Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin have been named a 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals winner for cardiovascular care, one of only two Wisconsin medical centers to win the award in the category of "Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs." The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is composed of 24 full-time clinical faculty, 2 research physicians, 2 part-time clinical faculty and 5 nurse practitioners. The division has 15 fellows: 12 clinical and 3 research. The primary practice sites are at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital and the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Clinical care at Froedtert Hospital is under the auspices of the Froedtert and Medical College Cardiovascular Center.
At Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital (FMLH) in 2008, 1319 procedures were performed in the cardiac catheterization lab and 813 procedures in the electrophysiology lab. There were 8721 echocardiography procedures performed, including 366 transesophageal echos and 1016 stress echos. The fellows are exposed to an expanding cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and coronary CT imaging program in conjunction with the Department of Radiology.
At the Veteran Hospital in 2008, 1200 procedures were performed in the cardiac catheterization lab, including 210 percutaneous interventions. The VA cath lab is operational 24 hours per day, one of the few 24/7 VA-based cardiac cath labs in the nation. The echocardiography lab at the VA is also very busy. There were 3,400 echocardiography procedures performed including 200 TEEs. The VA electrophysiology lab is the third largest volume lab in the nation amongst VA medical centers and offers even complex ablation procedures.
The Froedtert Cardiovascular Center continues to grow rapidly. We have added 5 full-time clinical faculty members to the division of cardiology over the past year. Our procedural volume continues to grow each year. The Center is composed of the Divisions of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Interventional Radiology. The Division Chief in Cardiovascular Medicine is the Center Director.
The clinical division works closely with the Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center. The Cardiovascular Center is composed of 150 faculty physicians and research scientists drawn from 23 departments and division throughout the College who are focused on the prevention, detection, and treatment of cardiovascular disease (including hypertension, stroke, and diabetes). The center is among the top 10 heart centers in the country receiving funding from the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute of the National Institutes of Health. NIH funding in 2005 totaled $14.2 million in support of 37 research grants.