Dr. Stephen Downing, MD

Dr. Stephen Downing, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
56 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Stephen Downing, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery doctor who practices in Buffalo, NY. He is 56 years old and has been practicing for 30 years. Dr. Downing is affiliated with Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

Mercy Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

515 Abbott Rd Ste 310

Buffalo, NY 14220
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • EmblemHealth
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana

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Dr. Downing's Experience

Dr. Downing's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Mass
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Impella Device
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lung Resection
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Georgetown University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Barnes Hospital/Washington University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Downing has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Downing's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Downing to family and friends
based on 18 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Downing's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
Buffalo, NY |
Doctor and PA's explain things well and take their time answering all your questions. Response is great when calling with a question.
in Lackawanna |
My experience with Dr. Downing was very positive. His credentials speak for themselves. and his commitment to his profession is apparent upon first meeting. I have complete faith and trust in him and his expertise. All my questions and concerns were addressed every step of the way and his staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable. My recovery has been amazing Thanks to Dr Downing ,his staff and Mercy Hospital.
in Hamburg, NY |
I had a triple bypass in March 2017. My surgery went flawlessly, and because Dr. Downing and his staff clearly explained the procedure and what to expect after, there were no surprises for me or my family. I followed all of the rules and recommendations laid out by Dr. Downing and his staff during recovery, and it has resulted, so far, in a quick and easy recuperation. I could not be happier with the care I've received before, during, and after surgery.
Buffalo, NY |
Excellent surgeon. Did a great job.
in Tonawanda, NY |
very competent . easy to talk to Rest of staff was more than helpful through out.
in Derby, NY |
I met with Dr. Downing prior to my surgery and found him to be very personable, informative and very reassuring. He took the time to explain exactly what my surgery would involve and how I might feel afterwards. He also made me feel more at ease with the procedure he explained. After leaving his office, I definitely was a little less apprehensive.
in West Seneca, NY |
Dr Downing was very professional and friendly. He explained everything adequately and answered all our questions. The follow up after surgery was positive. I would highly recommend Dr Downing to anyone that has need for a lung surgeon.
in Buffalo, NY |
Dr. Downing and his entire staff performed above and beyond all of my expectations. They spent a great deal of time with my wife and myself discussing my options regarding my surgery. Even with complications shortly after surgery, the Dr. and his entire staff where able to save my life. I can now move on to a normal life after a short recovery period. I owe my life to Dr. Downing and his entire staff.
in Sinclairville, NY |
Dr. Downing and his staff were wonderful. They are very professional and we thank them so much. We would highly recommend this doctor.
in Hamburg, NY |
My experience with Dr. Downing & his staff was fantastic!!. I specifically want to recognize The P.A. Brian. He is truly an asset to Dr. Downing & probably doesn't get enough recognizition for what he does
in Niagara Falls, NY |
After major surgery times 2, Dr. Downing saw me only once in more than 60 days and that was when he was making rounds with staff. No questions were asked of me, no information of my condition was given to me. Dr Downings comments were all directed to those making rounds with him. While in rehab a require appointment was scheduled well in advance when I went for the appointment Dr Downing wasn't in office and I was seen by an underling. He may be rated good but his treatment of me was poor.
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Dr. Downing accepts 27 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
  • Community Health Choice
  • EmblemHealth
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Husky Health
  • Independent Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
  • Wellcare of Georgia

Hospitals where Dr. Downing has admitting privileges

Sisters of Charity Hospital
2157 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214
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Kenmore Mercy Hospital
2950 Elmwood Ave
Kenmore, NY 14217
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Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
565 Abbott Rd
Buffalo, NY 14220
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