Dr. Prem Shekar, Cardiac Surgery Division Chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to Discuss Risks, Complications and Recovery From Heart Surgery

WALTHAM, MA– Dr. Prem Shekar, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and surgical director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will discuss “Risks, Complications and Recovery from Heart Surgery at the 7th Annual Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo on Sunday, March 10, at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

Dr. Shekar, also an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in India. He completed two residencies in India: one in surgery at Command Hospital Airforce and the other in cardiothoracic surgery at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research. Dr. Shekar then completed cardiothoracic surgery residency programs at Fremantle Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital, both in Australia. He also completed a cardiac surgery fellowship at BWH.  He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

His practice encompasses the entire spectrum of adult cardiac surgery, including primary and coronary artery bypass grafting, repair or replacement for valvular heart disease, as well as resection and replacement of aneurysms.

Dr. Shekar’s clinical interests include surgical treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, surgical correction of aortic root and mitral valve pathologies in patients with Marfan’s and Loeys-Dietz syndrome and other connective tissue disorders; minimally invasive valve surgery, surgery for adult congenital heart disease and radiation-induced heart disease.

Dr. Shekar was the principal investigator in the CIMIT-funded Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Room project and the site principal investigator for the HeartMate II Pivotal trial, which studied a novel ventricular assist device as a permanent therapy for patients with advanced heart disease who are not candidates for transplantation. He has authored over 65 peer-reviewed publications

Since becoming a BWH faculty member in 2004, Dr. Shekar has held several leadership roles, including interim surgical director of the Integrated Cardiovascular Services Program and surgical director of the BWH Patient Progression Initiative.

The 7th Annual Health & Wellness Expo, which is produced by The Mishra Group in collaboration with INDIA New England News, Indus Business Journal and INE MultiMedia, is sponsored by KnowYourMeds, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Lahey Health.

The event is free for all attendees, but you must pre-register. To register for free, please click here.