Welcome Dr. Plestis: System Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Submitted by Andrew Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer

I am very pleased to announce that Konstadinos A. Plestis, MD, has accepted the position of System Chief of  Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Lankenau Heart Institute, Main Line Health, effective May 15.

In his position at MLH, Dr. Plestis will assume a leadership role within the Lankenau Heart Institute—Main Line Health’s team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and subspecialists seamlessly integrated into one uncompromising service focused on prevention, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and disease management. In particular, Dr. Plestis will oversee the ongoing clinical advancement of the Lankenau Heart Institute’s Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery program.

Dr. Plestis, who most recently served as Director of Aortic Surgery and the Aortic Wellness Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, brings more than 20 years of cardiovascular surgical experience, specifically in aortic surgery, to his new role. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of cardiac surgery, Dr. Plestis maintains an active surgical practice focusing on the care of patients with complex aortic disease, including aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, and complex valvular and coronary disease.

 During his tenure with Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Plestis led a service that offered integrated care of aortic disease, available only at a few hospitals in the nation, involving collaboration among cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, structural cardiologists and internal medicine physicians. Prior to joining Lenox Hill, Dr. Plestis served as Associate Director of Aortic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

 Dr. Plestis earned his medical degree from Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed a General Surgery residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, a Vascular Surgery residency at Baylor College in Houston and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.

Dr. Plestis is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery and has been honored with top doctor status from Castle Connolly, Best Doctors in America, New York Super Doctors, U.S. News & World Report and the Consumers Research Council of America. His memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Society of Vascular Surgery, and The Michael DeBakey International Surgical Society and the Society of Heart Valve Disease amongst others. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/ Hemostasis. Likewise, Dr. Plestis has made numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals, has participated in many clinical trials and is a frequent presenter on aortic surgery at national and international conferences.

 I am confident that Dr. Plestis’ considerable talents and clinical knowledge will further enhance the capabilities of the Lankenau Heart Institute as we advance our position as a true destination for superior heart care. Please join me and the rest of the MLH leadership team in welcoming him as part of the MLH family.  (A welcome reception will be held May 15 at Radnor Hotel, 6pm. RSVP by May 9 to physicianrsvp@mlhs.org or 484.580.1700.)

To contact Dr. Plestis directly:  484.476.5648 (Office), 914.874.7453 (Cell) or plestisk@mlhs.org.

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