Our Standards

Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons was founded by Dr. Ralph Alley and Dr. Allan Stranahan over 50 years ago. Since then three generations of surgeons have performed thousands of procedures and have provided state of the art thoracic and cardiac surgical care to residents of the Capital District.

All of our board certified surgeons have completed a rigorous education which has included:

  • 4 years of undergraduate college
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 5 year of General Surgery residency with Board Certification
  • 2-3 years of Cardiothoracic residency with Board Certification

Board certification requires completion of an accredited training program (residency) and passing a rigorous written and oral examination. Examinations and training accreditations are administered by the American Board of Surgery (General Surgery, www.absurg.org) and American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Surgery, www.abts.org/doc/4016). Completion of these board certifications assures that surgeons have the clinical and technical expertise to competently perform cardiac and thoracic surgery. All surgeons further their education by attending meetings and workshops. Board certification is maintained not only by attending meetings but also by passing a written examination every 10 years. Maintenance of these standards by Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons assures that our patients are receiving the highest quality medical care. For more information please see  www.sts.org/sections/education/beasurgeon/ 

Meet Our Surgeons

Dr. Soon John Park

Dr. Park is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Washington…
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Dr. Sulaiman Hasan

Dr. Sulaiman Hasan is a graduate of Dow Medical College in Pakistan.  He completed his General Surgery residency at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and his Cardiovascular-Thoracic residency… Read More 

Dr. Stephanie Helmer

Dr. Helmer is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University…
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Dr. Anastasios Konstantakos

Dr. Konstantakos is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospital Case Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in cardiac surgery at…
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Dr. Rebecca Phillip

Dr. Philip completed her residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Kentucky. During her training she received the “Excellence in Teaching” award three consecutive years for her dedication to the education of medical students…
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Dr. Javid Saifi

Dr. Javid Saifi, a graduate of Rutgers University, received his medical degree at New Jersey Medical School. He performed his internship in Internal Medicine at Brocton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Saifi performed his residency in General Surgery… Read More View Video