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8 weeks after emergency triple bypass surgery performed by Dr. Girardi, I am back in Taekwondo class, breathing better than ever, and feeling younger than ever. Great surgeon with great team support at a great hospital. Wish the rating system went higher than 5 stars.
I, too, have waited almost 3 years to write this review. The way we, the family, were ignored by Dr.Girardi AND his office and nursing staff borders on cruelty. My husband developed pneumonia 4 days after his long hours of surgery to repair an aortic anyeurysm and was on a ventilator for a week. I was only able to speak to Dr. Girardi twice, once for about 2 minutes after the surgery when he practically dismissed me (my brother-in-law, a surgeon himself, was with me and was horrified at this brush-off by Dr Girardi after we had not heard one word since we had said good-by to my husband at 1pm and it was now 10pm.) Dr Girardi will not keep the family advised nor allow his staff to do so. We never did learn what time the operation started nor how long it progressed. The only other time he spoke to me directly was when we were told to find a rehab place, after 3 weeks in the hospital, within the next 48 hours, and no, they were not familiar w any in New Jersey....good luck. Thank heaven for the ICU doctors who were the only source of information for three weeks. It was terrifying for the family to be responsible every day to track down someone whose head was not buried in a computer to update us on what was going on. Neither Dr Girardi nor his staff found the time to even pick up the phone much less stop by the room to touch base with the family. We were on our own. My husband has recovered from the surgery and for that we are thankful. My son and daughter and I will never forget the terror of feeling all but forgotten as we struggled every day to know how he was progressing and when/if he would recover from it all.
Once you sign up for surgery with Dr Giardi don't ever expect to speak to him. The only ones you will get to talk to are his nurse practitioners. He did my surgery and I still had a major problem post surgery. Trying to sue is a major problem getting another physician to testify against Dr. Girardi. He's a big name in cardio thoracic surgery and runs his practice like a factory. The more surgeries the better. Just because a physician has a big reputation find someone you can actually speak to.
I interviewed three experienced surgeons prior to a recent aortic valve replacement and Dr. Girardi was by far the most knowledgeable and professional of them. He and his team did a superb job, and for that I am truly grateful. I cannot recommend Dr. Girardi highly enough; just know that you are in great hands if he is your surgeon.
As the 3rd anniversary of my mother's death approaches I am compelled to write a review. I gave myself 3 full years as to not write with an angry heart. My mother had a very rare type of cancer. Dr. Girardi was highly recommended. In fact as one of his staff put it there is God and raised her left hand high and than said there is Dr.Girardi and raised her right hand higher in the air. NOT TRUE. He is a man a human being and not at all the best at what he does nor could I or would I call him a God or compare him to God. To cut to the chase Dr. Girardi left my mother in the hospital under the care of some young interns as he left for 5 days to take his daughter to college. My mother died 2 days later. He was suppose to return and perform an operation that only he and a few other surgeons have ever performed. When he left us he clearly stated that his trip would not be a problem that her condition could wait. That was the last we heard from Dr.Girardi. He is not a kind human being and as a doctor he does not put his patients first before himself. Yes I'm stating that if God gives you the brains to keep people alive and help them not to suffer tha as a doctor one must put ones own life on hold for the betterment of his patients. I'm not by any means a person who is not based in reality and know and understand that my mother's chances were slim. All I ask is that when you agree to undertake the care of someone than follow thur to the end. Hope your daughter does well in college and does not become a doctor especial if she gets her values from her father.
Dr Girardi convinced my family that he could do an extensive surgery on my mother. He gave us a 1% chance of death. My mom went in fighting so brave and never woke up. 5 days later we had to take her off echmo. I thank god for surgeons but i believe they go too far sometimes, have big ego's, and try to be God. I will never forget his face
I am 4 weeks post-op on an aortic valve replacement and aneurysm repair (49 year old female). I met Dr. Girardi 10 years ago and he patiently followed my case till it was the right time to operate. He is truly gifted and in my opinion puts the needs of his patients first. The care before, during, and after can't be beat which is extremely important to the recovery. I am forever grateful to him and his team for my second lease on life. Who would have imagined 4 weeks after this major surgery I would be back on my feet and doing great!
Dr Giradi is great. He really set my mind at ease. I thought I was going to have open heart surgery immediately. Dr Giradi was very patient and explained the whole situation to me showing surgery was not necessary at this time.
