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About the Physicians and Staff

Samuel Weinstein, MD

Director
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Weinstein specializes in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and is board certified in thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include congenital heart surgery, adult congenital heart surgery, aortic valve-sparing root procedures, Fontan revision surgery, trachea surgery and hybrid procedures combining the techniques of interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery.

Dr. Weinstein is currently involved in a national study examining the use of anti-adhesion materials in cardiac surgery. His laboratory research explores the effects of cardiopulmonary bypass on cardiac function and lung disease. He is the author of over 60 publications and presentations. He serves on the board of directors of Heart Care International and has served in the field on several medical missions to Latin America.

Robert E. Michler, MD

Chair
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Michler is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University and received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School where he was a Leopold Schepp Scholar. He completed his residency in general surgery, fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation at Columbia and was chief resident in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Michler has authored hundreds of peer-review articles and book chapters in cardiothoracic surgery and heart transplantation. He has received numerous honors and awards, including “Person of the Week” by Peter Jennings of ABC World News Tonight, and “The Order of Christopher Columbus” by Hippolito Mejia, President of the Dominican Republic. Dr. Michler is the Founder and Chairman of Heart Care International, a not-for-profit foundation providing diagnostic heart care and surgery to indigent children in developing countries.
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