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Treating all forms of heart disease to keep the heart of the Hudson Valley beating strong.

The Heart Center (Hudson Valley Cardiovascular Practice, P.C.) has partnered with Health Quest to offer comprehensive cardiac care right here in the Hudson Valley. By providing a deeper, integrated experience at both the office and hospital level, you can conveniently receive the cardiovascular specialty services you need, from consultations to follow-up care.

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Meet The Heart Center’s experienced, dedicated physicians, physician assistants and certified nurse practitioners.

Simon Gorwara, MD, FACC

Dr. Gorwara is Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit at The Heart Center. A highly skilled interventional cardiologist, he performs one of the highest number of peripheral interventions in the region with excellent outcomes.

After completing undergraduate work at Christian Medical College in India, Dr. Gorwara completed his internal medicine residency at New Jersey Medical School. He then went on to complete additional training in three specialties: a fellowship in critical care medicine at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at SUNY-Stony Brook and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.

Among his many honors are a Hackensack University award for excellence in patient care. Continuing a streak of several years in a row, he was named a 2014 “Top Doc” by Hudson Valley Magazine, an award voted on by his peers. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialty board certification in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine.

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M. Zubair Jafar, MD, FSCAI, FACC

M. Zubair Jafar, MD, FSCAI, FACC

Dr. Jafar is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He is regarded as one of the most skilled and busiest interventional cardiologists in New York State, performing more than 1,000 procedures a year.

His area of expertise lies in complex coronary interventions. He helped establish the Lipid Disorders Center, where, as Co-Director, he evaluates and treats complex and inherited blood lipid abnormalities. He also directs the Cardiac Research Program at The Heart Center. He has been the lead investigator in over 25 multicenter clinical trials.

Dr. Jafar earned his undergraduate degree at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, and earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. He completed his residency at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH. He completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the nation′s most prestigious cardiovascular centers. At the University of Pittsburgh, he was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Dr. Jafar is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. One of the driving forces behind our cardiac wellness program at Delafield, he can frequently be spotted riding his bicycle to work.

Douglas J. Kroll, MD, FACC

Douglas J. Kroll, MD, FACC

Dr. Kroll is Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

He earned his undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in psychology, cum laude, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. While at Dartmouth, he earned a Xerox Research Grant. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his internship and residency at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital and completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at The Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University.

Dr. Kroll′s list of board certifications and specialized training includes Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners; Diplomate in Cardiovascular Disease; Diplomate in Nuclear Cardiology and certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support/American Heart Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Kroll has contributed to numerous highly regarded research studies. Prior to The Heart Center, Dr. Kroll was a Faculty Member and Instructor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Daniel J. O’Dea, MD, FACC

Dr. O’Dea is Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line of Health Quest and President of The Heart Center. His expertise is in antiocoagulation, lipid management and clinical research.

He graduated with a BS, cum laude, in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was also a member of the Rensselaer Society of Engineers. He earned his medical degree at New York Medical College. Dr. O’Dea completed his internship and residency at University Hospital of Boston University. He then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Westchester County Medical Center.

Dr. O’Dea was the first cardiologist in Dutchess County to be board certified in Cardiovascular CT. He is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Internal Medicine, with a subspecialty in cardiovascular disease. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and works with the American Heart Association, American College of Physicians and the New York Cardiological Society. Dr. O’Dea is also a widely published author in his field. He was also voted a “Top Doc” in 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine.

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Julie Ling, MD, FACC

Dr. Ling is Medical Director of the Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound Labs, which are the only accredited facilities of that type between Westchester County and Albany, NY. She is also the director of the Women’s Heart Sense program. Dr. Ling has extensive experience interpreting CT Angiography results.

She earned an undergraduate degree in engineering from Columbia University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. At the affiliated Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Ling completed her internship and residency. While completing her fellowship at George Washington University Hospital, she concentrated in noninvasive procedures and techniques.

