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BGMC/GVI Implants TriClip™

The interventional cardiology team at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, led by Vijay Iyer, MD, PhD, today announced the first successful implantation of the Abbott TriClip™ transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) system on a 49-year-old woman from Buffalo.

Dr. Chee and Dr. Bhatia

On March 6, 2024, Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) completed our first cardiac ablation procedure using the new FARAPULSE™ Pulsed Field Ablation System for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Used extensively across the globe, this technology is designed to provide Pulsed Field Ablation therapy to treat patients with paroxysmal AF, which causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.

Office Closures – January 17, 2024

Due to inclement weather, several Great Lakes Cardiovascular offices will be CLOSED.

The only offices that will remain OPEN are:


Great Lakes Cardiovascular
116 Interstate Pkwy, Ste. 21
Bradford, PA 16701
(814) 362-8720


Great Lakes Cardiovascular
2223 W. State St., Ste 120
Olean, NY 14760
(716) 373-3544

Great Lakes Cardiovascular
515 Main St.
Olean, NY 14760
(716) 710-8266


Please contact your specific office for additional information.
If you experience a medical emergency while we're closed, please call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

2024 Top Docs

Congratulations to the 30 General Physician, PC physicians listed below who were named to the Buffalo Spree 2024 Top Doctors list. The list appears in the January/February 2024 issue of Buffalo Spree magazine.

Doctor holding a model of a heart

Atrial fibrillation, known as AFib or AF, is a condition that causes the upper chambers of the heart to beat irregularly and extremely fast (about 500–600 beats per minute). The most common irregular heartbeat, it affects more than 5 million adults in the U.S. A normally functioning heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute — 86,440 to 144,000 beats per day!

Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in the most recent cardiac surgery database.*

Meet Dr. Ahmad Kadhim

Meet Dr. Ahmad Kadhim, a gastroenterology phsysican at General Physician, PC.

Cardiologist at Great Lakes Cardiovascular discusses COVID-19 and how older patients with potential heart problems are negatively affected

Dr. Vijay Iyer Featured on Your Hometown Health Connection

Meet Dr. Vijay Iyer, an Interventional Cardiologist and Marylou Scholl, a nurse practitioner from Great Lakes Cardiovascular on Your Hometown Health Connection.

Dr. Richard Charles

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Nothing will keep Bills Mafia away from Highmark Stadium this Saturday – not even the forecasted single-digit temperatures.

Dr. Vijay Iyer

Dr. Vijay S. Iyer discusses taking care of your heart as you age on WBEN’s Aging Gracefully with Linda Pellegrino. 7/25/2021

Dr. Sachin Wadhawan

Dr. Sachin Wadhawan from Great Lakes Cardiovascular discusses heart palpitations and the importance of caring for your heart.

Dr. Ranjan Bhayana

Dr. Ranjan Bhayana from Great Lakes Cardiovascular discusses Heart Health Month and the importance of caring for your heart.

Dr. Vijay Iyer

Wake Up Niagara| Co-Hosted by Lance Melin & John Maser, along with News Director Hank Nevins

Buffalo Healthy Living Cover Feb. 2021

February is Heart Health Month - Dr. Vijay Iyer urges people to pay attention to your heart symptoms.

Kelly Cardamone on WGRZ

WGRZ-TV Channel 2 interviewed Kelly Cardamone to weigh in on the new federal government nutritional guidelines which took effect January 1, 2021. Watch the video to learn about the updates to recommended sugar intake and alcohol consumption and her simple tips for a healthy year.

WNY Physician Magazine

Dr. Laura Ford-Mukkamala comments on how Great Lakes Cardiovascular incorporated telehealth to protect the most vulnerable patients.

Buffalo Business First Panel

Business First hosted a panel discussion on the rise, impact and future of telehealth. Dr. Richard Charles weighs in on this important topic and what it means to the community and patients in the WNY area.

Dr. Awad El-Ashry on WNY Living

Ignoring Symptoms Can Cost You Your life. Dr. Awad El-Ashry, Cardiothoracic Surgeon with Great Lakes Cardiovascular discusses why and what the surgical options are for coronary heart disease.

Meet Dr. Awad El-Ashry

Dr. Vijay Iyer, MD, Director of Cardiology, discusses the importance of taking care of your heart during this pandemic, and why it’s important not to ignore signs and symptoms.

Great Lakes Cardiovascular's Dr. James Youssef and Dr. Thomas Cimato were featured in the cover story for the latest edititon of WNY Physicin Magazine. The cardiologists discussed GLC's new Heart Failure Center located at Buffalo General Medical Center and what it means for improved cardio care in the region. 

Buffalo Healthy Living Cover

Dr. Vijay Iyer, an interventional cardiologist with Great Lakes Cardiovscular, is featured in the current issue of Buffalo Healthy Living.The article explores a series of potentially life-saving clinical trials Dr. Iyer is conducting.

Cliff Pyne, NP on AM Buffalo

Cliff Pyne, RN, was interviewed by Linda Pellegrino, of AM Buffalo, for a segment to promote his Atrial Fibrillation seminar at The Greenfields on October 25.

