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Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Cardiac Services

The dedicated heart specialists at Buffalo General Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) 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. BGMC/GVI 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 facility in Western New York to perform 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. 

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

Cardiac Surgery Services

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

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 >60%, significantly higher than national average
  • FFR – Fractional Flow Reserve
  • CFR – Coronary Flow Reserve

These following physicians perform these procedures:
Bufflao Medical Group
(716) 630- 1146
Neil Dashkoff, MD

General Physician, PC
(716) 363-6960
Ranjan Bhayana, MD

Great Lakes Cardiovascular
(716) 710-8266
Michael Banas, MD | James Conley, MD | Eli Farhi, MD  Vijay Iyer, MD  William Morris, MD

Kishor Phadke, MD Phillip Sullivan, MD

John Visco
(716) 592-3600
John Visco, MD

UB|MD Cardiology
(716) 859-1784
David Zlotnick, MD

Percutaneous Cardiac Interventions

  • Coronary artery angioplasty & stenting
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Coronary atherectomy
  • Coronary rotoblation
  • Percutaneous left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)

These following physicians perform these procedures:

Buffalo Medical Group
(716) 859-7600
Neil Dashkoff, MD
Richard Corbelli, MD

Great Lakes Cardiovascular
(716) 710-8266
 James Conley, MD | Eli Farhi, MD  Vijay Iyer, MD  William Morris, MD  Kishor Phadke, MD 
 Phillip Sullivan, MD
John Visco
(716) 592-3600
John Visco, MD

UB|MD Cardiology
(716) 859-1784
David Zlotnick, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology

  • Electrophysiology diagnostic studies (EPS)
  • Cardioversion of arrhythmias to normal heart rhythm
  • Radio frequency ablations for atrial fibrillation
  • Radio frequency ablation for SVT arrhythmias
  • Radio frequency ablation for VT
  • Cardiac mapping for atrial/ventricular arrhythmias
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement
  • Pacemaker insertion & lead changes – including biventricular pacemaker
  • Loop recorder device implants
  • Cryoablation

The following physicians perform these procedures:

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

Great Lakes Cardiovascular 
(716) 710-8266
Chee Kim, MD and Donald Switzer, MD 

UB|MD Cardiology
(716) 859-1784

Hiroko Beck, MD

Structural Heart interventions

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Atrial septal defect closure
  • Ventricular septal defect closure
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty
  •  Mitral valve repair (mitraclip)

The following cardiologist also perform these procedures:

Great Lakes Cardiovascular 
(716) 859-2401

Vijay Iyer, MD, Program Director
William Morris, MD | Kishor V. Phadke, MD

UB|MD Cardiology
(716) 859-1784

David M. Zlotnick, MD

Other Vascular interventions

  • Vascular stents
    • Renal
    • Iliac
    • Peripheral

The following physicians perform these procedures:

UB|MD Cardiology
(716) 859-1784
David Zlotnick, MD

Cardiac Services: Non-Invasive Departments

To schedule:

(716) 859-2171

  • Contrast Echo
  • Stress Echo
  • Transesophageal Echo

Electrocardiography (EKG)
(716) 859-2171

Event recorder
(716) 859-2171

Holter monitor/scanning
(716) 859-2171

Stress testing (including nuclear)
(716) 859-2171

Cardiac Clinic:

24 Hour blood pressure monitor
(716) 859-7280

CT cardiac angiography (imaging dept.)
(716) 859-2840

Cardiac Services: Heart and Lung Center

Scheduling for all clinics:
(716) 859-7280

Tilt table test
(716) 859-7280

Cardiac Device Management
Leon Levinsky, MD

Complex Valve Clinic (TAVR Structural Heart)
Vijay Iyer, MD; Rose Hasen, DNP; Gerry Colern, ANP
Schedule through (716) 859-2401

General Cardiology Clinics
Stanley Fernandez, MD | Susan Graham, MD  | Saurabh Malhotra, MD   | Umesh Sharma, MD, PhD
Thomas Cimato, MD, PhD

Heart Failure Center
Susan Graham, MD

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
William Gibbons, MD

Syncope Consultation & Tilt Table Testing
Donald Switzer, MD