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Message from Leadership

Some of the best ideas in cardiovascular medicine are the big ones — those born of advances in technology, groundbreaking research and innovative services. At Stony Brook University Heart Institute, we excel at big ideas. We offer a depth, breadth and quality of care unparalleled on Long Island and on par with the nation’s best. That’s why we are the region’s leading referral center for clinically complex cardiac care.

But we also know the value of simple ideas. Ideas that add up to a big difference — not only in your comfort and confidence, but also in your recovery and outcome. Ideas like treating every patient as an individual and each family like our own. Like making sure you have a knowledgeable nurse by your side as a point person, communicator and care coordinator. Like interdisciplinary teams where multiple specialists tackle the toughest clinical problems together.

Top cardiovascular care begins with accurate diagnostics and a solid understanding of the patient’s medical needs. Stony Brook’s renowned cardiovascular imaging program is considered among the best in the nation. We offer expertise and experience in a full range of diagnostic modalities.

As a patient at Stony Brook Heart Institute, you can expect to work not only with great doctors, but also with a great team. Our 50 physician-scientists have trained and practiced at prestigious programs across the country, bringing a high level of expertise and experience to all areas of cardiovascular care. Our surgeons and cardiologists work closely together in an integrated program resulting in patient outcomes that exceed national standards. Your interdisciplinary team also will include some of the Heart Institute’s 350 anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other support staff. And, as your care requires, we can tap into the resources and specialists of all of Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center. Whatever your medical needs, from basic to highly complex, we are ready to help.

At Stony Brook Heart Institute, we’re bringing all the best ideas, big and simple, to the care and healing of your heart.

Joanna Chikwe, MD
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, Stony Brook Heart Institute

Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD
Chief, Cardiology
Deputy Director of Operations, Stony Brook Heart Institute