Peter J. Macander, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, FSCAI has joined The Christ Hospital Health Network in January 2022, bringing more than 30 years of clinical experience in interventional cardiology and adult cardiovascular medicine to the community. His experience includes coronary, peripheral vascular, and carotid balloon angioplasty and stenting, and catheter-based vascular therapeutics, including excimer laser angioplasty, atherectomy, and intravascular ultrasound/imaging.
Dr. Macander chose a career in medicine for the opportunity to benefit the people in his community in need of his services. He believes in forging long-lasting relationships with his patients to ensure long-term optimal heart health through careful, guideline-directed follow-up and ambulatory preventive medical care. "As a physician, I learn most by observing and listening attentively to my patients," Dr. Macander says of his approach to practice. "I encourage my patients to ask me anything and tell me everything."
Dr. Macander is a native of Buffalo, New York. He earned a B.A. in Biology from Canisius College and an M.S. in Natural Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB) before going on to study medicine. He earned his M.D. from Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland, where he also became the first graduate in his class to earn a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with honors.
He completed his Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at Beaumont Oakwood Medical Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Macander completed Fellowships in Cardiovascular Medicine at the Edith & Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute of Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, Invasive Cardiology at the Medical College of Georgia Hospitals and Clinics of Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Macander is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with Board Certification in Internal Medicine, 1996. He maintains certifications in Cardiovascular Disease, 2001, 2015, and Interventional Cardiology, 2015. He is a Fellow of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
He has served as an editorial consultant (since 1994) to Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, an international, peer-reviewed journal highlighting the latest advances in the field of Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Macander has authored or co-authored more than 38 articles published in internationally respected, peer-reviewed medical journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis and others.
In Missouri, Dr. Macander developed the first coronary stent and care program in Jefferson City and placed the first coronary stents in the six-state SSM Health System in 1993, the year in which the first coronary stent received FDA approval. He also introduced the techniques of directional and extraction coronary atherectomy in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Dr. Macander drew early inspiration from pioneer interventional radiologist Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, who miniaturized balloon angioplasty and first applied it to coronary artery disease, PTCA, in 1977. "I had a great privilege to become an interventional fellow to and train under Dr. Gary S. Roubin, a world class interventionalist, himself trained and inspired by Dr. Gruentzig.
“Where Dr. Gruentzig fathered an entirely new discipline of Interventional Cardiology by his invention of balloon PTCA, Dr. Roubin took that milestone of medicine to the next level, developing the first FDA-approved coronary stent designed to overcome the limitations of PTCA. I could not help but be motivated in such an innovative and inspiring environment, filled with optimism, encouraging the growth of new techniques and technologies to combat coronary and peripheral vascular disease ever more effectively and less invasively."
Outside of Medicine, Dr. Macander has a passion for classical music of the pipe organ and piano, as well as an interest in pipe organ design and building.