Rafael Squitieri, MD
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Squitieri has introduced a number of innovative and minimally invasive procedures to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, including “mini-maze” surgery, and “hybrid ablation,” the latest procedures to correct atrial fibrillation, the latter combining both surgical and non-surgical techniques.
After pioneering new techniques for aortic-root and aortic-arch reconstruction, Dr. Squitieri recently brought his expertise to help launch the trans-aortic valve replacement or TAVR program at St. Vincent’s, the first in Fairfield County, which gives new hope to people with aortic stenosis previously considered too high risk for traditional open heart surgery. Dr. Squitieri is highly skilled in performing complex cardiothoracic surgeries including coronary artery bypass surgery, valve replacements, pacemaker implants and aortic aneurysm surgery. He has extensive experience with videoscopic techniques for atrial fibrillation procedures and surgeries involving diseases of the thoracic aorta including aneurysms and dissections.
Dr. Squitieri graduated from Columbia University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he completed a fellowship in cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery. After joining St. Vincent’s in 2001, he was appointed chief of cardiothoracic surgery in 2006. He is a diplomat of the American Board of General Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners.