Florida Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Scott Silvestry, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has joined the Cardiovascular Institute’s Advanced Heart Failure and Thoracic Transplant programs to offer lifesaving treatment options for heart failure patients.
Dr. Silvestry specializes in implanting left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), a pump that supports weak hearts and improves function and blood flow. He brings a minimally invasive approach to the procedure, which is being used increasingly as a bridge to heart transplant and long-term therapy.
Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute’s thoracic program specializes in interventions for the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs of the chest, and has been rated best-in-state by U.S. News and World Report.
Prior to joining Florida Hospital, Dr. Silvestry held various positions at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, including associate professor in the division of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical director of surgical cardiac transplantation & mechanical circulatory assist. Under his leadership, Washington University School of Medicine’s LVAD and transplant program rapidly became one of the nation’s busiest. Dr. Silvestry has authored and coauthored groundbreaking research and served in leadership roles at organizations within his field. Dr. Silvestry has lectured nationally and internationally, and is recognized as an international innovator of surgical technique and applications of mechanical assist technology.
Originally from New York City, Dr. Silvestry completed undergraduate studies at Cornell University, and attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency, fellowship, and advanced fellowship in cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist devices at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Silvestry has held many academic positions including clinical instructor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, assistant professor and then associate professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and surgical director of the surgical cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. For nearly a decade, Dr. Silvestry served as consulting surgeon for Asheville Veterans Medical Center.
Dr. Silvestry is an active member of the United Network for Organ Sharing, where he has held various leadership positions. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.