Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy National Center of Excellence
Disease-Specific Patient Care
Winthrop-University Hospital’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Treatment Center — one of the nation’s handful of comprehensive resources for HCM and the only one on Long Island — treats over 500 patients and families from the tri-state area, the nation, and the world, offering expert, specialized services that address all facets of the disease from diagnosis to treatment.
The Center’s collaborative team of specialists, led by internationally-renowned HCM expert Srihari S. Naidu, MD, works closely with the patient’s local physicians to create personalized care plans from the broad range of available treatment options. In 2011, Dr. Naidu was one of 13 authors selected for the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology national guidelines on HCM. And n 2014, Dr. Naidu edited the first comprehensive textbook on HCM, assembling 51 authors spanning the leaders in diagnosis and management from around the globe, including the physician who discovered the disease, Dr. Eugene Braunwald. The textbook, available on Amazon, has become the main reference for treating patients with this complicated disease.
Winthrop’s HCM Center was established in 2004, making it one of the oldest and largest Centers in the country. Initially, it was formed around its growing experience and reputation for performing the minimally invasive surgical alternative known as alcohol septal ablation (ASA). In 2014, Dr. Naidu started a live training course for other physicians to learn the technique, and travels yearly to teach 20 physicians how to safely and effectively perform the procedure. Although he remains well known for this procedure, most patients do not need invasive therapies, and the Center specializes in all modes of treatment including lifestyle modification to medications.