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3/7/2016 Member News
Northside Hospital’s Cardiology Team Performs Their First Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure

Northside Hospital’s Cardiology Team Performs Their First Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure


St. Petersburg, FL (March 7, 2016) – The Structural Heart Disease team at Northside Hospital has successfully performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in St. Petersburg. The procedure is designed to replace a patient’s diseased aortic valve without traditional open-heart surgery, using a first-of-its-kind artificial heart valve.


Northside Hospital is among a select group of hospitals in the United States chosen to treat patients with the Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve.  Prior to the advent of TAVR, there was no definitive treatment option for patients who were unable to undergo surgical aortic valve replacement therapy – the gold standard treatment for most adult patients with severe aortic stenosis. Many patients are not treated because they are not a candidate for surgery, have not received a definitive diagnosis, or because they delay or decline the procedure for a variety of reasons. TAVR opens up a new option for these patients.


The Northside Hospital Structural Heart Disease team that successfully performed the TAVR procedure included cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons Curtis Bryan, MD and Michael DeFrain, MD; interventional cardiologists Jesse Klein, DO and Andrew Rosenthal, MD; and cardiologists Peter Wassmer, MD and Alberto Morales, MD.


"A multi-disciplinary team, led by cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and staff, are bringing the highest level of heart care to our community," said Dia Nichols, FACHE, president and chief executive officer at Northside Hospital. "We are proud to have been chosen among a select group of hospitals to begin performing this revolutionary procedure in St. Petersburg.”


To accommodate TAVR procedures, Northside Hospital constructed a new, 1,300 square-foot hybrid interventional operating room. The expansive operating room offers physicians advanced, state-of-the-art technology to perform leading-edge procedures.


For more information about the TAVR procedure, please call Northside Hospital’s Community Relations Department at (727) 521-5265.


About Northside Hospital

Serving the community since 1976, Northside Hospital is a 288-bed facility, offering a full range of services including comprehensive and interventional stroke care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment, a 24-hour emergency department, preventative and corrective cardiac care, and general surgery. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (SCPC) and one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Atrial Fibrillation Certification (SCPC), our technologically advanced facility allows our superior physicians and nursing staff to care for our growing community. Northside Hospital was the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in St. Petersburg and has been nationally-recognized as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care for the past four consecutive years by The Joint Commission. With campus-based specialized units, such as the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute for Interventional Neuroradiology and neurologic care, Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the St. Petersburg community. For more information about Northside Hospital, a four-time recognized Top Workplace (TBT), visit our website at or visit us on Facebook at


About HCA West Florida

HCA West Florida provides a complete continuum of high quality programs and services to meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses throughout west Florida, caring for more than 1.1 million patients last year.  HCA West Florida is the Tampa Bay region’s largest healthcare system with 16 hospitals on 18 campuses, 20 ER locations, 14 ambulatory surgery centers, numerous imaging and occupational health sites, physician practices, medical education and teaching programs,  regional lab, and consolidated service center.  All 16 hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission and 9 hospitals earned distinction as Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ last year.  HCA West Florida is affiliated with HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprised of locally managed facilities which include 166 hospitals and 113 surgery centers in 20 states and London 



Colleen Carver, MBA

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Northside Hospital


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