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  Alan Hartman, MD

Alan R. Hartman, MD

Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
North Shore University Hospital, LIJ Medical Center and Southside Hospital

Dr. Hartman came to North Shore University Hospital in 2002 as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He obtained his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Award. Prior to that, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rochester.

His post-graduate medical training includes a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the prestigious NYU School of Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Frank Spencer. After completing his fellowship program, he joined the faculty at SUNY Stony Brook where he remained for ten years and was appointed Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery. From 1996 until 2002, Dr. Hartman entered private practice at Winthrop University Hospital, where he remained until being appointed Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital in 2002. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Hartman also holds the title of Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. His clinical interests include aortic aneurysm surgery, pulmonary embolectomy, valve repair, minimally invasive surgery, coronary bypass surgery and mechanical assist devices.
 

Rick Esposito, MD

Rick A. Esposito, MD
Associate Chairman,
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
North Shore University Hospital

Dr. Esposito joined North Shore University Hospital in 2002 after spending 23 years at NYU Medical Center. He is a Chicago native who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, and then attended medical school at the University of Chicago, graduating with honors.

Dr. Esposito completed his training in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the prestigious NYU School of Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Frank Spencer. Dr. Esposito then joined the faculty of NYU, where he remained for 17 years. During that time, Dr. Esposito achieved the academic rank of Associate Professor and in 1988 he was appointed Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the NY Veterans Medical Center.

Dr. Esposito has contributed to over 70 scientific literature publications. He has authored a national course and guidelines in minimally invasive surgery and ventricular reduction surgery and has also served as principle investigator for a national multi-center research project.

Dr. Esposito is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and he holds the title of Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. His interests include all categories of coronary artery bypass surgery, valvular surgery including repair and replacement and surgical disease of the thoracic aorta.
 

Michael Hall, MD

Michael H. Hall, MD
Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery
North Shore University Hospital
Dr. Hall is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and has been on staff at North Shore University Hospital since 1979. His post-graduate medical training includes a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at NYU. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Hall attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery and holds the title of Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Hall is also a fellow of multiple cardiac and thoracic surgical societies. Dr. Hall’s areas of interest include minimally invasive approaches to valve and coronary surgery, valve surgery and coronary surgery.
 

Robert Kalmi, MD

Robert Kalimi, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Southside Hospital
Dr. Kalimi has recently taken part in the expansion of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Prior to his move to Southside, Dr. Kalimi spent seven years at North Shore University Hospital. Before joining the health system, Dr. Kalimi was a Clinical Instructor in Surgery at Columbia University’s Columbia-Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he specialized in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Dr. Kalimi received his training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Rush Medical College located in Chicago at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Dr. Kalimi is the author and co-author of numerous studies and papers. He is also the author of “Clinical Scenarios in Thoracic Surgery.” Dr. Kalimi is the past winner of the American College of Cardiology Resident Competition Award and the Ira Teicher Memorial Award for Surgical Education. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Kalimi’s interests include minimally invasive and robotic mitral valve repair, minimally invasive aortic valve surgery, robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass, off-pump coronary bypass and surgery for atrial fibrillation. 
 

Sheel Vasia, MD

Sheel K. Vatsia, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
North Shore University Hospital

Dr. Vatsia has been with the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery since 1996. His post-graduate medical training includes a residency at University Hospital at Stony Brook. During this period, he was selected to the prestigious cardiac surgery fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Vatsia completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at NYU Medical Center under the leadership of Dr. Frank Spencer. This was followed by a year of specialized fellowship training in pediatric and congenital heart surgery, as well as heart transplantation at Denver Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Vatsia is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and holds the title of Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Department of Cardiothoracic surgery. While Dr. Vatsia performs the full spectrum of cardiothoracic surgery, his special interests include the repair of congenital heart defects in adults, valve repair and replacement, the Ross procedure and aortic surgery.


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S. Jacob Scheinerman, MD
Associate Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery
LIJ Medical Center 

Dr. S. Jacob Scheinerman has been a cardiac surgeon for more than 20 years and specializes in minimally invasive surgery. He has expertise in all aspects of cardiac surgery, including minimally invasive treatment of atrial septal defects — a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart.

Before joining LIJ, Dr. Scheinerman practiced in Hartford, CT, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, which is home to one of New England's most active and prestigious private cardiothoracic surgical practices. He held an academic appointment of assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of Connecticut Medical Center. He was also a consultant to thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Rehab Hospital of Connecticut.
While in Hartford, Dr. Scheinerman devoted a great deal of time to providing charity medical care to Russian immigrants. In recognition of those efforts, he was honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford for his generosity and dedication to providing health care to new members of the community. He was also president of the Central Connecticut affiliate of the American Heart Association and chaired its annual fundraising dinner from 2000 to 2005.

Dr. Scheinerman is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. A graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he received his residency training at NYU Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center and the Manhattan VA Medical Center. He also completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at NYU Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center and the Manhattan VA Medical Center. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from NYU's undergraduate program.

