As the baby boomers age, America’s top killer—cardiovascular disease—will become even more widespread. Luckily, cardiologist Roger V. Cappucci, MD, fights heart disease locally on several fronts.
At White Plains Hospital Center, Dr. Cappucci, 46, is chairman of the cardiac arrest committee and vice president of the medical staff. He meets regularly with doctors and hospital trustees to discuss ways to improve the practice of cardiology at the hospital. In the community, Dr. Cappucci lectures for the American Heart Association about prevention and volunteers at community health fairs. At the office, he practices preventive cardiology daily, helping patients manage hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes before they cause bigger problems.
“Part of being a good doctor is really listening,” says Dr. Cappucci, who lives and works in Scarsdale. (Dr. Cappucci has a private practice called Scarsdale Medical Group in Scarsdale.) “I always try to keep patients very comfortable and relaxed so they feel they can share.”
Dr. Cappucci’s interest in cardiology was solidified as a teen, when he taught CPR and volunteered at Lawrence Hospital. Today, as an accomplished and recognized up-and-comer in his field, his access to the latest technology at WPHC gives him an edge when caring for patients. He helped to establish the hospital’s new cardiac catheterization laboratory, where doctors implant defibrillators, perform angiograms, and more. “The hospital has really invested in giving the staff and their patients the best technology available,” Dr. Cappucci says.
In the past two years, WPHC has won awards for its level of cardiac care—for being the only hospital in Westchester with better-than-national heart-disease mortality rates, and for adhering strictly to the American Stroke Association’s stroke-treatment guidelines—and Dr. Cappucci has been integral in these and other initiatives, says Jon Schandler, CEO of WPHC.
“He’s a leader in cardiology, and he’s an accomplished physician who’s got a great rapport with his patients,” says Schandler, an AHA volunteer. “I think he really cares what happens to them, and they love him because of that.”