Dr. James Wilentz, MD

Dr. James Wilentz, MD

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Interventional Cardiology | Male | 65 years old

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Care Philosophy

We provide cardiovascular consultation, diagnosis and interventional care to the whole patient, understanding that diseases which affect the arteries of the heart may also affect those anywhere in the body. We offer invasive and medical treatments for stroke and heart attack prevention (coronary and carotid stenting), opening of blocked arteries in the legs and the kidney arteries when required to treat high blood pressure or kidney failure. Dr. Wilentz has been a researcher and active in the fields of coronary and carotid artery diagnosis and treatment and is an Editor for the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. He is the author of articles on the use of intravascular ultrasound and coronary flow measurement to determine which blockages really need a stent. He has also been co-author of a book on carotid stenting, and articles on brain protection during carotid procedures. He is currently using a novel method to protect the brain during carotid stenting.Read more

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Dr. Wilentz graduated AOA from the NYU School of Medicine after receiving his BA in English from Columbia University. He...Read more

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Dr. Wilentz's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (1)
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I have no reservation about recommending Dr. Wilentz for any interventional cardiology procedure. He is highly knowledgeable and has a good rapport with his patients. He is patient and explains things in an easy to understand manner.
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Dr. Wilentz says...

Dr. Wilentz graduated AOA from the NYU School of Medicine after receiving his BA in English from Columbia University. He did his internships and residency at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital and went on to train in Cardiology at Boston City. After research on prevention of blood clotting in angioplasty, he did his Interventional fellowship at Emory with Dr. Gruentzig and has since been practicing Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Intervention in New York. In 2000, Dr. Wilentz worked in France with an internationally-known team led by Dr. Max Amor on protecting the brain during carotid stenting and other advanced techniques in peripheral vascular treatments.

A committed teacher, Dr. Wilentz has trained hundreds of Interventional cardiologists and is currently on faculty at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine.  He is also the founder of the Haiti Cardiac Alliance, a US 501(c)3 charity which has organized the national cardiac database for the country of Haiti and has provided over 250 children with curative surgery for congenital heart disease since its founding in 2013.

Dr. Wilentz's Care Philosophy

We provide cardiovascular consultation, diagnosis and interventional care to the whole patient, understanding that diseases which affect the arteries of the heart may also affect those anywhere in the body. We offer invasive and medical treatments for stroke and heart attack prevention (coronary and carotid stenting), opening of blocked arteries in the legs and the kidney arteries when required to treat high blood pressure or kidney failure. Dr. Wilentz has been a researcher and active in the fields of coronary and carotid artery diagnosis and treatment and is an Editor for the Journal of Invasive Cardiology. He is the author of articles on the use of intravascular ultrasound and coronary flow measurement to determine which blockages really need a stent. He has also been co-author of a book on carotid stenting, and articles on brain protection during carotid procedures. He is currently using a novel method to protect the brain during carotid stenting.

Dr. Wilentz says...

Dr. Wilentz has performed over 5000 interventional procedures since his training with Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, the father of coronary angioplasty, in 1984-85. He is a published author in the fields of carotid stenting and brain protection during these procedures. He has been an investigator in large trials of carotid stenting since 2000. He currently serves as Primary Investigator for the CREST2 trial of medical versus anatomic treatment of carotid blockages at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel site. In addition to arteries of the heart and brain, Dr. Wilentz has been a leader in treatment of peripheral artery disease and specializes in diagnosis and treatment of claudication (pain in the calf muscles while walking) and critical limb ischemia (poor healing and ulcers on the feet due to lack of blood flow). Dr. Wilentz has presented his treatments for totally blocked leg vessels at national meetings. He does diagnostic consultation and testing in his Union Sq. office.

Dr. Wilentz says...

  • Over 250 carotid stent cases with no major and only one minor stroke
  • Pioneer in outpatient coronary artery stenting and expert in both stenting and rotablator atherectomy. 
  • Expert at treatment of total blockages in the coronary arteries.
  • Uses testing in the cath lab to determine significance of coronary blockages prior to stenting and has published on this method (FFR -- fractional flow reserve). We call this a "stress test in the artery."
  • Treats many cases of totally blocked leg arteries that others will not attempt, to allow the patient to walk easily without calf muscle pain.

Dr. Wilentz's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Interventional Cardiology
  •  Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine and Interventional Cardiology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology

Conditions Treated

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Carotid Atherosclerosis
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Atherosclerosis
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Poor Circulation
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Hypertension

Education

  • Medical School
    New York University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1976

  • Internship Hospital
    Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

    Completed in 1977

  • Residency Hospital
    Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

    Completed in 1979

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Boston University Med Center

    Completed in 1984

    Boston University School of Medicine

    Completed in 1984

    Gruentzig Cardiovascular Center Emory University School Med

    Completed in 1986

    Harvard Med School

    Completed in 1980

    Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

    Completed in 1982

    Polyclinique Louis Pasteur (Essey-Les-Nancy)

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons

    Graduated in 1972

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiology
  • Endovascular Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 24-Hour Ambulatory Electrocardiogram
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Ankle–Brachial Index Test
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Event Monitor
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • PFO Repair
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Stenting
  • Peripheral Vascular Studies
  • Renal Artery Angioplasty
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Vascular Stenting
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure