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Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Cardiac Program

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 routinely perform "first of their kind" procedures in Western New York that improve health and quality of life. Some of these "firsts" include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), WATCHMAN-a catheter-delivered heart insert designed to close the left atrial appendage, and cryoablation, which freezes and disables the cells of the heart that cause irregular rhythm.  Once performed, regular heart rhythm is restored and further episodes are prevented.

Many cardiac procedures are performed in a minimally invasive manor that allows patients to recover faster with fewer scars, less pain 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 injuries, and multidisciplinary cardiac teams who provide patients with high quality, compassionate care.

To view all of our cardiovascular programs, please click here.