Mitral Foundation Clinical Team

David H. Adams, MD
David H. Adams, MD
Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief
Mount Sinai Health System
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis
Professor and Chairman
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
and The Mount Sinai Hospital
President, Mitral Foundation
1190 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 866-648-7255

David H. Adams, MD

Dr. David H. Adams is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief of the Mount Sinai Health System. He is also President of the Mitral Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting best practice standards in mitral valve disease.

Dr. Adams is a recognized leader in the field of heart valve surgery and mitral valve reconstruction. As the Program Director of The Mount Sinai Hospital's Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center, he has set national benchmarks, with > 99% degenerative mitral valve repair rates, while running one of the largest programs in the United States with a team that now performs over 400 mitral valve operations per year.

He is a co-author, with Professor Alain Carpentier, of the internationally acclaimed, and widest selling valve textbook Carpentier's Reconstructive Valve Surgery. He is the co-inventor of 2 mitral valve annuloplasty repair rings (the Carpentier-McCarthy-Adams IMR ETlogix Annuloplasty Ring and the Carpentier-Edwards Physio II Annuloplasty Ring), and is also the inventor of the Medtronic Tri-Ad Adams Tricuspid Annuloplasty Ring. He is a co-director of the annual American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Heart Valve Summit, and the Director of the biennial AATS Mitral Conclave, the largest international meeting in the world focused on mitral valve disease.

Dr. Adams is an acclaimed speaker and educator. He has given over 350 invited lectures around the world and he and his team have developed the world’s largest video library of techniques in valve reconstruction. He is also dedicated to teaching surgery throughout the world, and he has performed surgery on over 200 patients in China, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Thailand, and Viet Nam.  He currently is a Councilor of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and serves as the Education Councilor on the AATS Education Committee.

In 2009 Dr. David H. Adams received the American Heart Association Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine.

He is the author of over 225 publications, holds three patents, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Associate Editor for Hurst’s the Heart, 14th edition. He has served on the Editorial Boards of several medical journals, including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Cardiology, and served as the co-Editor of Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.  He is also the National Co-Principal Investigator of the FDA United States pivotal trial of the Medtronic CoreValve Transcatheter Aortic Valve replacement device.

Dr. Adams’ major research interests include outcomes related to mitral valve repair, strategies in complex mitral valve repair, and transcatheter valve replacement. Past research honors include the Alton Ochsner Research Scholarship from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Paul Dudley White Research Fellowship from the American Heart Association. He has also received honorary Professorships from Capital University in Beijing and Keio University in Tokyo. He received his undergraduate and medical education at Duke University and completed his internship and residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In addition, he completed a two-year research fellowship under Professor Morris Karnovsky in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and an advanced cardiac surgical fellowship under Sir Magdi Yacoub in London. He later served at Brigham and Women's Hospital as the Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery. He has held his current position as Professor and Chairman at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2002.

Anelechi Anyanwu, MD

Anelechi Anyanwu, MD
Anelechi Anyanwu, MD
Professor and Vice-Chairman
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1190 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-659-6811

Dr. Anelechi Anyanwu joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2004 as a Senior Clinical Fellow. His primary interests were Mitral Valve Repair, Complex Valvular surgery, Surgery for Heart Failure and Re-operative Cardiac Surgery. Under the close instruction of Dr. David Adams, Dr. Anyanwu was trained intensively in the entire spectrum of techniques for mitral valve repair, and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the United States to received formal training in mitral valve repair to a proficient and advanced level. His main interests are in minimally invasive mitral valve repair and mitral valve repair for dilated cardiomyopathies. Apart from mitral repair, during the Fellowship at Mount Sinai, Dr. Anyanwu acquired expertise in complex re-operative valvular surgery, and heart failure surgery. Working with Dr. Adams, Dr. Anyanwu has led the advanced heart failure program, introducing new mechanical devices for circulatory support and has also re-established the combined heart-lung transplant program.

Dr. Anyanwu trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Harefield Hospital, London, United Kingdom and affiliated hospitals in the University of London Network. He was trained by internationally renowned surgeons including Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, Professor Gilles Dreyfus and Professor Tom Treasure. Under the tutelage of Professor Yacoub and Dr. Ashgar Khaghani, he was trained in Heart and Lung Transplantation. Harefield Hospital has performed more thoracic organ transplants than any other hospital in the world — Dr. Anyanwu is one of few surgeons world-wide who are trained in all aspects of thoracic transplantation including heart transplantation, heterotopic heart transplantation, heart-lung transplantation, domino heart transplantation and lung transplantation. At Harefield hospital he was also trained in various aspects of heart valve surgery including homograft implantation, another field pioneered by Professor Yacoub’s team. His other areas of specialized training include multiple arterial revascularization using bilateral skeletonized internal mammary artery grafts — this operation is more durable than the standard coronary artery bypass surgery using a single mammary artery and leg veins for bypass. Using the technique of skeletonization, bilateral internal mammary artery grafting can be extended to most patients even diabetic and obese patients (who are generally excluded from multiple arterial grafts). Dr. Anyanwu also has an interest in minimally invasive surgery and received training in this area in London. His interests include reducing invasiveness of surgery by minimizing incisions and tissue dissection, avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass or myocardial ischemia and reducing level of anesthesia and monitoring. He has performed open heart surgery on awake patients with use of epidural anesthesia, a technique that may hasten patient recovery and reduce morbidity in selected patients.

Mary Joy Santillan, RN

Mary Joy Santillan is one of the senior operating room nurses in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Mary Joy has been at Mount Sinai for almost 11 years and in that time she has served as both a mentor and teacher to the nursing staff.

In July 2008, Dr. David Adams presented Mary Joy with the Mount Sinai Heart Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinical Award for Excellence, “In recognition of extraordinary dedication to patient care.”