The University of Virginia’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, led by Christopher M. Kramer, MD, is nationally recognized for excellence in clinical care, research, and teaching. Faculty members provide expert, comprehensive care for all forms of cardiovascular disease through the UVA Heart and Vascular Center, which serves more than 4,000 patients at University Hospital and an additional 50,000 in outpatient clinics each year. The division’s clinical practice covers a wide range of disciplines, including general cardiovascular disease and prevention, cardiac imaging, diagnostic, and interventional electrophysiology, and cardiac catheterization, valvular heart disease, basic and advanced heart failure, mechanical support, adult congenital heart disease, sports cardiology, and vascular diseases. The collaborative approach the division takes to patient care brings together specialists from cardiovascular medicine, pediatric cardiology, and cardiac surgery, adult cardiac and vascular surgery, and diagnostic and interventional radiology to optimize treatment for each patient. Its faculty and professional research staff excel in the research arena, with over 100 grants and total annual grant funding of over $7 million (directs). The division’s research activities range from basic biomedical research to physiologic and device-related clinical studies to large international clinical registries.
~ Christopher M. Kramer, MD