Daniel G. Swistel, MD

Dr. Swistel is a graduate of Harvard College and Rutgers Medical School (now the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at UMDNJ). He did his residency training in General Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, and his Cardiac training at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. He has been an Attending Surgeon at Mount Sinai St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital since 1987, former Chief of Service and President of the New York Thoracic Society and currently Associate Professor at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is a member of many surgical societies including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Swistel is listed on many “Best Doctor” lists, including that published by New York Magazine.

Dr. Swistel has helped develop many of the techniques commonly used in cardiac surgical procedures today. His pioneering work includes microvascular techniques for total arterial revascularization for coronary artery disease and the extensive use of bilateral internal thoracic arteries for that purpose. This has become especially useful for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in women and all patients with very diffuse and small vessel disease. Using this technique, he has successfully operated on many patients who were previously turned down for surgery by others. His other innovative work includes strategies for mitral valve repair, off-pump coronary artery surgery and the surgical treatment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world with expertise for this disorder and has one of the largest operative experiences for both mitral valve repair and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Dr. Swistel was also one of first surgeons in the United States to utilize the DaVinci Robotic System and along with others at Mount Sinai St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital developed many of the techniques for minimally invasive heart surgery.

Dr. Swistel has been recognized internationally for his contributions to Cardiovascular Surgery and has lectured extensively around the world. He has authored over fifty peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and book chapters and is the principle investigator on many research projects, including leading the only study in the New York Metropolitan area to lower the use of anticoagulants in patients who require valve replacement where only a mechanical prosthesis can be utilized. The Cardiac Surgical Division at Mount Sinai St.Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital also specializes in Bloodless Surgery for those candidates that are suitable under a program initiated by Dr. Swistel.

Green, G.E., Swistel DG, Cameron, A.A.: Bilateral internal thoracic artery surgery: 17-year experience. European Heart Jnl. (Suppl H), 1989 Dec; 10: H 57 - H 60.

Green, G.E., Swistel DG*, Castro, J., Hillel, Z., Thornton, J.: Sternal blood flow during mobilization of the internal thoracic arteries. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 1993 Apr; 55(4): 967-970.

Sherrid MV, Chaudhry FA, Swistel DG*. Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: echocardiography, pathophysiology, and the continuing evolution of surgery for obstruction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Feb; 75(2); 620-632. Review.

DeRose JJ, Jr., Ashton, RC, Jr., Belsley S, Swistel DG, Vloka M, Ehlert F, Shaw R, Sackner-Bernstein J, Hillel Z, Steinberg JS. Robotically-assisted left ventricular epicardial lead implantation for biventricular pacing. J Am Coll Cardiol 2003 Apr; 41(8):1414-1419.

Toumpoulis IK, Anagnostopoulos CE, Katritisis DG, Shennib H, DeRose JJ, Swistel DG. Influence of Innovative Techniques on Midterm Results in Patients with Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass and Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass. Heart Surg Forum 2004, Jan; 7(1):31-36.

DeRose JJ, Jr., Belsley S, Swistel DG, Shaw R, Ashton RC, Jr. Robotically-assisted left ventricular epicardial lead implantation for biventricular pacing: The posterior approach. Ann Thorac Surg 2004 Apr; 77(4): 1472- 1474.

Swistel DG*, DeRose JJ Jr., Sherrid MV, Management of Patients with Complex Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Resection/Plication/Release; Editor: Cohn LH, Assoc. Editor: Sundt TM. Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a comparative Atlas. WB Saunders, Philadelphia PA, 2004; 261-267.

Balaram SK, Sherrid MV, DeRose JJ, Hillel Z, Winson G, Swistel DG*. Beyond Extended Myectomy for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: The Resection-Plication-Release (RPR) Repair. Ann Thorac Surg 2005, Jul; 80(1): 217-223.

Balaram SK, Toumpoulis IK, DeRose JJ, Swistel DG*. Results of Bilateral Internal Thoracic Artery Grafting in Women. Circulation 2005; 111:E56.

Balaram SK,Tyrie L, Sherrid MV, Afthinos J, Hillel Z, Winson G, Swistel DG. Resection, Plication Release for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Clinical and Echocardiographic Follow-up. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008; 86:1539-45.

Joshi R, Swistel DG*, Balaram SK, Chaudhry F, Sherrid MV. Resect-Plication-Release Operation for Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Echocardiographic Results. Circulation. 11/2009; 120; S799.

Meet Our Physicians

Sandhya K. Balaram, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Karan Omidvari, MD

Daniel Swistel, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
(212) 523-2798