Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery Program

The Latest Advancements in Cardiac Surgery Close to Home

At the heart of Hackensack Meridian Health’s comprehensive cardiovascular care is its leading-edge cardiac surgery programs at its two academic medical centers, including the outstanding program here at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. For many cardiovascular conditions, heart surgery remains the gold standard in treatment options, and can improve quality of life for patients when medical therapies cannot effectively manage their condition.

As a high-volume cardiac surgery center, Jersey Shore is a leader in the region, and provides the latest treatments using innovative technology and new techniques to mend virtually any heart.


The following are some of the cardiothoracic surgical procedures performed at Jersey Shore:

  • Cornary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off-Pump CABG
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery
  • Aortic Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Procedure (MAZE Procedure)
  • Heart Failure Surgery

Cardiac Robotic Surgery

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the first hospital in the region, and one of the only in the state, to offer robotic assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG) to provide patients with better outcomes, significantly reducing the traumatic impact and recovery for patients. Learn more here.

Continuously Achieving Outstanding Outcomes

The Cardiac Surgery Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of the most respected in New Jersey, and the region. As the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties licensed to perform open heart surgery, Jersey Shore performs more than 850 heart surgeries a year, while maintaining outstanding outcomes that rival the nation’s best. In fact, Jersey Shore has been recognized by various organizations over the years for its superior outcomes:


Jersey Shore is one of 19 participating hospitals (out of 1,024) in the nation to receive 3-star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in Coronary Artery Bypass Graph (CABG) surgery as well as CABG + Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) surgery. This ratings is based on data from July 2015 – June 2016. This is a recognition held by the top 2 percent of participating hospitals in the nation.


Jersey Shore is also a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award ™ for 11 years in a row (2007-2017) for its superior outcomes in heart bypass surgery and heart valve surgery.




Jersey Shore was recognized as a high-performing hospital by U.S. News & World Report in all three of its Adult Common Procedure ratings for cardiac surgery, including abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, and aortic valve surgery.




Jersey Shore was rated as one of the nation’s top heart hospitals in Consumer Report’s May 2017 Special Report on Heart Health based on its surgery success rates. Hospitals that were rated were those that shared data with Consumer Reports and performed well in heart bypass and aortic valve replacement, in terms of complications, mortality, and other factors.

These accolades are a testament to Jersey Shore’s commitment to orchestrating excellence with its high-quality surgical care to patients in the region. View a comprehensive list of Jersey Shore’s cardiovascular accreditations and accomplishments here.

Expert Team of Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Jersey Shore’s Cardiac Surgery Program is led by Richard M. Neibart, M.D., chief of cardiac surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, who has been instrumental at driving forward innovation and exceptional outcomes at the medical center for more than 20 years.

Jersey Shore’s team of expert cardiothoracic surgeons includes leaders in the field and provides patients with a wealth of experience to effectively treat their heart conditions. Working closely with a multidisciplinary team that includes cardiologists, echocardiographers, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, and other experts, Jersey Shore’s Cardiac Surgery team provides top-notch care for patients who require the most advanced procedures to mend their hearts.

Cardiac Surgery Team


Richard M. Neibart, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Medical Director, Meridian CardioVascular Netwok


Kourosh T Asgarian, D.O.
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of Interest:
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)


Brook DeJene, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of Interest:
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Aortic Surgery


David L. Johnson, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of Interest:
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Aortic Surgery


Sinan A. Simsir, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Areas of Interest:
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Heart Failure Surgery


Care Locations

  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753

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