Message from the Division Chief, Dr Dan Simon
The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is the driving force of the University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and Case Cardiovascular Center of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
In July 2006, I joined University Hospitals as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine with the goal to expand University Hospitals’ entire cardiovascular service line and to establish a Heart & Vascular Institute that would rise to the rank of a national center of excellence—not only in patient care, but also in regard to cardiovascular research and physician education.
Our mission statement guides our daily activities: We are a multi-disciplinary team that is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart and vascular disease. Our expertise, dedication, and compassion are combined with research, discovery, and innovation to optimize patient outcomes. Our goal is to become a top Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Heart & Vascular Institute with premier clinical, research, and education programs.
Today, as the Director of University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, I am proud of the milestones we have already achieved during the past 24 months. These include cutting edge facilities, physician and physician-scientist recruits, and new cardiovascular sub-specialty fellowships.
The Division’s greatest asset is its faculty and leaders. Dr. James Fang serves as Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer of the Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Mukesh Jain is the Ellery Sedgwick Distinguished Scientist and Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief for Research Affairs, Director of the Case Cardiovascular Research Institute, and the Chief Research Officer of the Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Albert Waldo is the Associate Chief for Academic Affairs. The Division has undergone explosive growth with the faculty increasing from 23 to over 45 faculty members. New recruits include, among many others, Dr. Marco Costa (Director, Invasive Services), Dr. Mauricio Arruda (Director, Electrophysiology Services), Dr. Richard Josephson (Director, Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Rehabilitation), and Dr. Teresa Carman (Director, Vascular Medicine). In addition, two internationally renowned physicians have been recruited as adjunct faculty: 1) Dr. Takayuki Asahara (Center for Developmental Biology, RIKEN/Kobe Institute, Kobe, Japan), a pioneer in the field of stem cell biology and collaborates with our stem cell therapy programs; and 2) Dr. Patrick Serruys (Erasmus University, The Netherlands), one of the most recognized interventional cardiologists in the world and founder of Cardialysis.
The clinical activities of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine are under the supervision of Dr. Fang. The clinical subspecialties include Electrophysiology (led by Dr. Judith Mackall), Non-Invasive Cardiology (Dr. Brian Hoit), Interventional Cardiology (Dr. Marco Costa), Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (Dr. Richard Josephson), Heart Failure/Transplant/Circulatory Assistance (Dr. James Fang), Preventive Cardiology and the Lipid Clinic (Carl Orringer), Cardiovascular Imaging (Dr. Chip Gilkeson) and Ambulatory Cardiology (Dr. Barry Effron). These activities are based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and extend to Heart & Vascular Institute programs at community medical center and ambulatory center. All faculty are appointed to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The Heart & Vascular Institute provides primary cardiovascular services to local communities and tertiary and quaternary cardiovascular care to Northeast Ohio. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized authorities in many cardiovascular conditions including atrial fibrillation, interventional cardiology, and heart failure. University Hospitals has a unique reputation for personalized yet sophisticated cardiovascular care with a multidisciplinary approach. All patients are offered the latest in device, ablative, and surgical therapies. Hundreds of cardiac catheterizations, coronary interventions, cardiac surgeries, electrophysiologic procedures are performed annually. Our clinical programs are also closely aligned with the Cleveland-Stokes VA Medical Center, which serves as a regional center for cardiovascular services within the VA healthcare system.
We believe that research—from clinical research to population research to basic science—is fundamental to all top-flight cardiovascular medicine divisions, and we encourage all faculty members and fellows to be engaged in some aspect of research and discovery to advance patient care. Under the leadership of Dr. Jain, the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) has soared. The CVRI occupies over 13,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Wolstein Research Building and is home to over 59 faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, students, and technicians. The strengths of the CVRI include vascular biology, gene regulation, hypertrophy, arrhythmia and electrical remodeling, and new programs in cardiovascular development and stem cell biology. Within the Heart & Vascular Institute’s Center for Research & Innovation, we have cutting edge translation and clinical research activities with particular strengths in stem cell and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular imaging, and electrophysiology and interventional cardiology drug and device trials. We have garnered over 15 R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health and 9 career development awards (K-level awards from NIH and SDG from the American Heart Association) along with numerous industrial and foundation awards. Total committed grant support (direct and indirect costs) from the NIH now exceeds $21 million. We are particularly proud of our junior faculty clinician scientists and scientists. The clinician-scientists include Drs. Anne Hamik (Harvard Medical School), G. Brandon Atkins (Harvard Medical School), Saptarsi Haldar (Harvard Medical School), and Aaron Proweller (University of Pennsylvania). The scientists include Diana Ramirez-Bergeron (University of Pennsylvania), Can Shi (Harvard Medical School), Yunmei Wang (Harvard Medical School), and Zhiyong Lin (Harvard Medical School),
Our strong educational programs are under the leadership of Dr. Brian Hoit, who serves a director of the fellowship training program. We have 15 general cardiology fellows, 4 electrophysiology fellows, 2 interventional cardiology fellows, 1 heart failure fellow, and 1 imaging fellow rotating at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Cleveland-Stokes VA Medical Center. Our cardiovascular fellowship has successfully matched house officers from elite medical institutions, including University of California-San Francisco, University of Texas-Southwestern, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and, of course, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Many of our trainees have gone onto successful academic and clinical practice careers.