Gabriel S. Aldea M.D.

Gabriel S. Aldea M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Cardiovascular Surgery, Vascular Surgery


Regional Heart Center


English, French, Hebrew, Romanian


Cardiac Clinic & Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4300|Map It 


Dr. Aldea is a UW professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and section chief for adult cardiac surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive heart surgery, valve replacement or repair, cardiopulmonary bypass and surgery for aortic aneurysms.

He joined the UW faculty in 1998 after eight years as a faculty member at Boston University.

He earned his medical degree from Columbia University, completed a residency and fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery in New York City and was a fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, Cardiovascular Research Institute.

He maintains an active research program focused on improving methods and techniques for cardiac surgery and on evaluating quality care and outcomes.

Patient Care Philosophy

Personal, patient focused, state-of-the art attentive care.  A focus on a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, data driven, thoughtful approach to disease risk management, diagnosis and effective therapies. Thoughtful application of broadest personal clinical experience and judicious application of the newest technologies to most effectively achieve a most complete and fullest recovery of function and quality of life.

Clinical Interests

Less invasive cardiac surgery as an alternative to standard cardiac surgery, leading to decreased morbidity; coronary bypass; valvular replacement/repair; aortic aneurysm surgery and repair with endovascular stents; maze atrial fibrillation surgery and atrial revascularization.

Research Interests

Minimally invasive valve repair and replacement surgery including transcatheter aortic valve surgery. Complex aortic surgery for aneurysmal disease including thoracic endovascular and hybrid approaches. Minimizing morbidity (inflammation, transfusion and neurological complications) of cardiopulmonary bypass.
Providing the highest quality, most effective, data driven care in the setting of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to disease management, risk reduction diagnosis and therapy.


Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsMedical education1981
New York HospitalFellowshipCardiothoracic Surgery
New York HospitalResidencyGeneral Surgery
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco (Surg.)FellowshipCardiovasular Physiology Research


Board Certifications

American Board of Thoracic SurgeryThoracic Surgery1991
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