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Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery Team

Arvind Agnihotri, MD

Arvind Agnihotri, MD, chief of the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery, is a leader in the field of cardiac surgery and the most experienced minimally invasive cardiac surgeon in the region. Dr. Agnihotri's special interests include complex adult cardiac surgery, minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve repair, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive bypass surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, and aortic surgery. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, he was the director of Cardiac Quality Assessment and Improvement for the Partners Health Care System, and director of the Robotic Heart Surgery Program and transcatheter valve program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Agnihotri has a diverse background in engineering, computer science, and mathematics, and has published numerous publications and book chapters. His areas of interest include device development, outcomes research, database development, the electronic medical record and medical simulation. He holds several memberships, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

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Intensive Care Unit Team

Rae Allain, MD, Medical Director

Luca Bigatello, MD

Cardiac Anesthesiology Team

Gary Robelen, MD, Chief

Chris Adams, MD

Robert Hunsaker, MD

Mark Lovich, MD

Lee Perrin, MD

Usha Vellayappan, MD

Physician Assistants/Mid-Levels

Chris Stager, PA-C, FAPACVS, Chief

Christine Edwards, PA-C

James Kincaid, PA-C

Jon Gray, PA-C

Jesse Harkness, PA-C

Will McNeal, PA-C

Alan Armstrong, PA-C, FAPACVS, FAAPA

Katie Vitale, PA-C

Christina Marinakis, PA-C

Perfusionist Team

Rich Crowley

Katie Faella

OR Nursing Team

Erin Pierce, RN, Lead Scrub Nurse

Office Staff

Deirdre Fay, Executive Assistant

Nicole Allard, Administrative Assistant


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