Dr. Robert Poston, MD

Dr. Robert Poston, MD

Cardiac Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 50
Dr. Robert Poston, MD is a cardiac surgery specialist in Trenton, NJ and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine in 1993 and specializes in cardiac surgery.Read his story

601 Hamilton Ave Fl 1

Trenton, NJ 08629

Contact Information

(888) 655-7362

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  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Coronary Artery Bypass With Robotic Assistance
more than 30% of peers
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
more than 71% of peers
Heart Disease
more than 62% of peers

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Dr. Poston's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Poston "From 2011 until 2014, Dr. Poston was the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona. In this role, he developed into the type of leader which could best be summarized as a "pragmatic visionary". The three years for his division under his stewardship demonstrated a track record 8 major innovations that were all new to Tucson and many were new to the country. These innovations and the overall accomplishments of the program at UA are outlined in a presentation available at his website. Dr. Poston's leadership has become more pragmatic based on lessons learned from leading major change at Tucson and other institutions. He has insisted on each of these innovations being subject to the scrutiny of peer review research and publication. He also focused his efforts on developing and maintaining a high performance team in both the OR and ICU that was able to manage both conventional and less invasive surgery at this highest level. These initiatives required a leader that fosters an environment where team members are willing to speak up about the unique challenges posed by these new programs and patients. He challenges the team to continuously improve safety through regular briefings, debriefings, and rehearsals. (more information about this leadership style is available on his website). When feasible, Dr. Poston approaches problems with patient care using a multidisciplinary approach to bring the best possible solutions rapidly forward. In general, he has tried to apply the lessons for team management learned from the aviation industry. This approach, termed crew resource management, has yielded dramatic improvements in airline travel and has only recently been adopted to improve surgical safety. In February 2015, Dr. Poston started his position as chairman of theDepartment of Cardiothoracic Surgery at St. Francis Medical Center. At St. Francis, he has continued his leadership philosophy and developed a robotic heart surgery practice focusing on heart bypass and mitral valve repairs that has quickly become the 5th busiest robotic heart surgery program in the country. The cardiac surgical department that he leads was recently honored by the hospital's "Healing Hands Award"."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Poston "My philosophy is to avoid the traditional sternum splitting procedure (i.e. saw open the chest) if the same exact cardiac surgical procedure can be done without compromising the long term surgical result (that is true for about half of all patients referred for surgery). All physicians innately recognize that patients fear surgical incisions that are morbid and take a long time to heal. An incision that requires a saw to create is clearly morbid. Developing a less invasive practice is the logical conclusion of these obvious facts, yet 99% of heart surgeons in the US only use open chest incisions to operate on patients referred to them. I also believe that patients need to know the following: there currently exists no ethical or legal imperative for a surgeon that only operates using open techniques to disclose that there is a less invasive alternative to the patient or their referring provider, even they would be appropriate for the less invasive technique with another surgeon. "
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1  Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

36  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Hypertension
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29  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

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  • University of Texas / Austin Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • University Of California @ San
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University Of California @ San
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Stanford University School Of Medici
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Robert Poston, MD
This doctor was the only one that explained all the options to me, including the robotic option. Other surgeons that I saw only mentioned the procedure that splits open the chest. It is obvious that any patient would want to know about lesser invasive options. I am grateful that Dr. Poston has...Read More
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Las Cruces – Mar 14, 2017
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My surgery was an emergency and complicated by other underlying conditions that became apparent after the surgery. Not only is Dr. Poston a highly skilled surgeon, but he is a kind, compassionate, and caring person. With his surgical skills, he repaired my mitral valve and did a triple bypass. ...Read More
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Lakewood, NJ – Sep 30, 2016
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Dr. Poston is an excellent heart surgeon and wonderful human being. I had robotic by-pass surgery and it went very well. Dr. Poston came everyday to see how I was doing . I also liked that he did not make the surgery an emergency. I am very pro active with my health care, and I was very...Read More
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Ralph Zelman in Hightstown, NJ – Aug 11, 2016
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I had robotic cardiac bypass surgery (at 64) with Dr. Poston in August 2012, at the University Medical Center (University of Arizona). I know all about what happened to him (all politics), and I want to recommend him for every reason one can possibly consider. Every one. He was an angel to me, and...Read More
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George Heiner in Bisbee, AZ – Jul 07, 2016
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Dr. Poston did 4 robotic bypasses on my dad who was 83. Two days in the hospital. Playing golf two weeks later. Gave my dad his cell phone number. Always returns his calls. Still checking on him almost 3 years later. What other doctor does this? At 85, my dad shot 69 at PDS country club to...Read More
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Jeff B in Sierra Vista, AZ – Jul 04, 2016
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