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Innovation Across Generations

Father and son cardiologists Dr. Dael Geft and Dr. Ivor Geft

"This is why I chose cardiology."

A milestone in cardiology

Dr. Ivor Geft began his career at Cedars-Sinai training under Dr. Jeremy Swan and Dr. William Ganz, pioneers in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and inventors of the Swan-Ganz Pulmonary Artery (PAC) Catheter.

Previously, catheters were larger in size and inserted through the groin, threading through the veins, to the heart. Swan and Ganz revolutionized the old model by reducing the size of the tubing and adding a balloon tip that could sense pulmonary blood flow and detect abnormalities. The new instrument provided invaluable information for heart attack patients and helped cardiologists detect complicated heart disease cases.

The innovation not only delivered swift results, with less complications, it also catapulted Swan and Ganz into legendary status. To this day, the Swan-Ganz catheter is used worldwide to diagnose heart conditions including pulmonary hypertension, heart valve disease, and structural problems that could lead to heart failure.

"I remember Dr. Swan looking into an artery, and writing in his notebook," Ivor Geft shared, recalling what it was like to work beside the storied doctors. The excitement of their discovery marked a milestone in cardiology, and began Ivor Geft's career.

Another special moment was welcoming his son, Dr. Dael Geft, on the first day of his residency at Cedars-Sinai in 2008. Dael Geft makes his mark as an award winning cardiologist at the Smidt Heart Institute.

Like father, like son

"I still call him and ask for advice."

Always home for dinner