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Stephen Waterford appointed to faculty

New cardiac surgeon joins Upstate; will help expand Upstate’s atrial fibrillation program, clinical trials

Stephen Waterford, MD, MS, has been appointed assistant professor of surgery at Upstate Medical University.

Waterford joins the Division of Cardiac Surgery, where he will work to expand the atrial fibrillation program at Upstate to include a multi-disciplinary approach to atrial fibrillation, including minimally invasive surgical options. This program will provide quality options for patients with symptoms from atrial fibrillation, those who have had bleeding events while on anticoagulation, and those with congestive heart failure from atrial fibrillation.

Waterford comes to Upstate from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he worked as a cardiac surgeon on the mitral valve repair service. Mitral valve repair offers many benefits for properly selected patients with degenerative mitral valve disease. He is experienced with classic techniques of mitral valve repair and looks forward to contributing to the growth of the mitral valve repair practice at Upstate. In addition, he seeks to expand clinical trials at Upstate for new technologies such as trans-catheter mitral valve repair and replacement devices. He also served as director of arrhythmia surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Waterford is also focused on surgical treatment of pulmonary embolic disease, with a particular interest in developing a program for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). He looks forward to participating in a multi-disciplinary team approach for providing the best treatment options for these patients.

Waterford earned his undergraduate and master’s degree from Yale University and medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University.

Waterford is now accepting new patients. Waterford will see patients at the Upstate Heart Institute, located at Upstate University Hospital. His office can be reached at 315-464-6255.