Our physicians are experts and great people too! Meet Nicholas Stamato, MD, FACC, the February 2016 Provider of the Month.
Dr. Stamato joined the medical staff in 2014. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He came to Gillette from upstate New York for the opportunity to develop and open the organization’s first cardiac cath lab and
cardiology clinic with
Campbell County Medical Group, along with his partner
Dr. Sairav Shah.
In his over 20 years of practice, Dr. Stamato has seen the specialty of cardiology change radically. When he was in residency the only treatment for patients who had suffered a heart attack was bed rest in the hospital for two weeks and blood thinners. It’s no wonder that 30% of patients died before leaving the hospital and another 50% died within one year of discharge. Today, with the powerful procedures, treatments and medications available, only 2% of patients die if they reach the cath lab within 90 minutes of a heart attack. Dr. Stamato is amazed to be a part of this change, saying that it is so rewarding to be able to open up a blocked artery and make an immediate difference for the patient. That’s why he loves the field of cardiology. He is extremely proud that the CCH Cath Lab has been in operation for two years with excellent patient outcomes.
Dr. Stamato credits the internet for an increase in his patients’ general medical knowledge and desire to have more of a say in their own healthcare, but it has also made it easier to buy health related products online that are untested and unproven and that it part of his job to help patients make decisions about such products.
In March Dr. Stamato begins a three-year term on the Board of Governors for the American College of Cardiology, serving as the voice of the Wyoming cardiology community on issues relating to cardiovascular disease and access to quality, cost-effective care.
Dr. Stamato and his wife Cathy have three sons, one daughter and one grandchild between them. Cathy is an independent IT consultant who will start working for CCH next month. They love to travel together and experience new places. Dr. Stamato came to fall in love with Wyoming while on annual family fly fishing trips in the Bighorns to visit his brother, CCH Radiation Oncologist Dr.
John Stamato. Dr. Stamato’s other hobbies include reading and hiking. He freely admits that his least proficient hobby is golf. He is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and says “this is our year!”.
Thank you Dr. Stamato, for providing our patients with excellent care.