Cardiac surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center become the first in the world to implant the FDA-cleared Impella RP Flex heart pump in a human patient


Newswise – HACKENSACK, NJ – Cardiac surgeons at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, Mark Anderson, MD, chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, and Yuriy Dudiy, MD, became the first surgeons in the world to implant the Impella RP® Flex with SmartAssist® recently approved by FDA in a human patient, November 8, 2022. This first-in-man heart pump implantation was performed to treat right heart failure during a minimally invasive valve replacement procedure. The patient, a 71-year-old woman, is doing well and is expected to be discharged soon.

Impella RP Flex has received premarket approval from the FDA as safe and effective for treating acute right heart failure for up to 14 days. It is implanted via the internal jugular vein, allowing patient mobility, and features dual-sensor technology to optimize pump management. Impella RP Flex is placed in the heart using a catheter inserted through a small incision in the patient’s neck and pumps blood from the superior vena cava to the pulmonary artery.

Impella RP Flex is used to treat right heart failure or decompensation after implantation of a left ventricular assist device, myocardial infarction, heart transplant or open heart surgery.

“Impella RP Flex is next-generation heart pump technology that can provide temporary right ventricular support to patients with right heart failure, allowing the heart to rest and recover,” said Dr. Anderson, who participated to Abiomed’s initial research. first right assist device, Impella RP, for patients with right ventricular failure requiring short-term hemodynamic support.

“This technology is a game-changer because it offers cardiac surgeons a new, minimally invasive alternative to surgically implanted right heart assist devices that require the chest to be opened during an invasive sternotomy.”

“Our early adoption of Impella RP Flex demonstrates that our cardiovascular team is at the forefront of using the latest technologies to deliver minimally invasive cardiovascular care, which improves access, outcomes and patient experience,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, Managing Director. from the meridian of Hackensack Health.

“When patients come to Hackensack University Medical Center for cardiovascular care, they have access to some of the most innovative technologies in the world,” said Mark Sparta, FACHE, president and CEO of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Put in the hands of our expert surgeons, technology like the Impella RP Flex is used to provide life-saving care, often without the need for open surgery.

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Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, was the first hospital in Bergen County founded in 1888. It was also the first hospital in New Jersey and the second in the nation to become a Magnet® Recognized Hospital for Excellence in Nursing, receiving its sixth consecutive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by US News and World Report 2022-2023 in four specialties, more than any other hospital in New Jersey. The hospital is home to the only nationally ranked urology, neurology, and neurosurgery programs in the state, as well as the top cardiology and cardiac surgery program. It also offers patients nationally ranked orthopedic care and one of the leading cancer centers in the state (John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center). Hackensack University Medical Center also ranked among the top performers in conditions such as Acute Kidney Failure, Heart Attack (AMI), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD), diabetes and stroke. As well as high performance in procedures such as Aortic Valve Surgery, Cardiac Bypass Surgery (CABG), Colon Cancer Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Prostate Cancer Surgery, Replacement hip and knee replacement. This award-winning care is delivered on a campus that houses facilities such as the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, home to Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, ranked #1 in the state and among the top 20 in the region. of the mid-Atlantic in the US News and World Report‘s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, the Children’s Nephrology program ranks among the top 50 in the United States. Hackensack University Medical Center is also home to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and is on the Green Guide’s list of the top 10 green hospitals in the United States. Our comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. The hospital embarked on the largest health care expansion project ever approved by the state: construction of the Helena Theurer Pavilion, a nine-story, 530,000 square foot building, which began in 2019. A $714.2 million undertaking, the pavilion is one of the largest healthcare capital projects in New Jersey and will house 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capacity, 50 intensive care and 175 medical/surgical beds, including a 50-room musculoskeletal institute.


Meridian Hackensack Health is a leading nonprofit health care organization that is New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive, and most truly integrated health care network, providing a full range of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care. The network has 18 hospitals and more than 500 patient care centers, which include ambulatory care centers, surgical centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, nursing services. ambulance, life-saving air medical transport, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, physician practice locations, and a fitness and wellness center. With over 35,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, Hackensack Meridian Health is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy and is committed to the health and well-being of New Jersey communities.

Notable accolades from the network include having more American News-ranked hospitals than any other health system in New Jersey, ranked by US News and World Report, 2022-23. Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked by US News and World Report in four specialties, more than any other hospital in New Jersey. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center are ranked #1 in the state and among the top 20 first in the mid-Atlantic region by US News and World Report‘s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, their combined nephrology program ranks in the top 50 in the United States. To learn more, visit


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