Dr. Robert Zeff has served Iowa Heart Center's patients as a cardiothoracic surgeon for more than 25 years.
A native of Pittsfield, MA, Dr. Zeff holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University in Providence, RI, and a medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
His post-graduate education included an internship at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and surgical and cardiovascular surgical residencies at New York University, New York.
Dr. Zeff spent the next two years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. He served at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Global Medicine Center; and as a preventive medicine officer in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army.
Dr. Zeff holds two patents (held jointly with Iowa Heart Center surgeon emeritus Steven Phillips, M.D.) for innovations in heart surgery, and served as a co-investigator for the Jarvik 7 artificial heart program. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, abstracts, and letters, and has appeared in six medical training films.
Dr. Zeff, board certified in thoracic surgery, joined Iowa Heart Center in 1993 and is the founder and Medical Director of the Vein Center at Iowa Heart.