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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program


Please call (718) 283-5243 to speak with an LVAD Coordinator.


A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that is surgically implanted in patients with end-stage Heart Failure. It helps maintain the pumping action of the left ventricle when it can no longer function effectively on its own.

For many years referred to as a “bridge to transplant,” the LVAD is a temporary but life-saving solution for those patients who are candidates for heart transplantation but face an imminent risk of death until they receive their new heart. LVAD implantation is also an alternative for patients who suffer from severe, non-reversible Heart Failure but are not eligible for heart transplantation. For these patients, the LVAD serves as a permanent treatment for Heart Failure, and they will live with it for the rest of their lives.

As Brooklyn's Heart Failure surgery experts, we will help you choose the best possible treatment options and the achieve the best quality of life possible.

How Does the LVAD Work?

• Electrically powered

• Contains pump that generates enough flow to deliver blood from the left ventricle to the rest of the body

• Small silicone tube exiting the patient’s abdomen is connected to a controller that is worn on the belt

Pre-Implant Evaluation Process

• Patient selection conducted by cardiologists/ cardiothoracic surgeons to determine eligibility

• Pre-operative discussion about severity of CHF, positive outcomes, risks involved, post-discharge care management, device limitations

• Pre-operative comprehensive screenings by medical team

• Pre-operative workup

Maimonides LVAD Team
Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • Paul Saunders, MD, Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Gregory Crooke, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Aleksandar Adzic, MD
  • Norbert Moskovits, MD

LVAD Coordinator

  • Rivka Mintz, NP

The Maimonides LVAD Team with a patient at the 50th LVAD Implantation Celebration