About the Cardiovascular Center
Vision and Mission for Cardiovascular Research
The Cardiovascular Community at Froedtert Hospital & the Medical College of Wisconsin aims to become the premier integrated Basic and Translational Academic Organization in the U.S.
The objective is to improve cardiovascular health in Southeast Wisconsin and beyond, through innovative, cutting-edge research, and cost-efficient healthcare delivery.
Created in 1992, the Cardiovascular Center (CVC) is focusing on the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of the large family of cardiovascular diseases.
As a result, recent years have witnessed cardiovascular research being well-established at the Medical College of Wisconsin, encompassing broad well-funded areas of investigation addressing the physiological and pathophysiological structure and function of the heart and the vasculature. Important ongoing areas of study include embryonic/fetal heart development, cardiac regeneration, cardiac anomalies, arrhythmias, renal and pulmonary hypertension, angiogenesis and vasculogenesis, cardiomyopathies, heart failure, atherosclerosis, and ischemic injury and the impact of human behaviors and genetic and environmental factors on each of these.
Along with the Cardiovascular Center, the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) has been a transformative platform for centralizing clinical and translational research, increasing the investigative workforce, and filling the critical needs within a seamless infrastructure for enhancing integration of basic discovery and clinical outcomes along the T0-T4 continuum.
With the advent of new leadership in the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVC) and the Division of Cardiology, and with newly enhanced programs in heart failure and heart transplant, MCW is poised for a new era in cardiovascular research that integrates studies across the pediatric and adult practice.
The CVC Scientific Advisory Board will help us achieve our objectives. It is made up of the following MCW Faculty:
Ivor J. Benjamin, MD, Director of the Cardiovascular Center, Division Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine
Joseph Besharse, PhD, Chairman of Cell Biology, Neurosciences and Anatomy
William Campbell, PhD, Chairman of Pharmacology
Michael Cinquegrani, MD, Director of the Heart and Vascular Service Line
Stephen Duncan, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology
Douglas Evans, MD, Chairman of Surgery
Andrew Greene, PhD, Director of the Bioengineering and Biotechnology Center
David Gutterman, MD, Professor in Cardiology, Senior Associate Dean for Research
David Harder, PhD, Professor of Physiology, Associate Dean for Research Mentoring
Howard Jacob, PhD, Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center
Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, Professor of Medicine
David Warltier, MD, Chairman of Anesthesiology
Gilbert White, MD, Director of Research of Blood Research Center
A different and important component of the CVC is the Cardiovascular Center Advisory Board, which provides financial support for the research and clinical programs carried on by the CVC. It educates the community in cooperation with the Board of Trustees of the Medical College on the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Its members serve as advocates in the community in support of the Cardiovascular Center’s mission.
Further details about the CVC, including a description of the work conducted in each individual laboratory, are provided on the CVC Web site.
Contact the CVC for additional information