Our Program

At the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI) at Keck Medicine of USC, physicians treat patients who have the most complicated cardiac valve conditions, utilizing one of the most advanced skill sets in the nation. Using a full spectrum of devices and techniques to treat diseased cardiac valves, CVTI physicians are specialists in the Ross procedure, in which a pulmonary autograft replaces a diseased aortic valve. The Bentall procedure is commonly used to repair an ascending aortic or aortic root aneurysm that occurs in combination with aortic valve disease. A composite aortic valve graft replaces the proximal ascending aorta and aortic valve.

Several options exist to repair mitral valves instead of replacing them. Depending on the nature of the mitral valve condition, the surgical treatment will be tailored to the patient.

Within the last three years, transcatheter aortic valve implantation was approved in the United States to treat patients with severe native aortic stenosis who are deemed high risk or extreme risk to undergo surgical aortic valve replacement. In that time, physicians at CVTI have trained to become specialists in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

Our Approach

At CVTI, a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and supporting staff collaborate to evaluate each patient thoroughly for TAVI. Interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons meet with the patient concurrently to review all of the clinical data and discuss the best treatment option with the patient and family. CVTI employs a highly personal approach where the patient is our main focus.

Nurse practitioners navigate each patient through the pre-procedure testing and are in constant communication with the patient before, during and after each procedure. CVTI physicians keep an open line of communication with referring physicians, reaching out after the patient’s initial office visit, after any procedure, and after the patient has been discharged from the hospital.

Our Physicians

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Practicing Locations

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine

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Practicing Locations

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 1
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
LAC+USC Medical Center
Other Locations
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cardiovascular Disease

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Women's Cardiovascular Health

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Electrophysiology, Cardiac Imaging, Arrhythmias

Neurology

  • Nerses Sanossian, MD

Radiology

  • Farhood Saremi, MD
  • Alison G. Wilcox, MD

Additional Center Members

  • Sophia Lam, RN, MSN, CNS, ACNP-BP
  • Mary Schoenbaum, RN, ACNP