA, Lamparello PJ, Maldonado TS. Early results for below knee bypasses using Distaflo®. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. 2009;42(6):561-6

10.   Gulkarov I, Paul S, Altorki NK, Lee PC. Use of Amplatzer device for endobronchial closure of bronchopleural fistulas. Interactive Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery. 2009; 9(5):901-2

11. Gulkarov I,  Bustillos L, Wong C, Salemi A. A Hybrid Approach in the Treatment of Post-Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Septal Defect. Cardiology. 2010 Jul 16;116(3):183-5

12. Steele J, Kadosh B, Gulkarov IM, Salemi A (2011) Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia and Cardiac Surgery: A Comprehensive Review. Journal of Blood Disorders and Transfusions S2:003. doi:10.4172/2155-9864.S2-003

13. Kwak T, Lazzaro R, Pournik H, Ciaburri D, Tortolani A, Gulkarov I. Robotic thoracoscopic plication for symptomatic diaphragm paralysis. Journal of Robotic Surgery. 2012; 6(4):345-8

14. Gulkarov I,  Ciaburri D, Tortolani T, Lazzaro R.  Robotic Thoracoscopic Resection of Intralobar Sequestration. Journal of Robotic Surgery. 2012; 6(4):355-7

15. Chen O, Dontineni  N, Nahlawi G, Bhumireddy G, Han SY, Katri Y, Gulkarov I, Ciaburri D, Tortolani AJ, Lazzaro R, Sacchi T, Socolow JA, Heitner J. Serial Cardiac MRI of a Rapidly Progressing Liquefaction Necrosis of Mitral Annulus Calcification Associated with Embolic Stroke. Circulation. 2012; 125(22):2792-5

16. Loh S, Howell BS, Rockman C, Cayne N, Adelman M, Gulkarov I, Veith F, Maldonado TS. Mid- and Long-Term Results of the Treatment of Infrainguinal Arterial Occlusive Disease With Precuffed Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Grafts Compared with Vein Grafts. Annals of Vascular Surgery. 2013; 27(2):208-17

17. Kadosh B, Steele J, Gulkarov I, Mamkin I. Cardiac Sarcoidosis. Journal of American College of Cardiology. 2013 Apr 9;61(14):1548

18. Lazzaro R, Guerges M, Kadosh B, Gulkarov I. Robotic Harvest of Intercostal Muscle Flap. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2013; 146(2):486-7

19.  Worku B, Sobol I, Gulkarov I, Horn EM, Salemi A. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation as a Bridge through Chemotherapy in B-cell Lymphoma. Journal of Extracorporeal Technology 2013, 3, 123-25.

20.  Steele J, Mamkin I, Worku B, Gulkarov I. Management of Persistent Bleeding Causing Cardiac Tamponade with Activated Factor VII in Mitral Balloon Valvuloplasty. Journal of Medical Case Reports 2014, 28;8(1):33

21.  Worku B, Gulkarov I, Steele J, Kadosh B, Skubas NJ, Girardi LN, Salemi A.  Paradoxical Embolus in Transit. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2014; 98(2):717-9

22.  Gulkarov I, Trocciola S,  Yokoyama CC, Girardi LN,  Krieger KK,  Isom OW, Salemi A.   Gastrointestinal Complications After Mitral Valve Surgery. Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2014;20(4):292-8

23.  Worku B, Gulkarov I, Girardi G, Salemi A. Pulmonary Embolectomy in the treatment of Submassive and Massive Pulmonary Embolism. Cardiology 2014;129(2):106-10

24.  Sticco A, Worku B, Gulkarov I, Tortolani AJ, D’Ayala M.  Endovascular treatment of

a thrombosed intracardiac vena cava filter. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2014, 2 (4):455-7

25.  Ivanov A, Yossef J, Mohamed A, Socolow J, Gulkarov I, Worku B, Chattranukulchai P, Tortolani A, Sacchi T, G Ghosn M, Shah D, Grizzard J, Biederman R, Klem I, Heitner J. Evaluating change of function after revascularization in patients with multi vessel coronary artery disease, severely reduced left ventricular systolic function and no scar on CMR imaging. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2015; 17(Suppl 1):169

26.  Worku B, Tortolani AJ, Gulkarov I, Isom OW, Klein I. Preoperative hypothyroidism is a risk factor for postoperative atrial fibrillation in cardiac surgical patients. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 2015; 30(4):307-12

27.  Transapical mitral valve-in-valve implantation for patients in cardiogenic shock. Worku B, de Biasi AR, Gulkarov I, Wong SC, Salemi A. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2015; 99(5):e103-5

28.  Plaunova A, Gulkarov I, Tortolani A, Worku B.  Surgery for a Quadricuspid Aortic Valve: Case Report and Comprehensive Review of the Literature.  The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2015;24:260-262

