Fort Worth's Loss is Rochester's Gain: Cardiologist Brings Considerable Talents from the Lone Star State

October 25, 2000

After three years in Texas, Daniel Miga, M.D., is rediscovering his Western New York roots as a member of the pediatric cardiology team at Children's Hospital at Strong.

Miga, originally from Fredonia, is a 1988 graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo Medical School. Formerly a captain in the U.S. Air Force medical corps, he most recently worked at Cook Children's Heart Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

As an interventional pediatric cardiologist, he spends most of his time diagnosing and treating children in the hospital's catheterization lab. Cardiac catheterization involves advancing a catheter into the heart by way of the blood vessels that lead into the organ. By doing this, Miga can obtain blood samples, take detailed pictures, and detect and correct congenital abnormalities of the heart.

"In the past, catheterization was used mainly as a diagnostic tool," Miga says. "During the last decade, we've found additional uses for the technology, and we now use it regularly to treat congenital heart defects. It reduces the need for surgery, which eliminates scars and reduces recovery time. Many children go home the next day."

Miga lives in Fairport with his wife, Rhonda, and their children, Zachary, 6, and Rachel, 4. His return to Rochester is important because he joins a growing number of pediatric cardiology specialists who form the Children's Heart Center at Strong.

"We've developed a strong, integrated program to care for children who have heart problems, and Dr. Miga's skills and experience complement the team at Children's Heart Center," says Steven Lipshultz, M.D., chief of pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital at Strong. "It used to be that families had to drive to Cleveland or Boston for this type of service. Now, they can receive the highest quality of care right at home."

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