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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Surgery

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Excellence in Patient Care


Teaching and Education




Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University provided seminal contributions to the early development of cardiac surgery. The first case of cardiac surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass in New York State, and the second case in the world was performed by Dr. Clarence Dennis in 1955 in this center.

Most insurances are accepted.
We coordinate all of your care and provide "second opinions".
Please call us at 718-270-1981 to make an appointment.

Our Vision:

  • To be a national leader in the delivery of cardiac and thoracic surgery as exemplified by our outcomes, patient satisfaction and our expertise in the care of advanced diseases within a multi-disciplinary team model.

Our Purpose and Mission:

  • To provide excellent and state-of-the art care for patients with heart and thoracic diseases.
  • To provide compassionate care to a multi-cultural community.
  • To teach and educate the community and the next generation of physicians and surgeons.
  • To excel in translational research and develop improved treatment options to improve quality of care, patient safety and overall survival.


  • Information about heart-valve diseases? (Howard Gilman Institute )
  • Want to contact us for second opinion? it may save your life!
  • We are available for consultation as a second opinion on all cardiac and thoracic diseases. Please bring or send us a copy of your reports and films, and we can arrange a telemedicine or personal appointment.
  • To make the same-day appointment, please call 718-270-1981 

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
450 Clarkson Avenue, Hospital Building, 8th Floor
Tel: 718-270-1981 | Fax: 718-270-3843
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