Stephen Waterford, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Waterford maintains an active interest in surgical treatment of arrhythmias, and is Director of the Surgical Arrhythmia Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital, with a special focus on atrial fibrillation (afib.)
Dr. Waterford received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale summa cum laude. At Yale, he received the Barry Goldwater research fellowship, which he used to complete a master's degree. He received his MD from Harvard.
After finishing a residency in general surgery, completed his cardiac surgery training at Washington University in St Louis with Drs. Ralph Damiano and Marc Moon. It was there that the maze procedure was first developed in 1987, ushering in the modern era in surgical ablation. It was there that he acquired his expertise in arrhythmia surgery. He completed an additional advanced clinical fellowship in mitral valve repair surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital with Dr. David Adams, learning modern techniques of valve preservation.