New valve clinic opens at UHS

By Anna Norris

New valve clinic opens at UHS

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) UHS opened a new clinic to treat patients with valvular heart disease.

The clinic is the first step in the development of the UHS Structural Heart and Valve Center.

The clinic was opened under the direction of Alon Yarkoni, MD, FACC, a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist.

Dr. Yarkoni joins teams at the UHS Cardiology Vestal office, and the UHS Cardiovascular Surgery Wilson Square office.

Medical and surgical experts will be able to evaluate each patient's condition and use the latest technology to determine treatment options and care plans.

"We use a comprehensive, patient-focused, team approach," Dr. Yarkoni said. “Our goal is to improve the patient experience by streamlining the diagnostic process and expediting the treatment plan. All screening, evaluations and treatment recommendations are made by the team, with the patient receiving services all in one location. It gives patients access to specialized procedures not performed elsewhere in the region."

Dr. Yarkoni previously worked at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, and as associate program director of the cardiology fellowship at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Yarkoni is an instructor in the cardiology division of Columbia University and received his medical degree at Rutgers University. He then completed a residency at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was chief resident in internal medicine.

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