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About

About

The robot is one of my most trusted allies. It s a tool that is an extension of me.

Dr. Nirav Patel is the director of Robotic Cardiac Surgery for Northwell Health and the vice chairman of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Having performed thousands of procedures, Dr. Patel has mastered the relationship between a human, a robot and a heart. And in doing so, he has changed and greatly improved many lives.

The first physician in his family, Dr. Patel received his medical degree from Baroda Medical College in India. His medical training would then span three countries, giving him a unique perspective of global best practices in cardiac surgery. He continues to have a keen eye on global medicine; he has given talks in 20 different countries and has helped launch more than a dozen cardiac robotic practices all over the world.

In 2009, Dr. Patel completed the first closed chest, double bypass operation conducted while the patient s heart was still beating. This surgery was performed with the assistance of the da Vinci surgical system a sophisticated surgical robot. Though even with this most advanced technology, Dr. Patel insists there s always a need for the human touch. His standard of practice is to provide every one of his patients with compassionate, personalized attention.

Dr. Patel s dedication and expertise have helped place Lenox Hill Hospital among the top hospitals in the country for robotic cardiac surgery. He performs about 130 minimally invasive bypass operations a year, a number that continues to rise, as his team is always researching the best possible surgical solutions. The most common robotic operations Dr. Patel performs are single vessel bypass surgery and mitral valve repair.

We are pioneers in minimally invasive heart surgery because we combine this sophisticated robot with our talented surgeons who are unmatched in the medical field, Dr. Patel says. He adds that not all of his surgeries are minimally invasive. We use this operation procedure only when it will make a positive difference for the patient and when it is purely beneficial to their individual needs and recovery.

Dr. Patel asserts that ultimately, a surgeon s judgment is crucial to achieving the best possible surgical outcome. I ensure that we fit the right patient with the right tool with the right procedure and that comes from decades of experience and expertise.

Credentials

Credentials

  • Administrative titles

    • Director - Robotic Cardiac Surgery of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Vice Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

  • Academic titles

    • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Medical school

    • Medical College Baroda

  • Fellowships

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

  • Affiliations

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • Southside Hospital

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07/25/2019
"Dr. Patel is a blessing to all who need his help, I'm very grateful my Dr. Raza recommend me to him. He's a treasure & I'll always be grateful to him. Thanks gain Dr. PATEL."
07/24/2019
"Very professional, caring, and took time to explain everything. "
05/22/2019
"Excellent timely & friendly services."
04/24/2019
"Special thanks to Drs. Nirav Patel, Dr. Amahdi for caring for me."
03/23/2019
"Dr. Nirav Patel was an exceptional physician and surgeon. He took great care of my needs and made me feel comfortable with my decisions and the procedure. I very highly recommend him."
02/06/2019
"Care provider spent good time & he's very courtesy & friendly. He always answers all the questions."
01/17/2019
"Dr. Patel was GREAT. He actually saved my life!"
12/19/2018
"Excellent."
12/18/2018
"Dr. Patel was the BEST EVER!"
11/11/2018
"To the world I recom."
10/05/2018
"HE'S THE BEST!!"
09/07/2018
"Dr. Patel has given me complete comfort this procedure will be successful."
08/01/2018
"Very good listener cannot find any better bless their hearts."
07/15/2018
"Just superb."
06/29/2018
"Very good."
06/28/2018
"The very best."
06/14/2018
"All physician were awesome."
05/31/2018
"I keep recommend this care provider to others."
04/23/2018
"Dr. Patel is considerate, attentive, caring, patient and a wonderful doctor."
04/19/2018
"Very good doctor, he saved my moms life. Love, heart."
04/19/2018
"100% excellence in everything."
03/29/2018
"Dr. Patel and Dr. Zeremski are the best. Dr. Bennstein - Skipatis."
03/02/2018
"Outstanding performances."
03/02/2018
"Nice staff."
02/13/2018
"Very happy with my care."
12/09/2017
"Dr. Patel did a fine job - those little circles mean nothing."
12/07/2017
"Wonderful surgeon! Felt safe and in good hands."
09/19/2017
"I felt confident after visit with Dr. Patel. He's a Godsend."
09/11/2017
"Dr. Patel is superb & an absolutely lovely man. I feel I am in the best care. "
09/10/2017
"The doctors were very caring & compassionate. They explained to me about my condition in words that I could understand and answered my questions to my satisfaction. They calmed my worries by showing me what they were going to do about my condition and I agreed with them. I am 92 yrs. old and to me these doctors are the best. Excellence! "
08/29/2017
"I saw Dr. Nolan my cardiologist first before I was referred to Dr. Patel, my cardiac surgeon I received excellent care from both gentlemen."
08/09/2017
"The experience was very good."
07/19/2017
"Good experience."
07/17/2017
"He (Dr. Patel) is simply one of the best at what he does!!"
06/27/2017
"Dr. Patel is an incredible surgeon. I am very lucky and grateful to have him as my physician."
06/20/2017
"Excellent service by provider and his team. I was treated like family."
04/22/2017
"The care I received was superb. Everyone who worked with me has been effective and considerate, since I began with my first heart operation in March 2016, then in April, 2017"
03/07/2017
"very good"
03/06/2017
"it was good!"
11/08/2016
"Very good experience."
08/18/2016
"Dr. Patel and his staff gave me wonderful care. Since my surgery on April 28th the constant remark I hear when meeting people for the first time in awhile is "You look wonderful! You were so pale." Since my blood flow has markedly improved we know who to attribute that to--and it ain't my barber!"
07/13/2016
"Since my surgery, I have recommended Dr. Patel to someone with similar heart valve problems -"
05/29/2016
"Good"
04/18/2016
"Very good."
04/04/2016
"Good"
02/26/2016
"Nirav C. Patel, MD is the best doctor in, my life. His professional knowledge and skill, great cares and concerns to the patients make his work shining and successful. I'm so sure that his efforts and all of the outstanding doctors like him, will let the crown of one of the best hospitals in USA that that of be placed on Lenox Hill Hospital one day."
02/18/2016
"Dr. Patel (cardiac surgeon) very nice & professional but needs to speak louder, necessary for older patients."
02/01/2016
"He's the best!!"
01/25/2016
"I shall be happy to recommend to other for their good care."
11/02/2015
"I received excellent service!"
08/31/2015
"Good."
06/26/2015
"Very good."
06/05/2015
"Made me feel at ease and made me feel that everything is going to turn out for the best."
06/04/2015
"Good."
04/02/2015
"Excellent."
02/19/2015
"Very good."
10/07/2014
"Very very good experience."
08/21/2014
"Everything was great. The best I could have gotten."
05/01/2014
"Overall great all the way around."
01/02/2014
"Always available by phone."

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