St. Paul’s is recognized internationally as a pioneer of innovative, minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedures that provide an alternative for patients too frail to undergo open-heart surgery.
Transcatheter heart valve (THV) procedures involve inserting a thin tube with a replacement valve into the body through a small incision, then directing it to the heart through an artery.
Dr. John Webb, director of interventional cardiology and McLeod Family Professor in Valvular Heart Disease Intervention at St. Paul’s, was the first in North America to perform a transcatheter aortic-valve implantation (TAVI), which involves inserting a new valve into the heart through an incision in an artery in the leg. He is recognized internationally as a leader in these procedures, having performed more of them than anyone in the world and taught these techniques to healthcare professionals in more than 25 countries to date.
Dr. Webb and St. Paul’s continue to develop new breakthroughs in these procedures through the newly created Centre for Heart Valve Innovation.