Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Expands Cardiac Services with New Additions at Heart Center of Niagara

September 29, 2023

Niagara Falls, NY — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) proudly announces the expansion of its Heart Center of Niagara by welcoming four new cardiology providers from Great Lakes Cardiovascular, a division of General Physician, PC. The expansion demonstrates both institutions’ commitment to providing exceptional cardiac care and setting a new benchmark for the Niagara region and beyond.

“Our partnership with Great Lakes Cardiovascular epitomizes the spirit of collaborative healthcare, driving the Heart Center of Niagara to offer unmatched cardiac services,” shared Joseph Ruffolo, President and CEO of NFMMC. “This extension of our team signifies our enduring commitment to elevating the caliber of care we provide.”

Mr. Ruffolo also noted that fortifying cardiac care resources gives Niagara Falls Memorial the additional manpower to address high rates of coronary heart disease in Niagara County.

The most recent data from the NYS Department of Health indicates that the 98.4/100,000 coronary heart disease premature mortality rate in Niagara County is 47 percent higher than the average New York State rate of 66.9/100,000.

The newest members of the team, in association with Great Lakes Cardiovascular, include:

Jeffery D. Stahl, DO

Aneesha Thobani, MD

Sheila Lekanka, AGPCNP

Lydia Lutkoff, DNP, AGNP-BC

These new additions join our already robust team:

Sachin Wadhawan, MD

James G. Conley, MD

Kinan Dalal, MD

Susan DeLong, FNP-BC

Deborah Lavin, NP

With these recent onboardings, the Heart Center of Niagara now boasts a formidable team of five physicians and four nurse practitioners, bringing the total number of clinical personnel from Great Lakes Cardiovascular to nine. In addition, Ronald P. Emerson, MD, the Medical Director of NFMMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, remains a pivotal part of our cardiac team.

“At a time when numerous healthcare institutions are dealing with obstacles and potential cuts in services, the Heart Center of Niagara continues to prioritize patient-centered care above all else,” said Sachin Wadhawan, MD, a cardiologist at Great Lakes Cardiovascular. “Despite these challenges, the community can trust our dedication to leading cardiac care has never been stronger.”

To schedule an appointment with a member of our Great Lakes Cardiovascular team, contact the Heart Center of Niagara at 716-299-0524. For appointments with Dr. Emerson, patients can call 716-278-4300 to schedule at NFMMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.


Founded in 1895, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) has a long tradition of serving the Niagara community. NFMMC’s hospital and primary stroke program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, and its primary care network is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Memorial’s inpatient services include a cardiac/stroke unit, a medical–surgical unit, an ICU, a Labor and Delivery unit, and an Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, the only one of its kind in Niagara County. Memorial serves as a Center for Community Health by operating five primary care centers, a large outpatient adult mental health clinic, a Health Home, and several innovative community-based services.   Thanks to a partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, and Erie County Medical Center, NFMMC operates the only cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County. Memorial is also home to the Golisano Medical Oncology Center, which operates in collaboration with Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.


The Heart Center of Niagara is a comprehensive cardiac care facility that emphasizes full circle of heart care right here in Niagara Falls, NY. Medical services at The Heart Center of Niagara are provided by one of the area’s most respected cardiology groups, Great Lakes Cardiovascular/General Physician, P.C. Their cardiologists help patients dealing with disorders of the heart, including the treatment of congenital heart conditions, valve disorders, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrest, and other heart conditions.


Great Lakes Cardiovascular is a group practice of over 100 providers of cardiovascular services in 14 offices conveniently located across the region. Great Lakes Cardiovascular is a division of General Physician, PC, an affiliate of Kaleida Health, Western New York’s largest provider of cardiovascular services. Our specialists are some of the most respected in the nation. From routine testing and evaluation to life-saving procedures, our experienced, highly-trained providers ensure patients have access to the very best talent and clinical technology along their path to better heart health.

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