Dr. Ling is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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Sankar Varanasi, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS

Dr. Varanasi is the Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. As an undergraduate at New Science College, India, he graduated with honors in biology, biochemistry and biostatistics. Dr. Varanasi obtained his MBBS (equivalent to an MD degree) at Osmania Medical College in India. He came to the US and completed his internship at The Mount Vernon Hospital in New York and a residency in internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital. He completed clinical and research fellowships in cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac medicine at General Hospital Center in Passaic, NJ. Dr. Varanasi followed these studies with a fellowship in adult cardiovascular medicine at Yale University/Norwalk Hospital and another fellowship in cardiac pacing and electrophysiology from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Varanasi was the first physician in the mid-Hudson Valley region to insert the state-of-the-art wireless S-ICD System™ defibrillator implant under a patient’s skin to monitor heart activity and deliver life-saving therapy if needed.

He has authored and coauthored several papers on electrophysiology and has participated in multicenter studies, some sponsored by National Institutes of Health.

Dr.Varanasi is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He also holds additional certification in Cardiac Device Management, offered by the International Board of Heart Rhythm examiners. Dr. Varanasi is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He was voted a “Top Doc” in 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine.

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Sarah B. Levin, MD, FACC

Dr. Levin is fully trained in all aspects of arrhythmia and device management, including ablation of complex arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation. After receiving an undergraduate degree in cognitive science, cum laude, at Vassar College, Dr. Levin completed a premedical program at Brandeis University. She earned her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, where she won the John Metcalf Polk Prize, the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation and the Viola Borkon Memorial Prize as one of the top-performing students in the school. Dr. Levin completed her internship and residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and then completed her fellowship in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Yale School of Medicine.

She is also part of Women's Heart Sense, a program specially designed to meet the needs of a woman's heart.

Dr. Levin is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology.

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Michael H. Yen, MD, FSCAI, FACC

Dr. Yen is an interventional cardiologist who specializes in coronary intervention as well as peripheral vascular intervention.

He also has expertise in cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease research. He was The Heart Center’s principal investigator for a worldwide trial studying the use of antiplatelet medications in peripheral vascular disease and participated in a worldwide trial studying the effects of cholesterol-lowering agents in heart attack and stroke prevention. He has authored several articles and book chapters on coronary as well as peripheral vascular disease.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University, cum laude. He earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC, and completed his residency at the Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. He then completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology with additional training in peripheral and carotid intervention at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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Stephen B. Lichtenberg, MD, FACC

Stephen B. Lichtenberg, MD, FACC

Dr. Lichtenberg is a founding partner of The Heart Center and was instrumental in the development of the Heart Health program, part of our cardiac rehabilitation service. He also helped build the Cardiac Catheterization program at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

A New York State Medical Regents Scholar, he also earned the U.S. Army Commendation Medal. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College and earned his medical degree from Columbia University′s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then completed his internship, residency and cardiovascular fellowship training at St. Luke′s Hospital in New York City.

Dedicated to his profession and community, he has helped build numerous organizations. He was a founding member of the Taconic Independent Practice Association and the New York Cardiology Network. He also sits on the board of the Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Dr. Lichtenberg is board certified as a Diplomate in Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Louis W. Kantaros, MD, FACC

Dr. Kantaros is an interventional cardiologist and Director of Research at The Heart Center. He performed the first coronary stent procedure in Dutchess County in 2000.

A graduate of Amherst College and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Harvard Medical School/Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Kantaros then completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Albany Medical Center.

He has a distinguished academic background and has been primary investigator for a number of important international cardiac research studies.

Dr. Kantaros is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the New York Cardiologic Society and the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association. He is also board certified in cardiology and interventional cardiology.

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John T. Respass, MD, FACC

Dr. Respass’s expertise includes cardiac device implantation and management as well as ablation of simple and complex arrhythmia, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, cum laude, at Yale University, Dr. Respass earned his medical degree at New York University. He completed his internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and then completed his fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

Dr. Respass is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He was voted a “Top Doc” in 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine.

