Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

George M. Alfieris, M.D.

Dr. George M. Alfieris, nationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgeon, is Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

  • Dr. Alfieris has achieved the highest cardiac surgery survival rate in New York State for the most complex congenital heart diseases.
  • Dr. Alfieris is the only pediatric cardiac surgeon in the region and stresses a team approach to the care of infants and children.
  • Dr. Alfieris works closely with the Golisano Children’s Heart Center cardiologists, intensive care specialists, anesthesiologists, surgical nurse practitioners, child life specialists, patient care coordinators, nurses and a group of allied professionals to care for the patients and their families.

Patients are cared for in a new 12-bed state of the art pediatric cardiac intensive care unit.  On the floor above, there is a special Ronald McDonald House to accommodate parents of children requiring intensive care. Special attention is given to families during this stressful time of surgery, and every effort is made to have parents be with their child as much as possible during the hospital stay.

Academic Appointments

2001 – PresentAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
1999 – PresentAssociate Professor of Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


1983 – 1987M.D., Georgetown University of Medicine, Washington, DC
1982 – 1983M.S., Physiology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
1978 – 1982B.A., Zoology, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Surgical Training

1994 – 1995Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Fellowship, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1992 – 1994Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY
1987 – 1992General Surgical Residency, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
Central New York Surgical Society
Congenital Heart Surgeons Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
University of Rochester Surgical Association
Upstate Thoracic Surgical Society

Contact Us

Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: 585-275-2735
Fax: 585-244-7171

Go to the Children’s Heart Center at Strong Home Page

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