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Living With Congenital Heart Defects by Ben's Friends

ASD/Septal Defects - Aortic and Vessel Defects - Single Ventricle Defects - Tetrology of Fallot - Transposition of the Great Arteries - Valve Defects

Living With Congenital Heart Defects

West Coast of the USA Surgeons/Cardiologists (Created by John)

Can anybody recommend a few surgeons and or cardiologists based on the West Coast of the USA?


Comment by Syd01 on August 17, 2011 at 7:50pm

For a surgeon, I would suggest Dr Trento at Cedar Sinai. I did a ton of reserach and he was well recommended. I was able to get my ASD closed by catheter procedure, but met with Trento to evaluate the procedure surgically first, before we had the final word that I was a candiate for the catheter closure. (I have no tissue on one side of the ASD making it a much more challenging procedure.) Previous sugeons I met with had suggested I would have to have robotic surgery.

I found Trento incredibly personable, thoughtful and informative. He actually directed me to the dr (Kar) who did my procedure. He made a personal call to Kar and followed up in the weeks that followed to make sure I was being taken care of.

I had met with other surgeons previously who did not follow up with me or suggest that there was another route to fix my ASD. I respect that Trentro took the time to help me thru this difficult process and sought the best solution for the patient first.

Comment by sandiego619 on August 17, 2011 at 10:02pm

I would highly recommend Dr. Dimitri Sherev. He is an excellent human being above all. I was referred to Dr. Sherev by my primary care M.D. Dr Sherev did test on me until he confirmed my ASD. He closed my ASD via catheter. He always took the time to listen to me. I feel comfortable talking to him each and every time I go for follow up visits.
Also he's staff is friendly and he saw me a couple of times with no appointment because I needed to see him urgently. Dr Sherev is located in the San Diego area, in La Mesa to be more specific.

Dr Karen Stout - Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center out of WA State U in Seattle. Supposed to be the BEST!

Don’t know if she is the actual surgeon there but they are THE specialists in the whole country that are highly recommended by doctors across the country.