Neil Dashkoff, M.D., a prominent Western New York cardiologist and the former director of the cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath) laboratory at Erie County Medical Center, will become medical director of the new cardiac cath lab at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Currently under construction on the second floor of The Heart Center of Niagara at Niagara Falls Memorial, the Niagara Falls Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is the result of a unique community collaboration between Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center Corp. and Niagara Falls Memorial to address a pressing need for cardiac catheterization services in Niagara County. The $2.2-million facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.
In his new position, Dashkoff will provide supervision and oversight to the cath lab staff, chair the facility's cardiac catheterization clinical committee, perform cardiac catheterization procedures and provide patient consults.
"We are extremely fortunate to have an interventional cardiologist with Dr. Dashkoff's skill, experience, and reputation for clinical excellence coming to Niagara County to lead the effort to make this lifesaving cardiac care accessible to area residents," Memorial Medical Center President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said.
A graduate of New York University School of Medicine and the cardiology fellowship program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dashkoff is clinical professor of medicine at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of the cardiology staff at Buffalo Medical Group P.C. and is on the medical staff at ECMC, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and the Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.
Dashkoff is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiac Angiography, New York Cardiological Society and American Heart Association.
"This is an exciting moment for the institutions that have come together to develop this resource and the Niagara community at large, and I am most pleased to be a part of that effort," Dashkoff said. "Cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality in Niagara County is among the highest in New York state and the nation. Our ability to rapidly diagnose and treat heart attack victims, along with efforts to promote wellness and prevention, should have a significant positive impact on our patients and the region."
Ruffolo noted Dashkoff will be joined by several other experienced interventional cardiologists.
"In addition to Dr. Dashkoff, we are very fortunate to have Dr. James Conley performing coronary angiography procedures here and bringing a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership to the cath lab," Ruffolo said. "Dr. Joseph Gelormini and Dr. Vijay Iyer are credentialed to perform cardiac angiograms at the center, as well. We will have some of the finest interventional cardiologists in all of Western New York working here."
Clinical staffer for the new cath lab are currently undergoing specialized training at the Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Kaleida Health's Gates Vascular Institute.
The cardiac cath lab will maintain 24/7/365 capabilities, offering specialized heart procedures such as coronary angiography, stent placement and balloon angioplasty.