2004-07-23 / Community

SJEH Names Badero Chief Of Cardiology

Oluyemi O. Badero, MD, has been appointed Chief of Cardiology at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore. Dr. Badero is a Yale University-trained and highly regarded specialist in interventional cardiology. Interventional cardiology provides treatment for patients with diseases of the heart, blood vessels, and coronary arteries by opening blocked or clogged arteries that carry blood to and from the heart.

“With the important addition of such a highly qualified cardiologist as Dr. Badero to our staff, St. John’s will be stepping up its efforts to address heart disease, a critical issue in our community,” said Luis A. Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer of St. John’s. Of the five New York City counties in 2002, Queens County had the second highest mortality rate due to heart disease, according to the New York City Department of Health 2002 Vital Statistics. More to the point, Queens Community District 14, which includes the Rockaways, had a death rate from heart disease more than two times higher than those of Queens and the rest of New York City.

Dr. Badero will be responsible for the Hospital’s growing cardiology program, which includes a fully- equipped eight-bed cardiac care unit and a 43-bed cardiac intermediate care unit with 21 telemetry monitors. By year’s end every bed in the 43-bed unit will be monitored by telemetry. The cardiac service also offers full-service non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, including EKGs, EEGs, echocardiography, and nuclear medicine cardiology such as stress testing. St. John’s also has an expanding outpatient cardiology clinic.

Formerly, Dr. Badero served as the Director of the Kings County Hospital Cardiology Clinic as well as the Cardiac Screening Clinic at University Hospital of Brooklyn. He holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He is triple board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is one of the very few African-American specialists in his field.

“St. John’s cardiology program is undergoing rapid development and my interest lies in helping such programs grow,” said Dr. Badero. Dr. Badero completed three separate fellowship training programs. Two fellowships, critical care medicine and cardiovascular medicine, were done at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. A third fellowship in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine was completed at Yale University at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut. Recently Dr. Badero was featured on the cover of the “Best Black Doctors in New York City” issue of Network Journal and he has been honored by the New York State Assembly and the United States Congress.

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