The Columbia Structural Heart & Valve Center originated as a collaborative effort between the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, led by Martin B. Leon, MD, and the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, led by Craig R. Smith, MD.
Our program is led by Director, Susheel K. Kodali, MD, an interventional cardiologist, and a group of highly skilled valve disease specialists. The core team also includes attending surgeon Isaac George, MD, one of just four physicians in the world who is dually trained in both cardiac surgery and interventional techniques; Tamim Nazif, MD, an interventional cardiologist, who also directs clinical services at the Structural Heart & Valve Center and co-directs clinical research at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, and Torsten Vahl, MD, an interventionalist who is also the director experimental and translational research. Rebecca T. Hahn, MD, the Director of Interventional Echocardiography, is a key member of the physician leadership team. Her opinion is sought by hundreds of physicians every year who want their patients to benefit from her advanced imaging and diagnostic expertise.
Our physicians collaborate with a robust team of clinical specialists, including an experienced team of Physician Assistants, Clinical Coordinators, and Research Coordinators, who compassionately attend to all patient needs. Our program's success has been built upon the commitment of the heart team across the continuum of patient care. Together, the team assesses each patient using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and recommends appropriate treatment solutions, including interventional and surgical options and medical therapy based on what is in the best interest of the patient. We are committed to comprehensive communication amongst our team, with the patient, with family members, and with referring physicians to ensure that everyone stays informed and involved in the patient's care.