Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar MD, PhD, the first heart surgeon in the United States to perform a Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement procedure, has been named medical director at the Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute in Boise. He comes from Florida, where he was medical director of cardiovascular surgery at HCA East Florida Division. He has also served as chairman of cardiac surgery at Allina Health and chief of cardiac surgery at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, and he was chief of cardiac surgery for Penn Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. His career has also taken him to surgical and leadership positions at the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City.
A graduate of Yale University, where he earned a BA in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Farivar was awarded his MD and PhD in pathology from the Boston University School of Medicine. He was a research fellow in cardiac surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and served residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.