Why Did Charlie Rose Need Heart Surgery?

American journalist and talk show host Charlie Rose had open heart surgery in 2006 to replace the mitral valve that connects the heart’s upper left chamber with the main pumping chamber. The mitral valve needs repair or replacement if it leaks or narrows.

On March 24, 2006, Rose experienced sudden shortness of breath after boarding a plane in Damascus, Syria, where he interviewed president Bashar Assad. Rose was flown to Paris for emergency open heart surgery, which was supervised by Dr. Alain F. Carpentier, who pioneered the mitral heart valve procedure. Rose, who was 64 years old at the time, spent a month recuperating in the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.

Rose returned to his home in New York City, where he spent another month recovering by relaxing, reading and visiting with friends. On June 12, 2006, Rose returned to work hosting “The Charlie Rose Show,” with an episode where he discussed his heart surgery and recuperation.

As of 2015, Rose has been hosting "The Charlie Rose Show” on the Public Broadcasting Service for 26 years. The show airs on more than 200 public broadcasting stations across the United States. Rose is also co-anchor of “CBS This Morning” and substitute anchor for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” when Pelley is on assignment.