Auburn N.Y. – May 1, 2023, Auburn Community Hospital (ACH) announced today that Dr.
Ronald L. Kirshner has been appointed Chair and Medical Director of the new Auburn Heart
Institute (AHI). Dr. Kirshner’s appointment coincides with a multi‐million investment the
hospital is making to expand its cardiovascular services to meet the needs of patients in the region.
Dr. Kirshner is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon who comes to the Auburn Heart Institute from Rochester Regional Health Sands‐Constellation Heart Institute where he served as the Chief of Cardiac Services and Cardiothoracic (heart) Surgery for over 30 years. Dr. Kirshner is a graduate of Temple University Medical School and completed his internship and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has also completed fellowships in Vascular Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has been practicing as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Rochester General Hospital since 1985. He is board certified in Cardiac and Thoracic surgery. Dr. Kirshner’s clinical interests and expertise include Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery and creating systems to drive healthcare efficiency and quality.
“I speak on behalf of Auburn Community Board of Trustees in warmly welcoming Dr. Kirshner
to our health care system,” stated Anthony Franceschelli, Chairman of the ACH Board of
Trustees. “Dr. Kirshner is known far and wide as a leader in the specialty of Cardiac Services
and brings with him a wealth of expertise that will be invaluable to, not only to our hospital,
but to our patients and community as well.”
“We look forward to Dr. Kirshner advancing our cardiac services for our community. With the
help of New York State and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Auburn Community Hospital is
experiencing a significant transformation of healthcare in our community that includes our
new $15 million comprehensive cancer center, a multi‐million‐dollar heart institute and a
robust orthopedic practice, combined with a five‐star nursing home, 3 Urgent Care Centers,
along with primary care and specialty care services,” stated Scott Berlucchi, President, and