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Physician Leadership Team

The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute’s Physician Leadership Team is made up clinical leaders across the specialty areas in cardiac care. Together with the rest of the SCHI team, these physicians ensure that our program operates at the highest levels. This is a leadership team dedicated to you and all of our patients – ensuring that we are the best we can be and that SCHI provides the best care to you…and your heart.


Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Ronald Kirshner Ron Kirshner, MD
Chief of Cardiac Services and Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: University of Rochester Medical Center, General and Vascular Surgery
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center, General and Vascular, and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Board Certifications: General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Faculty Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Clinical Interests and Expertise: Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, Quality Management Technique

David Cheeran
David C. Cheeran, MD

Medical School: Jawaharlal Inst of Post Graduate, MBBS
Residency and Fellowship: SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, Texas Heart Institute
Board Certifications: Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Nicholas J Karis

Nicholas Karis, MD, FACS

Medical School: Finch University of Health Sciences
Residency and Fellowship: University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Case Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, The Buncke Clinic
Board Certifications: Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Godfred Yankey

Godfred Yankey, MD

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Residency and Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical System, New York University Medical Center Board Certifications: Cardio-thoracic Surgery

 Non-Invasive Cardiologist

 Mallory Balmer Swain

Mallory Balmer-Swain, DO

Internship: Aria Health, Philadelphia, PA
Residency and Fellowship: Plaza Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Board Certified Cardiology, Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, 2014, American College of Cardiology, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American Osteopathic Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.


Stephanie Carter 

Stephanie Carter, MD, MPH

Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Other Education: Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, RI (Masters, Public Health)
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: American College of Cardiology


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Ryan Connell, MD, FACC

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology


 Oscar DeCastro

Oscar DeCastro, MD

Residency and Fellowship: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Hurly Hospital, Flint, MI, Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (Fellowship in M-Mode and 2D echocardiography training), Hospital Cardiovasculaire el Pneumologigue, University of Lyon, France (Resident Etranger (Hemodynamic Cardiology))
Other Credentials: Philippines National Medical Boards

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David Fries, MD, FACC

Medical School: University of Buffalo, School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
Faculty Title: Clinical Instructor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

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Matthew Funderburk, MD, FACC

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Fellow of American College of Cardiology
Faculty Title: Clinical Instructor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

 hoefen

Ryan Hoefen, MD, PhD, FACC

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Additional Education: PhD Pharmacology from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology


 KHAN_MUHAMMAD_MD

Muhammad Khan, MD

Medical School: King Edward Medical College, Pakistan
Residency and Fellowship: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians
Other Affiliations: Tennessee Medical Association, Southern Society of Clinical Investigation, Society of General Internal Medicine, American Federation of Medical Research, Heart Rhythm Society, Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, King Edward Medical College Alumni Association of North America, Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan, Pakistan Medical & Dental Council


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Peter Kringstein, MD, FACC

Medical School: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Ma.
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
Faculty Title: Clinical Instructor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry


 Timothy Jason Malins

Timothy Malins, MD, FACC

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Diplomat at American Board of Internal Medicine, Fellow at American College of Cardiology
Faculty Title: Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Highland Hospital, 2008-2010
Other Affiliations: Councilor, New York State American College of Cardiology, Board Member at Greater Rochester American Heart Association
Other Positions: Director, Sands-Constellation Heart Institute: Finger Lakes Branch, 2013- Present


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Marc Odorisi, MD, FACC

Medical School: Loyola University School of Medicine, Chicago, Il
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
Faculty Title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

pancio 

George Pancio II, MD, FACC

Medical School: University of Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
Faculty Title: Clinical Senior Instructor, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

 Andrew Pederzolli

Andrew Pederzolli, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, Columbus, OH
Residency and Fellowship: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, Board Eligible in Cardiovascular Disease, American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association


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Nathan Ritter, MD, FACC

Residency and Fellowship: University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Florida, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, Fellow of American College of Cardiology.

