Kaleida Health’s cardiac programs were built on innovation and a strong pioneering spirit. In 1948, the area’s first cardiac catheterization lab opened at Buffalo General, and in 1958, Western New York’s first open heart surgery was performed at the General.
Under the surgical leadership of George Schimert, MD, the first full time director of Buffalo General’s open heart program, the cardiovascular service continued to revolutionize cardiac care with double and triple valve replacements in 1963 and 1964 and coronary artery bypass surgery in 1968. In fact, Buffalo General was also the first to use the “patch graft” technique for coronary bypass surgery.
The history of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital is also marked by many significant “firsts,” most notably the first successful cardiac pacemaker implantation into a human.
Today, the innovation continues. Kaleida Health hospitals perform more cardiac procedures than any other hospital system in Buffalo – including minimally invasive procedures that let patients recover faster, with fewer scars and lower risk of infection.
Kaleida Health’s hospitals boast the latest, state-of-the-art technology, surgeons who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions, and multidisciplinary cardiac teams who provide patients with high quality, compassionate care.