Valve Center at St. Luke's Medical Center

Treating Cardiovascular Diseases in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois

A. Jamil Tajik, MD gives an overview of the cardiac specialty centers.

Valvular heart disease is second only to coronary artery disease in prevalence. At Aurora Health Care, we now have a better understanding of valvular heart disease due to advanced, noninvasive imaging techniques, effective monitoring and our ability to diagnose valve disorders more accurately.

The Valvular Heart Disease Center at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center helps you recognize and define your specific valve disorder, as well as identify the timeliness of medical and surgical treatments. We’re now able to offer you improved treatment outcomes due to enhanced replacement valves along withadvances in valve reconstruction and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Utilizing Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies

To promote early recognition of problems, the Valvular Heart Disease Center offers you the best imaging technology available in the hands of experts to ensure that you receive an accurate diagnosis and a more complete understanding of your heart condition. Comprehensive diagnostic tests and tools include:

  • Cardiac catheterization/interventions
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) scans
  • Echocardiogram/transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)/holter monitor
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan
  • Sleep study
  • Stress imaging

Determining your exact diagnosis allows us to meet your specific needs—offering effective treatment therapies and promoting long-term success.

Multidisciplinary Treatment Approach                          

The treatment options we recommend will vary with the type and severity of your individual valve disease, symptoms you may be experiencing and your complicating risk factors. Treatment options involve protecting the valve from further damage, lessening your symptoms and repairing or replacing valves when necessary.Our multidisciplinary team of specialists offers you treatment options, intervention therapies and management strategies to help you thrive for a lifetime, including:

  • Balloon valvuloplasty: To enlarge a narrow valve opening, the procedure uses a balloon catheter to improve the valve’s function and blood flow.
  • Medication therapy: In some cases, medication alone can manage your valve disease successfully.  
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI): Similar to balloon valvoplasty, this procedure uses a catheter to implant a prosthetic valve in place of your diseased aortic valve. The Valvular Heart Disease Center is the only facility in Wisconsin to offer a newly developed artificial aortic valve that can be implanted without open heart surgery.
  • Valve repair or replacement surgery: We use both traditional open heart surgery and minimally invasive procedures to repair or replace your damaged valves. Our center also offers expertise in percutaneous valve repair (MitraClip) for select patients with severe mitral valve leakage.

Highest Level of Care by Valve Experts

The Valvular Heart Disease Center is led by A. Jamil Tajik, MD, a world-renown expert in the diagnosis and treatment of complex cardiovascular conditions. Dr. Tajik’s knowledge, experience and expertise bring the appropriate and effective management of complex conditions to the forefront of cardiovascular medicine. Under his leadership, we bring you the best possible care. Tanvir Bajwa, MD and Daniel O’Hair, MD also serve as medical directors of the Valvular Heart Disease Center.

Dr. Bajwa is a board-certified cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology specialist. His knowledge, experience and technical expertise have made him a respected leader in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dr. O’Hair is a board-certified thoracic surgeon with fellowship training in cardiac/pulmonary transplantation. He also is the director of the Surgical Robotics Program at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Together, they lead a multidisciplinary team of specialists with expertise in:

  • Advanced echocardiography                           
  • Cardiothoracic surgery/heart transplantation
  • Electrophysiology/pacemaker/ICD                  
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Heart failure/device therapy
  • Interventional cardiology  
  • Maternal fetal medicine
  • Multi-modality imaging (CT, MRI, PET)                                             
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Valvular heart disease

In addition, you’ll enjoy working with our experienced and caring nurse practitioners who have advanced training in cardiovascular medicine.  They will work closely with you and our physicians to offer personalized care with the added support you need to ensure more positive outcomes for your heart condition.

Patient- and Family-friendly Care

If you’re facing a cardiovascular diagnosis, our team focuses on providing you the best care in a respectful, healing environment, offering you:

  • Comprehensive services offered at one location and coordinated appointment scheduling between specialty areas for your convenience and easy access to complete care
  • Individual treatment plans and patient visits tailored to correspond with your individual needs
  • Local access to expert care for prompt evaluation and timely intervention to improve your outcome
  • Single point of contact allows for continuity of care

Valvular Heart Disease Center
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
Professional Office Building, Suite 575
2801 W. Kinnickinnic River Pkwy
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Aurora BayCare Medical Center
2845 Greenbriar Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54311

For more information or to contact the Valvular Heart Disease Center, please call 414-385-2400 or toll free 855-229-2400.

Outreach pre/post surgical services are also available at:

Aurora Health Center in Oshkosh
855 N. Westhaven Dr.
Oshkosh, WI 54904