Dr. Kenneth Herskowitz, MD

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Dr. Kenneth Herskowitz, MD
"Dr. Kenny Herskowitz is a board certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon practicing medicine since 1986. Currently, he is the Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Herskowitz has performed more than 8,000 cardiovascular surgical procedures and is a leading expert in the field of minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, as well as beating heart surgery. He is the principal investigator on numerous research projects and has lectured and published extensively on heart and lung surgery. Recently Dr. Herskowitz has spearheaded the opening of the new Broward Health Heart Valve Center, a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of structural and valvular heart disease. This Valve Center, along with the opening of the new state of the art Hybrid Operationg Suite, will allow cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists to work together to perform procedures in a large operation room specifically designed for advanced procedures. The Hybrid Operating Suite will allow us to perform newer procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI), Minimally invasive valve surgery, balloon valvuloplasty, asd/pfo closure, and complex endovascular stenting for abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. Benefits of the Hybrid Suite may include fewer surgeries, shortened hospital stays, faster recovery times and better outcomes. He has hospital privileges at Broward General Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital. Prior to entering private practice in 1997, Dr. Herskowitz was assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Veteran's Administration Hospital. He completed a bachelor's degree in biology suma cum laude at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. and doctorate degree in medicine and surgical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is currently a member of The Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. He has consistently had one of the lowest morbidities and mortalities in the state of Florida as well as in the United States. He was recently honored as the American Heart Associations 2007 honoree for outstanding contributions to Cardiac Surgery in South Florida. He has been recognized as a Gold Coast Magazine Top Doctor from 2008 through 2017. In 2010, Broward General was recognized as a Highest performing Cardiac Surgery Hospital. Broward Health is also the only high performing hospital in Cardiac Surgery in Broward County by US NEWS and WORLD REPORT for 2014."

Risks associated with the TAVR procedure include death, stroke and major bleeding

Important Risk Information for Patients

Indications:

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for relief of aortic stenosis in patients with symptomatic heart disease due to severe native calcific aortic stenosis who are judged by a Heart Team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at intermediate or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 3% at 30 days, based on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure (stenosed, insufficient, or combined) of a surgical bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve who are judged by a heart team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at high or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 8% at 30 days, based on the STS risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

Contraindications (Who should not use):

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve and delivery system should not be used in patients who:

  • Cannot tolerate medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.
  • Have an active infection in the heart or elsewhere.

Warnings:

  • There may be an increased risk of stroke in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, compared to other standard treatments for aortic stenosis in the high or greater risk population.
  • If an incorrect valve size for your anatomy is used, it may lead to heart injury, valve leakage, movement, or dislodgement.
  • Patients should talk to their doctor if they have significant heart disease, a mitral valve device or are allergic to chromium, nickel, molybdenum, manganese, copper, silicon, and/or polymeric materials.
  • The SAPIEN 3 valve may not last as long in patients whose bodies do not process calcium normally.
  • During the procedure, your doctors should monitor the dye used in the body; if used in excess it could lead to kidney damage. X-ray guidance used during the procedure may cause injury to the skin, which may be painful, damaging, and long-lasting.
  • Transcatheter aortic heart valve patients should take medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming, except when likely to have an adverse reaction, as determined by their physician. The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve has not been tested for use without medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.

Precautions:

The long-term durability of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve is not known at this time. Regular medical follow-up is recommended to evaluate how well a patient’s heart valve is performing. Safety, performance, and durability of the SAPIEN 3 valve has not been established for placement inside a previously implanted transcatheter valve.

The safety and effectiveness of the transcatheter heart valve is also not known for patients who have:

  • An aortic heart valve that is not calcified, contains only one or two leaflets, has leaflets with large pieces of calcium that may block the vessels that supply blood to the heart or in which the main problem is that the valve leaks.
  • Previous prosthetic ring in any position.
  • Previous atrial septal occlude.
  • A heart that does not pump well, has thickening of the heart muscle, with or without blockage, unusual ultrasound images of the heart that could represent irregularities such as a blood clot, a diseased mitral valve that is calcified or leaking, or Gorlin syndrome, a condition that affects many areas of the body and increases the risk of developing various cancers and tumors.
  • Low white, red or platelet blood cell counts, or history of bleeding because the blood does not clot properly.
  • Diseased, abnormal or irregularly shaped vessels leading to the heart. Vessels which are heavily diseased or too small for associated delivery devices, or a large amount of calcification at the point of entry.
  • Allergies to blood-thinning medications or dye injected during the procedure.
  • For a valve in valve procedure, there is a risk of leakage if the previously implanted tissue valve is not securely in place or if it is damaged. There is also the possibility that a partially detached valve leaflet from the previously implanted valve could block a blood vessel.
  • Additional pre-procedure imaging will be completed to evaluate proper sizing.

