Specialty: Surgical, Thoracic
Board Certified: General Surgery, Critical Care
Clinical Interest: Cardiac surgery, Thoracic surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Aortic Valve Replacement, Aortic Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement, Tricuspid Repair, Arrhythmia Surgery, Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons
DMC Heart & Vascular
Education and Training
- Medical School: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
- Residency: (General Surgery) Wayne State University / Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
- Fellowship: (Cardiothoracic Surgery) University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL; (Surgical Critical Care) John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL
“There is nothing as amazing to me as touching the human heart and feeling it beat underneath your fingers. And there is nothing so rewarding as giving a patient a fresh start after repairing their ailing heart.”
Dr. Asfaw treats her patients and their families the way that she hopes her family would be treated by another physician. For her, there is nothing more rewarding than giving a patient a fresh start after repairing their ailing heart. She loves working with heart failure patients because the field has progressed so much in the past decade and patients now have a greater opportunity to live active lives with the current devices available on the market. Dr. Asfaw knows that surgery, particularly heart surgery, can be an intimidating experience, so she strives to make her patients understand each and every step so that they are comfortable with the process and the decisions that they are making.
Dr. Asfaw is the oldest of three children and grew up in Detroit. Her father is a cardiac surgeon. Eventually, she realized that she couldn’t picture herself doing anything but fixing broken hearts like her dad. When Dr. Asfaw is not at the hospital she enjoys reading, watching crime dramas and spending time with friends and family.