Sabet Hashim, MD

Dr. Sabet Hashim

SVP & Co-Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute

Hartford HealthCare

Dr. Sabet Hashim, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, is best known for his expertise in mitral valve repair. Before becoming chairman of cardiac surgery and co-physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute in 2016, Dr. Hashim was director of cardiac valve surgery for a decade at Yale New Haven Hospital. While there, he performed New England's first mitral valve repair in 1984. That same year, Dr. Hashim performed the first heart transplant in Connecticut.

Dr. Hashim also developed multiple programs at Yale New Haven Hospital, including the Mitral Valve Repair Program (one of the first mitral valve repairs centers in the United States), the Atrial Fibrillation Surgery Program and the Minimally Invasive Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery Program. Since then, Dr. Hashim has consistently maintained the largest mitral valve practice in Connecticut and has performed more than 2,000 mitral valve repairs and 10,000 open-heart procedures. He has developed novel techniques in minimally invasive aortic and mitral valve operations and serves as the primary investigator on several trials, including SurTAVI, COAPT and Commence.

Today, he is internationally recognized as an innovator and expert in valve surgery. Dr. Hashim pioneered the discrete sub-mammary incision for young women and has perfected the right anterior thoracotomy approach, which eliminates the need for sternotomy and shortens recovery time.

Dr. Hashim has received numerous professional honors and awards, has a significant background in biomedical research and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals.