- Performs coronary artery bypass graft using thoracic arteries.
- Carries out heart valve replacement with biologic and mechanic prostheses.
- Offers cardiac surgery without age restriction; often operates on patients aged 70-80 and older.
Diseases Treated by the Physician:
Private practice at the Top Ichilov Clinic
Senior physician of Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at the Ichilov Medical Center
Training in implantation of stentless bioprosthetic heart valves in Copenhagen (Denmark)
Training in implantation of a left ventricular assist device in Berlin (Germany)
Training in implantation of stentless heart valves at Oxford University (Great Britain)
Training in MIDCAB at D’Annunzio University of Chieti–Pescara (Italy)
Physician of Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Bakulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery (Moscow)
Internship at Bakulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University
Israel Doctors Association
“The population of developed countries is slowly getting older, and people develop such comorbidities as diabetes. As a result, they become candidates for coronary artery bypass surgery. The good news is that patients tolerate this type of surgery very well.
I would say that the technique of coronary artery bypass underwent substantial changes. In 1970s, when physicians carried out the first procedures of this type, no one could predict their effectiveness. Later, in 1980s, the scientists introduced innovative changes into the technology.
For instance, they offered using the internal thoracic artery for shunts. This method improved long-term success rates greatly.
Finally, in 1990-2010s, the survival rates of the patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, grew significantly.
Now, over 99% of patients in developed countries not only stay alive after surgery, but also recover successfully. In my opinion, the procedure also produces great results in the long term.
Our medical center stands out thanks to the doctors who successfully use not only the coronary artery bypass technique, but also more complicated cardiac surgery technologies.
Some patients require additional procedures after coronary artery bypass surgery. For instance, imagine that coronary artery bypass surgery was recommended to a heart failure patient. These patients require additional pre- or post-operative care with hemodynamic support.
One can say with confidence that in all Israeli medical centers, physicians achieve excellent results with coronary artery bypass surgery.
We also offer special device placement. In my opinion, the doctors’ experience and qualification play a decisive role for these patients.”
During many years of practice, Doctor Kramer performed thousands of coronary artery bypass and heart valve replacement procedures. He was included into the top-5 of the best Israeli cardiac surgeons by the Maariv newspaper.