Assistant Professor of Medicine
Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease
I am a noninvasive cardiologist at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (VAMC). I care for patients with various cardiovascular diseases, including acute and stable coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease and arrhythmias. My responsibilities are diverse and include attending on the cardiology consult service, covering medicine inpatient service, performing and teaching transesophageal echocardiograms (TEEs), interpreting echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (EKGs) in addition to electrical cardioversions, stress testing and Holter/event monitors interpretation. My clinical specialties are valvular heart disease, atrial arrhythmias and acute cardiac and coronary artery diseases. I continue to care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital, both in my clinic at the VAMC and via the telehealth clinic in the VAMC to various areas in Western New York.
I am currently involved in research projects both as a site principal investigator (PI) and as a subprincipal investigator in collaboration with colleagues at the VAMC. One project is focused on the role of new anticoagulants (NOACs) in the management of myocardial injury after noncardiac surgery (MINS). The other project is comparing double vs. triple therapy, i.e., antiplatelet drugs and Coumadin vs. NOAC after coronary percutaneous intervention in patients with atrial fibrillation. I also serve as a member of the VAMC’s institutional review board (IRB), which reviews the ethical and scientific aspects of research projects.
I am passionate about teaching and enjoy working closely with medical students and medicine residents during their rotations on both cardiology and medical consult services. I supervise and work with cardiology fellows during their clinics, inpatient consultation and noninvasive/echocardiogram rotations at the VAMC.