Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Tisch Hospital
Director, Cardiac Robotics and Transcatheter Valve Surgery Program
“Robotic systems allow coronary artery bypass grafting to be performed with the less invasive surgical approach. In the robotic procedure, the main coronary artery can be bypassed without opening the chest or using the heart-lung machine.”
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Dr. Loulmet is one of the world’s leading pioneers in robot-assisted cardiothoracic surgery. He performed the world’s first totally endoscopic robotic coronary artery bypass in 1998—an operation that employs several pencil-size incisions between the ribs—as well as the first totally endoscopic robotic pulmonary vein isolation in 2002. He also assisted on the first robotic mitral valve repair procedure in 1998. His robotic surgical practice focuses on endoscopic coronary bypass (TECAB and MIDCAB), mitral valve repair, and procedures to remove adhesions behind the sternum prior to repeat open-heart surgery.
Dr. Loulmet is a member of many national and international professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. Noted as one of “The 100 Top Minimally Invasive Surgeons” by New York magazine, Dr. Loulmet has also been consistently recognized as one of “The Best Doctors in New York” by New York magazine as well as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly.
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Education and Training
Dr. Loulmet received his medical degree from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France in 1984. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Paris, then went on to an adult and pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Children's Hospital in Boston, followed by four years as chief resident for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Broussais Hospital at the University of Paris under the direction of Dr. Alain Carpentier, the inventor of heart valve repair techniques. After serving for a number of years as chief of the Robotic Cardiac Surgery Program at Lenox Hill Hospital, he joined NYU Langone Medical Center in 2009.
Diseases and Conditions that Dr. Loulmet Treats with Robotic Surgery