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Ronald P. Cuffe, MD, FACC

Ronald P. Cuffe, MD, FACC

Dr. Cuffe earned his undergraduate degree at University College in Galway, Ireland, and earned his medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He stayed in Dublin for postgraduate training at James Connolly Memorial Hospital, St. Columcilles Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. He then came to New York City to complete his residencies at NYU’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, where he became medical chief resident and, later, cardiology fellow. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Glenn J. Gerber, DO, FACC

Dr. Gerber specializes in preventative cardiology and lipid disorders. He earned a BA with honors in chemistry at Queens College (CUNY), followed by an MA in chemistry at Columbia University. He earned his DO with honors at University of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Gerber completed his residency at US Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island,. He completed his fellowship in cardiology at St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. He has served in the U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Navy (reserve).

Dr. Gerber is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Physicians.

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Richard R. Gosselin, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Richard R. Gosselin, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Gosselin earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. He completed two fellowships in Worcester, MA: a cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, followed by an interventional cardiology fellowship at Saint Vincent Hospital. His expertise is in percutaneous coronary intervention, intravascular ultrasound and rotational atherectomy. He has received Level 2 training in nuclear cardiology as well as in echocardiography. Dr. Gosselin is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.

Ethan L. Gundeck, MD, FACC

Dr. Gundeck joined The Heart Center′s Fishkill office in 2005. He earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed his residency and cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he conducted noteworthy research on medical imaging and served for a year as chief resident for internal medicine. Dr. Gundeck is also board certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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Kamran Haleem, MD

Kamran Haleem, MD

Dr. Haleem leads the Health Quest Cardio-Oncology Program. He earned his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and then completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his cardiovascular training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, with a focus on multi-modality cardiovascular imaging and cardio-oncology.

Dr. Haleem is board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He is a Diplomate in Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology and a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation. Dr. Haleem works primarily out of the Poughkeepsie office.

Mark A. Harrison, MD, FACC

Dr. Harrison received his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and came back to Mount Sinai for his cardiology fellowship. While at Mount Sinai, one of the top programs in the country, he received a number of awards and honors for clinical excellence. Dr. Harrison’s expertise includes echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

Dr. Harrison is also board certified in nuclear cardiology and adult echocardiography and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He works primarily out of the Fishkill office.

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Sanjaya Jha, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Jha joined The Heart Center in 2004 from Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he was an instructor and research scientist.

After earning his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine, he stayed on at Stanford, earning a doctorate in biochemistry. Dr. Jha completed his residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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William Lee, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Lee has a special expertise in cardiovascular pharmaceuticals. After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he stayed on to earn a PhD in pharmacology. Dr. Lee then earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. He completed his fellowship at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, where he was also an instructor in medicine while specializing in clinical cardiology.

He has published numerous research findings, and is also certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Lee is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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James J. Lyons, MD, FACC

Dr. Lyons is director of the Heart Failure Program at The Heart Center. He was the first cardiologist in the region to be board certified in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. He has been a guest lecturer for heart failure at NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center.

He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Before returning home to the Hudson Valley, he spent his medical career in the Navy. He served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as Staff Physician at the Office of the Attending Physician to Congress and as Staff Cardiologist at the National Naval Medical Center.

Dr. Lyons is also board certified in Nuclear Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians.

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Anthony J. Messina, MD, FACC

Originally from northern Westchester County, Dr. Messina has always felt a deep connection to New York and the Hudson Valley.

Dr. Messina majored in chemistry at Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his medical degree from New York University’s School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency and was chief resident of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Messina completed his fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ. During this time, he focused on echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and Cardiac CTA.

Dr. Messina is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular CT and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

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John Portelli III, MD, FACC

Dr. Portelli joined The Heart Center in 1996, spearheading our very busy practice in New Windsor.

He earned a degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, where he also earned a Fezandie Award for the highest academic standing in mechanical engineering.

After deciding that his career would be medicine, he earned his medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he completed his fellowship in Cardiovascular Research and in Clinical Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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Lawrence W. Solomon, MD, FACC

Dr. Solomon is a well-respected clinical cardiologist, specializing in preventive cardiology and the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease.

His academic accomplishments began at Princeton University, where he majored in molecular biology and graduated magna cum laude. He earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was a Farr Scholar, a Merck Award recipient and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his internship and residency at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, where he was assistant chief resident and won the C. Richard Bowman, MD Award. He completed his fellowship, with an emphasis in noninvasive cardiac imaging, from the University of Chicago, where he was the chief cardiology fellow.

Dr. Solomon is a Diplomate of the Subspecialty Board in Cardiovasular Diseases. He is board certified in Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiology. He is also a member of the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Solomon was voted a “Top Doc” in 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine. He works at the Fishkill office.

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Harshan Weerackody, MD, FACC

Dr. Weerackody joined The Heart Center in 2004 from Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where he was the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. He also was an assistant professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate.

He is a graduate of NCMC Sri Lanka. He earned his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Bay Shore, NY. He completed his residency and fellowship at Coney Island Hospital.

Dr. Weerackody is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

An accomplished amateur photographer, Dr. Weerackody’s photographs have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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David J. Weinreich, MD, FACC

David J. Weinreich, MD, FACC

Dr. Weinreich is Program Director of the American Heart Association/Vassar Brothers Medical Center Cardiology Education services.

n award-winning cardiologist, Dr. Weinreich was President of the Medical Staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where he was voted "Physician of the Year” in 1991. He also won an Outstanding Service Award for Quality Improvement in Hospital Cardiology by the American Heart Association. He twice won the distinction "Program Volunteer of the Year" by that same organization. In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Weinreich was selected by his peers as among the best cardiologists in the Mid- Hudson Valley.

He was on the Dean’s List while earning his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. After service as a Hospital Corpsman, he received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy (reserve). Dr. Weinreich earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, where he also completed his internship and residency. He then completed his fellowship at Lankenau Hospital, part of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Weinreich is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, a testament to good cardiovascular health, and was voted a “Top Doc” in 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine.

Stephen Burns, FNP

Stephen Burns, FNP

Stephen is a family nurse practioner with advanced training in adult cardiovascular medicine. He provides a wide range of inpatient care for acutely ill cardiac patients. He is also a tobacco treatment specialist and enjoys educating patients and their families about health issues. Stephen earned a master’s degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY, and has been with The Heart Center for over a dozen years.

Susan A. Dean, MN, RN, ACNP-C

Susan A. Dean, MN, RN, ACNP-C

A native of Poughkeepsie, Susan trained and worked as a nurse in South Carolina. Prior to joining The Heart Center, she gained extensive experience working in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit as well as coordinating care with cardiac surgery at McLeod Regional Medical Center in South Carolina.

Susan earned an associates degree in nursing from Florence Darlington Technical Institute, graduating with honors and numerous awards. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing summa cum laude from the Medical University of South Carolina and graduated with. While working as a nurse, she earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, graduating with a 4.0 average. Susan is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Shirley Fletcher-Hall, RPA-C

Shirley Fletcher-Hall, RPA-C

Shirley joined The Heart Center in 2012. Previously, she provided medical care for occupants of a homeless shelter in the Bronx. She was also the Chief PA for one of the largest Physician Assistant-run services in the country, the Department of Hospital Medicine and General Cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Shirley received her degree from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City University of New York. Since that time PA Fletcher-Hall has practiced in the areas of cardiology, geriatrics, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation and surgery.

An accomplished soprano, Shirley sang in the Westchester Chorale during her early years as a physician assistant. This led her to become the choral director for the Tabernacle Choir and her own choral group, New Creation. She has directed cantatas and other grand performances such as Handel’s Messiah, which have been televised internationally.

Erin H. Gillen, DNP-c, FNP, ANP-BC, CCDS

Erin H. Gillen, DNP-c, FNP, ANP-BC, CCDS

Erin specializes in electrophysiology and as a certified Cardiac Device Specialist, she oversees the Device Clinic at The Heart Center.

She is actively involved in research, coauthoring a poster presented at the 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting entitled “Appropriate Therapies in Device Recipients with Improved Left Ventricular Function.”

Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and earned her master’s degree in nursing from Western Connecticut State University. She is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a second licensure as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Mount Saint Mary College. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University at Buffalo, expecting degree conferral in May 2015.

