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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 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







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 in  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.




Michael Cohen, MD

Michael I. Cohen, MD, began his career as an Attending Cardiac Anesthesiologist at St. Francis Hospital in July 1987.  He has served as Associate Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at St. Francis and was appointed to the position of Chief, Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in July 2017.  Dr. Cohen now devotes his full clinical practice to the Good Samaritan Cardiac Program.  He served on both the Good Samaritan Cardiac Program and the St Francis TAVR planning committees.  Dr. Cohen earned his BS/MD in Bio-Medical Sciences at the Sophie Davis Six-Year Bio-Medical Program at the City College of New York and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Upon graduation, he completed his internship in Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital.  He continued at NYU for his training in Anesthesiology.  Following his residency, he served as Chief Resident for the Department of Anesthesiology at NYU, as well as completing a Fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia.  He earned his Board Certification in Anesthesiology in 1987.   Dr. Cohen is a published author in the field of cardiac anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.



Sunday Caldwell

Sunday Caldwell, NP

Sunday Caldwell, NP, is the Nurse Manager of the St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center CTICU/IMCU. She received her Master of Science and training at SUNY Stony Brook, where she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Ms. Caldwell is a board certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. In addition, she holds a certification in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Ms. Caldwell was an adjunct clinical instructor at NYU School of Nursing, has been published and participated in numerous research projects, serving as sub and principal investigators. Ms. Caldwell has over 20 years of clinical experience as a NP prior to taking on her current leadership position and is the course director of the CSU-ALS and Critical Care Course at Good Samaritan.