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About Dr. Michael S Firstenberg

Dr. Michael S Firstenberg, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Akron, OH. He has 22 years of experience. His specialties include Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery) and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Firstenberg is affiliated with Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Firstenberg has received 4 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

23 Ratings with 5 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Michael S Firstenberg is Great. Dr. Michael S Firstenberg has been rated by 23 patients. From those 23 patients 5 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Michael S Firstenberg is 4.5 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialists

75 Arch St Ste 407
Akron, OH 44304
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Dr. Michael S Firstenberg has the following 2 specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
  • Vascular Surgery

    Vascular surgeons treat and manage disorders in your veins, arteries and your lymphatic system to ensure blood circulation in your heart and in brain is the best it can be. They're well-versed on how your vascular system works with the rest of your body and they can treat conditions that may cause blockages or buildup.
    They can perform many of the same diagnostic testing as interventional radiologists can, such as angiography and MRIs. In addition to diagnosis, they provide critical care and treatment for aneurysms, artery blockages and trauma injuries that involve your veins. They can also help patients manage diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol as well as treat artery disease. Treatment for more serious cases might include bypass surgery or surgery to remove plaque.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Michael S Firstenberg has the following 15 expertise

  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures
  • Coronary Disease
  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Left Ventricular Dysfunction
  • Aneurysm
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Coronary Artery Bypass (Heart Bypass)
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Vascular Malformations

Board Certifications

Dr. Michael S Firstenberg is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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How do you mend a broken heart?

At 53 years old, had a bad EKG, needed bypass surgery. I started doing my research for a great doctor. The selection is limited. When I met Dr. Firstenberg, he was brutally honest, very confident and extremely smart. I instantly believed that he could do this job, better then anyone. He made this horrible experience, better. I waited a year to give this review, not knowing what the outcome for me would be. He fixed my broken heart and I will be forever grateful. He rocks and so does his staff.

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Five Stars

Dr Firstenberg took awesome care of me and spoke to me using "laymans terms" which allowed me to understand what was going on and how things should progress..(he didnt use BIG MEDICAL WORDS that non medical people would know) Always showed alot of empathy with me during the trying times of healing after surgery. Thank you to him and his staff as well as the team of wonderful nurses at OSU Ross Heart Hospital..

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H1N1 Patient

Had it not been for Dr. Firstenberg and his use of the ECMO machine I would not be here. He was absolutely wonderful with my family, explaining all procedures being used. Also, he was very honest about my recovery chances.Thank you Dr. Firstenberg!

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Doctor Firstenberg.

A wonderful caring doctor who saved my life.He will always have my gratitude.My whole famuily thanks you.

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A nice guy and an excellent presenter

Dr. Firstenberg presented a lecture today to physicians and other health professionals in another part of the country. I helped coordinate his visit. He was very decent and collaborative to work with (not all are), he spoke passionately and eloquently about his work, and clearly was asked to speak because of his expertise. I'd be willing to go to him or send a family member.

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  • Awards

    4 Awards

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2017, 2018)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2017, 2018)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly is America's trusted source for the identification of Top Doctors. Their physician-led research team reviews and screens the credentials of tens of thousands of physicians who are nominated by their peers annually, via a nationwide online process, before selecting those physicians who are regionally or nationally among the very best in their medical specialties. Castle Connolly believes strongly that Top Doctors Make a Difference™.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Firstenberg is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    22 Years Experience

  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1996

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Michael S Firstenberg accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Health Network Option Open Access
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Anthem
    • Anthem Blue Access PPO
    • Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
  • Aultcare
    • Aultcare HMO
    • Aultcare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois
  • Centene
    • Buckeye Ambetter Balanced
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • HealthSpan
    • HealthSpan Access PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
    • MMOH SuperMed POS Select
    • MMOH SuperMed PPO Plus
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • SummaCare
    • SummaCare Connect Fully Insured
    • SummaCare Select Fully Insured
  • The Health Plan of Upper OH
    • Health Plan of Upper Ohio PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

Locations & Directions

Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialists, 75 Arch St Ste 407, Akron, OH


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