Meet Our Pediatric Cardiologists Syracuse, NY

Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Our Physicians:

Nader H. Atallah | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Nader H. Atallah, MD, FAAP, FASE, FACC


Main Office: Syracuse, NY
Satellite Office: Johnson City, NY

Dr. Atallah received his undergraduate and medical degree from the American University of Beirut. He trained in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He completed a one year fellowship in pediatric echocardiography at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse and a six month fellowship in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. His current academic appointment is as Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and as a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Imaging Sciences, University of Rochester, New York. In addition he is a staff pediatric cardiologist at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York. His interests include fetal echocardiography, trans-thoracic and trans-esophageal echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

Dr. Atallah is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.

Daniel A. Kveselis | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Daniel A. Kveselis, MD, FAAP, FACC


Main Office: Syracuse, NY
Satellite Office: Johnson City, NY

Dr. Kveselis received a B.A. in Chemistry magna cum laude from Adelphi University in 1975, followed by his M.D. from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine in 1979. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1982, and by his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital in 1985. He returned to Connecticut for three years and arrived in Syracuse in 1988. At this time, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, Department of Pediatrics and is a staff Pediatric Cardiologist at Golisano Children's Hospital, as well as at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, New York.

His interests include: the evaluation and treatment of children with congenital and acquired heart disease, including the use of trans-thoracic echocardiographic imaging, exercise stress testing and tilt testing; natural history of congenital heart disease; and all aspects of heart catheterization including diagnostic, interventional (catheter based treatment), and electrophysiological evaluation and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

Dr. Kveselis is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.

Frank C. Smith | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Frank C. Smith, MD, FAAP, FACC


Main Office: Syracuse, NY
Satellite Office: Johnson City, NY | Utica, NY | Watertown, NY | Ogdensburg, NY

Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York and he is Chief of Pediatrics at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, New York. His interests include fetal echocardiography as well as general, transesophageal and stress echocardiography in children.

Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. He was a previous president of the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, a member of the Advocacy Committee of the American Society of Echocardiography, and a member of the Congenital Heart Defects Committee of the Council of Cardiovascular Disease of the Young of the American Heart Association. He was a previous board member of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Matthew Egan | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Matthew Egan, MD, FAAP, FACC


Main Office: Syracuse, NY

Dr. Egan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He trained in pediatrics at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. He performed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He also completed an additional fourth year of fellowship in noninvasive cardiac imaging at Nationwide Children's Hospital. This provided additional training in transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, pediatric cardiac CT imaging and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. His current academic appointment is as Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. In addition he is a staff pediatric cardiologist at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York. His interests include fetal echocardiography, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and 3-D echocardiographic imaging.

Dr. Egan is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.

Craig J. Byrum | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Craig J. Byrum, MD, FAAP, FACC, FHRS


Main Office: Syracuse, NY
Satellite Office: Oneonta, NY

Dr. Byrum received his undergraduate degree at Brown University and his medical education at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. He trained in general pediatrics also at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and then completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship training at the University of Michigan. His current academic appointment is Clinical Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He is a member of the full time active staffs at University Hospital and Crouse Hospital. He is Director of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Services at Crouse Hospital. His clinical interests include diagnosis and management of pediatric cardiac arrhythmias including treatment with catheter ablation and with implanted devices (pacemakers, defibrillators, etc); interventional cardiac catheterization; and late follow-up and management of the Adult with Congenital Heart Disease.

Dr. Byrum is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, of the American College of Cardiology, and of the Heart Rhythm Society (formerly North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology). He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Cardiology.

Francisco J. Gensini | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

Francisco J. Gensini, MD


Main Office: Syracuse, NY | Rochester, NY

Dr. Francisco J. Gensini, a native of Cali, Colombia, received his undergraduate degree from the Colegio Colombo Britanico in his home city. He then went on to earn his degree in Medicine and Surgery from Universidad del Valle, also in Cali, Colombia, followed by a General Surgery residency. Dr. Gensini later received a degree in Cardiovascular surgery from Fundacion - Clinica Cardiovascular Santa Maria, College of Medicine of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia.

In addition to filling the role of attending physician in cardiothoracic surgery at the Fundacion - Clinica Valle del Lili in Cali, Dr. Gensini completed a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, United Kingdom. This was followed by an ECMO fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care. Since coming to the United States in 2003, Dr. Gensini has also held the positions of resident physician and chief resident physician in general surgery as well as fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He then continued to be one of the first three ACGME approved fellows in a pediatric cardiac surgery program in the United States at Seattle Children's Hospital. He moved to Rochester, NewYork in 2009 to join the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. In addition he has the same academic appointment at Upstate medical university in Syracuse and is a staff pediatric cardiac surgeon at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York.

Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and board elegible in pediatric cardiac surgery, Dr. Gensini is a member of professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His professional interests include transposition of the great arteries, single ventricle physiology, tetralogy of fallot, coartation of the aorta, anomalous pulmonary venous return, atrioventricular canal defects, and adult congenital cardiac surgery among others.

George M. Alfieris | Pediatric Cardiology Associates

George M. Alfieris, MD


Main Office: Syracuse, NY | Rochester, NY

Dr. Alfieris received his graduate and medical degree from Georgetown University. He trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed a one year fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. His current academic appointments are Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In addition, he has an appointment to the Medical Staff at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY. His interests include complex neonatal cardiac surgery and arch obstruction.

Dr. Alfieris has been performing pediatric cardiac surgery on patients from the Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo areas at Upstate Medical Center since 1995 and at the University of Rochester since 1999 when a regionalized program between Rochester and Syracuse was developed.

Dr. Alfieris is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Congenital Heart Surgeons Society and the New York State Department of Health Cardiac Advisory Committee. He is certified in the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also certified in the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in the subspecialty of Congenital Heart Surgery.