Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD, FACS, FACC

Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery

Co-Director, Atrial Fibrillation Program
Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery

Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD, FACS, FACC, is Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Co-Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program and Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Khoynezhad was an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

An internationally recognized leader in complex open, hybrid and endovascular aortic surgery and atrial fibrillation procedures, Dr. Khoynezhad’s expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of cardiovascular sciences. As a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon, he performs all aspects of cardiac surgery, including valve-preserving root operations, aortic valve and root repair and replacement, less-invasive aortic arch reconstructions, thoracoabdominal and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, Cox-Maze operations, Thoracoscopic Maze procedures, and coronary artery bypass operation, including off-pump coronary bypass grafting.

Dr. Khoynezhad is an active industry consultant and physician trainer, having trained over 550 surgeons and interventionalists in abdominal, thoracic endovascular aortic repair and atrial fibrillation procedures. He is national principal investigator for two trials including the first FDA-approved investigational device exemption for endovascular repair of the ascending aorta. Dr. Khoynezhad has been the principle investigator for 15 industry-sponsored clinical trials involving current and future generations of aortic stent grafts and cardiac devices.

Dr. Khoynezhad’s research findings have been published in over 100 peer-reviewed medical journals and book chapters and his discoveries have resulted in inventions and patents in areas of aortic surgery and transcatheter heart valves. He is the editor of the Vascular Portal of CTSNet and serves as reviewer for Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Khoynezhad serves on many medical committees and is a member of over 22 professional organizations. He has published several continuing education programs and has organized or served as faculty or director for more than 30 continuing education courses.

Dr. Khoynezhad is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Marquis Who’s Who in America. The Consumers Research Council of America named him one of America’s leading surgeons in America’s Top Surgeons. He does frequent media appearances as a recognized expert in cardiovascular health and presents and lectures on a regular basis at national and international conferences.

After completing 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, Dr. Khoynezhad performed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. This was accompanied by a minimal-invasive cardiac surgery fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital and followed by a vascular and endovascular surgery fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.