Meet the Team


CHRISTOPHER LA MENDOLA, M.D., in addition to being Co-Director of the St. Francis Heart Valve Center at Good Samaritan Hospital, CHRISTOPHER LA MENDOLA, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as Director of the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. He 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 CenterĀ®. 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

EZRA DEUTSCH, M.D., is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization laboratory at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Deutsch is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and his cardiology training at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He established the interventional cardiology program at GSH. Both a board-certified cardiologist and interventional cardiologist, he has broad clinical and research experience in interventional cardiology, including catheter-based therapies for valvular heart disease. Dr. Deutsch is consistentlyrecognized asatop doctor in NewYork and has beenranked as an outstanding interventional cardiologist byNewYork State.

PAUL J. LEE, M.D., earned his medical degree at SUNY Buffalo in 1994. He completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center continuing at North Shore-Long Island Jewish, then completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship inĀ  2002. He joined South Bay Cardiovascular in 2002, performing cardiac interventions at Good Samaritan and Southside Hospitals. In 2009, South Bay Cardiovascular affiliated with St. Francis Hospital, becoming one of the largest and most respected cardiovascular practices in the region. Dr. Lee specializes in treatment of complex coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease with special interest in total chronic occlusions and treatment of congestive heart failure and pulmonary embolism. He performs most of his cardiac procedures via the radial artery. Dr. Lee has been performing- TAVRs since 2013.
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