Dr. Ali Khoynezhad is an internationally recognized leader in open, hybrid and endovascular aortic surgery and minimal-invasive atrial fibrillation procedures. He is Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center, Director of Aortic and Arrhythmia Surgery at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute. Prior to joining MemorialCare, Dr. Khoynezhad was Director of Aortic Surgery and Co-Director of Atrial Fibrillation Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon, he performs all aspects of heart surgery including bypass operations and complex valve repair and replacements. He is an active industry consult and physician trainer, having trained over 550 surgeons and interventionalists in abdominal, thoracic endovascular aortic repair and atrial fibrillation procedures. Dr. Khoynezhad has been the principal investigator for 20 industry-sponsored clinical trials involving current and future generations of aortic stent grafts and cardiac devices, while taking the national and international principle investigator role in three clinical trials. Dr Khoynezhad’s research findings have been published in 245 peer-reviewed medical journals, abstracts and book chapters, and his discoveries have resulted in many inventions and patents including percutaneous Endo-Bentall procedure and valve-in-valve TAVR for mechanical heart valves.
Offering effective symptom relief and life-saving operations to his patients, gives Dr. Khoynezhad the greatest satisfaction in his professional life.
“Seeing my patients and their families at follow-up visits is very rewarding…it literally charges my batteries. The stress of open-heart surgery can be overwhelming for my patients and their families. I provide patient-centered, high-quality care and spend a lot of time to explain procedures in detail. My patients can always count on me to be their advocate and supporter.”
After earning his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Cologne College of Medicine in Germany, Dr. Khoynezhad completed an internship in general surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He completed his residency in general surgery at the North Shore University-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New Hyde Park, New York. He also performed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center Affiliated Hospitals, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, a minimally-invasive cardiac surgery fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital, and a vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California.
In his free time, he enjoys time with his family and jogging, tennis, Pilates, chess, classical and rock music and fast cars.
As a specialist, Dr. Khoynezhad may not be selected as a primary care physician. Accepts patients age 18 and over.
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- Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery
- Aortic Root Repair/Replacement
- Aortic Root Surgery
- Ascending Aortic Arch Replacement
- Elephant Trunk Operation
- Hybrid (Less Invasive) Aortic Arch and Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Repair
- Repair of Type A and Type B Aortic Dissection
- Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
- Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Replacement