Leora B. Balsam, MD

  • Specialty: Cardiac Surgery
  • Languages: English, Hebrew
  • Phone: 212-263-7835

About Me

I practice general adult cardiac surgery, offering treatment for people with valve disease, coronary artery disease, and advanced heart failure. I chose to specialize in this field because it’s both challenging and creative—I enjoy the art of it as much as I enjoy the science.

I am fortunate to work at a medical center that offers a full spectrum of services to people with heart conditions. I work closely with a team of specialists that views a condition through multiple lenses before choosing—along with the patient—the best, most individualized solution.

Left ventricular assist device implantation is my specialty. This device is an advanced treatment for people with heart failure, involving implantation of a pump that works as a substitute for the left ventricle of the heart, which may be weakened by heart disease.

As surgical director of NYU Langone’s Ventricular Assist Device Program, I collaborate with a team of highly experienced professionals to help people who have weak hearts to recover and rediscover the ease of doing basic activities without difficulty.

When I perform a cardiac procedure, it may be an ordinary day for me. But I recognize that it may be the most important day of my patient’s life. At NYU Langone, we are dedicated to offering everything we can to make sure that very important day goes well.

Conditions and Treatments

aortic valve insufficiency, coronary heart disease, mitral valve disease, left ventricular assist device, aortic valve stenosis, mitral valve stenosis, lung embolism, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), tricuspid valve disease, pericardial disease, aortic dissection, mitral valve prolapse (MVP), congestive heart failure (CHF), heart failure, mitral regurgitation (MR), heart valve diseases, tricuspid valve insufficiency, aortic valve replacement, aortic valve disease, cardiovascular surgery
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  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Director Ventricular Assist Device Pgm
  • Assoc Dir Cardiac Surgical Research
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic Surgery, 2009
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Stanford University Hospital, Cardio-Thoracic Surg, 2008
  • Residency, Stanford University Hospital, Surgery (General), 2008
  • MD from Harvard Medical School, 1998

Locations and Appointments

68 Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Indemnity
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Affinity
  • Affinity Exchange- Essential
  • Cigna EPO/POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus Essential
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • Fidelis Child Health
  • Fidelis Essential
  • Fidelis Exchange
  • Fidelis Family Health
  • Fidelis Medicaid
  • Fidelis Medicare
  • HIP Access I
  • HIP Access II
  • HIP Child Health
  • HIP Essential
  • HIP Family Health
  • HIP Medicaid
  • HIP Medicare
  • HealthSmart (WTC)
  • Healthfirst
  • Healthfirst Essential
  • Humana Medicare
  • Local 1199 PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Medicare
  • MetroPlus Child Health
  • MetroPlus Essential
  • MetroPlus Exchange Plans
  • MetroPlus Family Health
  • MetroPlus Medicaid
  • MetroPlus Medicare
  • MultiPlan/PHCS PPO
  • NY Medicaid
  • NYS Empire Plan
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford Liberty
  • Oxford Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
  • UPN Elite
  • UnitedHealthcare Community & State Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare Core and Charter
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Top Tier
  • Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Medicare
*Insurance listed above may not be accepted at all office locations. Please confirm prior to each visit. The information presented here may not be complete or may have been changed.
NYU Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates

530 1st Avenue, Suite 9V
New York, NY 10016

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My Research

-Molecular mechanisms in post-infarct left ventricular remodeling -Regenerative strategies in the ischemic heart -Mechanistic models of mitral valve prolapse -Simulation techniques and education in cardiac surgery


  • Rules and tools: The impact of policy and guidelines on sternal infection

    Balsam, Leora B; DeAnda, Abe Jr
    Journal of thoracic & cardiovascular surgery. 2016 Feb 12. ?-?

  • Right ventricular undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma: A case report

    Beller, J P; Maddalo, S; Zamuco, R; Axel, L; DeAnda, A; Balsam, L B
    Journal of cardiology cases. 2016 February 01, 2016. 13 (2): 60-62

  • Mitral Valve Prolapse is Associated with Altered Extracellular Matrix Gene Expression Patterns

    Greenhouse, David G; Murphy, Alison; Mignatti, Paolo; Zavadil, Jiri; Galloway, Aubrey C; Balsam, Leora B
    Gene. 2016 Apr 6. 586 (1): 56-61

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