Cardiologists Gary Gabelman, Douglas Hart, Gabriela Grasa, Anthony Mercando, and Mitchell Fishbach Join White Plains Hospital Physician Associates
White Plains, N.Y. (January 10, 2022) – White Plains Hospital Physician Associates welcomes Drs. Gary Gabelman, Douglas Hart, Gabriela Grasa, Anthony Mercando, and Mitchell Fishbach, formerly associated with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester. This new cardiology group expands the number of impressive physicians in White Plains Hospital’s Division of Cardiology. White Plains Hospital continues to bolster its comprehensive cardiology services through the addition of top physicians, geographic expansion, and programmatic growth, including two cardiac catherization labs, specialists in heart failure and electrophysiology and most recently, the launch of its cardiac surgery program in November of 2021 in partnership with Montefiore.
Specializing in preventative and non-invasive cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography, Drs. Gabelman, Hart, Grasa, Mercando and Fishbach are now seeing patients at White Plains Hospital’s Center for Advanced Medicine & Surgery, located at 122 Maple Avenue in White Plains.
Dr. Gary Gabelman oversees the practice and specializes in heart disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center. Among his honors, Dr. Gabelman has been a named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly annually since 1993 and was also named a Top Doctor multiple times by New York magazine and Westchester Magazine. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for over 30 clinical trials and his work has appeared in such peer-reviewed publications as The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, The American Journal of Cardiology, and Postgraduate Medicine.
Dr. Douglas Hart helps lead echocardiography services for the practice and also specializes in cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Dr. Douglas Hart completed a fellowship in circulatory physiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and then completed a full cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center with special concentration on echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Hart has been frequently named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and was also named a Top Doctor multiple times by New York magazine and Westchester Magazine. Dr. Hart has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals, including Circulation and The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Gabriela Grasa specializes in cardiology, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography and is responsible for developing relationships for the group with community members and providers throughout the region. She graduated from the Carol Davila Medical School and completed her internship at St. Andrew Hospital, both in Romania. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Washington Hospital Center and her fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Grasa has been frequently named a Top Doctor by New York magazine, Westchester Magazine, Castle Connolly, and was also included in Castle Connolly’s “Exceptional Women in Medicine” in both 2020 and 2021. She has been published in several medical journals and has presented her work at annual medical meetings of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Anthony Mercando specializes in preventive cardiology, pacing and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy, and medical informatics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard‐MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Mercando completed his internal medicine internship, residency, and a fellowship in clinical cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center. He has frequently been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and has had authored or co-authored over 50 articles published in peer-reviewed publications, with topics ranging from angiographic coronary artery disease and heart failure, to ventricular tachycardia and complex ventricular arrhythmias.
Dr. Mitchell Fishbach is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center. From 2004-2015, Dr. Fishbach was Chief of Cardiology at Lawrence Hospital. He has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly annually since 1997 and his research in cardiology has been widely published.
To schedule an appointment with these physicians, call (914) 849-4800.
About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.
The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2019, 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2021, 2016 and 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement Award for its treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks in its Emergency Department and Cardiac Catherization labs and its mortality rate is amongst the lowest in the country according to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 60 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2021, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the sixth time and was the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 6th consecutive time.