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John                           Canty, Jr.

John M. Canty, Jr. MD

UBMD Medicine


Apoptosis and cell death; Cardiac pharmacology; Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease; Gene therapy; Genomics and proteomics; Molecular Basis of Disease; Stem Cells



Professional Summary:

As chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at UB, I am responsible for the clinical, teaching and research programs related to adult patients with heart disease. I care for patients at the UBMD Internal Medicine practice group in Amherst, the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) of Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and the Buffalo VA Medical Center (VAMC). My clinical areas of expertise are in diagnosing and caring for patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure.

My research group conducts translational studies directed at advancing our mechanistic understanding of cardiac pathophysiology as well as developing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for the management of patients with chronic ischemic heart disease. Our ongoing areas of preclinical investigation apply proteomic approaches to identify intrinsic adaptive responses of the heart to ischemia and studies examining the ability of intracoronary stem cell therapies to stimulate endogenous cardiomyocyte proliferation and improve heart function. We also conduct basic and patient-oriented research to understand how reversible ischemia modifies the cellular composition and sympathetic innervation of the heart to help develop new approaches to identify patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest from ventricular fibrillation.

In addition to my laboratory investigation, I serve as the deputy director of the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) and the director of the UB Translational Imaging Center. The Translational Imaging Center offers researchers opportunities to perform multimodality research imaging using PET molecular imaging, high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray computed tomography (CT). Our overall goal is to use advanced cardiac imaging to translate new applications between the bench and bedside in order to identify new imaging biomarkers of pathophysiological processes such as chronic myocardial ischemia and cardiac arrhythmogenesis.

I am engaged in the cardiology profession at national and international levels, including as former president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology.


Apoptosis and cell death, Cardiac pharmacology, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Gene therapy, Genomics and proteomics, Molecular Basis of Disease, Stem Cells

Patients Treated:

Adults, Seniors/Elderly

Physician Gender:


Location and Insurance

UBMD Internal Medicine: Amherst Site
UBMD Internal Medicine at Amherst
1020 Youngs Road
Suite 110
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: 716-961-9900
Accepting new patients

Hospital Locations (for inpatients only):
  • Buffalo General Medical Center
Insurance Accepted:
  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)


Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, cardiovascular disease, University at Buffalo, University at Buffalo (1983)
  • Internship/Residency, University at Rochester, University at Rochester (1981)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo, Thesis Honors (1979)
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cum Laude (1975)
Awards and Honors:
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor (2015)
  • Robert J. Bache Award (2012)
  • SUNY Chancellor‘s Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Activities (2010)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008)
  • Stockton Kimball Award (2005)
  • Association of University Cardiologists (2003)
  • University at Buffalo Sustained Achievement Award (2003)
  • Clinical Investigator Award NHLBI (1988)
  • Sinsheimer Scholar (1983)
  • American Heart Association Louis N. Katz Award Finalist (1982)
  • John C. Sable Memorial Heart Fund Award (1982)
  • Upjohn Research Award in Medicine (1979)
  • John Watson Award in Medicine (1979)
  • Buswell Student Research Award (1978)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • James A. Gibson Anatomical Society
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society


Research Profile:

This UBMD clinician teaches at the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about this clinician’s research and teaching activities. View credentials, publications, professional involvement and more.