Internationally Renowned Heart Surgeon Dr. Michael Borger Joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Borger Appointed Director of Aortic Surgery and Columbia's Cardiovascular Institute

Sep 2, 2014


Michael Borger, MD, PhD, has joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as director of aortic surgery, effective August 1. He has also been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the department's Cardiovascular Institute.

Dr. Borger is an innovative surgeon specializing in complex aortic surgery, including root and arch replacement and valve repair using both traditional and minimally invasive procedures. Before coming to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, he was assistant director of the Department of Surgery at the Leipzig Heart Center and a professor of surgery at the University of Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany.

"Dr. Borger is a highly skilled surgeon and accomplished leader who will not only take great care of our patients but also continue our long history of research to improve cardiovascular surgery—and people's lives," said Dr. Craig R. Smith, the Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor in the Department of Surgery, Valentine Mott Professor of Surgery, and chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

"I am pleased to welcome Michael Borger as director of aortic surgery," said Lee Goldman, MD, the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine. "My background as a cardiologist only heightens my appreciation of his extraordinary skills."

"NewYork-Presbyterian has been recognized as having one of the top cardiac surgical programs in the country. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Borger to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia," said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital." He will undoubtedly help us to build on our foundation of excellence in cardiac care and continue NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia's long and proud history of pioneering innovative, patient-centered efforts in heart valve surgery. Most important, he will help bring hope to many patients facing serious heart conditions and needing advanced surgical care."

A native of Canada, Dr. Borger earned his medical degree at the University of Alberta and his doctorate at the University of Toronto; he completed fellowships at the University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital, and the University of Leipzig Heart Center.

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