Paul C. Saunders, MD

Co-Director, LVAD Program

Maimonides Physician


Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery



About Me

Dr. Paul C. Saunders is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and Co-Director of the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program at the Maimonides Heart Vascular Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training at NYU Medical Center and practiced cardiac and thoracic surgery at Westchester Medical Center for five years, prior to joining Maimonides. In addition to LVADs and surgery for heart failure, Dr. Saunders performs all other types of cardiac surgery, particularly minimally invasive cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repairs and valve replacements. He is particularly interested in heart failure surgery, implantable ventricular assist devices, and novel therapies for cardiogenic shock, such as extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Dr. Saunders has published extensively in the medical literature on topics relating to cardiac surgery, and has given numerous lectures both locally and nationally.

Areas of Expertise

  • Advanced Heart Failure Care
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Ischemic Heart Care
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Mitral Clip
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Structural Heart Care
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Heart Artery Blockage
  • Heart Failure/Cardiogenic Shock
  • Thoracic Aortic Disease
  • Valvular Heart Disease


  • Aortic Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac/Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Clip
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)


Medical Degree

Mount Sinai School of Medicine


New York University Medical Center


New York University Medical Center


Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery


  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • CenterLight
  • Centers Plan
  • Cigna
  • ElderPlan
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Empire Plan (United Healthcare)
  • Fidelis
  • Hamaspik
  • HealthFirst
  • Hotel Trades
  • Local 1199
  • MagnaCare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford
  • RiverSpring Health Plans
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • VillageCare Max
  • VNS Choice
  • Wellcare
  • WTC Health Program

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