29.  Worku B, Blake K, Gulkarov I, Sista A, Salemi A. Percutaneous Removal of Filter-Induced Iliocaval Thrombus Utilizing the AngioVac Device. Innovations 2015;10(3):212-214

30.  Lella LK, Sales VL, Gold Y, Chan J, Iskandir M, Gulkarov, I, Tortolani A, Brener SJ, Heitner JF.  Reduced right ventricular function predicts long-term cardiac re-hospitalization after cardiac surgery. PLOS One 2015; Jul 21; 10(7)

31.  Worku B, Gulkarov I, Mack CA, Girardi LN, Salemi A. Ascending aortic aneurysm repair and surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2015; 10(1):174

32.  Mikhno L, Afzal A, Sonawala T, Palta S, Worku B, Gulkarov I. Hepatocellular Carcinoma Presenting as an Incidental Right Atrial Mass. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 2016; 31 (1):60

33.  Worku B, Salemi A, DʼAyala MD, Tranbaugh RF, Girardi LN, Gulkarov IM. The AngioVac Device: Understanding the Failures on the Road to Success. Innovations (Phila). 2016 11(6):430-433

34.  O'Laughlin JP, Verma G, Gulkarov I. Cardiac Fibroelastoma versus Thrombus: Echocardiographic Evidence Can Be Misleading. Case Reports in Cardiology 2016:2896056

35.  Ivanov A, Yossef, J, Taillon J, Worku B, Gulkarov I, Tortolani A, Sacchi TJ, Briggs WM, Brener SJ, Weingarten JA, Heitner JF. Do Pulmonary Function Tests Improve Risk Stratification Before Cardiothoracic Surgery. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery 2016; 151(4):1183-1189

36.  Afzal A, Brener SJ, Narula N, Worku B, Gulkarov I. Cardiac Amyloidosis Presenting with Cardiogenic Shock. Journal of American Therapeutics 2016 23(4);e1060-1063

37.  Gulkarov I, Da-Wariboko A, Afzal A, Salemi A, Worku B. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in B Aortic Dissection. Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2016; 25 (2): 153-155

38.  Afzal A, Wong I, Korniyenko A, Ivanov A, Worku B, Gulkarov I. Superior Vena Cava Syndrome from an Invasive Thymoma with Transcaval Invasion to the Right Atrium. Journal of Surgical Case Reports 2016 Apr 19; 2016 (4)

39.  Worku B, Robinson S, Gulkarov I, Acinapura A, Tortolani AJ. Mitral Valve Operation in Dextrocardia. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2016; 101(5): e161

40.  Afzal A, Wong I, Reyes AT, Gulkarov I, Worku B. Catamenial Pneumothorax With Hepatic Herniation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2016;102(5):e455.

41.  D'Ayala M, Worku B, Gulkarov I, Sista A, Horowitz J, Salemi A. Factors Associated with Successful Thrombus Extraction with the AngioVac Device: An Institutional Experience. Annals of Vascular Surgery 2017; 38:242-247

42.  Sood M, Ivanov A, Worku B, Afzal A, Sacchi T, Gulkarov I. Enlarging Saphenous Vein Graft Aneurysm. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 2016; 31(12):735-737

43.   Afzal A, Gulkarov I, Worku B. Recurrent Pneumothoraces: Making the Link to Catamenial Pneumothorax. American Journal of Medicine 2017; 130(6):e253-e254

44.  Benn F, Afzal A, Worku B, Khusid F, Fahoum BH, Gulkarov I. Use of High-Frequency Percussive Ventilation to Expand Organ Donor Pool. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. 2017 (PMID 28521593)(Epub ahead of print)

45.  Wong I, Worku B, Weingarten JA, Ivanov I, Khusid F, Afzal A, Tranbaugh RF, Gulkarov I. High frequency percussive ventilation in cardiac surgery patients failing mechanical conventional ventilation. Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery. 2017 25(6):937-941

46. Gulkarov I, Wong I, Schiffenhaus J, Afzal A, Khusid F, Worku B. High Frequency Percussive Ventilation Facilitates Weaning From Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Adults. The Journal of Extra Corporeal Technology. 2018; 50(1):53-57

47. Korzhuk A, Afzal A, Wong I, Khusid F, Worku B, Gulkarov I. High Frequency Percussive Ventilation Rescue Therapy in Morbidly Obese Patients Failing Conventional Mechanical Ventilation. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. 2018 (accepted for publication)

48. Bobka TW, Sukato DC, Kohli NV, Worku B, Gulkarov I, Dayala M. Endovascular Management of Tracheo-Subclavian Fistula. Annals of Vascular Surgery. 2018 (accepted for publication)

49. Elmously A, Bobka T, Khin S, Afzal A, de Biasi AR, DeBois WJ, Guy TS, D’yala M, Gulkarov I, Salemi A, Worku B. Distal Perfusion Cannulation and Limb Complications in Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. The Journal of Extra Corporeal  Technology. 2018; 50(3):155-160

