Hiroko Beck MD

Hiroko Beck

Hiroko Beck
MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Cardiology; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Contact Information
Clinical and Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street, Suite 7030
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 829-2663
hbeck@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

I am a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and my focus and passion are in evaluating and managing cardiac arrhythmias and their associated symptoms such as palpitations and syncope. I treat patients with bradycardia, heart block, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) including atrial tachycardia, atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) and atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia (AVRT), atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular tachycardia.

My main clinical responsibilities include diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for arrhythmias such as electrophysiologic studies and ablation of arrhythmias such as atrial flutter, AF, SVT and ventricular tachycardia. I perform implantation and extraction of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and biventricular pacemakers and ICDs for the treatment of certain patients with heart failure. I also perform laser lead extraction in patients with malfunctioning or infected pacemaker and ICD leads. I believe in extensive pre- and post-procedural care and provide in-depth consultation and close communication with my patients, referring physicians and staff. I closely monitor my post-implant patients through the use of remote monitoring systems and I am a strong advocate for appropriate reprogramming to accommodate the needs of patients with CIEDs.

I evaluate and treat inpatients with cardiovascular disease and other cardiac disorders at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) as part of the Cardiac Critical Care Unit and the cardiology consult service and at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC). I also see outpatients at various sites, including the BGMC Heart and Lung Center, UBMD Internal Medicine Electrophysiology Clinic and the Buffalo VAMC Electrophysiology Clinic.

I am involved in the RE-CIRCUIT clinical trial. It evaluates treatment using the drug Pradaxa in patients with paroxysmal or persistent nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) who are scheduled to undergo a first ablation procedure. I also have a research interest in using imaging techniques to delineate patients with infection who might require extraction of CIEDs. By the innovative use of PET scan techniques, physicians can differentiate pacemaker lead infection versus fibrosis. The goal of this research is to help physicians decide whether patients really need laser lead extraction or if the procedure could be avoided.

I enjoy teaching. I lecture on arrhythmias in various forums, including continuing medical education classes, and to a variety of trainees, including medical students, residents and fellows as well as other health professionals in internal medicine and emergency medicine. I supervise cardiology fellows during their clinics, inpatient consultation and electrophysiology rotations at BGMC and the Buffalo VAMC.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, electrophysiology, University at Maryland (2013)
  • Fellowship, cardiovascular disease, University at Buffalo (2011)
  • Internal Medicine resident, University at Buffalo (2008)
  • MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2005)
  • BS, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY (1999)
  • BA, Sophia University, Toyko, Japan (1990)

Employment:

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Clinical Electrophysiology Fellow, Electrophysiology, University of Maryland, University of Maryland (2011–2013)
  • Cardiology Fellow, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2008–2011)
  • Internal Medicine Resident, Medicine, University of Maryland Medical System, University of Maryland Medical System (2005–2008)
  • Research Assistant, Neurology, Johns Hopkins University (1999–2001)
  • Contract Reporter, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Japan (1990–1995)

Awards and Honors:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaeutical "RE-CIRCUIT" Award (2016)
  • Richard Sarkin/Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2016)
  • Henry Rolando Scholarship (2003)
  • Canisius College summa cum laude (1999)
  • Canisius College Seven Semester Dean's List

Research Expertise:

  • High density 3D mapping of parahisian arrhythmias
  • JAVA-CRT (clinical trial for biventricular pacing with AV nodal ablation with A-FIB patients
  • Pacemaker lead infections

Journal Articles:

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Abstracts:

  • Chaskes MJ, Beck H, Narasimha, D. A Smartphone observed EKG recorder is non-inferior to an ambulatory monitor for diagnosis of Palpitation.. Heart Rythym Society Annual Meeting May 4-7, 2016; San Francisco, CA. 2016.
  • Beck H, Chaskes MJ, Narashima. Validation of a Smartphone - based on Event Recorder for Arrhythmia Detection. PACE. 2016.

Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (2017–present)
  • American Heart Association Western New York Chapter Board Member (2015–present)
  • Fellow, Heart Rhythm Society (2015–present)
  • American Heart Association; Member (2008–present)
  • American College of Cardiology - Member (2008–present)
  • American Medical Association
  • Heart Rhythm Society

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Contact Information

Clinical and Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street, Suite 7030
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 829-2663
hbeck@buffalo.edu

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