Arnar Geirsson, MD, FACS, FAHA

Associate Professor Term; Interim Section Chief

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Cardiac Surgery

Vascular Biology and Therapeutics Program

Yale Medicine

Biography

Dr. Geirsson is the Surgical Director of Surgical Valve Program at the Heart and Vascular Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Associate Director of the Aortic Institute.

Dr. Geirsson specializes in the following procedures:

  • Valve repair surgery
    • Mitral valve repair through right thoracotomy - minimally invasive
    • Aortic valve repair for aortic insufficiency of both bicuspid an tricuspid aortic valve
  • Valve replacement surgery
    • Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement through mini-sternotomy
  • Aortic surgery
    • Aortic aneurysm surgery
    • Aortic dissections
  • Valve-sparing root replacement
    • Complex heart surgery
    • Reoperations
    • High-risk cardiac surgery

Dr. Geirsson earned his medical degree from the University of Iceland and completed his General Surgery Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Cardiothoracic Residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before taking his first academic faculty position at Yale University School of Medicine in 2007. He temporarily moved to Iceland in 2013 and returned on staff at Yale in July 2016. He performed the first mitral valve operation through right thoracotomy at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2009 and the first robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass operation at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2011. Additional clinical interest includes minimal invasive approaches to valve surgery such as percutaneous aortic valve replacement, valve repairs, valve sparing aortic root replacement and endovascular repairs of the thoracic aneurysm.

Dr. GeirssonĀ“s research interest includes investigating the biological changes and pathways involved in pathogenesis of mitral valve prolapse and thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgery and Fellow of the American Heart Association serving on various committees of the AHA including Surgery Study Section and the Young Leadership Committee for the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia. He received the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Career Development Award in 2009. Dr. Geirsson has published various research articles in both basic and clinical science and also serves as an editorial reviewer for the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and Circulation.

Education & Training

MD University of Iceland (1997)
Chief Resident Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Fellow Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Resident Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Chief Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Intern Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Intern Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland
Board Certification AB of Thoracic Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic (2008)
Board Certification AB of Thoracic Surgery, Surgery (2008)

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Contact Info

Arnar Geirsson, MD, FACS, FAHA
Mailing Address
PO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

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