Joseph J Franco, D.O.
President and CEO
General and Interventional cardiology
Dr. Joseph Franco knows that outstanding patient care requires thoughtful evaluation of the whole person–because the body is greater than the sum of its parts. At Cardiovascular And Lifestyle Medicine, he pairs this integrative approach to medicine with the latest innovations in cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment.
A Long Island native, Dr. Franco studied at Fordham University in the Bronx before attending the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of the New York Institute of Technology. During his post-graduate training Dr. Franco spent seven years at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, one of the busiest cardiac transplant and mechanical circulatory support centers in the country. He worked extensively in the pre- and post-operative care of patients with advanced heart failure and heart transplants. His commitment to medical student education and the training program earned him special recognition.
For advanced training in invasive and interventional cardiology, Dr. Franco attended Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine, where he gained special expertise in coronary angiography and intervention using the radial (arm) artery. This improves patient comfort, reduces complications, and provides earlier post-procedure mobility when compared with the traditional groin approach. In addition, radial artery catheterization reduces mortality in patients who have had a certain type of heart attack.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Franco continues to research and publish. Past work includes research on multivessel coronary revascularization and articles on cardiovascular outcomes as well as reduction of complications related to cardiac catheterization.
Dr. Franco is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology, and he has certification of special competence in adult echocardiography with proficiency in transesophageal echo. He maintains privileges at multiple hospitals in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Dr. Franco’s professional credentials give his patients confidence in the quality of his care. His integrated approach to medicine and his warm bedside manner provide reassurance and comfort to his patients and their families.
Daniel R Raio, P.A.
Chief Operations Officer
General Cardiology and Heart Failure Program Director
Daniel R Raio is a nationally certified physician assistant. He is a dedicated provider who understands that treatment of his patients require more then a base knowledge of medicine. He knows that each person is unique and requires a tailored health plan specific to their needs. He believes in modern medicine, but also understands there is a place for integrative approaches. Mr Raio is dedicated to the mission of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is eager to continue refining his craft through research and education in plant based diets as a viable treatment for multiple cardiac and co-morbid conditions.
He has spent the last ten years specializing in heart failure management at Island cardiac specialists, a NYU Winthrop affiliate. He currently is an expert speaker in the heart failure community and speaks at various events throughout the nation. He has a background in marketing and business administration, and plays a vital role in our business operations. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Psychology from the University at Albany, New York and then earned his degree in PA studies at Touro College, Long Island. He is certified by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants.