Aortic Program

The Aortic Program focuses on early detection, monitoring, and treatment of various aortic diseases using national guidelines as well as emergent procedures on patients with acute aortic syndrome. Conditions affecting the aorta are serious, but through early diagnosis and treatment, lifestyle modifications, and ongoing medical care, patients under the care of aortic specialists can continue to enjoy normal, productive lives.

The aortic care program was developed in 1988 by Alfredo Trento, MD, who led advances in thoracic aortic surgery at Cedars-Sinai. In 2010, Ali Khoynezhad, MD, Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery, established the multi-disciplinary Aortic Program at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Khoynezhad is a national trainer in complex and minimally invasive aortic procedures and an international scholar in aortic pathologies. Under the leadership of Bruce Gewertz, MD, Surgeon-In-Chief of the Department of Surgery, and Eduardo Marban, MD, Director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, the Aortic Program offers expertise spanning all aspects of the basic science, genetic, medical and surgical treatment of aortic disease.

Patient Story

early detection, monitoring, and treatment of various aortic diseases

Constance Alexander

Aortic Stenosis

Constance Alexander was diagnosed with aortic stenosis at age 78. The former professional roller skater refused to let heart failure, or fear, slow her down.

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Featured Treatment

option of no transfusions or blood conservation technique for aortic treatment or bone marrow transplant

Transfusion Free Interventions

The Aortic Program provides quality surgical postoperative care using specialized techniques to minimize a patient’s blood loss before, during and after surgery. Patients undergoing Transfusion Free Intervention have options of no transfusions as well as blood conservation technique.

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