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Open Heart Surgery - Meet the Team

Christopher La Mendola, MD

Christopher La Mendola, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. La Mendola is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Stony Brook University, The State University of New York, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at New York University Medical Center, and in 1994, joined the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. La Mendola is also a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The New York Society for Thoracic Surgery, and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He helped pioneer off -pump coronary bypass surgery and minimally invasive
valve surgery.



Maksim Rovensky, DO

Maksim Rovensky, DO, is an attending cardiothoracic surgeon in the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. Before joining the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, he served as a clinical associate in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rovensky earned his osteopathic medical degree at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York, and completed his surgical residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, where he alsoserved as a chief resident. Dr. Rovensky’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Surgical Research.

David Elkin, MD

David Jonathan Elkin, MD, formerly an attending anesthesiologist at St. Francis Hospital since 1987, was recently appointed Director of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology at Good Samaritan. Dr. Elkin is also the director of the anesthesiology residency and nurse anesthetist educational programs at St. Francis. In 2008, he was appointed to the faculty of Columbia University as a clinical instructor. Dr. Elkin completed his cardiothoracic fellowship and residency in anesthesiology at New York University Medical Center after attending SUNY Downstate Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Elkin is a published author and an active member of the American Society of  Anesthesiologists, the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Nassau County Medical Society and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.