Seymour Cohn Professor and Chairman
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
NYU Langone Medical Center
"I’ve been extremely impressed by the patient outcomes in robotic mitral valve repair surgery. The visualization provided by the da Vinci Si robot lets us see things inside the heart better than with the naked eye, and in some cases do even better valve repairs than with other minimally-invasive techniques. Robotic surgery also offers clear benefits in terms of how quickly patients leave the hospital and, more importantly, how quickly they completely recover."
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Dr. Galloway is an internationally-recognized pioneer in developing minimally-invasive techniques for heart valve surgery and other cardiac procedures. Over the past 15 years, he has helped NYU Langone’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery become a world leader in these minimally-invasive approaches, which allow cardiac operations to be done without cutting open the chest. More recently, as Department chair, he has overseen NYU Langone’s growing use of robot-assisted minimally-invasive surgery for cardiac and thoracic procedures.
As a leading expert at minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, Dr. Galloway also personally performs robot-assisted mitral valve repair on patients whom he feels can benefit from the robotic procedure. "NYU Langone is one of the few centers in the country to have extensive experience with minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery," he explains, "and robotic surgery represents the next phase of innovation in this area. Utilizing the da Vinci Si surgical robot makes mitral valve repair an even less invasive, totally endoscopic procedure. It involves just a few small incisions, so patients recover very quickly. We’ve found that the vast majority of patients requiring mitral valve repair can be repaired this way successfully."
Dr. Galloway has co-authored numerous book chapters and has published more than 180 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Heart Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Thoracic Surgery Program Directors Association.
Dr. Galloway’s research includes serving as an investigator for numerous clinical trials involving mitral valve reconstruction, minimally invasive valve surgery, trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, and coronary bypass surgery. Dr. Galloway was a co-inventor of numerous advanced valve repair devices, and other medical devices related to cardiac surgery. His basic research studies include the role intracellular signaling pathways leading to cell proliferation, apoptosis or extracellular matrix breakdown in the blood vessel wall or heart.
Education and Training
Dr. Galloway earned his M.D. degree from Tulane School of Medicine in 1978. He went on to complete his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, followed by a clinical fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has been a member of the NYU Langone faculty since 1985.
Diseases and Conditions that Dr. Galloway Treats with Robotic Surgery
Mitral valve regurgitation