Cardiac Surgery

Top-ranked heart surgery program here in the San Gabriel Valley.

Cardiac Surgery at Huntington Health

Robbin Cohen, MD, MMM
Robbin Cohen, MD, MMM

We have recently expanded our dedicated, world-class cardiac surgery program.

Robbin Cohen, MD, MMM, has joined the team of Cedars-Sinai physicians at Huntington Health as director of the cardiac surgery program.

This development brings Cedars-Sinai’s top-ranked cardiac surgery program to patients throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Learn more in our cardiac surgery program expansion press release.

TAVR – Catheter Delivered Valve Replacement

Two doctors in the main lobby

We are committed to providing our community with leading-edge cardiology care, including the groundbreaking and minimally-invasive TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure.

Read more about the TAVR procedure below, or call (626) 397-2523 with any questions.

Leading the TAVR team at Huntington Hospital, Dr. Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, interventional cardiologist, and Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for cardiothoracic surgery (pictured), were the first in the San Gabriel Valley to perform the less invasive TAVR procedure.

TAVR is a minimally invasive replacement of the aortic valve. The TAVR procedure is a revolutionary new way to replace an aortic valve without a chest incision or the use of a heart-lung machine. Studies show patients who have received this new device not only live longer, but feel better, and significantly improve their quality of life.

The TAVR procedure is performed by our dedicated Huntington Hospital heart team using the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter Heart Valve, an FDA-approved product. During the procedure, the team inserts a valve through a small cut in the patient’s upper leg. The valve is advanced on a balloon catheter through the artery toward the native valve leaving the new aortic valve inside the old one.

Critically, TAVR eliminates the need to open the patient’s chest or use a heart-lung machine used in traditional open-heart surgeries.

The groundbreaking TAVR technology benefits patients with significant medical issues in a minimally-invasive fashion. The aortic valve replacement procedure offers patients an alternative treatment option to traditional open-heart surgery.

Approximately 250,000 people in the United States suffer from severe aortic stenosis. Our team of aortic valve specialists provides the best medical care to treat these patients. Until now, there has been no effective, long-term treatment option to prevent or delay disease progression in elderly patients with deteriorating medical conditions who may be ineligible for traditional open-heart surgery. Our team will find the right solution for you.