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, and American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Surgery, 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 

Meet Our Surgeons

Niloo M. Edwards, MD
Dr. Niloo M. Edwards is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, and received his medical degree at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He performed his internship in General Surgery at the University of Rochester…
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Javid Saifi, MD, FACS
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…
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Christopher M. Terrien, III, MD
Dr. Chris Terrien, a graduate of Connecticut College, received his medical degree at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. He subsequently completed his Internship in General Surgery at Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont…
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Marek Polomsky, MD
Dr. Marek Polomsky, a graduate of Northwestern University, received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine…
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