Peter Emilio Zambito, MD, FACC
Cardiac specialist Peter Emilio Zambito is a board-certified cardiologist and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of heart diseases and related conditions. Dr. Zambito is also an electrophysiologist, with expertise in surgical placement and monitoring of implantable devices from pacemakers and defibrillators to cutting-edge technology such as the Watchman device that can reduce the risk of stroke in patients with certain types of arrhythmia.
As the Medical Director of Zambito Heart Center, Dr. Zambito and his management team nurture the kind of environment that treats the whole patient, not just the heart. The staff all participate to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Patient are encouraged to ask questions in order to reduce anxiety and fears and to fully participate in their testing, diagnosis and treatment.
Q & A with Dr. Zambito
What gave you the desire to become a physician?
My first experience in high school volunteering at a local hospital emergency room was with a patient who had cardiac arrhythmia and was in extreme discomfort. The cardiologist there administered a medication that helped the patient feel better immediately. I was impressed by the rapid results of treatment and rapid improvement in patient status. This had a major impact on my decision to study medicine”.
Why did you choose to specialize in cardiology and electrophysiology?
“I like the vast array of diagnostic and treatment modalities. It’s a challenging field that requires versatility – surgical skills, diagnostic skills, radiology and ultrasound interpretation skills, to name a few. But what I most enjoy are the patient interactions I have in an area most patients consider to be a critical part of their overall health – their heart health. I’m very aggressive in searching for and treating cardiac risk factors. I appreciate patient input and feel it is important to explain in great detail what my diagnostic and therapeutic plan for the patient will mean for their health and quality of life”.
What makes your Center a good choice for cardiac care?
“From the beginning we strove to achieve the high standards of the very best health care facilities. A a result of these efforts we have received three accreditations from the demanding Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. We do our best to provide patients with detailed information about their cardiac health and risk factors and prevent complications of heart disease by aggressive, early treatment intervention. Care is delivered by clinical staff that all live in New York City and are comfortable with patients from many different cultures. Since a large portion of the local population speaks Spanish, most of the staff are biligual. These facts make us a great local alternative to care in a large, impersonal hospital setting.”
Training & Credentials
Board-Certified: American Board of Internal Medicine (Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology)
Fellow: American College of Cardiology
Fellowship Training: Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residency: Internal Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
BA: Biology and Music (magna cum laude), Columbia University, New York, NY
Member: American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society