Alex Zapolanski, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine, The Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Cardiac Surgery
Valley Medical Group
Member, ColigoCare
ColigoCare is a network of physicians working collectively to provide the highest quality care to patients and the community.


VMG - Cardiac Surgery

1200 East Ridgewood Avenue
Suite 301 - West Wing
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: 201-447-8377
Fax: 201-857-0740

The Valley Hospital

223 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Phone: 201-447-8377
Fax: 201-445-2707



Doctor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School Of Medicine, 2017 - 2018

INTERN, Union Memorial Hospital, General Surgery, 1974 - 1975

MD, Universidad De Buenos Aires, 1968 - 1973

RES, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, General Surgery, 1975 - 1979

RES, Toronto General Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1979 - 1981

Board Certifications

American Board Of Surgery - Certified, 1983

American Board Of Thoracic Surgery - Certified, 1986

Get to Know Me

What are some of the specific conditions you treat?

Coronary artery disease, all aspects of valvular pathology, aortic vascular pathology.

Conventional cardiac surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, multiple arterial reconstruction, valve preserving surgery.

Extensive experience performing cardiac surgery for 36 years.  Has been invited to perform operations and speak internationally in Russia, China, Argentina, Cuba, and Indonesia.  Works as a consultant to help organize programs in Russia and Indonesia.

What would you like patients to know about your approach to care?

I provide personalized attention to my patients. My goal is to make sure that patients feel as comfortable as possible with receiving care at Valley. Patients should know that we are absolutely committed to providing them with the best results.

What inspired you to become a doctor?

Exposure to other physicians and strong family support.

Publications & Research

Research Projects

I am constantly evaluating clinical performance and looking for opportunities to publish results.

Published Work

Epicardial Surgical Ligation of the Left Atrial Appendage is Safe and Effective by TEE Follow Up

Innovations: Technology and techniques in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery

Impact of New York Association Class, Advance Age and Patient Prosthesis Mismatch on Outcomes in Aortic Valve Replacemnt Surgery
European Journal of cardiothoracic surgery

Mutational Analysis Clopidogrel Resistance and Platelet Function in Patients Scheduled for Coronary Bypass Surgery

Perioperative Predictors of Mid-term Survival after Aortic Valve Replacement
Asian Annals of Thiracic and cardiovascular surgery


Impact of Pump Status and Conduit Choice in Coronary Bypass: 15-Year Follow Up of 2012 Propensity Matched Patients
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


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Patient Ratings & Comments


Comments are gathered from our patient satisfaction surveys.

I have complete faith in the care I'm receiving
The doctor and staff when above and beyond to make me feel completely comfortable and at ease
Pa was very thorough in explaining my conditions and Dr Alex explained the surgery in a way you could understand
Everyone I spoke to was professional and knowledgible.
Chelsea Benell is a natural teacher. There was a lot to learn about [...] surgery, and Chelsea did a fantastic job of teaching us the ropes. We felt that she truly listened to us and provided very thoughtful and helpful information.