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Rodd Stein, MD, General Pediatrician, Northwell Health Physician Partners, After Examining a Surgery Patient of Khanh H. Nguyen, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth):

“After practicing for over 20 years, it's not often that I see something in medicine that I find awe-inspiring.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if I had a patient who had a heart defect that could be repaired by Dr. Nguyen’s axillary-incision approach, then I would strongly recommend that the family meet with him for a consultation. I treat my patients like I treat my own children. I would not want my children to undergo a traditional open-heart procedure if they could be spared the chest scar; relatively long hospital stay; pain and prolonged recovery; and increased risk of infection.

“More of my colleagues and their patients need to know about this procedure so that they can help children who may benefit from it.”


Amanda Meyer describes the experience of her son, Anthony Meyer, when his heart defect was surgically repaired by Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Khanh H. Nguyen, MD, and the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Team at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

“The care my son received at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital was outstanding.

“Anesthesiologist Bhupen Mehta, MD, was great on both days – when my son had his MRI and the day of surgery. Dr. Nguyen and Physician Assistant Ana Riccio were the best I ever worked with. All three defiantly went the extra mile with everything they did.”

“I couldn't ask for a more attentive and caring staff. We were treated like family.”


Lizette Fluellen describes the experience of her son, Jaxon Fluellen, when his heart defect was surgically repaired by Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Khanh H. Nguyen, MD, and the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Team at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

“Where do I begin? I want to express our gratitude and thankfulness for being taken care of by such an amazing surgeon and medical team!

“Learning that our li’l man had a heart condition that left no choice but open-heart surgery, to now having a blessing of getting paired with a surgeon with this rare and special (the axillary incision under the arm) technique, was just the news we needed!

“I could not have been more thrilled… the recovery Dr. Nguyen explained was one that we couldn’t imagine: no scar down Jaxon’s chest and no major wounds to monitor or take care of during the healing process.

“There was never a doubt in our minds we were in great hands at a great medical facility such as Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, as well a surgeon with such talent taking care of our son. “From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and every one who was part of the process!!!”