Main Line Health (MLH) has named Konstadinos A. Plestis, MD, System Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at theLankenau Heart Institute. Dr. Plestis, who most recently served as Director of Aortic Surgery and the Aortic Wellness Center at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, brings more than 20 years of cardiovascular surgical experience, specifically in aortic surgery, to his new role. As a nationally recognized leader in the field of cardiac surgery, Dr. Plestis maintains an active surgical practice focusing on the care of patients with complex aortic disease, including aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, and complex valvular and coronary disease.
In his position at MLH, Dr. Plestis will assume a leadership role within the Lankenau Heart Institute—Main Line Health’s team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and subspecialists seamlessly integrated into one uncompromising service focused on prevention, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and disease management. In particular, Dr. Plestis will oversee the ongoing clinical advancement of the Lankenau Heart Institute’s Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery program.
In welcoming Dr. Plestis, Andrew Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MLH, stated: “Dr. Plestisbrings considerable talents and clinical knowledge to MLH and the Lankenau Heart Institute, further enhancing our ability to provide superior cardiac care to our patients across the region and beyond. We are honored that Dr. Plestis has chosen to come to MLH to offer his experience and partner with us as we advance our position as a true destination for heart care.”
Kyle Kramer, Vice President, Clinical Operations at Main Line Health noted, “Dr. Plestis’s experience builds upon an already strong foundation in minimally invasive cardiac surgical intervention at MLH and immediately positions our program as one of the most comprehensive and advanced cardiac surgical programs in the broader region.”
During his tenure with Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Plestis led a service that offered integrated care of aortic disease, available only at a few hospitals in the nation, involving collaboration among cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, structural cardiologists and internal medicine physicians. Prior to joining Lenox Hill, Dr. Plestis served as Associate Director of Aortic Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Plestis earned his medical degree from Aristotelian University Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed a General Surgery residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, a Vascular Surgery residency at Baylor College in Houston, where he trained with Michael DeBakey, MD, during the development of aortic surgery in the early 1990s, and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
Dr. Plestis, who is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, has been honored with top doctor status from Castle Connelley, Best Doctors in America, New York Super Doctors, U.S. News & World Report and the Consumers Research Council of America. His memberships include the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Society of Vascular Surgery, and The Michael DeBakey International Surgical Society and the Society of Heart Valve Disease amongst others. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/ Hemostasis.
Dr. Plestis has made numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals, has participated in many clinical trials and is a frequent presenter on aortic surgery at national and international conferences.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20 percent of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.