Great Lakes Cardiovascular Cardiologist Dr. Chee Kim was featured in an article in the September 2019 issue of Buffalo Healthy Living discussing atrial fibrillation. 

Kaleida Health is offering a free community education class focused on Atrial Fibrillation. The class is scheduled for Thursday, July 18. 

Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) has successfully completed its one thousandth transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure that delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to a damaged heart valve site. The 1000thpatient is 87-year-old war veteran Santi Corbelli of Williamsville, who was able to leave the hospital one day after the procedure. 

Imagine experiencing heart palpitations and feeling frightened. Imagine being able to transmit information about your heart's rhythm to your doctor in just 30 seconds through an app on your smart phone.  Amazingly, a smartphone app linked to a remote patient monitoring platform used by local cardiologist Michael J. Chaskes, M.D. is doing just that.

General Physician,PC welcomes the addition of Dr. Chaskes to its Great Lakes Cardiovascular Cardiology team. Dr. Chaskes specializes in preventive & non-invasive clinical cardiology in treating palpitations, arrhythmia, chest pain, cholesterol & hypertension.

The Olean General Hospital rapid response team, celebrating five years of service, has performed nearly 3,000 cardiac catheterization procedures since the Olean General Hospital/Kaleida Health lab opened in 2013.

In October, Olean General Hospital will celebrate the five-year anniversary of the opening of its interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Dr. Chee Kim is a cardiac electrophysiologist and director of electrophysiology innovation and clinical integration with Kaleida Health.

That’s the complicated title.

“I tell my patients, 'We have plumbers and we have electricians. I'm an electrician,' Chee said. “I deal with the electrical abnormalities of the heart.”

Kids and Cancer and Steven Herrmann, MD, Ph.D., were honored at Bradford Regional Medical Center’s eighth annual Spring Swing Gala April 14 at the Pennhills Club. Dr. Herrmann, Bradford-based cardiologist with General Physician, PC, a division of Kaleida Health,  received the Physician Philanthropy Excellence Award for his dedication to providing heart care and education and support in the community.

Some of the most common issues affecting people worldwide are aortic stenosis (narrowing or obstruction of the aortic valve), atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm), and degenerative mitral regurgitation (connective tissue of the mitral valve causes lesions preventing normal heart function). Now, more than ever, the following minimally invasive technologies are saving and improving lives. 

Dr Iyer, an interventional cardiologist with Great Lakes Cardiovascular, explains how they treat blockages in arteries and the minimally invasive procedures available. 

Reporter, Buffalo Business First
By their very nature of being community-based, hospitals have long faced difficulties in expanding their potential customer base.

Of course, in markets with multiple hospitals, growing patient volume has resulted from stealing market share from their competition. Unlike businesses selling more tangible products, there wasn’t much a hospital could sell online or by phone.

The Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), in partnership with the Jacobs Institute (JI) and a medical device company, broadcasted two lives cases to ten East African countries, including Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, reaching over 30 physicians in mid- October. 

WNY Healthy Living Cover

Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart's structure that are present at birth. The can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside it, and the arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or the body.

The James “J.E.” O’Mara Cardiology Imaging Suite was dedicated at Bradford Regional Medical Center Wednesday.

The suite, the echo and stress lab area on the second floor, is named in memory of O’Mara, former board chairman of the Bradford Hospital Foundation and tireless advocate for rural healthcare, who passed away Feb. 5.

By Lanora Ziobrowski

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Linda visits the Atrial Fibrillation Center, Great Lakes Cardiovascular. 

She speaks with Dr. Ashish Bhatia who describes what atrial fibrillation is and what the symptoms are. 

The clinic has a team of cardiologists who can diagnose and treat you. 

Great Lakes Cardiovascular was proud to welcome AM Buffalo's Linda Pellegrino, Wednesday, August 9th to the new AFib Center in Buffalo General Medical Center.

Treating Adult Congenital Heart Defects

By Annette Pinder

Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart's structure that are present at birth. The can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside it, and the arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or the body.


Laura Ford-Mukkamala, Cardiologist, will be joining Great Lakes Cardiovascular, effective July 1.  Dr. Ford-Mukkamala will be working out of the Buffalo General, Orchard Park and Williamsville offices. Dr. Ford-Mukkamala is well known in Buffalo, having practiced in the area for almost 5 years.  

Steven C. Herrmann, MD, PhD Cardiologist, will be moving his office practice from Boylston Street to Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), effective July 2.  Dr. Herrmann will be working for General Physician, PC, a division of Kaleida Health, Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Herrmann is well known in McKean County, having practiced in the region for more than 10 years.  He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease,  echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

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Alden, NY 14004
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Buffalo, NY 14209
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100 High St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
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116 Interstate Parkway, Ste. 21
Bradford, PA 16701
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529 Central Ave.
Dunkirk, NY 14048
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3898 Vineyard Dr. Ste. 1
Dunkirk, NY 14048
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Hamburg, NY 14048
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475 South Transit Road Ste. 200
Lockport, NY 14094
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571 10th Street, Suite 264A
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
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Olean, NY 14760
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Olean, NY 14760
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Orchard Park, NY 14127
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Warsaw, NY 14569
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