St. Joseph’s Health welcomes renowned cardiothoracic surgeon

St. Joseph’s Health recently announced that Dr. Bledi Zaku, a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, has joined the hospital as the chief of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

Zaku is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He performs all aspects of adult cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft surgery. His other specialties include mitral valve repair and replacement, minimally invasive transcatheter valve repair and replacement and complex reconstructive surgery of the aorta.

At St. Joseph’s Health, Zaku will provide leadership and oversight of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery services and functions across the St. Joseph’s Health system, including St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne.

“As we continue to expand our surgical services throughout northern New Jersey, we are excited to welcome Dr. Zaku to the St. Joseph’s Health team,” Dr. Mark Connolly, chairman of the Department of Surgery, said. “Dr. Zaku is an innovative surgeon who brings an impressive combination of clinical expertise, outstanding patient care and pioneering research to this important leadership position. His collaborative style and ambitious vision will be key as he leads our program and maintains its prominent position as one of the best in the region.”

“I’m delighted to be joining the St. Joseph’s team of experts in heart and vascular care,” Zaku said. “St. Joseph’s has a longstanding reputation for providing compassionate care while effectively treating heart disease, no matter how complex. These are exciting times for cardiovascular and thoracic surgery as new techniques and innovative therapies will offer enhanced options and outcomes for patients.”