New Mexico Heart Institute announced today that Kwabena Mawulawde, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP, FAHA, has joined its cardiothoracic surgery team.
Mawulawde comes to NMHI from the Cleveland Clinic Health System in Cleveland, Ohio where he was a clinical associate in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.
“Dr. Mawulawde brings a high level expertise to NMHI and specializes in the care of patients who have complex valvular heart disease,” said Dr. Sean Mazer, President of NMHI’s Board of Directors. “New Mexico Heart Institute has a successful history in cardiac surgery and we are committed to advancing cardiac patient care and research. Dr. Mawulawde is an outstanding addition to our heart team’s program of cardiac excellence.”
Dr. Mawulawde specializes in the following procedures:
- Re-operative (multiple) open heart surgery
- Aortic valve sparing surgery
- Aortic valve repair/replacement (minimally invasive)
- Mitral valve repair/replacement
- Coronary artery bypass grafting
- Surgery for atrial fibrillation
- Myectomy for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
- Mechanical circulatory support
- Treatment of pulmonary diseases including transplantation
Mawulawde received his medical degree and completed his residency in general surgery at State University of New York School of Medicine in Buffalo, N.Y. He completed his cardiothoracic residency and his research fellowship at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
He also fulfilled a special fellowship in Heart, Lung, Heart-Lung Transplantation and mechanical assist devices at Loyola Medical School in Maywood, Ill., and was a National Institutes of Health Fellow/Investigator at the Transplantation Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Mawulawde joins the surgical team of Brian Castlemain, MD and L. Jane McKinnon, MD, both cardiothoracic surgeons and Steve Henao, MD, a vascular surgeon. Over 250 heart and vascular surgeries are performed at NMHI per year.