Dr. Rafael Squitieri, a graduate of Columbia University and fellowship-trained in cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery, joined St. Vincent’s in 2001. In 2006, he was appointed chief of cardiothoracic surgery. He has introduced a number of advanced, minimally invasive procedures, including the “mini-maze” surgery to correct atrial fibrillation and, m ore recently, “hybrid ablation,” the latest procedure to correct A-fib, which combines both surgical and non-surgical techniques to achieve an even higher level of success. His skill and innovation have ushered in a new era at St. Vincent’s of minimally invasive techniques that mean improved outcomes, shorter recovery times, and less discomfort for even the highest risk patients. After pioneering new techniques for aortic-root and aortic-arch reconstruction, Dr. Squitieri just recently brought his expertise to help launch the trans-aortic valve replacement or TAVR program at St. Vincent’s, the first in Fairfield County, which gives new hope to people previously considered too high risk for traditional open-heart surgery.
Organizations: American Medical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Fairfield County Medical Association, Bridgeport Medical Association
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Hospital Affiliations: St. Vincent’s Medical Center