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Leora B. Balsam, M.D.
Dr. Leora Balsam is an Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine and an attending cardiac surgeon at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. She is Surgical Director of NYULMC's Ventricular Assist Device Program for patients with advanced heart failure.
Dr. Balsam specializes in adult cardiac surgery, with specific interests in heart failure and mechanical circulatory support, valvular surgery, aortic surgery, coronary revascularization, and complex reoperative surgery.
Dr. Balsam received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship, general surgery residency, and cardiothoracic surgery residency at Stanford Medical Center. Dr. Balsam has extensive experience in basic science research and has received numerous accolades for her work. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Institutes of Health Research Scholar, she performed basic science research aimed at understanding the role of adaptor proteins in transcriptional regulation. While at Stanford, she completed a research fellowship in Stanford's cardiopulmonary transplantation laboratory, performing landmark research that challenged previous reports on the plasticity of adult hematopoietic stem cells and their role in cardiac repair.
Dr. Balsam is Associate Director of Cardiac Surgical Research at NYU. Current research projects focus on left ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction and the role of simulation in cardiac surgery education. Dr. Balsam has authored many peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters on cardiac surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation, stem cell repair of the injured heart, left ventricular remodeling, and education in cardiac surgery.
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