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Craig R. Smith, MD, FACS

Positions and Appointments

2010-present  Chair, Department of Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
2010-present  Valentine Mott Professor of Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
2010-present  Johnson & Johnson Distinguished Professor
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
2010-Present  Surgeon-in-Chief
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center; Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, New York, NY

Research Interests

Mitral valve repair, transmyocardial laser revascularization, long-term heart and lung transplantation outcomes, preoperative risk factors for stroke after CABG, adaptation in cardiac transplantation


Education and Training

1982-1984  Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
1977-1982  Internship, Residency, Chief Residency in General Surgery, and Fellowship in Vascular Surgery
University of Rochester Department of Surgery,
Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
1977  MD, Alpha Omega Alpha
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
1970  BA, Phi Beta Kappa
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 1986
American Board of Surgery, 1983

Professional Experience

1996-2011  Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2001-2010  Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1991-1998  Associate Attending Surgeon, Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
1984-1991  Assistant Attending Surgeon, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
1986-1996  Director, Cardiopulmonary Transplantation
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY

Professional Honors

Practitioner of the Year Award, 2004, Society of Practitioners, NYPH/Columbia Campus

Professional Societies and Committees

American Association for Thoracic Surgery
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
American Medical Association
American Surgical Association
Association for Academic Surgery
Fellow in the American College of Surgeons
International Society for Heart Transplantation
New York Society for Thoracic Surgery
Society for Thoracic Surgeons


Selected Publications

Heyer EJ,Lee KS, Manspeizer HE,Mongero L, Spanier TB, Caliste X, Esrig B, Smith CR. Heparin-bonded cardiopulmonary bypass circuits reduce cognitive dysfunction. J Cardiothor Vasc Anes; 16(1):37-42

Suehiro K, Takuma S, Shimizu J, Hozumi T, Yano H, Cardinale C, DiTullio M, Wang J, Smith CR, Burkoff D, Homma S. Assessment of left ventricular systolic function using contrast two-dimensional echocardiography with a high-frequency transducer in the awake murine model of mycardiodial infarction. Japanese Circ Jour 2001; 65(11):979-83

Williams MR, Stewart JR, Bolling SF, Freeman S, Anderson JT, Argenziano M, Smith CR, Oz, MC. Surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation using radiofrequency energy. Ann Thorac Surg 2001;71:1939-44.

John R, Rajasinghe HA, Chen JM, Weinberg A, Sinha P, Mancini DM, Oz MC, Smith CR, Rose EA, Edwards NM. Long-term outcomes after cardiac transplantation: an experience based on different eras of immunosuppressive therapy. Ann Thorac Surg 2001;72:1-9.

Mongero LB, Beck JR, Manspeizer HE, Heyer EJ, Lee K, Smith CR. Cardiac surgical patients exposed to heparin-bonded circuits develop less postoperative cerebral dysfunction than patients exposed to non-heparin bonded circuits. Perfusion 2001;16:107-11.

Suehiro K, Takuma S, Cardinale C, Hozumi T, Shimizu J, Yano H, Tullio M, Wang J, Smith CR, Burkhoff D, Homma S. Assessment of segmental wall motion abnormalities using contrast two-dimensional echocardiography in wake mice. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 2001; 280: H1729-35.

John R, Rajasinghe H, Chen JM, Weinberg AD, Sinha P, Itescu s, Lietz K, Mancini D, Oz MC, Smith CR, Rose EA, Edwards NM. Impact of current Management Practices on early and late death in more than 500 consecutive cardiac transplant recipients.


John R, Choudhri AF, Weinberg AD, Ting W, Rose EA, Smith CR, Oz MC. Multicenter review of preoperative risk factors for stroke after coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thor Surg 2000; 69:30-6.

Smith CR, Spanier TB. Aprotinin in deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. Ann Thor Surg, 1999

Argenziano M, Chen JM, Cullinane S, Choudri AF, Rose EA, Smith CR, Edwards, NM, Landry DW, Oz MC. Arginine Vasopressin in the management of vasodilatory hypotension after cardiac transplantation: J Heart and Lung Transplant 1999;18: 814-17.

Smith CR. Management of bleeding complications in redo cardiac operations. Ann Th S 1998; 65:S2-8.

Argenziano M, Choudhri AF, Moazami N, Rose ER, Smith CR, Levin HR, Smerling AJ, Oz, MC. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of inhaled Nitric Oxide in LVAD recipients with pulmonary hypertension. Ann Thoracic Surgery 1998; 65:340-5.

Adams DC, Madigan JD, Hilton HJ, Hilton HJ, Szerlip NJ, Cooper LA, Emerson RG, Smith CR, Rose EA, Oz MC. Evidence for unconscious memory processing during elective cardiac surgery. Circ. 1998; 98:II, 289-93.

Argenziano M, Chen JM, Choudri AF, Cullinane S, Garfein E, Weinberg AD, Smith CR, Rose EA, Landry DW, Oz MC. Management of vasodilatory shock after cardiac surgery: Identification of predisposing factors and use of a novel pressor agent. J Thoracic Cardiovasc Surg 1998; 116:973-80.

John R, Choudhri A, Ting W, Rose EA, Smith CR, Oz MC. Role of cardiopulmonary bypass in single vessel coronary revascularizations: Implications for MIDCAB. Heart Surgery Forum 1998; 1: (1) 65-70

Argenziano M, Choudhri A, Rodino M., Weinberg A, Smith C, Rose EA, Landry DW, Oz MC. Heart failure is a risk factor for vasodilatory hypotension after cardiopulmonary bypass. JHLT 1998; 17(1):108.

Ashton C, Whitworth GC, Seldomridge JA, Shapiro PA, Michler RM, Smith CR, Rose EA, Fisher S, Oz MC. Self-hypnosis reduces anxiety following coronary artery by-pass surgery. A prospective randomized trial. J. Cardiovascular Surg. 1997; 38:69-75.

Kohmoto T, Argenziano M., Yamamato N, Vliet Ka, Gu A, DeRosa CM, Fisher PE, Spotntz HM, Burkhoff D, Smith CR. Assessment of transmyocardial perfusion in alligator hearts. Cir 1997; 95:1585-1591.

Fisher PE, Kohmoto T, DeRosa CM, Spotnitz HM, Smith CR, Burkhoff D. Histologic analysis of transmyocardial laser channels: comparison of CO2 and holmium: YAG lasers. Ann Th Surg 1997: 64: 4566-72.

Argenziano M, Choudhri AF, Oz MC, Rose EA, Smith CR, Landry DW. A prospective randomized study of arginine vasopressin in the treatment of vasodilatory hypotension after LVAD placement. Circ 1997, 96:II 286-290.

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