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About the Institute


1. Overview

2. Our Team




For more than 30 years, a team of physicians and researchers has been pushing the frontiers of heart valve disease research, evaluation and treatment.

Their work is at the core of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Disease.

The Institute and its Marlene and Paolo Fresco and Donna and William Acquavella Cardiovascular Suite help cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and other physicians take advantage of the most current concepts in evaluation and treatment of heart valve diseases.

Its staff also provides state-of-the art evaluation and care to individuals who suffer from this emerging public health problem.

The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Disease is opening doors to a healthy heart by providing clinical expertise and wealth of knowledge to patients and their physicians.

The Institute is headquartered at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn with a satellite office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


Institute Director Dr. Jeffrey S. Borer has been a leader in the heart valve disease field for over three decades. The Institute team has been at the forefront of research, evaluation and treatment of valvular heart disease. Their work has formed the foundation of the best solutions available today for those with valve diseases.

At the same time, team members have personally provided the complete compliment of patient care — diagnosis, evaluation and treatment, both medical and surgical.

Our team works hand-in-hand with cardiologists and internists, so they can take advantage of cutting-edge research and technology, providing the highest level of patient care.

Patient Care

The Institute…

  • Evaluates patients.
  • Synthesizes data from patient's history, physical examination and test results.
  • Puts together the pieces of the puzzle to find a diagnosis.
  • Recommends a course of treatment that can be implemented at the Institute or at any site chosen by the patient or referring physician.
  • Implements the proscribed medical and/or surgical treatment.
  • Uses patient data to create new knowledge in the field (only with the patient's explicit approval) to achieve better future diagnosis and treatment.


The team also performs cutting edge research at the fundamental (cellular and molecular) level to enable increased understanding of heart valve disease.


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