Dr. Scheinerman was appointed Associate Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery for LIJ Medical Center in December 2006 and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
 

Michael Graver, MD

L. Michael Graver, MD, FACS

Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery

Dr. L. Michael Graver was born in Buffalo, NY. He completed the six-year BS/MD program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College in 1977. His surgical training was at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and was followed by a year of cardiovascular pharmacology research at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School. After a two year cardiothoracic residency in Boston at the Boston Children's Hospital and New England Deaconess Hospital he returned to New York and joined the staff of Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1985.

Dr. Graver currently serves as the president of the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery. He is a Professor of clinical cardiothoracic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been named in the New York Magazine "Top Physician" list each year since 1999. He is the author or coauthor of more than 50 papers and two book chapters in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. His clinical areas of interest are valvular surgery, surgery of the ascending aorta and arch and revascularization surgery.

Dr. Graver was appointed chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1992 and Chief in 2006. He is also the program director of LIJ's cardiothoracic surgery training program. 
 

Frank Manetta, MD

Frank Manetta, MD, FACS
Program Director

Dr. Frank Manetta was raised on Long Island. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University. He subsequently graduated from The Medical College of Pennsylvania with a Medical Doctorate degree. Dr. Manetta then completed his General Surgery Residency at Albany Medical Center. During that time, Dr. Manetta was inducted into the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Silver Scalpel Award for his excellence in medical student teaching.

From Albany, Dr. Manetta then completed his thoracic residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After two years of private practice in adult cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Manetta has returned to The Department of Cadiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Manetta is currently an attending cardiothoracic surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is board certified by both The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Manetta is also a member of other national and local surgical and medical societies. His clinical interests include beating heart surgery, surgery for atrial fibrillation, endovascular surgery of the aorta, valvular surgery, general thoracic surgery and lung volume reduction surgery.

Dr. Manetta is currently an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He is board certified by both The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Manetta is also a member of other national and local surgical and medical societies. His clinical interests include Beating Heart Surgery, Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation, Valvular Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery and Lung Volume Reduction Surgery.
 

 

Robert S. Palazzo, MD, FACS
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
LIJ Medical Center 

Dr. Robert S. Palazzo was born in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and then went on to get a Masters Degree in Physiology and his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and went on to do a year of cardiothoracic research and a two-year cardiothoracic fellowship at Barnes Hospital Washington University in St. Louis. He then returned to New York and joined the staff of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Dr. Palazzo is currently an Attending in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and an Assistant Professor in clinical cardiothoracic surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is board certified in Cardiothoracic Surgery and a member of several professional societies including the Society of Thoracic Surgery and The American Heart Association.
Dr. Palazzo's clinical interests are valve surgery, thoracic aortic surgery, endografting and coronary revascularization. 
 

David Zeltsman, MD
Thoracic Surgeon
LIJ Medical Center

Dr. David Zeltsman is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Divison of Thoracic Surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Zeltsman possesses extensive experience in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. His special interests include all aspects of thoracic oncology including surgical management of tumors of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, and the chest wall. Dr. Zeltsman also offers videoscopic lung resections, esophageal minimally invasive surgery for benign conditions, and antireflux procedures, as well as video-assisted thoracic surgery for palmar hyperhydrosis (sweaty palms). Dr. Zeltsman has additional expertise in tracheal surgery and extensive experience in interventional bronchoscopy, tracheal and bronchial stent placement, and laser interventions.

Before joining the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Dr. Zeltsman was in charge of thoracic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, and held an academic appointment of assistant professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical School.

Dr. Zeltsman is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. Zeltsman is the author of various papers and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also the author of numerous book chapters and abstracts.

Dr. Zeltsman is a graduate of Moscow Medical School and completed his pediatric surgery training in Moscow, Russia. He received his cardiothoracic training at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, and his general surgical training at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He also completed his visiting fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Heart and Lung Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
 

 

Dr. Lawerence Glassman, MD
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Glassman became the Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital in 2003. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, 1981.

His post-graduate medical training includes a residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota and New York University Medical Center. Dr. Glassman completed fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the National Institutes of Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering and New York University Medical Center and also obtained special training in lung transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Surgery.

Dr. Glassman is board certified by the American Board of Surgery-General Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery-Critical Care. Dr. Glassman is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the New York State Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Glassman's areas of expertise include lung cancer, surgery for emphysema, esophageal cancer, tracheal thoracoscopic surgery, surgical treatment of myasthenia gravis and mediastinal tumor surgery. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
 

 

Kevin Hyman, MD
Thoracic Surgeon
North Shore University Hospital

Dr. Kevin Hyman joined North Shore University Hospital in 2007. He received his post-graduate medical training in both general and cardiothoracic surgery at New York University Medical Center. This was followed by a year of specialized fellowship training in advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Hyman is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Hyman has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the American Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology.

Dr. Hyman's area of expertise is thoracic surgery, with special emphasis on the minimally invasive approaches to lung and esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, myasthenia gravis, anti-reflux surgery and emphysema surgery. Dr. Hyman is also skilled at an array of endobrochial and endoscopic therapies, including stenting and laser therapy. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
 

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