|Sandhya Balaram, MD, PhD|
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Hope is only a heartbeat away.
Long the leading cause of death among men, heart disease now kills more women in this country than lung cancer, stroke and breast cancer combined.
But there is hope. When healthy lifestyle changes aren’t enough, advanced robotic surgical procedures can be the most effective, least invasive treatment for coronary artery disease. For the cardiac surgeon most experienced in such procedures, many patients turn to Dr. Sandhya Balaram of St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals (SLR).
Dr. Balaram leads the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SLR, is director of their Women's Open Heart Program, and is one of New York's few female cardiac surgeons. She specializes in the use of the extremely accurate and minimally-invasive daVinci® Robotic Surgical System for the treatment of heart disease, particularly for women, as well for mitral valve and atrial septal defect repair.
And while Dr. Balaram is a committee member of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” program for women, she is dedicated to improving the lives of all patients – both male and female – promoting heart disease prevention programs and providing the latest in minimally-invasive cardiac surgical care.
Interim Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Director, Women's Open Heart Program St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons