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Andrew S. Wechsler, MD


  • Practice:Drexel Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Specialty:Cardiothoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Education: MD - State University of New York, Brooklyn (1964); BA in Biology (Honors) - Brandeis University (1960)
Patient Care

Affiliated Hospital: Hahnemann University Hospital

Additional Education and Training

  • Clinical Associate and Associate Physician in Cardiology Branch at National Heart Institute (1968)
  • Consultant in Cardiology to the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (1968)

Awards and Honors

  • Named in "The Best Doctors in America," Naifeh & Smith (1992-2012)
  • Edward S. Cooper, M.D., Award from the American Heart Association (2011)
  • Awarded Veteran`s Administration Clinical Investigatorship (1974)

In the News


Dr. Wechsler has been senior advisor, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute since 2009. Additionally, he has been editor emeritus of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery since 2008.

Awards and Honors

  • Senior Research Prize, State University of New York
  • National Science Foundation Summer Research Fellow (1962 and 1963)

Selected Research

"Surgical Management of Heart Failure"
Principal Investigator (1999-2007)

"Cardiac Dysfunction in Potential Organ Donors After Brain Death From Increased Intracranial Pressure." Defining myocardial contractile protein, structural and SR gene changes associated with cerebral death.
Principal Investigator (1994-1997)

"Effects of T3 on Left Ventricular Contractility in Patients"
Principal Investigator (1992-1994)

"Surgical Heart Bypass: Physiology of Cardiac Injury #HL26302"
Principal Investigator (1986-1993)


Dr. Wechsler was the Stanley K. Brockman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine from 1998 to 2011.

Awards and Honors

  • S.A.M.A. "Golden Apple" Award for Best Housestaff Teacher (1973)
  • NY State Scholar Incentive Award
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
Services and Clinical Interests
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Coronary artery bypass including off-pump
  • Heart failure
  • Minimal access valve operations
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Valve repair
  • Medicine - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School (1966)
  • General and Thoracic Surgery - Duke University Medical Center, NC (1973)
  • National Science Foundation Research - Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Donner Laboratory (1962)
  • National Science Foundation Research - Institute for Cell Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (1963)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote Speaker Asian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery (2006)
  • Keynote Speaker Japanese Cardiac Surgical Society (2006)
  • Keynote Speaker Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (2005)
  • Keynote Address Japanese Cardiac Surgical Society (2001)

Primary Practice

Drexel CT Surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital
230 North Broad Street
744 North Tower
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-762-7802
Fax: 215-762-1858

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