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Champlain Valley Heart Center

Cardiac Care Closer to Home

Welcome to our state-of-the-art Cardiac Center committed to improving the health of the North Country. Heart disease, the number one killer in the United States, is especially prevalent in our region. With life-saving techniques such as coronary angioplasty, we ensure our patients receive the highest level of safety and expertise available. Electrophysiology services create the full complement of services offered through the Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH. Excellent outcomes and extremely high levels of patient and family satisfaction have made the Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH the preferred provider for North Country residents.  CVPH has long excelled in onsite elective, urgent and emergent angioplasty services; its program has ranked among the top 5% in the nation for the last three years and among the top 10% for seven years.  

Keeping You Healthy Is Our Main Goal

Diagnostic Center

Heart health consists of more than emergent and surgical procedures. At the Champlain Valley Heart Center we offer all the latest diagnostic tools to evaluate and identify heart problems. Your family physician can recommend a plan of action and refer you to one of our specialists.

Treatment Clinics

At CVPH you can also find a treatment clinic tailored to fit your cardiac needs. We offer risk factor evaluation, diet consultation and smoking cessation as well as a heart failure clinic. Call the Center for more information (518-562-7742).

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program is dedicated to helping heart patients regain good health and independence. CVPH patients can benefit from four phases of rehabilitation beginning with the highly structured inpatient portion, followed by the closely monitored phase two program offered on campus and overseen by registered nurses, exercise specialists and dietitians. Phases three and four are conducted at the CVPH Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, and also include monitoring by health professionals.

Education & Support

Prevention and wellness are important components of overall cardiac health. Along with an extensive educational curriculum made available for patients, the Heart Center staff conducts numerous community screenings and workshops.

Mended Hearts, a support group for those with heart disease and their families, meets regularly at the Medical Center. Call 562-7175 for more information.

The Important Physician Component

The medical specialists of Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates have been the backbone of heart care in the community for years and play a critical role in the development of the CVPH Heart Center. The Lake Champlain cardiologists include:

Brent W. Hastings, M.D.

Brent W. Hastings, M.D., is a graduate of the State University of New York at Upstate School of Medicine at Syracuse where he also did his training that included a Cardiology Fellowship. Dr. Hastings is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Hastings is a member of Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates in Plattsburgh. For a number of years, Dr. Hastings practiced medicine in Malone, NY.

Nidal Makhoul, M.D. Nidal Makhoul, M.D., joined the Medical Staff in February. Dr. Makhoul received his Medical Degree from Damascus University Medical School, Damascus, Syria. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, OH, and Cardiology training at the University of Paris Hospitals in France and Montreal Heart Institute in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Makhoul is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Nuclear Cardiology. He can be reached at Lake Champlain Cardiology, 52 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. His telephone number is 563-2404.

Christopher Palma,, D.O. Christopher Palma, D.O., joined the Cardiology Team at CVPH Medical and Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates in 2005. Dr. Palma is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA, where he also did a Fellowship in Cardiology. Dr. Palma is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. 

Seema Lodha, M.D.
 Seema Lodha, M.D., is a graduate of the Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust in Loni, Pravaranagar India. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Lodha completed her training at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA. She is a member of Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates in Plattsburgh.

David L. Sable, M.D. David L. Sable, M.D., is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Sable graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and trained at the University of California San Diego Medical Center and the University of Colorado. As a member of Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates, he has been a driving force in creating the Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH. 

Samer Siouffi, M.D.Samer Siouffi, M.D. joined Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates in September 2006, relocating to the North Country from Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. He provides a complete range of electrophysiology services. Dr. Siouffi is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He completed a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Joel M. Wolkowicz, M.D. Joel M. Wolkowicz, M.D. is Medical Director of Cardiology at CVPH. He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine. He is a graduate of McGill University Medical School and did his training at Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Heart Institute. Dr. Wolkowicz is a member of Lake Champlain Cardiology Associates in Plattsburgh and also serves as Medical Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at CVPH.

In order to provide coronary angioplasty and open-heart surgery, a nationwide recruitment search was undertaken and the following exceptional physicians answered the call:

Anne Cahill, M.D.

Anne Cahill, M.D. joined the Champlain Valley Heart Center in April of 2010. She comes to the North Country from the Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg, PA. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, she did her post graduate training in general surgery at Georgetown University. She followed that with fellowships in cardio-thoracic surgery and transplant surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Cahill is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

William Bradley, M.D.William Bradley, M.D., joined the Champlain Valley Cardiology practice and the Heart Center at CVPH in the spring of 2006 bringing to two the number of cardiologists performing interventional procedures. Dr. Bradley is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine. He is a graduate of Tufts University Medical School and did his training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Fletcher-Allen Health Care.

Timothy Garrand, M.D.

Timothy Garrand, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Catheterization Laboratories and of Interventional Cardiology. Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, Dr. Garrand returned to the North Country when he heard of plans to develop a heart center. He established his practice, Champlain Valley Cardiology, and played the key role in developing the interventional program at CVPH that is producing excellent outcomes. Dr. Garrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School. He trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and was a Fellow in Interventional Cardiology at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Eric Gauthier, M.D.

Eric Gauthier, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Vermont Medical School (UVM) in Burlington. His post graduate training as well as two fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology were also completed at UVM. He is a partner at Champlain Valley Cardiology in Plattsburgh. Dr. Gauthier is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology


What Does All of This Mean?

  • A first-class team and program are in place.
  • Lives are being saved.
  • Outcomes have been extremely positive, so much so that national awards and top 10 rankings have already been achieved.
  • Residents have peace of mind knowing that accepted standards of medical care are readily available.
  • For families, it is much more convenient than having to travel.
  • Health-care dollars are being conserved and insurance premiums will be positively affected.
  • A number of highly specialized health-care jobs have been created.
  • Having open-heart surgery, coronary angioplasty and electrophysiology as part of the overall hospital service is attractive to businesses contemplating relocating to the area.