Dr. Robert Sommer, MD

Dr. Robert Sommer, MD

Pediatric Cardiology  ·  
Male  ·  
58 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Robert Sommer, MD is a pediatric cardiology specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 27 years. He specializes in pediatric cardiology, cardiology, and more.Read his story

Columbia University Medical Center Division of Cardiology

161 Fort Washington Ave Fl 6

New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelis Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Sommer performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Septal Defect
very high
more than 99% of peers
Congenital Heart Disease
very high
more than 92% of peers
Congenital Heart Defects
more than 85% of peers

Dr. Sommer's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Sommer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sommer "Robert J. Sommer, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and the Director, Invasive Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Invasive Structural Interventions at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Sommer was the National Principal Investigator of the ESCAPE Migraine Trial, studying the impact of closing a PFO on the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. His current research also involves studying the relationship between PFO and stroke, as well as the development of new devices for PFO closure and heart failure management. Dr. Sommer is actively involved in several research protocols, including the RESPECT Trial (National Trial of Closure for Stroke/PFO). He is involved in the clinical and research use of transcranial doppler technology in assessing the late outcomes of PFO closure, the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and right to left shunts, and the relationship of migraine headaches and right to left shunts. He is currently performing the first in-human testing of a new device to detect right to left shunting. Later this year, it is anticipated that he will be the Principal Investigator of a new device for left atrial appendage closure to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Sommer "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "

3  Specialties

  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatrics

1  Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Cardiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Pediatrics*

52  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries (CCTGA)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Ebstein's Anomaly
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Thrombosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease


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16  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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.


  • New York University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Mt Sinai Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Children'S Hospital Boston
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Mt Sinai Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Sommer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sommer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sommer to family and friends
17 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Sommer's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

At age 65 I was found to have a hole in my heart. My cardiologist sent me to Dr. Sommer, and I cannot say enough good things about my experience having a PFO closure with Dr. Sommer. He has a terrific bedside manner and made the entire experience easy and almost a "non-event". He was available...more
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Dr Sommer implanted the watchman device -into my husbands heart appendage- He is extremely gifted,very nice manner,successful surgery -I recommend him highly-My husband has recovered beautifully.
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