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Cardiovascular Medicine Chief is SUNY Distinguished Professor

Published August 11, 2015

John M. Canty Jr., MD

John M. Canty Jr., MD

John M. Canty Jr., MD, Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, has been named a State University of New York Distinguished Professor.

The highest faculty rank in the SUNY system, this prestigious honor is presented to individuals who have achieved national or international prominence in their fields. 

Canty’s noninvasive cardiology research has affected millions of patients with severe ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Translational Research Impacts Millions

Canty’s focus on translational research and noninvasive cardiology has affected millions of patients with severe ischemic cardiomyopathy. 

His research has led to better identifying patients at risk of developing sudden cardiac arrest. Additionally, it has led to novel approaches to repair diseased heart muscle and grow new blood cells.

Canty’s lab applies proteomic approaches to identify intrinsic adaptive responses of the heart to ischemia, and he studies the ability of intracoronary stem cell therapies to improve heart function. His research team aims to advance mechanistic understanding of cardiac pathophysiology and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for patients with chronic and severe ischemic heart disease.

As part of Canty’s work, cardiovascular specialists, basic scientists and biomedical engineers interact in translational research to develop personalized, bench-to-bedside treatments for heart disease. 

His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Recognized Internationally for Excellence

A faculty member in the Department of Medicine since 1983 and chief of cardiovascular medicine since 2006, Canty has been recognized with many honors. Among these are the 2010 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and the Stockton Kimball Award, the school's highest honor.  

Canty is the former president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology, an organization comprised of academic cardiology division heads from U.S. medical schools. 

A Leader in Education

Canty leads the university’s cardiovascular medicine faculty and integrates the university’s cardiology sections at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Erie County Medical Center and Kaleida Health. 

He is a practicing cardiologist at the Buffalo VA Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute. He also treats patients through UBMD, the physician practice plan of the medical school.