Basel Ramlawi, MD, Thoracic Surgery, Wynnewood, PA, Lankenau Medical Center

BaselRamlawiMDMMSc, FACC

Thoracic Surgery Wynnewood, PA

Adult Cardiac Surgery, Aortic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

System Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery | Co-Director, Lankenau Heart Institute | Main Line Health System | Philadelphia, PA

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  • Basel Ramlawi, M.D, serves as System Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Main Line Health System and Co-Director of the Lankenau Heart Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Dr Ramlawi's clinical expertise includes heart valve repair using catheter-based and minimally invasive techniques, thoracic aortic & root surgery, arrhythmia surgery, complex cardiac surgery, and transplant & assist devices.

    Prior to joining Main Line Heath, Dr. Ramlawi was at Valley Health System in Virginia, where he was the chairman The Heart & Vascular Center and founding director of the Advanced Valve & Aortic Center. Dr. Ramlawi previously held a positions at The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Columbia University and NY-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship and earned the MMSc degree from Harvard Medical School. He subsequently completed an advanced clinical fellowship in heart failure and minimally invasive valve surgery at Columbia University.

    While out of the operating room, Dr Ramlawi is focused on cardiovascular healthcare administration, practice growth, management and efficiency. Dr. Ramlawi is the recipient of prestigious awards such as:
    • Vivien Thomas Award – American Heart Association,
    • Houston's Top Forty Under Forty Award – Houston Business Journal
    • Henry Christian Award – The American Federation for Medical Research,
    • Detweiler Fellowship – The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
    • Deyer and Baucum Award – Houston Methodist Hospital

    He has co-authored over 95 medical and scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is an active speaker at international cardiovascular conferences. Research interests include Valve Repair Surgery, Thoracic aortic repair, Neurologic Outcomes and Ventricular Assist Devices.

Education & Training

  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolPOST_DOCTORAL_FELLOWSHIP
  • Harvard School of Public HealthOTHER_TRAINING
  • Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
    Michael G. DeGroote School of MedicineMEDICAL_SCHOOL
  • Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
    Columbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsFELLOWSHIP
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital -  Columbia Campus
    New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia CampusFELLOWSHIP

Certifications & Licensure

  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2020 - 2020
  • VA State Medical License
    VA State Medical License 2015 - 2020
  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 2009 - 2020
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2008 - Present
  • American college of cardiologyFellow
  • American College of surgeonsFellow
  • Royal College of Physicians & SurgeonsCardiac Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Super Doctor Houston Monthly Magazine, 2010-2015
  • Dyer and Baucum Award The Methodist Hospital, 2013
  • 40 Under 40 Houston Business Journal, 2010
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations



  • TAVR With Severe Ventricular Dysfunction and Pulmonary HTN: Valve Choice 
    2019 ACC Scientific Session & Expo, New Orleans - 3/18/2019
  • Future of Aortic Valve Surgery in Low-risk Patients: Dilemmas in the Era of Catheter-Based Valve Therapy 
    2019 ACC Scientific Session & Expo, New Orleans - 3/16/2019

Press Mentions

  • 9 Cardiologists on the Move
    9 Cardiologists on the MoveAugust 12, 2020
  • Lankenau Heart Institute, Main Line Health, Names Basel Ramlawi, MD, System Chief of Cardiac Surgery
    Lankenau Heart Institute, Main Line Health, Names Basel Ramlawi, MD, System Chief of Cardiac SurgeryAugust 11, 2020
  • Main Line Health Selects Dr. Basel Ramlawi as Cardiac Surgery Chief
    Main Line Health Selects Dr. Basel Ramlawi as Cardiac Surgery ChiefAugust 10, 2020
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Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • French, Spanish, Arabic

Hospital Affiliations