St. Francis Hospital Appoints Richard A. Shlofmitz, M.D., Director of the Department of Cardiology

Roslyn, NY – St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, a national leader in cardiac care and the busiest heart center in New York State, has named Richard A. Shlofmitz, M.D., as its new Director of the department of Cardiology.

Dr. Shlofmitz is one of the most experienced cardiologists in the nation and has been a pioneer in the adoption of groundbreaking cardiac interventional treatments such as drug-eluting stents. “Dr. Shlofmitz brings with him a vast experience in interventional cardiology,” said Jack Soterakis, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs. “We welcome him in this new role so that we may continue our tradition of providing the best care by the most caring and talented.”

Dr. Shlofmitz first joined the staff of St. Francis Hospital in 1987 in the Department of Cardiology and Medicine. He was appointed Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology in 2000 and served as its Director for nearly 8 years before accepting this latest appointment.

Dr. Shlofmitz earned his medical degree at New York University Medical School and did his postgraduate training in medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where he served as Chief Medical Resident. After completing his training in internal medicine, Dr. Shlofmitz went to Columbia University, where he was a Clinical Fellow in Cardiology from 1984-1986. He completed an extra year of fellowship training at Columbia in 1987 in clinical research and cardiac angioplasty.

Listed as one of the Top 100 Doctors in New York Magazine, Dr. Shlofmitz has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to cardiology including the Cardiovascular Science Award of the American Heart Association in 1997. He has participated in and/or authored many clinical trials in interventional cardiology, including trials in coronary stents and brachytherapy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, as well as a member of the American Heart Association and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

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