Dr. Girardi repaired my severely leaky Mitral Valve (67 year old male). He repaired the P2 leaflet and implanted a 36MM "C" Annuloplasty Ring band to tighten the circumference of the valve. My energy level has greatly improved and I am "sports" active. In my opinion, Dr Girardi is a master craftsman. The New York Presbyterian ICU staff is highly competent and attentive. I was very fortunate.
He saved my life! I want to know where he hides his WINGS! God Bless him... I had open heart surgery for a severely leaking mitral valve an VT....I was terrified.... He was so kind and gentle and saved my life...Thank you Dr. Girardi
A brilliant, humble and caring surgeon. Thank you for saving my life!
The meeting, and subsequent surgery went well, Dr. Girardi, and his staff were professional during the whole time. My only suggestion, and fully understand why it my be difficult, is his meeting with the family during recuperation.
I can never thank Dr. Girardi and his wonderful staff enough. I was treated so wonderfully by all of them and it is now 2 and 1/2 years since my aortic valve replacement. Dr. Girardi is a caring and gentle doctor who always showed me great concern and care. I pray for him and his wonderful hands and heart so that others may be blessed with his gifts!
Dr. Girardi did a triple bypass heart surgery on my son and I will always be grateful to this amazing doctor for saving my son's life. I thank God for this doctor.
There is nobody better in whole world, than Dr. Girardi. He saved my life. It took him two minutes to convince me. After the surgery, Dr. Girardi saw me every day.This is unusual in USA.He is a true Medical Doctor, treating peoples as the Patients not Clients.
Surgeon without peer; extraordinary success rate with major, complex surgeries. Can't praise him enough.
The best surgeon the best hospital care hands down,
One of the finest Cardiothoracic Surgeons you will find and a staff that is second to none. They saved my life.
Overall a good doctor, competent surgeon. The main complaint I have is that I was never informed of all the side effects of the procedure, and aortic valve aneurysm and aorta replacment, which was not done on an emergency basis. His staff is more like a sales force, contacting me to undergo surgery when I did not wish to do so. I was told that I would die in six months without it, but a year and a half later I was fine. My aorta was large, within the standard guidelines for surgery in the US. However, Canadien guidelines list an 8.0 aneurysm as requiring surgery and mine was less than that. Afraid of dying nonetheless, I underwent the procedure. Since then, I have suffered severe and frequent migraines, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, and total loss of energy. I cannot walk up a flight of stairs without being dizzy and out of breath when I get to the top. IF I WAS TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THE SURGERY, THAT IT WOULD RENDER ME A VIRTUAL INVALID, I NEVER WOULD HAVE CONSENTED. It is sad that the AMA has effectively bought off legislatures to enact laws protecting this kind of conduct. Use this surgeon, but make sure you speak to him and find out ALL of the effects of your surgery. Get it in writing!!!! And remember, his nurses are sales people pushing surgery.
My son is 37 and had an aortic aneurysm. We were in a panic and then found Dr. Girardi. He is a superior surgeon and this is his specialty. He'll save you. Do not hesitate ....use him.
His dexterity and surgical prowess is legendary, but his fabulous track record comes from the dream team of well educated and attentive nurse practitioners, critical care and floor nurses and responsive consultants. It all bespeaks extraordinary communications and respect among team members. I've never seen anything like it.
As my long-time cardiologist put it, the superiority of Dr. Girardiâs craftsmanship versus any other surgeonâs becomes increasingly evident with the passage of time. Ten years out you will be really glad that itâs his stitching inside. That makes him the one you really want, and I feel so fortunate that he took me on. I was his second operation of the day; it took him 6 hours and he finished at 7pm. Then at 7 am he was checking in on me with his entourage, and then off to his next morning surgery. He squeezes all his other appointments between his AM and PM surgeries time permitting and depending on how long they run. If you want someone who can indulge your calls during the day or hold your hand, heâs not for you. Heâs not your cardiologist, not your ICU physician, not your GP. Heâs the surgeon who will spend six hours straight each if necessary, every day, on two of the most fortunate individuals on the planet that day. If you want references for another accomplished area ivy-league-teaching surgeon who will spend more personalized time with you (my back-up if Girardi couldnât take me) I can give you his name. You will be fine with that surgeon and any quality differences likely wonât be apparent for years. Leave Girardiâs limited surgery slots for those who really, really need and appreciate his workmanship a decade out. NYP also has the most thorough and attentive ICU physician (in the other 4th floor ICU) I have ever met anywhere, and if you need extensive post-op follow-up care, get yourself under her care. Leave Girardi free to do what he does best. Ask any lay-person who they would choose based on interviews, and they will likely say my alternate choice. Ask any cardiologist who they would have work on them, and they will likely say Girardi.
