Title: Cardiac Surgeon, Hospital Administrator
Company: Hospital Corporation of America
Location: Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Dr. Gregory Fontana, Cardiac Surgeon and Hospital Administrator at the Hospital Corporation of America, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in minimally invasive cardiac procedures and health care administration.
Renowned for leading the research field on aortic stenosis, Dr. Fontana is an integral figure in the field of cardiac surgery. Since 1995, he has been with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, holding positions such as Vice Chair of Strategic Planning and Development with the Department of Surgery, and as an attending cardiac surgeon with the Heart Institute at the center. In addition, Dr. Fontana has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles as a clinical professor of surgery. His expertise has been tapped for the St. Jude Transcatheter Valve trial, where he served as a National Principal Investigator, and he was also a Principal Investigator and Partner with the Trial of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.
Dr. Fontana began on his medical path at an early age, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. He received an MD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1984, and served a fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at the UCLA hospital. He served an intern and resident at Duke University Medical Center and a fellow of pediatric cardiac surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Fontana is board certified in thoracic surgery.
Dr. Fontana maintains professional affiliation as a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and as a founding member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery. He is also active with the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the International Academy of Cardiology, the 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society, the California Society of Pediatric Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the Society of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, the David C. Sabiston Jr. Surgical Society, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and the American College of Cardiology.
Throughout his career, Dr. Fontana cites relationship and support from patients, colleagues, mentors, residents and fellows as a main impetus for professional growth. These strong relationships, coupled with his hard work and supportive family have allotted him great success in the field. In 2010, his work was recognized as one of the Top Five Papers in Medicine. He has contributed several articles to peer-reviewed journals and has served as the Co-Author of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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