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Hiroko                         Beck

Hiroko Beck MD

UBMD Medicine

Specialties

Cardiology; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

 

Overview

Professional Summary:

I am a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist, and my focus and passion are in evaluating and managing cardiac arrhythmias and their associated symptoms such as palpitations and syncope. I treat patients with bradycardia, heart block, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ­­ including atrial tachycardia, atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) and atrioventricular reentrant tachycardia (AVRT), atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular tachycardia.

My main clinical responsibilities include diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for arrhythmias such as electrophysiologic studies, and ablation of arrhythmias such as atrial flutter, AF, SVT and ventricular tachycardia. I perform implantation and extraction of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and biventricular pacemakers and ICDs for the treatment of certain patients with heart failure. I also perform laser lead extraction in patients with malfunctioning or infected pacemaker and ICD leads. I believe in extensive pre- and post-procedural care and provide in-depth consultation and close communication with my patients, referring physicians and staff. I monitor closely my post-implant patients through the use of remote monitoring systems, and I am a strong advocate for appropriate reprogramming to accommodate the needs of patients with CIEDs.

I evaluate and treat inpatients with cardiovascular disease and other cardiac disorders at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) as part of the Cardiac Critical Care Unit and the cardiology consult service and at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC). I also see outpatients at various sites, including the BGMC Heart and Lung Center, UBMD Internal Medicine Electrophysiology Clinic and the Buffalo VAMC Electrophysiology Clinic.

I am involved in the RE-CIRCUIT clinical trial. It evaluates treatment using the drug Pradaxa in patients with paroxysmal or persistent nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) who are scheduled to undergo a first ablation procedure. I also have a research interest in using imaging techniques to delineate patients with infection who might require extraction of CIEDs. By the innovative use of PET scan techniques, physicians can differentiate pacemaker lead infection versus fibrosis. The goal of this research is to help physicians decide whether patients really need laser lead extraction or if the procedure could be avoided.

I enjoy teaching. I lecture on arrhythmias in various forums, including continuing medical education classes, and to a variety of trainees, including medical students, residents and fellows as well as other health professionals in internal medicine and emergency medicine. I supervise cardiology fellows during their clinics, inpatient consultation and electrophysiology rotations at BGMC and the Buffalo VAMC.

Specialties:

Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Patients Treated:

Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Additional Languages:

Fluent Japanese

Physician Gender:

Female


Location and Insurance

Appointments:
UBMD Internal Medicine: Amherst Site

Accepting new patients

UBMD Internal Medicine: Amherst Site
UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst
1020 Youngs Road
Suite 110
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: 716-961-9900
Fax: 716-961-9911
Accepting new patients

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):
  • Buffalo General Medical Center
Insurance Accepted:
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • Todays Options
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)
  • WellCare

Credentials

Board Certifications:
  • Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Board Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease
Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, electrophysiology, University at Maryland (2013)
  • Fellowship, cardiovascular disease, University at Buffalo (2011)
  • Internal Medicine resident, University at Buffalo (2008)
  • MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2005)
  • BS, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY (1999)
  • BA, Sophia University, Toyko, Japan (1990)
Awards and Honors:
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaeutical "RE-CIRCUIT" Award (2016)
  • Richard Sarkin/Emeritus Faculty Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2016)
  • Henry Rolando Scholarship (2003)
  • Canisius College summa cum laude (1999)
  • Canisius College Seven Semester Dean's List

Research

Research Profile:

This UBMD clinician teaches at the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about this clinician’s research and teaching activities. View credentials, publications, professional involvement and more.