Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease
As a general cardiologist, I care for patients with a wide spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, including acute and chronic manifestations of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathies, valvular disorders, arrhythmias and aortic and pericardial diseases. I have expertise in the role of echocardiography and nuclear cardiac imaging for the evaluation of cardiac disorders, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), nuclear stress testing (myocardial perfusion imaging), myocardial viability imaging, and multi-gated acquisition studies (MUGA, which is used for evaluation of cardiac function). I also perform stress testing and I interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs). In addition, I perform electrical cardioversions to manage arrhythmias. I care for inpatients in the critical care and cardiac monitoring units (telemetry) at the Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), and I provide consultative services there as well. I continue to provide care for patients after they are discharged from the hospital, and I also provide outpatient consultations at the Great Lakes Cardiovascular office in Amherst. I care for patients with chronic cardiac conditions, evaluate patients with chest pain or shortness of breath, and provide preventative cardiology services for patients with hypertension and hyperlipidemia. I am also part of a multidisciplinary team that cares for patients with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory condition that can affect the heart.
As program director for the fellowship in cardiovascular disease, I organize the fellowship didactic curriculum and case discussions. I mentor the fellows and coordinate their training to help them achieve their specific career goals, including their preparation for subspeciality training in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure or advanced cardiac imaging.
I am also the Division Educational Faculty Leader for medical students and residents. I teach in the second-year medical student cardiovascular curriculum, and I coordinate cardiology electives and small-group case discussions for third- and fourth-year medical students. I also provide didactic teaching and mentorship to internal medicine residents.
My research interests including imaging of patients with cardiac sarcoidosis and nuclear imaging of patients with chronic ischemic heart disease.