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The Program believes that every cardiovascular trainee should participate directly in research. This is because cardiology is a dynamic clinical field in which the rapid transfer of knowledge from basic and clinical research to clinical care will continue to occur and that this pattern will only accelerate in the future.

We define cardiovascular research in the broadest terms possible because recent history makes it abundantly clear that advances in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease have come from diverse areas of medical science. If the clinical cardiologist is to maintain clinical competence and improve clinical knowledge in step with the progress of the field, it is crucial to maintain a thorough understanding of the concepts, methods and pitfalls of the research process. Thus, every trainee in our program will be involved in the practical aspects of research, with emphasis on learning of how to review published data, research design, data analysis and logical deduction.

We believe that the research experience plays a unique role in developing the skills in continuing self-education needed by all cardiovascular specialists.

Ongoing Research

The following is a sampling of ongoing research initiatives.

Cardiac Clinical Trials

  • Learn about cardiac clinical trials at the St. Luke’s Heart & Vascular Center.
  • Echocardiography for evaluation of adults with syncope
  • Atrial fibrillation during dobutamine stress echocardiography: patient characteristics and outcome predictors
  • Transient mid-ventricular circumferential ballooning: a variant of takotsubo
  • Value of point of care echocardiography using a pocket-sized device in a community