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CornerStone Vol. 26, No. 2, Fall 2016/Winter 2017
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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New Phase
Two Siblings, One Medical Miracle
Growing for the Future: NYU Winthrop and NYU Langone Medical Center Announce Plans to Affiliate
Longtime Orthopedic Nurse Turns to her Own Institution for Care
Celebrating a Decade of Inspired Care
Young Diver Recovers Quickly Thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
NYU Winthrop Earns High Accolades from U.S. News & World Report
NYU Winthrop Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Trauma Center Receives Verification as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
Phoebe Lynn Lewis Foundation Raises Lung Cancer Awareness at NYU Winthrop and Beyond
Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis Detection
Lieutenant Governor Tours New Research & Academic Center
NYU Winthrop Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NYU Winthrop Gala Raises More than $1,009,000 for Research
31st Annual Golf Tournament Raises $635,000 for NYU Winthrop's Research Programs
Child Safety Tips for Grandparents
Local Foundation Committed in the Fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis Shows Generous support for ILD Research
"Bonding with Baby" Helps Siblings of Babies in the NICU
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Committed Support to Child Life
NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program Earns Clinical Internship Accreditation
Matthew Fetzer Foundation Fulfills a Wish to Help Children Fighting Cancer
The Franceschini Family Continues Decade-Long Tradition of Giving to NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Honors Apollo Family for Continued Benevolence
A Celebration of Life
Spreading Hope and Love
15 Years of Hope and Healing
Rock2Beat Red Carpet Party Supported by CME
Golfers Score a Hole-in-One for Kids with Cancer
Community Health Assessment Reveals Obesity and Chronic Disease Are Important Issues for Long Islanders
Garden City Girl Scouts Make "Surgi Dolls" for Young Patients
NYU Winthrop Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 Homecare Elite
NFL Player and NYU Winthrop Physician Team Up to Celebrate Survivorship with Special Brunch

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New Phase

NYU Winthrop Hospital ’s world-class cardiology program positioned the Hospital as an ideal place to study a revolutionary heart procedure, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), and now, thanks to its success, the Hospital has entered the third phase of a study that could lead to a life-changing new alternative for low-risk patients with aortic valve stenosis.

NYU Winthrop began offering TAVR for high-risk cases of severe aortic stenosis – a subset of patients who previously had no other hope for curative therapy – in February 2012, following its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2011. Aortic heart valve stenosis is a chronic condition in which the aortic valve does not open properly, hindering the flow of blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Prior to TAVR, the traditional primary treatment for aortic valve stenosis was open heart surgery, in which the old valve was removed and replaced with a new valve.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New PhaseScott Schubach, MD, Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Richard Schwartz, DO, Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director of Transcatheter Valve Replacement (TAVR) Services, perform a TAVR procedure.

TAVR employs a newly designed valve to take over for the diseased valve, which can be placed in the heart without standard open heart surgery. Out of thousands of hospitals around the country, only those hospitals with the highest level of cardiac care were selected to perform this new, lifesaving procedure, and NYU Winthrop was selected as one out of approximately 70 hospitals nationwide to receive the new TAVR technology. Since starting the program in 2012, NYU Winthrop has performed more than 800 minimally invasive TAVR procedures.

Thanks to NYU Winthrop’s success performing the procedure, the Hospital has recently expanded its renowned TAVR program into the third phase of a prestigious research study called the PARTNER trials. These trials have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the Edwards Sapien valve (which led to the FDA approval in November 2011) for the use of the Edwards Sapien valve in inoperable patients. The ongoing trials are helping to determine its suitability for lower risk patients. Earlier this year, NYU Winthrop completed its participation as one of the research sites for the PARTNER 2 trial, which studied intermediate risk.

"Now that Intermediate Risk is approved for commercial use, the next step is to decide whether the TAVR procedure has similar results in low-risk patients," said Scott Schubach, MD, Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, of the PARTNER 3 Trial, which is a randomized study. "NYU Winthrop can now provide the option to people who are low risk and want this technologically advanced treatment and new alternative."

Dr. Schubach credits part of the Hospital’s TAVR program’s success to its excellent research team, who not only take great medical care of patients, but meticulously record data, complete the necessary follow up work and criteria to enter the studies, and strictly adhere to protocols. This team includes Elizabeth Rerisi, MS, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator; Kimberly Stepinowski, MS, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator; and Mary Tercynski, RN, TAVR Clinical Coordinator.

For additional information about TAVR, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit