Valley welcomes new director of heart failure surgery

Valley Health System and Valley Medical Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Burns as director of heart failure surgery at the Valley Hospital.

Burns is an experienced cardiovascular surgeon, board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery, who will bring years of experience and a robust understanding of cardiac interventions to Valley. He specializes in left ventricular assist device procedures. In his previous role, Burns served as the chair of surgery at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, where he built the busiest LVAD program in the state and the second-busiest destination LVAD program in the U.S.

In addition to the LVAD procedure, Burns specializes in various aspects of cardiovascular surgery, including coronary artery surgery, off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting procedures, minimally invasive valve techniques, mitral valve repair and replacements and surgery on aortic dissections and aneurysms.

“Everything we do as health care providers is for the benefit of the patient. That is our No. 1 responsibility behind every medical decision,” Burns said. “I take the responsibility of being trusted to fix patients’ hearts very seriously, and I am honored to begin treating patients at the Valley Hospital.”

Burns joins a program known for its depth of experience and high-quality care, one that is backed by its alliance with the world-famous Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, which was ranked No.1 in heart care by U.S. News & World Report.

“Dr. Burns will be a great addition to the multidisciplinary team at the Valley Heart and Vascular Institute,” Dr. Gerald Sotsky, chair of cardiac services for Valley Medical Group and director of Cardiovascular Service Line at the Valley Hospital, said.

“We are excited to have Dr. Burns join our cardiovascular surgery team at the Valley Heart and Vascular Institute,” Dr. Juan Grau, director of cardiothoracic surgery at the Valley Hospital said. “His expertise in all facets of cardiac surgery, including his strong understanding of heart failure surgery, are a welcomed addition to this accomplished team.”