 Joan Thomas

Joan Thomas, MD, CPE, FACC

Medical School: Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Monroe County Medical Society
Faculty Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine American College of Cardiology

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Robert Vannozzi, MD, FACC

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (Cardiology Fellowship)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, Monroe County Medical Society
Faculty Title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Other Positions: Director, Noninvasive Cardiology Department, St. Mary's Hospital, 1993-1999, Medical Director, Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization Lab, 2000-Present


varon 

Maurice Varon, MD, FACC

Medical School: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, American Society of Echocardiography, North American Association of Pacing and Electrophysiology
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
Faculty Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

williford 

Daniel Williford, PhD, MD, FACC

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
Other Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC for PhD Pharmacology
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, American Society of Echocardiography, North American Association of Pacing and Electrophysiology
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Faculty Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Other Positions: Past President, New York Cardiological Society, Past Governor, New York State American College of Cardiology, Director of Cardiology Clinical Service, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1995-2000, Medical Director of Ambulatory Cardiology Practice at Strong Memorial Hospital, 1995-2000, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Strong Memorial Hospital, 1994-1999

Interventionalists

Farhad Abtahiam 

Farhad Abtahian, MD, PhD

Other Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA for PhD in Cell Biology
Internship: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Residency and Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Fellowship in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine and Intervention)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease


 Akbar Ahmed

Akbar Ahmed, MD, PhD

Other Education: University of London, U.K. for PhD
Internship: Ysbyty Gwynedd, London, UK
Residency and Fellowship: Unity Hospital, Rochester, NY, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY (Fellowship in Cardiovascular Fellowship and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Chief)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine


 Jeremiah Depta

Jeremiah Depta, MD, MPH

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine, North Chicago, IL
Other Education: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (Masters of Population Health Science)
Internship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Residency and Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO (Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease), Brigham and Women's Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular, Structural and Valvular Intervention)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Medical Education, Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography, Fellow-in-training at American College of Cardiology
Faculty Title: Faculty Assistant, General Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, Department of Chemistry, 2000-2002, Clinical Assistant, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH


Gerald Matthew Gacioch  Gerald M. Gacioch, MD, FACC
Chief of Cardiology, Rochester General Hospital

Medical School: State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
Internship/Residency: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Cardiology Fellowship, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship)
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology
Faculty Title: Clinical Instructor, University of Rochester, Department of Medicine,1991- Present
Clinical Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Physician Assistant Program, 2005 - Present
Other Positions: Chief of Cardiology, Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, Rochester General Hospital, 2001- Present, Cardiac Medical Director, St. Anne’s Community, Rochester, NY, 2012- Present, Co-Chairman, Cardiac Cath Lab Advisory Committee at Rochester General Hospital,1993 - 1998, Co-Chairman, Cardiology Research Committee at Rochester General Hospital, 1993 - 2000, American Heart Association, Rochester Affiliate Board, 2003-2009, American Heart Association, Rochester Affiliate Board President, 2005 – 2007


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Tejan Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Medical School: B.J. Medical College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India
Internship: B.J. Medical College, Civil Hospital and Affiliated Hospitals, Ahmedabad, India,
University of Health and Sciences, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois
Residency and Fellowship: Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin (Cardiopulmonary Transplant Fellowship), Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship), University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital (Interventional Cardiology Fellowship)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiac Angiography and interventions, American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomat
Other Positions: Director, Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Unity Health System, Rochester, NY

SCORTICHINI_DORIA_MD 

Doria Scortichini, MD, FACC

Internship: Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Residency and Fellowship: Bronx Municipal Hospital Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospital, Bronx, NY, Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal Canada (Fellow in Angioplasty and Hemodynamic Fellowship)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Level 2 CT Angiography training, Fellow of American College of Cardiology
Other Associations: Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Electrophysiologists

Dmitry Chuprun 

Dmitry Chuprun, MD

Internship: Hadassah Medical Center Ein Karem and Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel
Residency and Fellowship: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn NY
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology
Other Associations: Member of Heart Rhythm Society


 Mohan Cn Rao

Mohan Rao, MD

Medical School: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India
Internship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Residency and Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association
Other Associations: Member of Heart Rhythm Society

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Abrar Shah, MD, FACC

Medical School: SUNY HSC at Brooklyn, NY
Internship: Rochester General Hospital/Internal Medicine Residency Program, Rochester, NY
Residency and Fellowship: Rochester General Hospital/Internal Medicine Residency Program, Rochester, NY, University of Rochester, School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital (Fellow in Cardiology and Electrophysiology
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Comprehensive Electrophysiology, Board Eligible Electrophysiology, American College of Cardiology
Other Associations: Member of Heart Rhythm Society


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Sarah Taylor, MD, FACC

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC
Internship: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Residency and Fellowship: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO (Cardiology Fellowship),  University of Rochester School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital (Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship)
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, American Heart Association
Faculty Title: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Other Associations: Member of Heart Rhythm Society
Other Positions: Clinical Electrophysiology, Unity Health