Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital Mount Sinai

In October 2006, 51 year old Ron Fierro sat down with Dr. David Adams to discuss his reasons for coming to Mount Sinai from Florida to have a mitral valve repair.



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Dr. Adams: Why did you travel so far to get your mitral valve repaired?


Mr. Fierro: To extend my life and my quality of life. I am a very active person. I am 51 years old. I kayak, I lift weights, I ride my bike, I have a grandchild on the way, and I do not want to stop doing these things. I want to continue with my life.


Dr. Adams: Well, as I will say, it is a privilege to get to operate on you. We love everyone but we always love to do patients from out of state because that puts an exclamation point on what we are trying to do here, which is really be recognized as a reference center for mitral valve repair.


Mr. Fierro: You seem to have all the answers…


Ms. Fierro: We looked around. One of our friends is on staff at Columbia. She is an OB-GYN, you know, but we could not get anything that just caught our attention from them even though she gave us names. She gave us names of a surgeon at Jackson in Miami but nothing seemed to fit.


Mr. Fierro: At Jackson Memorial in Miami, which is also world renowned.


Dr. Adams: Good places.


Mr. Fierro: Yeah, very good places. We just felt the comfort level with you, your staff, and the hospital was really why we came here. We just felt comfortable. I knew in my heart the first time I read your website that that is what I wanted to do, and we did a lot of research after that, and I always came back to it. Even Ann was saying that I think we should be close to home and then after we researched more and more, we just decided that we will make the trip.


Ms. Fierro: You want somebody who is passionate about what they do and that comes across.



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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 January 2010


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