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Bledi Zaku, M.D.

Bledi Zaku, MD
Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Zaku is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Zaku is a native New Yorker and a graduate of New York University.

He received his doctorate in medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. During this time, he dedicated one year to clinical research in cardiac surgery outcomes at Mount Sinai Hospital under the leadership of Dr. David H. Adams, culminating in publications in medical journals and presentations at national conferences.

Dr. Zaku completed his general surgery residency at Morristown Medical Center. During his time here, he helped to win the American College of Surgeons New Jersey chapter Surgical Jeopardy tournament and competed at the national level.

He completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the leadership of Dr. Leonard N. Girardi and Dr. Karl H. Krieger.

Dr. Zaku returned to Morristown Medical Center to join Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates as an attending cardiothoracic surgeon.

Dr. Zaku performs all aspect of adult cardiac surgery. His areas of interest and expertise include:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).
  • Utilizing total arterial revascularization techniques (bilateral internal mammary artery & radial artery grafts),
  • Beating-heart (off-pump) CABG surgery.
  • Aortic aneurysm and dissection surgery.
  • Valve-preserving aortic aneurysm repair operations; allowing repair of the aneurysm while saving the patient’s own aortic valve. It is ideal for avoiding life-long need for blood thinners which would be required with a mechanical valve replacement and repeat operations in young patients who would receive a tissue valve replacement.
  • Minimally invasive, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
  • Mitral valve repair / replacement.
  • Tricuspid valve repair / replacement.
  • Advanced heart failure surgery with mechanical circulatory support (LVAD, RVAD, ECMO, Impella).

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