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The St. Francis Hospital Heart Valve Center at Good Samaritan Hospital

With the opening of The St. Francis Hospital Heart Valve Center at Good Samaritan Hospital we now offer patients in Suffolk County the same level of excellence and expertise that has made St. Francis a national leader in cardiovascular care.  Our original Heart Valve Center at St. Francis Hospital has quickly becoming one of the busiest centers of its kind in the Northeast, performing over 1,100 transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR). With demand for the minimally invasive procedure growing, our Suffolk-based Heart Valve Center, located in West Islip, will extend our ability to diagnose, treat, and heal patients coping with vavular disease. While we are fully a part of St. Francis, we will be performing these procedures at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

If you have any questions about the life-saving services we provide, please call us at (516) 629-2090 or (516) 562-6426.


Christopher LaMendola, M.D.Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as Director of the St. Francis Hospital Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Stony Brook University, The State University of New York, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at New York University Medical Center, and in 1994, joined the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. LaMendola is also a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The New York Society for Thoracic Surgery, and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He helped pioneer off-pump coronary bypass surgery and minimally invasive valve surgery.

Ezra Deutsch, M.D., is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization laboratory at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Deutsch is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and his cardiology training at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He established the interventional cardiology program at GSH. Both a board-certified cardiologist and interventional cardiologist, he has broad clinical and research experience in interventional cardiology, including catheter-based therapies for valvular heart disease. Dr. Deutsch is consistently recognized as a top doctor in New York and has been ranked as an outstanding interventional cardiologist by New York State.

Paul J. Lee, M.D., earned his medical degree at SUNY Buffalo in 1994. He completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center continuing at North Shore-Long Island Jewish, then completed his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in 2002. He joined South Bay Cardiovascular in 2002, performing cardiac interventions at Good Samaritan and Southside Hospitals. In 2009, South Bay Cardiovascular affiliated with St. Francis Hospital, becoming one of the largest and most respected cardiovascular practices in the region. Dr. Lee specializes in treatment of complex coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease with special interest in total chronic occlusions and treatment of congestive heart failure and pulmonary embolism. He performs most of his cardiac procedures via the radial artery. Dr. Lee has been performing TAVRs since 2013.