Ronald Kirshner, MD


Ronald Kirshner, MD

Appointed: 2004

Ronald Kirshner, MD
Department: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Contract Staff
Location: Rochester General Hospital
Mail Code Suite 240
1415 Portland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14621
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ronald Kirshner is the Chief of Cardiac Services and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rochester General Hospital in New York and a member of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Heart Center Staff. In 2004, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation established a formal cardiothoracic surgery partnership with Rochester General Hospital, one of only two Top 100 Cardiac Hospitals in New York State. He is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition to his practice of cardiac surgery, Dr. Kirshner has a specialty interest in the quality management of cardiac surgery and the application of the quality principles developed in industry to medicine and has extensive training is this area through leaders in this field including General Motors and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Following an undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated magna cum laude, Dr. Kirshner received his medical degree from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He did his clinical training at the Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, including residencies in general, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery, and surgical pathology. His research work during his clinical training focused on the infectability of prosthetic grafts and traumatic thoracic aortic ruptures. The University of Rochester Medical Center awarded Dr. Kirshner fellowships to pursue clinical expertise in vascular and cardiothoracic surgery.

In 2000, Dr. Kirshner received the “Reengineering Cardiac Surgery” award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers for applying the teaching of the General Motor’s PICOS process to the practice of Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Kirshner will retain his position as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Rochester General Hospital as he also becomes a member of the Cleveland Clinic staff following the cardiac surgery partnership between The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Rochester General Hospital. The partnership is intended to create a sharing of many Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Rochester Heart Institute clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities and to enhance clinical integration.

Dr. Kirshner has made a number of presentations at symposia and conferences on his research into improving outcomes and reducing costs in adult cardiac surgery and on the practical application of quality improvement in health care. He has published articles on his specialty interests in such leading medical journals as Journal of Vascular Surgery, Current Surgery, and Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Kirshner is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Upstate Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Rochester, NY USA
Fellowship - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Vascular Surgery
Rochester, NY USA
Residency - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
General Surgery/Vascular Surge
Rochester, NY USA
Residency - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
General Surgery/Vascular Surge
Rochester, NY USA
Residency - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Cardiac Surgery/Surgical Patho
Rochester, NY USA
Residency - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA
Internship - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA
Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
Undergraduate - Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA USA


  • Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Specialty Interests

Aortic Aneurysms, Aortic Valve Replacement, Bypass Surgery, Coronary Artery Reoperation, Heart Surgery Reoperation, Mitral Valve Repair, Reoperation Valve Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Treatment & Services

  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Reoperation
  • Heart Surgery Reoperation
  • High Risk Cardiac Surgery
  • Reoperation Valve Surgery

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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Languages Spoken

  • English
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