Dr. Girardi replaced my moms aorta. A week later it was leaking in 2 places and had to open her up again. He is a liar. If theres a problem on the weekend forget about him seeing you. I tried to get him to call me, and got the run around, he never called. Mom was to have an ultra on her swollen arm and it was never done, he canceled it. When she went to rehab, they did the ultra sound and she had blood clots in her arm. There is more but I will stop here and let you deride if you want him as a surgeon or not.
DO NOT LET THIS MAN TOUCH YOU. If you suffer a complication he will throw you out the door. This was my experience. WE FAILED TO HEED THE WARNINGS POSTED HERE and suffered the consequences. All though i am sad to hear that others have experienced the environment of intimidation perpetuated by Dr. Girardi I am glad in that I'm not the only one posting about it. It needs to be known. He intimidates his staff of doctors. They seem to put his reputation before proper patient care. There is apparently a reason he looks so good on paper. He seems to throw all of his complicated cases out the door! It's too late for my family. Im writing this in the hopes that i may save another person from having to endure a similar nightmare. He was arrogant and aggressive in nature, extremely condescending. And he left us devastated by his callous disposition, lack of professionalism and refusal to provide proper care. I am aware that complications may occur and that these complications may or may not be the result of surgery. However, when such complications arise they need to be addressed. Not swept under the rug in order to protect Dr. Girardi's policy's or reputation. Dr. Leonard Girardi of New York Presbyterian Weil Cornel Medical center Greenberg Pavillion 4th floor ( lest there be any doubt as to who I speak of). Left our family heartbroken and reeling. Don't be fooled by the hype. Read these reviews. Consider them carefully.
What an amazing doctor and person! I am forever grateful for the recommendation to see Dr. Girardi. I had several doctor friends tell me that he is the only one they would ever let touch their heart, but we got opinions from other "top surgeons" in the area just to make sure. There was no comparison! His confidence and directness in telling me exactly what I needed to have done was such a relief. He treated us with respect and explained the surgery and clearly answered our questions about the risks. My husband and I both came away from the consultation feeling clear about what to do and I knew I was in good hands. In the hospital I saw so many doctors and nurses (it is a teaching hospital) but everyday like clockwork Dr. Girardi appeared at my bedside. I never doubted that he was in charge and directing my care down the smallest details. His staff were very helpful as well. When I came to post this I read some of the negative comments here, but based on my experience I am sure that they had the wrong doctor! I have the highest regard for Dr. Girardi and I will recommend him highly to anyone needing heart surgery.
Based on my experience with this surgeon he does not take the time to form the level of rapport, accessibility or open communication necessary to deal with legitimate concerns considering very serious and potntially life threatening surgery. Obviously if the surgery goes well, the need for such open lines of communication and accessiblity does not pose a significant issue. However, if not, such a detached and inaccessible style can pose a major problem to a patient and his/her family who need an open line of communication, support as well as relevant information. So no matter how skilled a surgeon, if they do not display these empathic and accessible patient oriented traits during the initial consult, in my opinion if anything goes wrong it is quite likely that the detachment, distancing and lack of interaction will increase. The above review could not have said it better. It is spot on, and I only wish I had taken it seriously when I first read it months ago. Is he a gifted surgeon? Very likely. Is he an honorable man? No. We are not the type that needed a "hand holder". In fact, quite the opposite. Simply wanted the right man to do the job. That being said,.... BE AWARE, ANYONE, can suffer a complication. This is high risk surgery. This surgeon is concerned with his "numbers" The ones you are looking at and reading here. DO NOT make the mistake we did. These numbers are very easily skewed. Shojld you enocunter a complication of any sort, he will get rid of you so fast you're head will spin. You will likely be discharged before it is determined that the complication may have something to do with the surgery. Once you leave NY Presbyterian, it's on YOU. Any complication you may discover will not effect Dr. Girardi's ratings and will not effect NY Presbyterian's ins rates. It's a win/win for both Dr. and hospital. I wish I had paid more attention to the reviews here before we scheduled my husbands surgery. I read the prior reviews that warned of his calous nature with a grain of salt. Who care's if he's a nice guy? We need a good surgeon, not a hand holder! Be aware the descriptions regarding his deamnor are an insight to his CHARACTER, and should be taken quite seriously! He intimidates staff to the point that they do not advocate for the patient. They fear his wrath. Apparentyly he makes and breaks careers. It takes someone with real back bone to stand up to him and do what's right by the patient. Thank goodness, NY Presbyterian has some step down nurses who don't care about the Great Girardi's "numbers", You are taking a chance using this surgeon. While all cardiac surgery brings with it risk, you should not have to worry about the surgeons character, or if he will "patient dump" you if you don't have the anticipated results. Unfortunately, it appears the good dr. believes his own hype. Sad.
