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Robotic Heart Surgery: An Elegant Approach to a Pressing Problem

James Tan had two objectives when he was deciding what kind of surgery he should undergo to repair his leaky mitral valve, a part of the heart that normally pumps blood toward the body: He wanted to be able to get back to playing with his toddler sons, and to resume teaching as soon possible. That led him to Dr. T. Sloane Guy, director of the robotic cardiac surgery program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, who would get him back on his feet quickly.

“A week after surgery, I could piggyback a 2-year-old,” Tan said. “I was back at work in four weeks and in a classroom teaching.”

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