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UC Health Becomes First in the Region to Introduce Endoscopic Mitral Valve Surgery

May. 11, 2021

CINCINNATI - New physician is one of only a dozen in the world capable of performing an advanced endoscopic heart valve surgery.


UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic health system, recently welcomed a world-renowned physician to join its cardiac surgery program.

Tommaso Hinna Danesi, MD, joins UC Health from Italy, and is one out of a dozen physicians in the world capable of performing an advanced endoscopic heart valve surgery, which leads to faster recovery and reduces surgical time by 50%. With the addition of Hinna Danesi, UC Health now provides advanced endoscopic mitral valve surgery, which results in fewer incisions, better outcomes and faster recovery times.

This next generation method of mitral valve surgery does not utilize robotic equipment, allowing the surgeon to have hands-on guidance of the surgery that elevates their control and feel for the operation. Hinna Danesi brings to UC Health highly skilled expertise in valvular repair, a procedure that allows patients to keep their own heart valves instead of requiring a valve replacement. UC Health provides the region’s largest Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Center and home to the region’s only adult heart transplant program.

“Since Hinna Danesi joined UC Health, we now offer the complete compendium of cardiac surgical therapies and treatments. His skill set in cardiac surgery is truly world-class, and our cardiac surgery team has the ability to provide leading-edge care for any case. By adding Hinna Danesi to the team, this is just another example of how UC Health provides patients with the best and brightest care teams from around the world, right here in Greater Cincinnati,” said Louis Benson Louis IV, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and chief of Cardiac Surgery at UC Health.

Hinna Danesi joins Louis and Antonio Panza, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health attending physician, to complete the UC Health Cardiac Surgery team. As a group, each physician brings their own specialized skills that allow the team to focus treatment around the patient with customized plans. To provide the highest level of care, UC Health Cardiac Surgery reviews patient cases together, then matches a surgeon to a patient based on the surgeon’s expertise that fits the patient’s unique needs. Hinna Danesi also joins the UC College of Medicine as an associate professor in the Department of Surgery.

“I am thrilled to be part of such a talented team at UC Health. I specialize in endoscopic cardiac surgery, valve repair, transcatheter valve therapies and closed chest procedures,” said Hinna Danesi. “Endoscopic cardiac surgery became a special commitment to me very early on in my career. If you can achieve results comparable to standard or robotic procedures, then endoscopic cardiac surgery should become the gold standard for patients.”

Hinna Danesi and the rest of the cardiac team are accepting new patients on the UC Health Clifton Campus.

For more information, call 513-475-8521.