Fardad Esmailian, MD

Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Program

Fardad Esmailian, MD is a cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Device Program at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Before joining Cedars-Sinai in 2010, Dr. Esmailian was a clinical professor of surgery and an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for  16 years.

In addition to heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices, Dr. Esmailian offers extensive experience in all areas of adult cardiac surgery.  He is widely considered to be a leading practitioner in coronary revascularization including off-pump coronary artery bypass and multiple arterial grafting, minimally invasive aortic valve surgery, mitral valve and tricuspid valve repair, arrhythmia surgery, complex ischemic and valvular heart disease procedures and treatments for ascending aortic aneurysm including valve-sparing aortic root replacement and repair of aortic dissection.

His research has focused on the study of stroke, surgical revascularization, heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices. Dr. Esmailian’s findings have been published in numerous medical journals, including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplant, Circulation, Journal of Heart Valve Diseases and the Texas Heart Institute Journal.  

Dr. Esmailian earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1983 and his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 1987.  He completed an internship and a residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Diego in 1992 and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at UCLA in 1994.

Dr. Esmailian is a diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is also a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Western Thoracic Surgical Society.