Maimonides Cardiologists Are Top Performers Nine Years in a Row

(left to right) Director of Interventional Cardiology Dr. Robert Frankel and Chair of Cardiology Dr. Jacob Shani review images of cardiovascular scans.

If you are a Brooklyn resident and you or a loved one needs cardiac care in an emergency, you’re in luck. According to the latest New York State Department of Health report, Maimonides is #1 for outstanding patient outcomes in angioplasty and stents in emergency cases.

Maimonides has the only Hybrid ORs in Brooklyn — the most advanced surgical arenas available for the most complex interventions and procedures.

“This marks the ninth year in a row that our interventional cardiologists have set the bar at the highest level,” announced Maimonides President and CEO Kenneth Gibbs. “The families of Brooklyn have what are literally the best cardiac experts in the state right here at Maimonides.”

“Our patients at the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute inspire us every day to achieve the very best outcomes,” said Dr. Jacob Shani, Chair of Cardiology. “We’re proud to provide the most advanced protocols—many of them developed here at Maimonides—to the most populated borough of New York City.”

“The state report confirms what most Brooklyn residents already know: in a cardiac emergency, no hospital does angioplasty better than Maimonides,” said Dr. Robert Frankel, Director of Interventional Cardiology. “We attribute our extraordinary outcomes to our team approach—we work together every day, challenging ourselves and each other, to provide the very best care,”

The New York State report shows mortality rates for Angioplasty in three categories: Emergency Cases, Non-Emergency Cases and All Cases. Maimonides is once again the only hospital in the state to achieve significantly low rates in all three categories for the three-year period reported, and achieved the lowest mortality rate in the state for Emergency Cases.

The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute encompasses experts in cardiology, vascular and endovascular surgery, anesthesiology, interventional cardiology, radiology, electrophysiology, critical care and cardiothoracic surgery. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, specialized technicians and therapists, and other healthcare professionals collaborate with referring physicians on the care of each and every patient.


How the NYS Reports Are Created

The formal name of the report is Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCIs) in New York State. PCIs are better known to the public as angioplasties or other cardiac procedures performed in a minimally-invasive way: a slim catheter is placed within a large blood vessel in the groin or wrist and threaded to the heart. Once there, Interventional Cardiologists look for blockages or other problems and make repairs, as needed. This might include removing plaque build-up on the walls of arteries, delivering medication to those areas, and/or inserting stents into the arteries to keep blood flowing freely. Cardiac Interventions are done via a single puncture of the skin—without incisions.

The process of reporting, sorting and risk-adjusting this information takes time, so the newest report reflects cases performed in 2016. And, in order to give consumers a better idea of the true level of expertise of any one hospital, the state presents the data for both a single year and a three-year period (2014 – 2016). The three-year report helps eliminate “blips” in the data when a statistical cluster of cases—good or bad—causes unusual rates for any one year.

New York State indicates significantly better-than-expected outcomes with a double-asterisk. The prestigious ** designations received by Maimonides appeared in the three-year report.


About the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute

The Maimonides Heart & Vascular Institute has the collective expertise to offer patients the latest strategies for diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of cardiovascular disorders. Among the many elite programs and procedures are:

TAVR Procedure – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement allows cardiac experts to repair or replace a faulty heart valve without major surgery

LVAD Therapy – The “bridge to transplant” is also now a permanent option for Heart Failure patients who don’t qualify for transplant surgery

Aortic Aneurysm Repair – Leading a national clinical trial for a new device to treat complex aortic aneurysms, and using virtual reality simulation to significantly lower surgical risks

A-Fib Convergent Therapy – Atrial Fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm disorder that increases the risk of strokes, is eliminated by radio-ablation inside and outside the heart—under one anesthesia to minimize patient risk

Long known for excellence in cardiovascular care, the Heart & Vascular Institute at Maimonides is among the most distinguished in the nation for outstanding patient outcomes. To learn more, call 718-283-8902 or visit

Maimonides Medical Center is nationally recognized for clinical excellence across all major specialties. Our accomplished physicians are known for innovation and strengthening our teaching and research programs. With 711 beds, the Medical Center is dedicated to bringing patients the most advanced care available—anywhere. Maimonides is an affiliate of Northwell Health. To learn more, please visit



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