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Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse affiliates with Upstate Medical, leaving St. Joseph’s

By Eric Reinhardt

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Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse, a cardiology practice, has affiliated with Upstate Medical University. Pictured here (from left to right) are: Dr. Mark Charlamb of the Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse; Dr. Robert Corona, CEO of Upstate University Hospital; and Dr. G. Randall Green, division chief of cardiac surgery and director of the Upstate Heart Institute. (Photo credit: Upstate Medical University website)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate Medical University announced it has forged an agreement for the Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse to be affiliated with Upstate and have its cardiologists join the medical school’s faculty.

The move went into effect Sept. 1.

The Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse had been affiliated with St. Joseph’s Health since Feb. 1, 2017.

The move to add the practice, which includes eight cardiologists, to Upstate Medical is a “key step” as Upstate continues building its Heart Institute and increases its number of outpatient cardiology sites to six locations, the medical school said in a Tuesday news release.

“We are very excited about our affiliation with Upstate Medical University,” Dr. Mark Charlamb, speaking for the new Upstate cardiologists, said in the release. “Joining the faculty provides our cardiologists and our patients access to advancements in care and the availability of experts that only the setting of an academic medical center can provide.”

Charlamb said there will be no change in care or service for the Cardiovascular Group’s more than 20,000 patients, and a letter detailing the relationship with Upstate Medical University was sent to them.

The Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse sites newly affiliated with Upstate Medical are at located at 5112 W. Taft Road in Clay and 510 Towne Drive in the town of Manlius. These join existing Upstate Medical outpatient cardiology sites at 90 Presidential Plaza in Syracuse, 5700 West Genesee St. in Camillus, 102 West Seneca St. in Manlius, and 138 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville.

The Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse has served Central New York for more than three decades. It contends it “brings strength” in interventional cardiology, watchman and TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedures, and performs nuclear stress testing, echocardiography (transthoracic, stress, dobutamine stress), carotid ultrasound, ankle-brachial index, pacemaker maintenance and provides additional sites for coumadin clinics.

Upstate Heart Institute

The Upstate Heart Institute “unites the expertise and advanced technologies” of cardiac surgeons, and cardiovascular and cardiology specialists, “set within the resources of the region’s only academic medical university,” Upstate Medical contends.

For patients, the addition of the new cardiologists at Upstate means an “expanded medical team to create streamlined care,” with “greater access” to other experts and treatments as needed, it adds.

Upstate’s work on building a heart program started with its 2017 appointment of Dr. G. Randall Green as division chief of cardiac surgery and director of the Upstate Heart Institute. In building the multidisciplinary institute, Green has helped to expand cardiology and cardiac services and has brought new cardiac intervention and surgical modalities to Upstate, the medical school said.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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