Cardiovascular Center

Accelerating cardiovascular innovation and care.

From identifying processes that induce the growth of additional blood vessels in the heart to pinpointing new genes associated with high blood pressure and heart disease in African-Americans, the Cardiovascular Center (CVC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is making significant strides in cardiovascular research. With an overall mission to improve cardiovascular health in southeast Wisconsin and beyond, the CVC is at the frontlines of scientific discovery and innovative clinical care, bringing together the nation’s most renowned researchers, physicians, mentors and students. Together, they ignite the discoveries that help prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular diseases and improve the lives of our neighbors at home and globally.

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Ivor Benjamin, MD, Center Director and Professor

Ivor Benjamin, MD

As director of the CVC at MCW, Professor of Medicine at MCW and Froedtert Hospital and the newly-appointed president of the American Heart Association, Ivor Benjamin, MD brings more than 25 years of experience leading cardiovascular clinical and research programs.

“I'd like to welcome you to the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The CVC is committed to becoming the premier integrated basic and translational academic organization in Southeast Wisconsin and beyond.”

CVC In The News

Dr. Ivor Benjamin onstage at Apple product launch
Watch Dr. Benjamin introduce new functionality that provides the ability for people to access health data from an on-demand Electrocardiogram (ECG).

The State of Heart Research
Milwaukee's NPR radio program Lake Effect speaks with Ivor Benjamin, MD, Director of the MCW Cardiovascular Center about the state of cardiovascular research and the national push to train the general population in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

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CVC Cardiovascular BioRepository

The Cardiovascular BioRepository (CBR), in partnership with the MCW Tissue Bank, provides unified cross-disciplinary support for acquisition and distribution of cardiovascular tissue.

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T32 Postdoctoral Training Grant

Explore the unique opportunity for personalized research training and career development offered through our rigorous and highly-collaborative postdoctoral fellowship. 

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Research Bench Lab


CVC researchers are responsible for millions of dollars in research grants every year. Nationally and internationally recognized, its findings are pushing the frontiers of discovery and research. 

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The CVC is one of the largest cardiovascular centers in the country and an influential think tank for scientists and students alike.

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Signature Programs and Affinity Groups

Stimulate and exchange new ideas and develop novel research with a venture programs designed to promote collaboration among those with disease-oriented research interests.

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CVC Events, Seminars and Conferences

Contact Us

MCW Cardiovascular Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-6716
(414) 456-6515 (fax)
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