Gianluca Torregrossa, MD

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Practice Philosophy

As a heart surgeon, I put patients and their families first. I let them know I am dedicated to them and understand what having serious heart disease and facing heart surgery mean. That the disease journey they have been on has shown them the value of life and what is important each day.

I see my role as the captain of a boat that will bring patients safely from the storm to a safe harbor, where they can return to normal life and what they were before, with the same life expectancy. I want patients and their families to know I will be with them on this step of their journey and help them safely get back to their lives.

This doctor is employed by Main Line HealthCare, the multispecialty physician network of Main Line Health, including more than 350 community and hospital-based physicians.

Locations and Appointments


Lankenau Heart Pavillion, Mezzanine
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
  • Phone: 484.476.1000
  • Fax: 484.476.9000
  • Accessibility: Public Transportation


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About Gianluca Torregrossa, MD

I am a cardiac surgeon at Lankenau Heart Institute. I treat coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is a major cause of death and suffering, and I am dedicated to restoring health and quality of life for people affected by the disease.

My goal as a heart surgeon is to find the safest, most effective, and least invasive way to restore normal blood flow to a heart badly affected by CAD. I specialize in advanced forms of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. During CABG, a "bypass" is created around a blocked heart vessel using a blood vessel moved from another part of the patient's body. When a person has several blocked vessels, CABG often is combined with stents (little scaffolds to hold a blood vessel open) in what is called a hybrid procedure.

CABG surgery has advanced greatly and can now be done through very small incisions. When appropriate, a surgical robot is also used to assist with the operation. I have found that using the robot during CABG surgery helps me perform these delicate operations more precisely.

I am pleased to offer patients the most advanced techniques available for treating CAD, including:

  • Robotic CABG and robotic totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) surgery—a highly sophisticated approach to CABG surgery using tiny incisions
  • Hybrid revascularization (robotic CABG plus stent placement) for multivessel CAD
  • Off-pump ("beating heart") CABG—bypass surgery done while the heart continues to beat normally

My journey as a cardiac surgeon started in Italy, where I was born. When I was 17, I read a life-changing book about an Italian surgeon's humanitarian work treating Afghan children maimed by explosive devices designed to look like toys. I realized then that I wanted to be a doctor so I, too, could help people.

I was accepted to a leading medical school in Italy, at University of Padua, and graduated cum laude. Midway through medical school I observed a heart transplant and at that moment knew I wanted to be a heart surgeon. After completing a cardiac surgery residency in Italy, I came to the United States and spent an additional 8 years training in advanced forms of minimally invasive cardiac surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and at University of Chicago Medicine.

I joined Main Line Health in 2021 and serve as Director of Robotic Coronary Revascularization at Lankenau Heart Institute. In this role, I have the honor of pursuing my passion of minimally invasive coronary surgery in a program where more robotic CABG surgeries have been performed than anywhere else in the country.

  • Gender: Male
  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic
Specialties Accepting New Patients
Cardiac Surgery
Clinical Titles
  • Director, Robotic Coronary Revascularization – Lankenau Heart Institute
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Education

Medical school
  • University of Padua-Italy
Residency
  • University of Padua-Italy
Fellowship
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine

*Members of the Main Line Health medical staff are affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Medical Center, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Membership on the medical staff of any of our hospitals does not constitute an employment or agency relationship.

Awards & Memberships

Honors, Awards, Citations
  • Winner of Cox Maze Award Fellowship by American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS) – May 2017
Current Membership & Activities
  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
  • International Coronary Congress
  • Society of Robotic Surgery
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Association of Italian Surgeons in North America

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