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The Best Care for Your Heart

 
 

Our Experts


With some of the leading cardiac specialists in the nation, Albany Med's cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work collaboratively to provide the best options and most comprehensive care available for their patients. Our physicians combine research, education and clinical practice to provide innovative treatments to patients of all ages suffering from cardiovascular disease. Our team of highly skilled leaders in their specialties has saved countless lives and provided compassionate care to improve the quality of life for patients of all ages—across the spectrum of cardiovascular disease. 

Our cardiac team also includes nurse practitioners (NP) and physicians assistants (PA) who work collaboratively with physicians and other health care professionals, resulting in exceptional quality care for our patients. 

Here are our experts and what they do:

Cardiologists

Specialize in the structure, function, and disorders of the heart. This includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure and valvular heart disease. Some disorders cardiologists treat include:

  • Angina
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart murmur
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Post-transplant care
Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Specialize in treating and correcting diseases affecting organs inside the thorax (chest), heart and lungs. Some surgical procedures include:

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Specialize in surgically treating complex congenital and acquired heart defects requiring surgery in infants, children and adolescents. Surgical treatments include:

  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Coarctation of the aorta repair
  • Congenital heart surgery
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Hypoplastic left heart repair
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Relocating major blood vessels
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Total anomalous pulmonary artery correction
  • Transposition of great vessels repair
  • Tricuspid atresia repair
  • Truncus arteriosus repair
  • Ventricular septal defect repair
Interventional Cardiology

The branch of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. Conditions treated include:

  • Chronic total occlusion
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart valve disease
  • High risk left main heart disease
  • Left main coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Totally occluded heart vessels
  • Valvular heart disease

Some minimally invasive interventional procedures include:

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Cardiology


Ferdinand Venditti, MD FACP, FHRS
Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs,
President of the Albany Med Faculty Physician

  • Clinical cardiology
  • Cardiac electrophysiology


Edward Philbin III, MD FACC, FAHA
George E. Pataki Chair in Cardiology
Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs of
Department of Medicine
Director, Heart Failure Cardiology

  • Heart failure

William Alderisio, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Clinical cardiology


Mohammad El-Hajjar, MD FACC, FSCAI
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Interventional cardiology


Steven Fein, MD FACC, FACP, FASE
Professor of Medicine
Director of Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostic Center

  • Non-invasive cardiology


Radmila Lyubarova, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Non-invasive cardiology


Robert Millar, MD
Director of Cardiology Fellowship Program

  • Clinical cardiology
  • Non-invasive cardiology


Sulagna Mookherjee, MD FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Non-invasive cardiology


Anthony Nappi, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Interventional cardiology


Kim Poli, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Clinical cardiology


Joseph Sacco, MD FAHA
Associate Professor in Medicine

  • Clinical cardiology


Mandeep S. Sidhu, MD, MBA, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

  • Clinical cardiology
  • Non-invasive cardiology
  • Noninvasive cardiac electrophysiology
  • Arrhythmia management
  • Atrial fibrillation


Henry Tan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Arrhythmia management


Mikhail Torosoff, MD FACC, FASE
Associate Professor in Medicine

  • Clinical cardiology
  • Non-invasive cardiology

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Cardiothoracic Surgery


Edward Bennett, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Cardiac valve repair and replacement surgery
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgical techniques
  • Port access procedures
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Aortic aneurysm reconstruction
  • All arterial coronary revascularization


Adanna Akujuo, MD

  • All cardiac disease
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Complex coronary revascularization


Lewis Britton III, MD
Section Head, Cardiac Surgery 

Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeries including:

  • Aortic surgery
  • Complex coronary surgery
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery


Harry DePan, MD

  • Minimally invasive valve surgery
  • Complex coronary revascularization
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery for coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG)
  • Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Microwave ablation


Stuart Miller, MD

  • Aortic surgery
  • Complex coronary surgery
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery for the treatment of heart related conditions and diseases
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery for coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG)

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Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery 

Neil Devejian, MD

  • Pediatric congenital heart defects

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Interventional Cardiology 

Augustin DeLago, MD, FACC, FSCAI

  • Cardiovascular interventional treatments and research

Stephen Brady, MD

  • Cardiovascular interventional treatments and research

Mohammad El-Hajjar, MD

  • Cardiovascular interventional treatments and research


Anthony Nappi, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • Cardiovascular interventional treatments and research
 

Rafael Papaleo, MD

  • Cardiovascular interventional treatments and research

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