CardioVascular Center

Valvular and Structural Heart Health Center

Advanced, minimally invasive therapies

At the Valvular and Structural Heart Health Center at Tufts Medical Center, you will find the latest, advanced, minimally-invasive treatments for valvular and structural heart conditions. Many patients who have had minimally invasive procedures can drive, go to work or play golf within two weeks, versus the six-to eight-week recovery period with conventional, “open heart” surgery.

Additionally, minimally invasive therapies can present benefits such as a shorter stay in the hospital, a quicker recovery, lower rates of infection and less blood loss.

The number of alternatives to open heart surgery for repairing or replacing valves damaged by heart disease is growing continuously. For example, we can repair and replace mitral and aortic valves using the latest catheter-based procedures, and our capabilities include trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

A team of cardiology and vascular experts

At the Tufts MC Valve Program, we treat you by bringing together experts in clinical cardiology, cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine and cardiovascular imaging. Our physicians make care decisions as a team, combining their expertise to develop personalized treatment plans for every patient.

Our team of experts includes national and international leaders in cardiology, with an extensive list of publications and “Top Doctor” awards. They are regularly involved with groundbreaking clinical trials, which can also provide additional treatment options for some patients. Our physicians also are involved in clinical research through the Predictive Analytics and Comparative Effectiveness (PACE) Center where they work to gather evidence that helps clinicians individualize care to meet each patient’s specific needs.

We work closely with you and your doctors

Your primary care physician and local cardiologist are considered key members of our treatment team. Every referring physician receives a phone call the day of the first consultation and is updated on your condition and progress regularly.

Making an appointment with us is quick and easy. We schedule visits using a dedicated phone number, 617-636-VALV(8258), and provide same-day diagnostic imaging, eliminating the need for multiple visits. Our doctors also take the time to address your concerns and answer your questions, as well as those of your family members.

Frederick  Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Frederick Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)

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Jennifer Grondell, MSN, FNP-C

Jennifer Grondell, MSN, FNP-C

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): Medicine, Cardiology, Structural Heart Program
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4259
Fax #: 617-636-8070

MitraClip, Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion, PFO closure, ASD closure

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Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Executive Director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI); Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Research Laboratories; Director of Cardiac Biology Research Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support

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Carey D. Kimmelstiel, MD

Carey D. Kimmelstiel, MD

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Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Director, Interventional Cardiology Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology

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Alison Massed, NP

Alison Massed, NP

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Structural Heart
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4259
Fax #: 617-636-7667

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Ayan R. Patel, MD

Ayan R. Patel, MD

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Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Director, Cardiovascular Imaging and Hemodynamic Laboratory; Director, Women's Heart Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-8070

Echocardiography, heart failure, women's heart disease, cardiac amyloidosis

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Charles D.  Resor, MD, MSc

Charles D. Resor, MD, MSc

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab; Associate Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart Disease
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, structural heart disease and intervention, aortic stenosis, TAVR trans aortic valve replacement, MitraClip, mechanical circulatory support

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Amanda Weathers, NP

Amanda Weathers, NP

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner
Department(s): CardioVascular Center, Structural Heart
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4259
Fax #: 617-636-7667

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Benjamin S. Wessler, MD

Benjamin S. Wessler, MD

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Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

Title(s): Director, Valve Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Non-invasive cardiology, echocardiography

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Yong  Zhan, MD

Yong Zhan, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Co-Director, Aortic Disease Program; Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: Aortic Disease referrals phone: 617-636-5590; Vascular Surgery referrals phone: 617-636-8094
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, aortic aneurysm and dissection surgery, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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