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John Puskas

  • SITE CHAIR, CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • SENIOR FACULTY Cardiovascular Surgery
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Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery

  • Thoracic Surgery

Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School

  • Residency, General Surgery
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Residency, Cardio-Thoracic Surg
    Emory University Hospital

Biography

    Dr. John D. Puskas is Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and also serves as Director of Surgical Coronary Revascularization for the Mount Sinai Health System.

    Dr. Puskas specializes in adult cardiac surgery, including aortic root surgery, and minimally invasive valve surgery. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery and began performing off-pump coronary bypass surgeries in 1996. In 1997, he performed the world's first triple off-pump bypass surgery using minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting. In addition to his extensive leadership in less invasive coronary bypass surgery, he is recognized for his work in all arterial revascularization strategies, and robotic coronary revascularization. He has been a pioneer in the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

    Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Puskas served at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown, founding Director of the Clinical Research Unit and as Professor and Associate Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

    At Mount Sinai, Dr. Puskas will continue his pioneering work investigating the benefits of off-pump cardiac surgery, developing new surgical techniques, and testing the latest technologies in advanced clinical trials. He is currently the national principal investigator for three ongoing U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigational device trials.

    Dr. Puskas is a past president of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery and a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

    A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Puskas received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiothoracic surgery residency training at Emory University School of Medicine.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Puskas did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013 and/or 2014: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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