Stephen Heitner M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (201 Ratings, 74 Comments)

Expertise

  • Cardiology

Special focus on

  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Education

  • M.D., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa 1999
  • Residency:

    • Internal medicine – Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia
  • Fellowship:

    • Cardiology – Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J.
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, internal medicine (2007)

Biography

Dr. Heitner specializes in caring for patients with uncommon and complex cardiac conditions. He has developed an the interest and skills necessary to assist him in making the careful decisions with patients and their families that will help improve and prolong lives. He realizes that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition that affects not only the patient, but also potentially their parents, children, siblings, and extended family. As such, each patient is approached from a fresh perspective and a thoughtful treatment plan is devised.
 
Dr. Heitner cares for many patients with cardiac amyloidosis in conjunction with a medical oncologist. Together they have helped patients through the difficult time of chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation with excellent results.

Dr. Heitner is also an expert in cardiac imaging, and has implemented the latest developments in cardiac ultrasound technology in to the echocardiography laboratory at OHSU. Through the use of contrast echocardiography, 3D echocardiography, and even newer promising technologies, Dr. Heitner is helping improve the detection of disease, as well as guide non-surgical repair of structural cardiac problems (e.g. transcutaneous valve replacements, septal defect repairs)

Dr. Heitner is married to a medical oncologist, also practicing at OHSU. They have two daughters and they enjoy spending time outdoors with their family.

Languages

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Cardiology

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (201 Ratings, 74 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • May 31, 2019

    I was treated very respectful by the whole staff. They made sure I understood what was happening.

  • May 01, 2019

    Dr. Heitner is very caring. Takes the time to answer all of your questions. Doesn't make you feel rushed.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    I saw Dr. Yadava the majority of the time. He took a lot of time explaining my diagnosis and answering my questions. He was fantastic and personable. Dr Heightner came in at the end of the appointment to go over a few things that Dr. Yadava explained. They were both professional.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    He was very intelligent. He was above and beyond, he knew my medical records. He observed all of them after a year or whatever. It has been since I've seen him he was above and beyond am in the areas. I was surprised. I think he's the greatest and the best cardiologist I've ever had. I'm just impressed with him and his bed side manner and his knowledge of my whole case. Thank you.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr Heitner helped diagnose a rare heart disease, and immediately enrolled me in a drug trial. This will help keep me alive, and I am greatly in his debt!

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Dr.Heitner is always so nice and willing to take the time to explain things and listen to concerns.

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Yes, I had an excellent experience with him. Enjoyed his very much. Thank you.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Steve is easy to talk to about my medical issues. He answered all my questions and suggested some new approaches to improve my health.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    On time, great doctors and staff.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Great doctor. Concerned And ask for and answers all questions

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Appointment was on time, lots of good information.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    very informative, kind, never felt rushed

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Great doctor!! Very little waiting, everything went like clockwork from start to finish. Very organized.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Dr. Heitner is very knowledgeable about HCM and is easy to talk to. He’s great and I am very satisfied with the care from him and his team. Thanks all!

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Very happy with all the staff, including scheduling, technicians and doctors.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    Exceptional. They retake their time and answer all questions.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    Always a great experience with Dr. Heitner and his staff. Very thorough, friendly, and insightful. Felt like I got all the medical info I needed to continue on a good path.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    everyone was very helpful

  • Feb 22, 2019

    We're really lucky to have this amyloidosis team at OHSU. All the staff has moved quickly and decisively on my medical needs.

  • Feb 22, 2019

    He is very personable and knowledgeable

  • Feb 22, 2019

    Doctor was very conscientious and asked me if I had any more questions, which I didn't have. And I guess I was very appreciative that. the way that they manner they went through it was actually fun.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    The provider was very personal and great communication skills knowledgeable. I was very pleased with the visit.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Very professional and extremely good care . My nurse Scott is the greatest ! Both doctors were great too !

  • Feb 01, 2019

    We felt that Dr. Heitner was very concise answered our questions plus spent the time that we needed and made references for us to go on with treatment. So we much appreciated his time he spent with us. Thank you.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Super Great.!!!!!!! Was very thorough and explained things in terms I could understand, no medical terms as has been the experience with other providers !!!!!!!!

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Dr. Heitner has always been the consummate professional; as is the entire staff at OHSU I have had the pleasure to associate with since my cardiac care began in 2014. April (ultrasound tech) and Dustin (EKG and Holter monitor tech) provided the tests prior to my appointment with Dr. Heitner on Tuesday.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Yes, I would like to tell you that Dr. Heitner is the be think Dr. And I would recommend him to anyone and I'm greatly appreciative of his help. Thank you.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Dr. Heitner is very professional and thorough and kind and just an excellent physician. He was very helpful with our last visit and understands some of the issues related to amyloidosis that makes life very challenging.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Dr. Heitner a highly skilled caregiver. He is patient and kind. Despite having what I assume are many many individuals to provide care for, at each appointment I FEEL like caring for me is a priority to him.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Stephen Heitner is the finest physician I've ever worked with. I am very pleased with his work on me. I look forward to continuing to work with him, and I hope that he stays with OHSU a good long while.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    The spent a great deal of time explaining what was wrong with my heart and the fix . I had their undivided attention and they didn't leave until all my questions were answered to my satisfaction .

  • Jan 10, 2019

    I love the way he treats his patients and the way he makes me feel like my life matters to him.

  • Dec 20, 2018

    This was a first meeting with this provider. It was a good meeting but time will tell.

  • Dec 07, 2018

    Very friendly, knowledgeable ,suppotive and showed a lot of interest in my condition.

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Excellent service all around

  • Nov 25, 2018

    I just want to say how much I love dr. Heitner. I believe I was lucky enough to find the best cardiologist in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you.

  • Nov 22, 2018

    Dr. Heitner cares, listens, answers all questions fully and from a great depth of knowledge and experience.

  • Nov 12, 2018

    The visit was thorough and concise. Very pleased with Dr. Heitner

  • Nov 08, 2018

    Dr Heitner saved my grandson and my brother. I trust him with my life.

  • Nov 08, 2018

    It is always informative to talk with Dr. Heitner. I appreciate the time that he spends with me.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Dr. Heitner and his staff are simply outstanding as far as diagnosis of what was going on with me, and I just I found the experience to be very satisfactory.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Was very professional. Good bedside manner. Told me what was going on in words that I understood.

  • Nov 01, 2018

    Clear, knowledgeable, responsive.

  • Oct 27, 2018

    He explained the procedure thoroughly and assured me that all would go smoothly.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Fantastic! He gave me a very holistic view of my condition and explain past and future test very clearly.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Prior to the meeting, I was very nervous for I didn't know how bad my condition was. Dr. Heitner and his assistant took all the time need to comfort me and explain in detail, my condition. Ever since I left the appointment, I've felt better and more relaxed.

  • Oct 18, 2018

    Very easy to talk with about my medical issue.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    Very professional and knowledgeable staff! The docs and nurses were very kind and took great care of me!!

  • Oct 05, 2018

    very efficient service and showed a lot of interest in my condition. the support is excellent. I am very satisfied.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT I WANT AND NEED.