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By combining the skills of interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery, our program offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of each patient’s unique circumstances.

Our Structural Heart Disease team is led by co-directors, interventional cardiologist, Barry George, MD and cardiac surgeon, Juan Crestanello, MD. Danielle Jones, RN, serves as the clinical manager of our program.

Other members of our team include:
Dean Boudoulas, MD
John Cheatham, MD
Scott Lilly, MD
Ahmet Kilic, MD
Ernest Mazzaferri Jr., MD
David Orsinelli, MD
Vincent Pompili, MD
Thomas Ryan, MD
Chittoor Sai-Sudhakar, MD

About Our Program Leaders

Barry George, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP

george.jpgDr. George is an interventional cardiologist, the director of advanced interventional cardiovascular medicine and structural heart disease, an associate professor of clinical internal medicine, and director of advanced cardiovascular catheter-based therapies at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. George earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his residency and a fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. George is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, and American College of Chest Physicians and is a member of the Ohio Academy of Medicine. He also has served on the board of the Society of Cardiovascular Interventionalists and several editorial boards of medical journals. Dr. George has been named one of the "Best Doctors in America" for several years in a row. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. George’s clinical interests include coronary and peripheral artery disease, structural heart disease and biomedical device development. 

Juan Crestanello, MD 

Dr. Crestanello is an Associate Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Crestanello earned his medical degree from the University of the Republic of Uruguay Medical School. He completed surgical residencies at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. In addition, Dr. Crestanello completed his residency in thoracic surgery at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Crestanello’s research on mitochondria production of reactive oxygen species has been funded through the NIH and the American College of Surgeons and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. Dr. Crestanello is Co-Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program for the treatment and evaluation of patients with heart valve disease and adult congenital pathologies. His research interests include minimally invasive valve surgery, valvular heart disease, hybrid coronary revascularization, and the effect of hyponatremia on cardiac surgery outcomes.​

Danielle Jones, RN

Danielle is the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Structural Heart Disease Program Manager. With expertise in our cardiac surgery program, Danielle coordinates the medical and surgical teams to evaluate and treat each patient in the Structural Heart program. She has a varied background in the Cardiac Surgery Division including positions as a Clinical Research Coordinator, Program Manager of the Surgical Atrial Fibrillation program, and staff nurse for open heart. She received her nursing degree from Columbus State Community College and is working on her Master’s Degree from Otterbein University.