Michael J. Chaskes MD

Michael Chaskes

Michael J. Chaskes

Assistant Professor; Vice Chair for Business Development; Medical Director of Outpatient Cardiology

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Cardiology; Critical Care Medicine; Internal Medicine

Contact Information
UB|MD Internal Medicine
UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst
1020 Youngs Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 961-9900
Fax: (716) 961-9958

Patient Care

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Professional Summary:

I practice noninvasive clinical cardiology, which includes diagnosing and treating patients across the spectrum of cardiovascular disease. In the UBMD Amherst clinic, I care for patients with rhythm disturbances, cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, acute and chronic coronary artery disease and vascular disease. Preventive cardiology services are also an important part of my practice. I diagnose and treat patients with conditions that may put them at risk for heart disease—conditions such as hypertension, lipid disorders and nicotine addiction. I also assess the heart health of my patients by performing and interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress tests, Holter monitors and transthoracic echocardiography. I evaluate my patients for peripheral vascular disease, including measurements of their ankle-brachial index. I care as well for patients admitted to the Cardiac Care units (CCU) and the Cardiology Telemetry floors in Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

As medical director for outpatient cardiology for UBMD, I ensure a patient-centered practice that provides the most advanced and innovative cardiac care and strives to provide patients with the best diagnostics and treatments available—all with a focus on care that is affordable and accessible.

I also serve as vice-chair for business development for the Department of Medicine. In that role, I bring new and innovative technology to partner with community resources in an effort to enhance patient care.

My research interests include evaluating modalities of cardiac imaging in diagnosing coronary artery disease, evaluating methods of diagnosing arrhythmias and assessing individuals with noncardiac chest pain. Specifically, I am an investigator in research involving preventive cardiology; in particular, arrhythmia management and stroke prevention. I am also collaborating with residents, fellows and colleagues in behavioral medicine to investigate how behavioral analysis affects treatment of atrial fibrillation and patient care. Another research project involves working with medical students and cardiology fellows to leverage portable technology, such as smart phones, in evaluating symptomatic arrhythmias. I am working as well with medical residents on an epidemiologic study. We expect an outcome that would identify a possible etiology of a well-recognized cutaneous manifestation of cardiac disease, which will allow us to develop a reliable test to help screen for coronary artery disease.

Teaching is an important part of my day. I teach physical diagnosis to first- and second-year medical students. I also mentor eight first-year and eight second-year medical students, helping them navigate through, and succeed in medical school. I teach third-year medical students as they rotate with me in my outpatient practice. Fourth-year medical students, interns, residents and a cardiology fellow accompany me when I attend on the cardiology consult and cardiology floor services at BGMC. I find satisfaction in sharing my knowledge and experience with those in the training phase of their careers: their questions help me stay current in my field and ultimately help me render the best care to my patients.

Education and Training:

  • Cert, University at Buffalo (2015)
  • Fellowship, University at Buffalo (1989)
  • Residency, University at Buffalo (1986)
  • MD, University at Buffalo (1983)
  • BS, Union College, cum laude (1979)


  • Vice-Chair for Business Development; Department of Medicine, Cardiology, University at Buffalo (2018-present)
  • Medical Director, Medicine/Cardiovascular, UBMD Cardiology (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (1994-present)
  • Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations and Outreach, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2011–2018)

Awards and Honors:

  • Siegel Teaching Award (Honorable Mention) (2015)
  • University at Buffalo - Academic Scholar (2011)
  • Sigma Xi

Research Expertise:

  • Cardiovascular Medicine

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • January 2016–December 2016
    Million Hearts Model
    Medicare and Medicaid
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2017
    Atrial Fibrillation Screening Initiative - Heart Rhythm Society
    Heart Rhythm Society
    Role: Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:

  • Narisimha, Deepika, Hanna, Nader, Beck H, Chaskes MJ, Glover RF, Gatewood, Robert, Bourji MH, Gudleski GD, Danzer, Susan, Curtis AB. Validation of a smartphone-based event recorder for arrhythmia detection.. PACE. 2018; 41.
  • Birecka H, Frolich MW, Hull L and Chaskes MJ. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids of Heliotropism from Mexico and adjacent USA. Phytochemistry. 1980; 19.


  • Quigley BM, Curtis AB, Chaskes MJ, Firth, R, White KL, Lackner JM. Fears of the unknown and bodily sensations predicted patient reported cardiac symptoms in an atrial fibrillation patient.. Society of Behavioral Medicine 2018 Annual Meeting; New Orleans, LA. 2018.
  • 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.

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

  • Chaskes MJ and Chaskes MB. Presumed hydrochlorothiazide-associated immunologic-hypersensitivity-induced pericardial effusion. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports. 2013.

Professional Memberships:

  • Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (2008–present)
  • Medical Society of Erie County-Medical Education Committee; Medical Education Committee (2006–2008)
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Maimonides Medical Society


  • "Diagnosis of Palpitations" University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine - Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo, CME Presenter (2017)
  • "Pre-operative Clearance - Primary Care Update - CME" University at Buffalo CME, UBMD, UBMD CME Update (2014)
  • "Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Therapy in Cardiovascular Disease" Family Practice Audio 414, Family Practice Audio 414, CME Presenter (2013)

Service Activities:

  • Faculty Senator to UB Faculty Senate; Faculty Senator to the UB Faculty Senate representing the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for 2018 - 2020.; Senator (2018–2020)
  • Cardiology Interest Group; Advisor (2016–present)
  • UB Strategic Steering Committee, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2015–present)
  • Optimum Physician Alliance, Variation Reduction Committee-Cardiology Working Group Champion; Member (2014–present)
  • Selection Committee for Start-Up NY; Member (2014–present)
  • UB Faculty Senate Executive Committee; Member (2013–2016)
  • Medical Management Clinical Committee; Member (2013–present)
  • Daeman College - Associate Faculty (2009–present)
  • Affiliated Institutions, Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education; Committee Member (2008–2010)
  • UB Faculty Council Representative; Delegate (2007–2010)
  • Kaleida Hospital System Critical Care Committee; Member (1999–2002)
  • Pharmacy and therapeutics Committee, DeGraff Memorial Hospital; Chair (1994–1995)

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Contact Information

UB|MD Internal Medicine
UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst
1020 Youngs Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 961-9900
Fax: (716) 961-9958

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