Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Sands Heart Institute - Cardiac Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Surgery · 3 Providers

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Rochester Regional Health

1415 Portland Ave Ste 240
Rochester, NY 14621
View All Locations(585) 922-3260

Office Providers

Dr. Nicholas Karis, MD

Dr. Nicholas Karis, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Ronald Kirshner, MD

Dr. Ronald Kirshner, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery


Office Provider Reviews


based on the average of 20 provider reviews for Rochester Regional Health

Review of Dr. Karis

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This man literally saved my life!
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Review of Dr. Karis

- in Newark, NY |

My name is Mary Kay Jones. I found Dr Karis to be compassionate, friendly, direct and honest. I found him to be sure of himself not pompous as I read in an earlier review. I certainly wouldn't allow a surgeon with no confidence to work on me. He told me to call with any questions that it's never a bother. Dr Karis did exactly what he said he would do. I'm alive and I can breath because of him. I would recommend this highly skilled surgeon to anyone that wants the best surgeon.
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Review of Dr. Karis

- in Rochester, NY |

I like to Thank Dr. Karis for his dedicated service for saving my life.
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Review of Dr. Karis

- in Rochester, NY |

Dr Karis and his office are excellent,couldn’t of asked for a better,right to the point dr-
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Review of Dr. Karis

- in Bonita Springs, FL |

Dr Karis saved my life. That is what you need to know. He is a no nonsense, skilled surgeon, who explained completely the intricacies of my surgery before hand and how he was going to approach it. I went to Dr Karis not only because of his excellent reputation and experience, but he, himself, will tell you he is not a "cowboy" in the OR. I felt well cared for during an impossible situation and do not hesitate to recommend him.
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Review of Dr. Kirshner

-Batavia, NY |

Dr. Kirschner came highly recommended to me, although I was warned he was gruff...and such. I didn't see that at all. He explained the surgery to me in detail, asked me several times if I had questions, was very kind and compassionate. He has my complete faith and confidence. No 2nd opinions needed.
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Review of Dr. Cheeran

- in Utica, NY |

Took really good care of my dad before and after his open heart surgery. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Review of Dr. Kirshner

- in Ithaca, NY |

Dr Kirshner performed open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve less than a week ago, I cannot stress enough how professional and capable he is as a surgeon. Many people do not like his outwardly gruff nature, but at no point did I feel he wasn't the best man for the job. I had a secondary emergency surgery immediately following the first, I could never repay him for all he has done for me and my family. If you want a surgeon that you can trust with your life he is the man for you.
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Review of Dr. Karis

- in Rochester, my |

Lacks compassion, personal circumstances, physical presence. Pompous.
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Review of Dr. Kirshner

-Rochester, NY |

In the 15 minutes that I saw him, he checked his cell phone twice. Dr. Kirshner was evasive and dismissive, not answering my questions about the open heart surgery (cardiac myectomy). He walked out of the interview. To have this surgery is not an option for me. Rochester, NY would have been much more convenient for me and for my family. My primary care physician and my cardiologist are happier with my choice of the Cleveland Clinic. Following my visit and assessment there, so am I.
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Learn About Rochester Regional Health

83 Procedures

  • Ablation For Treatment Of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess Or Cyst Drainage Or Aspiration
  • Abscess Or Fluid Incision And Drainage
  • Aortic Repair, Open Or Repair Of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Cardiac Catheterization (Incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Mri (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Of Heart Or Chest
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator Or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal Or Repair
  • Chest Ct (Incl. Heart And Lungs)
  • Colectomy
  • Colon And Rectal Surgery
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy And Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (Cabg) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass With Robotic Assistance
  • Coronary Cathertization With Robotic Assistance
  • Decortication And Pleurectomy
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Dressing And-Or Debridement Of Wound, Infection, Or Burn (Incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, Or Vessel Exploration
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic Or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Excision Of Skin Lesion
  • Excision Of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, Or Destruction Of Skin And Subcutaneous Tissue (Incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrotomy
  • Head And Neck Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Impella Device
  • Incision And Removal Of Foreign Object
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Insertion Of Epicardial Lead For Pacemaker Or Cardioverter And-Or Defibrillator
  • Insertion Of Left Ventricular Lead For Pacemaker Or Cardioverter And-Or Defibrillator
  • Intestinal Transplant (Incl. Enterectomy)
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial Or Complete): Open, Or Resection Of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy Or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, And Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic And-Or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Pacemaker Insertion Or Replacement
  • Paracentesis
  • Peripheral Artery Bypass
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements Or Replacements
  • Removal Or Destruction Of Rectal Or Intestinal Tumor (Incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy And Control Of Hemorrhage)
  • Removal Or Revision Of Pacemaker Or Cardioverter And-Or Defibrillator
  • Renal Transplant And Nephrectomy
  • Resection Of Cardiac Tumor
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thromboendarterectomy Or Excision Of Infected Graft
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair Or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, And Pulmonary)
  • Varicose Vein Procedure
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (Vats) Or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair


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Rochester Regional Health accepts 11 insurance carriers

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Independent Health
  • MVP Health Care
  • MultiPlan
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