Potential risks associated with the procedure include:

  • Death, stroke, paralysis (loss of muscle function), permanent disability, or severe bleeding.
  • Risks to the heart, including heart attack or heart failure, a heart that does not pump well, irregular heartbeat that may result in a need for a permanent pacemaker, chest pain, heart murmur, false aneurysm, recurring aortic stenosis(narrowing), too much fluid around the heart, injury to the structure of the heart.
  • Risks to your lungs or breathing, including difficulty breathing, fainting, buildup of fluid in or around the lungs, weakness or inability to exercise.
  • Risks involving bleeding or your blood supply, including formation of a blood clot, high or low blood pressure, limited blood supply, a decrease in red blood cells, or abnormal lab values, bleeding in the abdominal cavity, collection of blood under the skin.
  • Additional risks, including life-threatening infection, dislodgement of calcified material, air embolism (air bubbles in the blood vessels), poor kidney function or failure, nerve injury, fever, allergic reaction to anesthesia or dye, reoperation, pain, infection or bleeding at incision sites, or swelling.

Additional potential risks specifically associated with the use of the heart valve include:

  • Valve movement after deployment, blockage or disruption of blood flow through the heart, need for additional heart surgery and possible removal of the SAPIEN 3 valve, a blood clot that requires treatment, damage to the valve (e.g., wear, breakage, recurring aortic stenosis), nonstructural valve dysfunction (e.g., leakage, inappropriate sizing or positioning, blockage, excess tissue in growth, blood cell damage, etc.) or mechanical failure of the delivery system and/or accessories.

CAUTION: Federal (United States) law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

Edwards, Edwards Lifesciences, the stylized E logo, Edwards SAPIEN, Edwards SAPIEN 3, SAPIEN, and SAPIEN 3 are trademarks of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Dr. Kenneth Herskowitz, MD

Dr. Kenneth Herskowitz, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Centene
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
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Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
high
more than 87% of peers
Heart Surgery
high
more than 83% of peers

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Dr. Herskowitz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Herskowitz "Dr. Kenny Herskowitz is a board certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon practicing medicine since 1986. Currently, he is the Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Herskowitz has performed more than 8,000 cardiovascular surgical procedures and is a leading expert in the field of minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, as well as beating heart surgery. He is the principal investigator on numerous research projects and has lectured and published extensively on heart and lung surgery. Recently Dr. Herskowitz has spearheaded the opening of the new Broward Health Heart Valve Center, a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of structural and valvular heart disease. This Valve Center, along with the opening of the new state of the art Hybrid Operationg Suite, will allow cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists to work together to perform procedures in a large operation room specifically designed for advanced procedures. The Hybrid Operating Suite will allow us to perform newer procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI), Minimally invasive valve surgery, balloon valvuloplasty, asd/pfo closure, and complex endovascular stenting for abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. Benefits of the Hybrid Suite may include fewer surgeries, shortened hospital stays, faster recovery times and better outcomes. He has hospital privileges at Broward General Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital. Prior to entering private practice in 1997, Dr. Herskowitz was assistant professor of surgery at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Veteran's Administration Hospital. He completed a bachelor's degree in biology suma cum laude at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. and doctorate degree in medicine and surgical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is currently a member of The Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. He has consistently had one of the lowest morbidities and mortalities in the state of Florida as well as in the United States. He was recently honored as the American Heart Associations 2007 honoree for outstanding contributions to Cardiac Surgery in South Florida. He has been recognized as a Gold Coast Magazine Top Doctor from 2008 through 2017. In 2010, Broward General was recognized as a Highest performing Cardiac Surgery Hospital. Broward Health is also the only high performing hospital in Cardiac Surgery in Broward County by US NEWS and WORLD REPORT for 2014."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Herskowitz "Dr. Herskowitz philosophy is centered around providing patients with the most up to date care centered around quality, communication and outcomes. That is why his program is one of only a handful around the country  to be designated as a Disease Specific Certified Progam for coronary bypass surgery By the Joint Commision. It is also the only high performing program in cardiac surgery in broward county by US NEWS and WORLD REPORT in 2014."

4  Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

3  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

60  Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency
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64  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Tulane University of Louisiana
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Baylor University
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Baylor
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Baylor
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • University Miami
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Florida Doctors Gold Coast, 2010
  • Ammerican Heart Association Physcian of the Year, 2007
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Herskowitz's Reviews

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Herskowitz to family and friends
25 total reviews (9 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

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    (23)
  • 4
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  • 3
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Dr. Herskowitz'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 Comments (9)

Dr. Herskowitz was great and I truly appreciated his patience with me in explaining my procedure and everything that i could expect. He performed mitral valve repair and it went incredibly well. thank you
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I had the opportunity of having Dr. Herskowitz as a health care provider. In a time of ill health and adversity you need someone who is knowledgeable and skilled. Dr. Herskowitz proved to be both. Surgery was a success and the post op period went as smooth as it could go. I have no hesitation in...more
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1 month ago my dad had a TAVR procedure with Dr. Herskowitz at Broward General Medical Center. From the first office visit to when he went home to follow up; Dr. Herskowitz was extremely professional, caring, and answered all our questions. We are very happy and my dad is doing very well.
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My father had open heart surgery with Dr. Herskowitz several months ago and I wanted to express my gratitude and thank him for all that he did to restore my dad to health. I appreciate the time he took to explain everything and answer our questions about the surgery. Most doctors do not spend the...more
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Dr. Herskowitz recently operated on my mother. She had a difficult aortic valve surgery. She did amazingly well after sugery and went home after 6 days. He could not have more thoughtful and caring about explaining the procedure including all the risks.He spent a lot of time with myself and the...more
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Dr. Herskowitz's affiliated hospitals

Holy Cross Hospital
4725 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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Broward Health Medical Center
1600 S Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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