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 and the St. Francis Heart Valve Center, both 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.
Timothy Carter, MD
Timothy I. Carter, MD, is an attending cardiothoracic surgeon in the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan. Dr. Carter is a graduate of Colgate University and earned his medical degree from S.U.N.Y. Downstate College of Medicine which is where he completed his residency along with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, American Physiological Society as well as the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He was appointed Anatomy Teaching Assistant and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery at S.U.N.Y. Downstate, College of Medicine and became an Instructor in Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Carter is an award winning cardiothoracic surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery and has received honors from the American Transplant Congress, Kings County Hospital, American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the New England Journal of Medicine.
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, 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.