Dr. Stephen Downing, MD

Dr. Stephen Downing, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 59
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Dr. Stephen Downing, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Buffalo, NY and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery.

515 Abbott Rd Ste 310

Buffalo, NY 14220

Contact Information

(716) 923-9650

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Dr. Downing accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Open Access Plus
EmblemHealth
GHI
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Fidelis Care
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Humana
Independent Health
Encompass
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
MVP Health Care
MVP Health Care PPO
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare

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No malpractice claims found for New York
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Downing

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Downing treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Downing treats other conditions, please contact the office at (716) 923-9650.

Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac surgery, or heart surgery, is performed to treat issues related to the heart, including congenital defects or damage caused by other conditions, such as blocked arteries or arrhythmias.Compare with other Cardiac Surgery specialists.

Dr. Downing treats at a

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frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Heart Surgery
Aortic Valve Surgery
Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
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High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. Downing's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Impella Device
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventricular Assist Device

About Me

Biography

Dr. Stephen Downing, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Buffalo, NY and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from Georgetown University...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

Barnes Hospital/Washington University
Residency Hospital
Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
Residency Hospital
1987
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Medical School
Georgetown University
Undergraduate School

Awards

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What are Dr. Stephen Downing, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Downing frequently treats Cardiac Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Downing specializes.

Where is Dr. Stephen Downing, MD's office located?

Dr. Downing's office is located at 515 Abbott Rd Ste 310, Buffalo, NY 14220. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Downing's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Downing

4.9

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All though this was a very difficult time for me Dr Downing and Brian Hill were outstanding at making my fears subside. They were always a pleasure to deal with. They answered all of my questions and I felt that I was under the best care possible. I would highly recommend Dr Downing and his complete team to my family and friends.
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Beverly Chamberlain – Dec 19, 2019
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The service provided was excellent. The surgeon and staff lived up to expectations. I would highly recommend them to other people.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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James Handzlik – Nov 12, 2019
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Dr. Downing and his staff are awesome! They are very friendly, knowledgeable, compassionate, understanding, patient, and are very accommodating. If I call the office with a question or concern, I am connected directly to Brian Hill, PA's extension. If he is unavailable, I am able to leave a voicemail, and he promptly returns my call. He will take as much time as necessary to answer all of my questions and address all of my concerns until I feel comfortable. Both he and Dr. Downing explained everything to us in words we could understand, honestly, without "beating around the bush". They both also have a great sense of humor, which is so important to us; makes us feel more at ease and lets us know that they are also human beings with feelings and not robots. After performing my husbands' multiple procedures, I am so impressed with Dr. Downing's abilities and confidence as a surgeon. Thank you all for everything, most importantly for giving my husband a new lease on life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Bob & Tina Fintak – Jul 31, 2019
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Dr Downing and his entire staff have been excellent in providing care to me. They have pulled me through the biggest crisis in my life in a careful and patient way. I would recommend them to anyone who needed their services. Any questions were answered thoroughly andin a timey manner, and they provided excellent care.
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Apr 03, 2019
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Dr. Downing and staff have ben great. They were very efficient and timely, and I would recommend them to anyone.
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Ervin D Cummings in Buffalo, NY – Mar 05, 2019
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office staff extremely friendly as well as Dr Downing and Brian. Also very good experience at hospital stay.
What went well
No results
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No results
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Rachael Stenzel in south wales, NY – Feb 06, 2019
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Can't say enough about Dr Downing. Better than excellent surgeon, great bedside manner. In 15 minutes, explains everything you need to know about a surgical procedure. He replaced my aortic valve and left me with hardly any external scar .
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Jim Golibersuch in East Aurora, NY – Jan 04, 2019
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Top of the line professional would recommend to everyone looking to get treatment.
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Excellent care, Pre-During-Post Op! Dr. Downing, Brian Hill and the entire staff were always pleasant and informative. Brian was available any time of day or night to answer questions and offer assistance.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Vince Brgnes in Williamsville, NY – Nov 13, 2018
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everything went better than I expected,
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No results
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No results
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Carl Stahura in Depew, NY – Nov 13, 2018
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Dr Downing and his entire team were amazing . Very personable and accommodating. very caring staff.
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No results
What could be improved
No results
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Michael Schlau in Buffalo, NY – Nov 12, 2018
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Dr. Downing was very polite throughout the whole process. Brian Hill was also helpful and knowledgeable.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Deborah in Buffalo, NY – Nov 05, 2018
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dr downing is very attentitive.would 100 percent recommend . the follow ups with brian hill, went very well pleased
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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chuck paszek in angola, NY – Sep 25, 2018
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most incredible care anyone could ask for. professional staff . watched me like a hawk
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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joseph noworyta in depew, NY – Sep 24, 2018
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Extremely likely. Very skilled surgeon and Brian is great also. Highly recommended!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Timothy in West Seneca – Sep 04, 2018
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very likely staff was great and professional and friendly
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Monique Spallino in Lakeview, NY – Sep 04, 2018
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Dr. Downing was an excellent surgeon. He explained everything to me in detail. and the follow-up was excellent. Would recommend him to anyone who needed a heart surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mildred Fournier in Orchard Park, NY – Aug 31, 2018
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we have had the most amazing experience with the doctors. they are all very special caring understanding and they can do the impossible, we just love them. they saved our dad,,husband,,papa..friend and we will never forget them.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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sam and deb porto in hamburg, NY – Aug 28, 2018
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Excellent Care & follow up
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Paul Jedd in NY – Aug 21, 2018
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I highly recommend Dr.Downing and his staff. Brian and Dr.Downing literally saved my life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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joseph pinto in buffalo, NY – Aug 07, 2018
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Locations

Mercy Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Mercy Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates515 Abbott Rd Ste 310 Buffalo, NY 14220
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ECMC Health Campus

Buffalo, NY

68% Patient experience rating, 1% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2018)

Mercy Hospital Of Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

64% Patient experience rating, 5% lower than the national average

Sisters Of Charity Hospital

Buffalo, NY

69% Patient experience rating, Equal to the national average