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Cardiac Services

We are very proud to say the Gates Vascular Institute is ranked in the top 15 in the nation for cardiac surgery. 

The dedicated heart specialists at Buffalo General Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute offer a full complement of advanced cardiac services to help patients regain their health to the greatest extent possible. Knowledgeable staffs will explain the treatment options available and provide advice throughout diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

The most state-of-the-art technology and innovative diagnostic and treatment options are utilized in the care of patients. The Gates Vascular Institute and Buffalo General Medical Center cardiac teams are actively involved in many national clinical trials and work tirelessly to discover new and better ways to treat the heart and bring those discoveries to patients.

In fact, Buffalo General Medical Center is the first and only facility in Western New York to perform a new, lifesaving option for cardiac patients who had previously been deemed inoperable.

Recently approved by the FDA, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure in which an artificial aortic heart valve is attached to a wire frame and guided through the femoral artery by catheter to the heart. Once in place, the wire frame enlarges, which allows the new valve to pump the blood appropriately. To date, the TAVR procedure has reaped excellent outcomes and extended the lives of patients who had previously faced a very limited life expectancy.

Services include (but are not limited to) the following:

Cardiac Surgery Services

• Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) (on and 
   off pump) with endoscopic vein harvesting
• Heart valve repair and replacement
• Internal cardioverter defibrillator placement
• Pacemaker and defibrillator implants
• Repair of adult congenital heart disease
• Transmyocardial laser revascularization
• Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (whenever
   possible)

Complex Cardiac Surgery

• Aortic dissection
• Excision of cardiac tumors
• Maze procedure and pulmonary vein isolation – for atrial fibrillation
• Multiple valves
• Septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
• Thoracic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm stents and repairs

Hybrid / Combined Cardiac Procedures

Carotid stent and heart valve/CABG surgery

• Coronary stent and heart valve surgery
• Epicardial ablation
• Left atrial appendage ligation
• Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

These following physicians perform these procedures:

CT Surgery Group
(716) 859-7600
Janerio Aldridge, MD
Hashmat Ashraf, MD
Gary Grosner, MD

Cardiac Services: Interventional Cardiology

Diagnostic coronary angiography

  • Radial access >40%, significantly higher than national average
  • FFR – Fractional Flow Reserve
  • CFR – Coronary Flow Reserve

These following physicians perform these procedures:

Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates
(716) 634-5100
Justine Krawczyk, MD

Buffalo Heart Group 
(716) 835-2966
Michael Banas, MD
Robert Gianfagna, MD
Judy Joy-Pardi, MD
Alan Meholic, MD

 

Buffalo Medical Group
Ranjan Bhayana, MD
(716) 630-1164
David Carlson, MD
(716) 694-3541

Independent
James Conley, MD
(716) 859-2981
John Visco, MD
(716) 859-2748

 

Northtowns Cardiology
(716) 580-3810
Kishor Phadke, MD

UB Cardiology
(716) 859-2573
Vijay Iyer, MD

Cardiology Group of WNY 
(716) 677-6800
Salvatore Calandra, MD
Nadeem Haq, MD

Percutaneous Cardiac Interventions

  • Coronary artery angioplasty & stenting
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Coronary atherectomy
  • Coronary rotoblation
  • Percutaneous left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in high risk patients
  • Impella for acute heart failure

These following physicians perform these procedures:

Buffalo Heart Group
(716) 835-2966
Joseph Gelormini, MD
A.R. Zaki Masud, MD
Phong Nguyen-Ho, MD
Philip Sullivan, MD

Buffalo Medical Group
Eli Farhi, MD
(716) 857-8611
William Morris, MD
(716) 857-8659

 

Independent
James Conley, MD
(716) 859-2981
John Visco, MD
(716) 859-2748

Niagara Frontier Heart Association
Neil Dashkoff, MD
(716) 894-1255

Northtowns Cardiology
(716) 580-3810
Kishor Phadke, MD

 

UB Cardiology
(716) 859-2573
Vijay Iyer, MD

Cardiology Group of WNY
(716) 677-6800
Salvatore Calandra, MD
Nadeem Haq, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology

  • Electrophysiology diagnostic studies (EPS)
  • Cardioversion of arrythmias to normal heart rhythm
  • Radiofrequency ablations for atrial fibrillationRadiofrequency ablation for SVT arrhythmias
  • Radiofrequency ablation for VT
  • Cardiac mapping for atrial/ventricular arrhythmiasImplantable cardioverter defibrillator placement
  • Pacemaker insertion & lead changes – including biventricular pacemaker
  • Loop recorder devise implants

The following physicians perform these procedures:

Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Associates
(716) 634-5100
Richard Corbelli, MD
Gregorz Rozmus, MD

Buffalo Medical Group
(716) 630-1484
Chee Hoon Kim, MD
Donald Switzer, MD 

 

General Physician, PC
(716) 859-1400
Ashish Bhatia, MD

UB Cardiology
(716) 882-6544
Cevher Ozcan, MD

   

 

Structural Heart interventions

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)- Hybrid
  • Atrial septal defect closure
  • Ventricular septal defect closure
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty

The following physicians perform these procedures:

Buffalo Medical Group
(716) 857-8659
William Morris, MD

UB Cardiology
(716) 859-1784Vijay Iyer, MD, Program Director

Other Vascular interventions

  • Vascular stents
    • Renal
    • Iliac
    • Peripheral

The following physicians perform these procedures:

Niagara Frontier Heart Association
Neil Dashkoff, MD
(716) 894-1255

Cardiac Services: Non-Invasive Procedures

To schedule:

Echocardiography
(716) 859-2166

  • Contrast Echo
  • Stress Echo
  • Transesophageal Echo

Electrocardiography
(716) 859-2166

 

Event recorder
(716) 859-2166

Holter monitor/scanning
(716) 859-2166

Stress testing (inclduing nuclear)
(716) 859-2166

 

Tilt table test
(716) 859-7058

24 Hour blood pressure monitor
(716) 859-7280

CT cardiac angiography
(716) 859-2840

Cardiac Services: Heart and Lung Center

Scheduling for all clinics: 
(716) 859-7280

Cardiac Device Management
Leon Levinsky, MD

Complex Valve Clinic
Vijay Iyer, MD

 

General Cardiology Clinics
Carina Alfaro-Franco, MD
Stanley Fernandez, MD
Susan Graham, MD
Joseph Paris, MD
Sridhar Vijayasekaran, MD

 

Heart Failure Center
Susan Graham, MD

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
William Gibbons, MD

Syncope Consultation & Tilt Table Testing
Donald Switzer, MD