Had surgery last week. All went well. Yes - Dr. Girardi is not an exceptionally warm person, however, he is an excellent surgeon and that is what you want when you need this type of operation.
Stay away from this so called doctor, my father died in his care, the doctor never bother to call the familly uring my father treatment and after his death, he is cold, heartless ,
Based on my experience with this surgeon he does not take the time to form the level of rapport, accessibility or open communication necessary to deal with legitimate concerns considering very serious and potntially life threatening surgery. Obviously if the surgery goes well, the need for such open lines of communication and accessiblity does not pose a significant issue. However, if not, such a detached and inaccessible style can pose a major problem to a patient and his/her family who need an open line of communication, support as well as relevant information. So no matter how skilled a surgeon, if they do not display these empathic and accessible patient oriented traits during the initial consult, in my opinion if anything goes wrong it is quite likely that the detachment, distancing and lack of interaction will increase.
Dr Girardi performed an Aortic Valve Replacement on me in 2007. The professionalism and personal care he gave proved to me that he is at the top of his profession. I am extremely grateful that hr was my surgeon.
I only have the nighest praise for Dr. Girardi. He surrounds himself with the best staff and they are a remarkable team. No other surgeon would operate on Mom's complicated huge aortic aneurism. Dr. Girardi confidently told us the risks, but was ready to proceed if my mother wanted to. She did He is a miracle worker and I will always keep him in my prayers.
My 30 year old son had a aortic valve replacement in 2010.We saw this doctoronly twice before surgery for 15 minutes and on second day after surgery for 3 minutes.He did not even came out after surgery to tell us how it went, only called. But it would not be a problem if operation would fix whathe came there for.Instead my son was discharged with a blocked heart , which means his heart lost proper conductivity during surgery and now he cannot walk fast or execercise like all young people do. There is no reason why it should have happened, unless Dr Girardi was not at his best and totally screwed up my son's life!
Dr. Girardi was terrific. He diagnosed my issue (Bicuspid valve, ascending aortic aneurysm) quickly and explained it's origin (congenital) in simple language. My aneurysm was 5.2cm at diagnosis which required immediate surgery. Dr. Girardi replaced my valve (Bovine) and cut out the aneurysm and replaced that with a dacron graft. After the surgery i saw him every day i was in the hospital. He took the time to answer all my questions and concerns. I recommend Dr. Girardi enthusiastically.
There aren't words to express how awesome I believe Dr. Girardi and his entire staff were. From the office staff to the surgical team to the ICU staff and then stepdown. I had an aortic aneurysm that needed repairing and from the diagnosis point until now, I just got home a few days ago, I can't tell you how much confidence he inspired and what a great job he did for me. I can't imagine there being a more dedicated and skilled surgeon out there.I give him the highest recommendation.Good luck to you and get well soon.
He is a genius...he performed open heart surgery on my 85 year old Mom to successfully repair her mitral valve. She had been told by other doctors the surgery would not work for her. He is kind and really takes time to listen to his patients. Several times during her appointments, he encouraged my Mom to ask questions and he really listened to her answers. As in demand as he is, she never felt rushed and he kept us fully informed throughout the entire process. He made himself available to speak with us at any time. He is an exceptional person.
The surgeon you need if you have complex multiple problems in the heart and thoracic aorta. Quietly confident, yet factual, he explains the problem and the reasons for many of his decisions after the surgery. If you are technically inclined or in the field yourself get ready for a crisp summary. Personally, I liked his "short courses".