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About The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is committed to individuals, like you, that are concerned about their heart health and may require specialized cardiac care. The most common forms of heart disease include:

Here at SCHI, we are recognized across Western New York as a center of excellence in diagnosing, preventing, treating, and managing heart disease and conditions. Every physician and member of our staff is dedicated to help you maintain the highest level of cardiac and overall health. We take pride in providing exceptional, caring and personalized cardiac care to each one of our patients, each and every day.

A State-of-the-Art Cardiac Services Center For Your Cardiac Health 


Drs. Ronald Kirshner, Chief of Cardiac Services and Cardiothoracic Surgery and Gerald Gacioch, Chief of Cardiology at Rochester General Hospital.

The physicians at SCHI have access to many of the most sophisticated, lifesaving treatments and technology for heart disease.

And, as a Cleveland Clinic Heart Surgery Center, our physicians have access to the latest technology and research more rapidly. As a result, we are able to provide you with the best possible interventional (non-invasive) and cardiothoracic (heart and lung), surgical services for your personal cardiac care concerns.

The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute at Rochester General Hospital is a regional leader in cardiac care. As one of the largest cardiac programs in New York State, SCHI offers patients the clinical care they need.  With three dedicated operating rooms, four state-of-the-art cardiac lab and two electrophysiology labs, SCHI is able to ensure that your heart health needs are met.

Committed to Preventing Heart Disease, Stroke and Heart Attack

We also have a strong focus on prevention and patient education as a part of our cardiac care. Our goal is to help patients protect against heart disease and other health problems. SCHI offers a full-service cardiac rehabilitation program where you can receive counseling on diet and nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress management, and exercise in a safe and monitored environment following a cardiac event. And because prevention is the best cure for cardiac disease, our team of exercise specialists, registered dieticians, and social workers are available to assist you in learning more about your best defenses against heart disease and stroke and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

We invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about the cardiac care and services we provide, to learn more about heart disease, about the various treatments that The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute offers for all of its patients with cardiac issues and how to take good care of your heart.

For more information about our cardiac services, contact The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute at (585) 442-5320.