When making your appointment, we will make every effort to schedule you in the location of your choice in a timely manner.
Our scheduling staff will need approximately 5-10 minutes of your time. We will need to obtain your current insurance information, address and phone number. Please have your current insurance information available when scheduling an appointment.
Due to the complex nature of our specialty, you can expect the first visit to take 2 or more hours. We suggest you bring extra bottles, diapers, toys, books, etc.
To make your appointment more efficient, please download, print and complete the following documents prior to your appointment. All forms are available at the bottom of this page.
We often times have families waiting for appointments for their child or newborn, so please be courteous and give us at least 24-48 hours notice when cancelling appointments. It is very important that you arrive on time for your appointment, as late arrivals are very challenging for our specialty care. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, we will explore all available options on our schedule but may not be able to accommodate your needs. We may be able to fit you in at a later time that day or may need to reschedule your appointment for another day.
We require a minimum of a 24 hours notice for all appointment cancellations and may apply a $25 cancellation/no show fee.
Once you have an appointment, you may need to obtain authorization from your primary care physician or directly from the insurance company if it will be out-of-network (depending on your insurance plan). Our scheduling staff will know what authorization, if any, needs to be obtained. Please understand that it is the patient's responsibility to obtain authorizations.
After all paperwork is completed and any co-payments are received, the patient will be called by our staff to have vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, height, and weight - recorded. If ordered, studies such as an electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram will be performed. The patient and family will then be brought into an examining room to meet with the pediatric cardiologist.
The evaluation will include a thorough history and physical exam by the pediatric cardiologist. At the end of the visit, the pediatric cardiologist will sit down with you to discuss all the findings and answer any questions that you may have.
Due to the complex nature of our specialty, you can expect the first visit to take 2 or more hours. We suggest you bring extra bottles, diapers, toys, books, etc. If a repeat visit is recommended, an appointment can usually be arranged before leaving the office. The pediatric ardiologist will write a comprehensive report and send it to your child's primary doctor and other specialists involved.
It is very common for pediatric residents and medical students from Albany Medical Center to come to our office to further their education in the field of pediatric cardiology. Often, the resident/student will be the first to take the history and perform the physical examination. The findings are then discussed with the pediatric cardiologist. We consider teaching the next generation of physicians to be very important.
Please download, print and complete the forms prior to your visit and bring the completed forms with you.