Centers and Programs

One of several unique aspects of the Institute is its foundation, built on a theme of health and disease continuums or “life cycles.” This approach acknowledges that health is an active process and similarly, disease has an origin—with modifying elements and variable presentations. With this in mind, we identify common and rare conditions, diseases and disorders and develop a multi-dimensional plan.

The Centers of Excellence and Programs of Distinction capture emerging areas in heart, lung and vascular disease and systematically identify multi-disciplinary “touch points” for illness predisposition, initial symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. For example, atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in adults; however, it is a condition of numerous diseases, disorders and environmental factors. In addition, it is known to be heritable in some instances. Thus, the investigation of atrial fibrillation begins on a genetic background, with intermediate phenotypes and potentially related epigenetic factors ultimately determining its onset. The clinical perspective and management of disease begins with fundamental questions: where does one find atrial fibrillation?  In what patient population is the predisposition most strong? Is the condition preventable and readily treatable?

The Institute’s disease continuum approach is patient-centered, fully utilizing the on-site strengths of research, education, training and outstanding care. We’re committed to getting you back to living a full and vibrant life as quickly as possible.

Centers of Excellence

Programs of Distinction

  • Aging, Regeneration and Cardiopulmonary Disease Simulation
  • Primordial Cardiology and Life Cycles of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Scientist in Residence Program
  • Mentored Research Career Development Program
  • Women and Heart Disease
  • Vascular Medicine Program
  • Cardiovascular Oncology Program