Erin is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In 2011, Hudson Valley Magazine named her one of the Top 20 Nurses in the Hudson Valley.

Jaymie M. Imperato-Wilber, ANP-BC

Jaymie M. Imperato-Wilber, ANP-BC

Prior to joining The Heart Center, Jaymie worked in critical care medicine at Albany Medical Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center, working closely with heart transplant, heart failure and post-open heart surgery patients.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing cum laude from the University of Connecticut, where she a distinguished New England Scholar for two consecutive years. She earned her master’s degree in adult health magna cum laude from Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. As a graduate student, she was involved in research that investigated the impact of nurse practitioners in reducing readmission rates for chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure.

Jaymie holds a New York State license, is a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse and is nationally board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She is a member of The New York Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, American Nurses Association and The American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Anne Lucas, FNP, PhD

Anne Lucas, FNP, PhD

Anne serves as the Skilled Nursing Facility Coordinator of The Heart Center’s Congestive Heart Failure program and has been honored by New York State for her service. Seeing a need for long-term care for cardiac patients, she established programs at two local skilled nursing facilities, where she provides patient care and educates staff. She is also an expert on travel planning for cardiac patients and a published author.

Anne earned her bachelor of nursing science degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia University and achieved honors in Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing. She later returned to Columbia University to earn her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. She is a clinical preceptor and instructor for nursing students.

A Dutchess County native, Anne volunteers for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, the American Heart Association and the LaGrange Fire Department.

Deirdre McKibbin-Vaughan, PA-C

Deirdre McKibbin-Vaughan, PA-C

With 13 years of family medicine experience, Dede brings an integrated medical view to her cardiology patients. She is part of The Heart Center’s Anticoagulation Clinic, Lipid Disorders Center and Women’s Heart Sense Program.

Dede graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. She completed her Physician Assistant certification and earned a master’s degree in Health Science at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she won the Constantine Meriano award for academic excellence.

She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants. Dede works out of our Rhinebeck office.

Stephanie C. Mulcahy, FNP-C

Stephanie C. Mulcahy, FNP-C

Stephanie is the Program Coordinator for three of The Heart Center’s core programs: Heart Failure, Lipid Disorders and Women’s Heart Sense. She gives lectures on these topics to many professional and public organizations. She has also been an instructor at local colleges precepting their Nurse Practitioner & Physician Assistant students.

Stephanie graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a degree in nursing. As an undergraduate, she won the Rita P. Kelleher award for academic excellence in nursing. She earned her master’s degree and Family Nurse Practitioner degree from The Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University at Buffalo, expecting degree conferral in May 2015.

A co-investigator in several research trials, she co-authored “A Multidisciplinary Lipid Clinic Model Improves Cardiac Outcomes.” She presented this research at the national ACC Annual Scientific Meeting, the national AANP Annual Symposium and the New York State Nurse Practitioner Annual Scientific meeting.

Stephanie holds a New York license and is a nationally board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, The New York Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, The Heart Failure Society of America and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.

Paula Portelli, ACNP

Paula Portelli, ACNP

Paula has focused most of her nursing career on critical care and cardiology. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Malta in Malta, a small Mediterranean island. After earning her nurse practitioner degree from NYU, she worked in the ICU at Bellevue Hospital. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she worked in the ICU and with the Hepatopancreaticobiliary team. Before joining The Heart Center, Paula worked with Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s breast surgery team and internal medicine group. She is nationally certified as an Acute Care Nurse practitioner and is certified as a critical care nurse.

Dina C. Sedore, MSN, ANP-C

Dina C. Sedore, MSN, ANP-C

Dina works primarily at Vassar Brothers Medical Center as part of the acute care team. Prior to joining The Heart Center, she worked in a private cardiology practice, gaining experience in programming and interrogation of pacemakers and defibrillators.

She earned two degrees at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, receiving several awards and scholarships. After earning a bachelor of science degree, she received a master of science and adult nurse practitioner degree with a minor in nursing business administration.

Dina holds a New York State license and is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, The New York Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Cardiology.

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