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Jerome Granato


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Dr. Jerome E. Granato has actively practiced clinical and interventional cardiology for over 20 years.

His career has encompassed basic and clinical research, medical education, clinical practice and hospital administration. 

In 1975, Dr. Granato graduated with high honors from the Stevens Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. He then attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, receiving the MD degree in 1979. This was followed by a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Granato then pursued a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, remaining there an additional year as a research fellow of the American Heart Association. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. In 2000, Dr. Granato received a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Graduate Management at Northwestern University.

He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. In 2000, Dr. Granato received a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Graduate Management at Northwestern University.

In 1985, Dr. Granato became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. He then became Director of the Coronary Care Unit at the Presbyterian University Hospital in 1986. In 1987, Dr. Granato became the Assistant Professor of Medicine of at the Allegheny campus of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Director of Cardiovascular Training at Allegheny General Hospital. From 2004-2007, He was the Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

In 2011, he became Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Excela Health, A three-hospital health system in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In that capacity he oversaw activities in 11 clinical departments as well as medical affairs and education, patient safety and quality, resource utilization, hospital accreditation and public reporting and medical information. His work as a physician and hospital administrator has been recognized with numerous awards and national speaking invitations.

In 2010 he received the Dean’s Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He has been consistently cited as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for cardiovascular disease and one of “America’s Top Cardiologists”.

In recent years, Dr. Granato has also developed a special interest in the application of industrial process improvement principles to healthcare related problems. At Allegheny General Hospital he has been instrumental in developing new programs and methodologies related to patient safety. In particular, he and his team have successfully applied the process improvement techniques of the Toyota Production System to the problem of catheter related blood stream infections. They have successfully demonstrated the importance of continuous training and adaptive learning in eliminating these infections over an extended period of time. Their work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. In 2006, he received the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Physicians Champion Award for his work on improving the central line insertion process. In 2007 his team was awarded the Baxter Circle of Excellence Award for patient safety. In 2008, he and his team were awarded the Milton Fine Silver Award for their work in eliminating catheter related blood stream infections. In 2010, he was appointed to the national board of directors of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). At Excela Health, he and his team have achieved national recognition for their work in improving the efficiency of hospital services. In 2012, they were recipients of the Milton Fine Silver Award for Teamwork Excellence in Reducing Observation Status Utilization. This work has been presented at numerous national venues and abroad.

An entertaining speaker, Dr. Granato has spoken extensively on interventional cardiology, myocardial reperfusion strategies, patient safety, eliminating hospital acquired infections and efficient health acre delivery. As an accomplished author, Dr. Granato has numerous peer reviewed publications. His book, Living with Coronary Heart Disease was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and had received excellent reviews.

In addition to these activities, Dr. Granato actively participates in professional activities at the local, state and national level. He has been member of the Board of Director’s of the Allegheny County and Westmoreland County Chapters of the American Heart Association. Dr. Granato has also been member of the national Public Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association. In this capacity, he has had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress to discuss issues pertinent to cardiovascular medicine and public health.   He has also served as the Western Pennsylvania representative to the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. From 1998 to 2000, he was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Association. 

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