Structural heart disease interventional cardiologist joins Valley Medical Group
Valley has enhanced its nationally recognized cardiac services with the introduction of a “heart team approach” to caring
for patients with structural heart disease, led by Sean R. Wilson, M.D., a cardiac structural interventionalist who recently joined Valley Medical Group. He is one of a select group of such specialists practicing in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area.
“The goal of the Valley heart team is to improve the coordination and management of patients with complex structural heart disease and related cardiovascular issues through a patient-centered, interactive working relationship,” says Dr. Wilson. “Through a collaborative team approach we will assist patients and families in tailoring therapy to make the best treatment decisions, while optimizing procedural outcomes that will benefit our patients’ well-being.”
Structural heart disease refers to defects in the heart, ranging from congenital abnormalities to acquired conditions of the valves and myocardium that lead to a disruption of the natural pumping action of the heart and flow of blood. At Valley Hospital, each patient’s heart team will include Dr. Wilson, the primary cardiologist and/or internist, cardiac surgeons, imaging specialists, advanced practice nurses, as well as other specialists. This multidisciplinary dedicated group will collaborate closely and will individualize treatment based upon the patient’s medical conditions.
“An aging population with heart disease and a multitude of co-existing medical issues creates new challenges to managing these patients, coordinating their health care needs, and helping them to maintain a positive quality of life,” notes Dr. Wilson. “Valley’s establishment of a heart team approach – which is now recognized as the standard of care in cardiovascular medicine -- will enable us to treat patients who are often too frail for open-heart surgery with non-invasive procedures that will result in longer productive lives.”
Cardiac structural interventionalists, like Dr. Wilson, undergo several years of advanced fellowship training to perform non-invasive, percutaneous (catheter-based) procedures to treat structural heart disease, without surgery or the use of a heart-lung machine. Some of the procedures that Dr. Wilson performs include advanced hemodynamic assessments, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for aortic stenosis, repair of the mitral valve, valvuloplasty, ablation for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, and closure of atrial septal defects, patent foramen ovale, and paravalvular leaks. These procedures are performed in Valley’s cardiac catheterization laboratory or hybrid suite, not in an operating room.
Dr. Wilson received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, his cardiovascular disease fellowship and interventional cardiovascular disease fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and his structural heart disease interventional fellowship at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute/Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
To make an appointment with Dr. Wilson, please call 201-447-8418.