50. Oribabor C, Gulkarov I, Khusid F,  Fischer E, Esan A, Rizzuto N, Tortolani A, Dattilo PA, Suen K, Ugwu J, Kenney B. The Use of High Frequency Percussive Ventilation After Cardiac Surgery Significantly Improves Gas Exchange without Impairment of Hemodynamics. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy. 2018 (accepted for publication)

51. Shashank S, Ashwad A, Max Benson, Gulkarov I. Post Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Septal Defect. Journal of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Therapy. 2018; 10(4): 555791. DOI: 10.19080/JOCCT.2018.10.555791

52.  Wong I, Cinelli M, Housman B, Worku B, Afzal A, Fahoum B, Weingarten J, Khusid F, Gulkarov I. Rescue Therapy with High Frequency Percussive Ventilation in Non-cardiac Surgical Patients Failing Conventional Mechanical Ventilation. Journal of Surgery. 2019. 11:1218

53.  Gulkarov I, Wong B, Kowalksi M, Worku B, Afzal A, Ivanov A, Ramasubbu K, Reddy B.  Convergent Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: Single Center Experience. Journal of Cardiac Surgery. 2019 34(10):1037-1043

54.  Worku B, Khin S, Gaudino M, Avgerinos D, Gambardella I, D’Ayala M, Ramasubbu K, Gulkarov I, Salemi A. A simple Scoring System to Predict Survival after Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. The Journal of Extra Corporeal Technology. 2019 51(3):133-139

55.  Gulkarov I, Bobka T; Elmously A, Salemi A, Worku B, Gambardella I,  D'Ayala M. The Effect of Acute Limb Ischemia on Mortality in Patients Undergoing Femoral Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. 2019 Annals of Vascular Surgery 2020; 62:318-325

56.  Gulkarov I, Das M, Bronchard K, Imam M, Rosell F, Lackey A, Ramasubbu K, Afzal A. Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction From Preserved Leaflet After Mitral Valve Replacement. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2019 Dec 18. pii: S0003-4975(19)31893-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.10.074

57.  Worku B, Gaudino M, Avgerinos D, Ramasubbu K, Gambardella I, Gulkarov I, Khin S. A comparison of existing risk prediction models in patients undergoing venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Heart & Lung. 2020 Mar 29. pii: S0147-9563(20)30091-1. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.03.004.

58.  Cinelli M, Schwartz L, Spagnola J, Gulkarov I, Rosell F, Lackey A, Imam M, Schwartz C. Early Structural Deterioration of a Sutureless Bioprosthetic Aortic Valve. Cardiology Research. 2020;11(2):113-117

59. Gulkarov I, Khusid E, Worku B; Demissie S; Guergis M; Salemi A; D’Ayala M. Meta-analysis of the effect of vascular complications on mortality in patients undergoing femoral venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Annals of Vascular Surgery 2020 Nov 5:S0890-5096(20)30915-8. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2020.09.042

60. Worku B, Khin S, Gaudino M, Gambardella I, Iannacone E, Ebrahimi H, Savy S, Voevidko L, Oribabor C, Hadjiangelis N, Desiraju B, Gulkarov I. Renal replacement therapy in patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support: Who and how. International Journal of Artificial Organs. 2020 Dec 10:391398820980451

61. Worku B, Gulkarov I, Mack C. Embolization during cardiac surgery; to prevent or intercept [published online ahead of print, 2022 Jun 29]. J Card Surg. 2022;10.1111/jocs.16722. doi:10.1111/jocs.16722

62. Worku B, Gulkarov I, Gambardella. Ministernotomy aortic valve replacement: The cost of preference. I.J Card Surg. 2022 Dec;37(12):4587-4588.

63. Gulkarov I, Stein LH, Karanam RN, Lackey A, Dobesh D, Ahmad A, Salemi A. Cautionary tale of right ventricular perforation during Micra™ leadless pacemaker insertion. Health Sci Rep. 2022 Nov 14;5(6):e869.

64. Iskhakov I, Rosell F, Friedman Y, Lackey A, Salemi A, Gulkarov I. Preoperative Use of Sodium Glucose Transporter 2 Inhibitors and Life-Threatening Euglycemic Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Immediate Cardiac Postoperative Care. Annals of Cardiovascular Surgery. 2022, Volume 5, Issue 1, Article 1030

65. Gulkarov I, Salemi A, Pawlkowski, A, Khaki R, Esham M, Lackey A, Paul S, Stein LH. Outcomes and Direct Cost of Isolated Non-emergent CABG in patients with Low Ejection Fraction. Innovations. 2023 In press


Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Transcatheter
  • Cardiac
  • Coronary disease
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia
  • Endocarditis
  • Extracorporeal circulation
  • Pericardium
  • Valve disease