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Transcatheter Valve and Structural Heart Therapies

The Valve and Structural Heart Center is located at The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. It is New Jersey's largest structural heart program, providing patients with excellent, innovative heart care.

We have performed more than 5,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures, the first to do so in New Jersey and among the first to accomplish this in the United States.  This places our program in the top 1% of all structural heart programs in the United States. We have received the American College of Cardiology's Transcatheter Valve Certification. This certification highlights our commitment to providing the highest level of care. In addition, we offer several clinical trials for the treatment of valvular and structural heart disease. These trials are sponsored by well-known pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies.

Our multi-disciplinary heart team specializing in valve is experienced in both traditional and novel treatments for a wide range of valve conditions.

Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute offers its patients individualized care at a hospital named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery by U.S. News and World Report.  It was also named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report named Morristown Medical Center #1 overall in New Jersey five years in a row and recognized the hospital as high performing in transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Nationally ranked in cardiology since 2012, the heart care team at Atlantic Health System includes cardiologists with expertise in multiple disciplines, vascular specialists, cardiac surgeons and allied health professionals. 

TAVR Program Highlights

  • Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center was the first hospital in New Jersey to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for severe aortic stenosis. Gagnon treats more valve patients than any other hospital in New Jersey. 
  • We have performed more than 5,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures, the first in New Jersey and among the first to accomplish this in the United States.
  • We perform more than 500 transcatheter valve procedures annually, placing our program in the top 1%  of all structural heart programs in the United States.
  • Received American College of Cardiology (ACC) Transcatheter Valve Certification. Only 6% of 750+ hospitals performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) have achieved this elite recognition of best practices and quality care.
  • Comprehensive structural heart multi-disciplinary team including the latest in transcatheter valve technologies.
  • Committed to research and are currently enrolling in thirteen national/global studies.
  • Morristown Medical Center randomized the first patient in the world to the EARLY TAVR Trial (Evaluation of Transcatheter Compared to Surveillance). The trial was for patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis.
  • Morristown Medical Center performed world’s first catheter-based mitral valve repair in the CLASP IID Pivotal Trial. 
  • Our co-director was named one of the world’s most highly cited researchers. Only one in 1,000 scientists receive this designation. His papers rank in the top 1% of citations for clinical medicine for a second year.
  • All of our valve and structural heart disease surgery patients recover in a dedicated, all-private, 36 bed unit. 
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Award-Winning Cardiology and Heart Surgery at Morristown Medical Center, NJ

I had the TAVR surgery at the age of 99 years old. I thank my heart doctors for encouraging me have the surgery. It has allowed me to stay socially active and best of all, to follow my lifelong love of music as a professional pianist. The pandemic ended my live performances, but now I perform every Saturday on Facebook Live for an even bigger international audience.

Henry Shapiro, TAVR recipient

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