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In a long and productive career, Dr. Simon H. Stertzer has sought to improve treatment modalities in cardiovascular disease. A close colleague of the late Andreas R. Gruentzig, MD, the pioneer of balloon angioplasty (PTCA) in Switzerland, Dr. Stertzer was the first to perform PTCA in the United States in 1978. Dr. Stertzer’s contributions to clinical cardiology include advancement of rotational atherectomy, sheathless coronary and drug delivery stents, cardiac transplant molecular diagnostics, and currently, direct stem cell implantation into the heart muscle of patients with heart failure
Coronary Angioplasty; Intramyocardial Stem cell delivery