Michael Argenziano, MD, FACS

Michael Argenziano, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery Cardiothoracic Surgery Department

About Michael Argenziano, MD

Dr. Michael Argenziano, Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Garnet Health, is also Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery and Associate Chief of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He is Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Cardiac Surgery, Director of Clinical Research and Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency. After earning his B.A. at Columbia College in 1988 (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992 (AOA), Dr. Argenziano completed a General Surgery residency and research fellowship at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York (1992-1998). Dr. Argenziano then completed a special fellowship in Surgical Electrophysiology, a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery, and an advanced fellowship in Mechanical Cardiac Assistance, all at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

Dr. Argenziano has extensive experience in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, including coronary revascularization, valve repair and replacement, aortic surgery, and heart failure surgery, including mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. He has specific expertise and is world-renowned for his experience in advanced complex mitral valve repair, minimally invasive surgery, and arrhythmia surgery. Dr. Argenziano is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the Heart Rhythm Society, is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, and International Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is past President of the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery, and has authored over 200 publications, presented at hundreds of scientific conferences, and received over two dozen grants and awards for his research. He has led two national trials of robotic cardiac surgery, as well as several pioneering studies of atrial fibrillation surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and novel percutaneous mitral valve repair techniques. In 2001, Dr. Argenziano performed the first robotic open-heart operation in U.S. history, repairing an atrial septal defect in a young woman, and in 2002, became the first American surgeon to perform a totally robotic coronary bypass. He currently serves as a member of the NIH/NHLBI Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigations. 

Dr. Argenziano resides in Closter, New Jersey, with his wife Maria, an endocrinologist, and their six children. 


  • 2015-2016: New York Magazine's Top Doctors
  • 2011: Young Heart Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science & Medicine, American Heart Association
  • 2011-2012: Educational Simulation Research Grant, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education
  • 2010-2011: President, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery
  • 2009: Physician of the Year, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Department of Surgery
  • 2007-2012: Executive Council, New York Society for Thoracic Surgery
  • 2007-2010: Career Development Award, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education
  • 2007-2012: Principal Site Investigator, National Institutes of Health U01 Network Grant. "Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigations"
  • 2004: Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • 2002: "Best Oral Presentation" Award at the Scientific Sessions of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, New York. Title of Presentation: "A totally endoscopic, beating heart approach to pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation."
  • 1996-1998: Blakemore Award for Excellence in Surgical Research, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • 1996: Claire-Lucille Pace Humanitarian Award (Healing the Children Guatemala Heart Surgery Team)
  • 1992: Allen O. Whipple Prize for Excellence in Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1992: Sandoz Award for Excellence in Research, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1992: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society



  • Heart transplantation and mechanical assistance
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Thoracic surgery education/simulation
  • Treatment of atrial fibrillation



  • Iribarne A, Russo MJ, Easterwood R, Hong KN, Yang J, Cheema FH, Smith CR, Argenziano M. "Minimally invasive versus sternotomy approach for mitral valve surgery: a propensity analysis." Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 2011.
  • Iribarne A, Karpenko A, Russo MJ, Cheema FH, Umann T, Oz MC, Smith C, Argenziano M. "Eight year experience with minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery." World J Surg. 2010 Apr;34(4):611-5.
  • Russo MJ, Martens TP, Hong KN, Colman DL, Voleti VB, Smith CR Jr, Argenziano M. Minimally invasive versus standard approach for excision of atrial masses. Heart Surg Forum. 2007;10(1):E50-54.
  • Ben-Gal Y, Stone GW, Smith CR, Genereux P, Weisz G, Williams MR, Argenziano M. "On-Pump versus Off-Pump Surgical Revascularization in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes: Analysis from the ACUITY Trial." Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010.
  • Iribarne A, Easterwood R, Russo MJ, Yang J, Cheema FH, Smith CR, Argenziano M. "Long term outcomes with a minimally invasive approach for resection of cardiac masses." Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2010; 90(4):1251-55.
  • Hong KN, Russo MJ, Williams MR, Abbasi A, Sorabella R, Martens TP, Smith CR Jr, Oz MC, Argenziano M. "Patient-specific characteristics determine success of surgical atrial fibrillation ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation." Heart Surg Forum. 2007;10(6):E468-72.
  • Argenziano M, Skipper E, Heimansohn D, Letsou G, Woo YJ, Kron I, Alexander J, Cleveland J, Kong B, Davidson M, Vassiliades T, Krieger K, Sako E, Tibi P, Galloway A, Foster E, Feldman T, and Glower D; for the EVEREST Investigators. "Surgical revision after percutaneous mitral repair with the MitraClip device." Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Jan:89(1):72-80.
  • Topkara VK, Williams MR, Cheema FH, Vigilance DW, Garrido MJ, Russo MJ, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation: the Columbia Presbyterian experience. J Card Surg. 2006;21(5):441-448.
  • Argenziano M, Katz M, Bonatti J, Srivastava S, Murphy D, Poirier R, Loulmet D, Siwek L, Kreaden U, Ligon D, for the TECAB Trial Investigators. Results of the prospective multicenter trial of robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006;81:1666-1675.
  • Morgan JA, Thornton BA, Peacock JC, Hollingsworth KW, Smith CR, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Does robotic technology make minimally invasive cardiac surgery too expensive? A hospital cost analysis of robotic and conventional techniques. J Card Surg. 2005 May-Jun;20(3):246-251.
  • Nifong LW, Chitwood WR, Pappas PS, Smith CR, Argenziano M, Starnes VA, Shah PM. Robotic mitral valve surgery: a United States multicenter trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2005 Jun;129(6):1395-1404.
  • Bisleri G, Vigilance DW, Morgan JA, Argenziano M. Efficacy of the "box" lesion pattern for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in presence of mitral valve disease. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 May;77(5):1879-1880; author reply 1880.
  • Williams MR, Garrido M, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Alternative energy sources for surgical atrial ablation. J Card Surg. 2004 May-Jun;19(3):201-206.
  • Morgan JA, Morales DL, Ginsburg ME, Kherani AR, Vigilance DW, Cheema FH, Smith CR, Oz MC, Argenziano M. Endoscopic, robotically assisted implantation of phrenic pacemakers. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003;126(2):582-3.
  • Argenziano M, Oz MC, Kohmoto T, Morgan J, Dimitui J, Mongero L, Beck J, Smith CR. "Totally Endoscopic Atrial Septal Defect Repair With Robotic Assistance" Circulation. 2003 Sep 9;108 (Suppl II):II-191-II-194.
  • Oz MC, Argenziano M, eds. "Left ventricular assist devices." Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 2000;43(1).
  • Argenziano M, Spotnitz HM, Bigger JT Jr., Whang W, Parides M, Rose EA. "Risk stratification for coronary bypass surgery in patients with left ventricular dysfunction: analysis of the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patch Trial database." Circulation 1999;100(suppl II):II-119-II-124.
  • Cheema FH, Argenziano M. "Robotic ASD Repair." Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery: Atlas and Guide. Chitwood RW, Kernstine K, editors. Springer, NY, 2010.
  • Argenziano M. "Robotically-assisted open heart surgery." Robotic Surgery, Gharagozloo F and Najam F, eds. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
  • Mongero LB, Beck JR, eds. "On Bypass: Advanced Perfusion Techniques." Current Cardiac Surgery Series, Argenziano M, Oz MC, series editors. Humana Press, New York, 2008.
  • Argenziano M, editor. "Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation." Special Issue of the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, April 2003.
  • Argenziano M and Williams M. "Robotic ASD repair and endoscopic treatment of atrial fibrillation." In: Seminars in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery: Robotic Cardiac Surgery, F Mohr and V Falk, eds., 2003.
  • Argenziano M and Ginsburg ME, editors. "Lung volume reduction surgery." Humana Press, Inc., 2002.
  • Williams MR, Argenziano M. "Less Invasive Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation." In: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, DJ Goldstein and MC Oz, eds. Futura Publishing Co., Inc., 2002.
  • Argenziano M. "Totally endoscopic open-heart surgery." In: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, DJ Goldstein and MC Oz, eds. Futura Publishing Co., Inc., 2002.
  • Argenziano M, Rose EA. "Exploiting our understanding of pathogenetic mechanisms in developing surgical interventions." In: Pathogenetic basis of myocardial diseases, R. Virmani and J Willerson, eds. (2002).
  • Oz MC, Argenziano M, editors. "Left ventricular assist devices." Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 2000;43(1).
  • Argenziano M, Oz MC, Rose EA. "The continuing evolution of mechanical cardiac assistance." Current Problems in Surgery, 1997;34(4):317-388.


  • Medical/Graduate School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York - Presbyterian Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Languages Spoken


Conditions Treated

Congenital Heart Disease
Aortic Dissection
Congestive Heart Failure
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Pericardial Disease

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