Kaleida Names New Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Program

Released: 2/14/2005
Dr. Hashmat Ashraf

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With unanimous support from the Medical Executive Committee, Dr. Hashmat Ashraf has been appointed chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Kaleida Health, effective immediately.

“We are delighted Dr. Ashraf has accepted appointment as Chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery program,” said William D. McGuire, chief executive officer of Kaleida Health.  “In addition to his impeccable credentials, he brings unique leadership qualities to the position, along with a passionate and uncompromising commitment to the welfare of patients.”

Dr. Ashraf (Williamsville) has been affiliated with Kaleida Health since 1996, concentrating his practice at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.  He has been consistently rated among the top surgeons in New York State.

“I am looking forward to working as a team with the fine cardiothoracic surgeons of Kaleida,” said Dr. Ashraf.  “By utilizing our collective resources and expertise, we can incorporate advanced technology so as to better serve the cardiac needs of our community.”

A practicing surgeon for more than 20 years, Dr. Ashraf completed his general and cardiothoracic surgical training in Great Britain, including four years at London’s Harefield Hospital.  There, under the direction of Sir Magdi Yacoub, he became proficient in advanced adult and pediatric cardiac surgery including cardiac transplantation.

In recognition of his surgical skills, Dr. Ashraf was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs, the American Heart Association and the Western New York Cardiovascular Society.

Kaleida Health’s vibrant cardiothoracic surgery program operates at two sites, Buffalo General Hospital and Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.   It is the longest tenured and busiest cardiac surgery program in Western New York, handling nearly 75% of all surgeries in the region. 

Over the past two years, Kaleida has further enhanced its cardiac care program with the unveiling of a multi-hospital program for emergency angioplasty care, the awarding of the “Cardiac Center of Excellence” distinction from UnitedHealthcare, and offering new treatment for patients with coronary artery disease.

Contact Information:
Michael P. Hughes
Phone: (716) 859-8066