Thomas Cimato

Thomas R. Cimato

Thomas R. Cimato MD, PhD

UBMD Internal Medicine


Cardiology; Cardiopulmonary physiology; Cardiovascular Disease; Critical Care Medicine; Gene Expression; Genomics and proteomics; Immunology; Inflammation; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Progenitor Cells; Signal Transduction; Stem Cells

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I care for patients with a wide variety of heart problems including congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular disease, and arrhythmias. My specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure. I integrate information from multiple cardiac diagnostic studies to coordinate treatment for my patients with interventional cardiologists, heart rhythm specialists and heart surgeons. I am trained as an Advanced Heart Failure specialist and I am experienced in the treatment of patients with cardiac transplants and ventricular assist devices.

I am available to patients at the Great Lakes Cardiovascular offices in Amherst NY, the Buffalo General Medical Center Cardiology Clinic, and on the Cardiology inpatient services in the Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC).

In the Cardiac Care Unit I oversee patients with acute congestive heart failure, most often after myocardial infarction. In the outpatient clinics I manage medical and device therapy for heart failure and perform cardiopulmonary stress testing to identify patients who need advanced heart failure therapies including left ventricular assist devices or cardiac transplantation.

I am involved in multi-center clinical trials in treatment of heart failure. I study the role of hematopoietic system and inflammation in repair of heart attacks and the failing heart via my own independent research, and in collaboration with pharmaceutical firms. I am a peer reviewer for several leading journals in Cardiology, and review research grant applications for the NIH and American Heart Association.

I teach and supervise Internal Medicine residents and Cardiology Fellows in all facets of my clinical practice: during inpatient hospital care in the Cardiac Care Unit, while interpreting cardiac imaging studies, and in my outpatient practice. I also teach and mentor young scientists involved in research.


Cardiology, Cardiopulmonary physiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Gene Expression, Genomics and proteomics, Immunology, Inflammation, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Progenitor Cells, Signal Transduction, Stem Cells

Patients Treated:

Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:



UBMD Internal Medicine: Amherst Site
UBMD Internal Medicine - Amherst Site
1020 Youngs Road
Suite 110
Amherst, New York 14221
Office Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Phone: 716-961-9900
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • MVP Healthcare
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):

  • Buffalo General Medical Center

Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Board Certification, Internal Medicine
  • Board Certification, Nuclear Cardiology

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Stem Cell Biology Vascular Biology Genomics, National Institutes of Health (2007)
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2006)
  • Fellowship, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2006)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System (2002)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo (1999)
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University at Buffalo (1999)
  • BS, Biochemistry Minor Chemistry, University at Buffalo, Cum Laude (1992)

Awards and Honors:

  • American Heart Association Research Administration Recognition Award (2016)
  • Finalist, Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology Council Award for Outstanding Research by an Early Career Investigator (2013)
  • University at Buffalo, Outstanding Laboratory-based Research (2013)
  • Most Read Articles in Circulation Journal-Molecular Cardiology (2010)
  • Fellow-American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (2009)
  • Finalist, Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator's Forum (2008)
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2001)
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research (1995)
  • National Medical Student Research Symposium (1994)
  • First Place-University at Buffalo School of Medicine Research Forum (1993)
  • National Medical Student Research Symposium (1993)
  • First Place-University at Buffalo School of Medicine Research Forum (1992)
  • Early Admission Program-University at Buffalo School of Medicine (1992)
  • Fellow-American College of Cardiology
  • Fellow-American Heart Association
  • Castle Connolly: America‘s Top Doctors

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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