Cardiovascular Center

About the Cardiovascular Center

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.

Meet Our Leadership


Ivor Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC

Director, Cardiovascular Center; Professor, Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Surgery


David D. Gutterman, MD

Northwestern Mutual Professor of Medicine


Curt Sigmund, PhD

Professor and Chair, Physiology; Associate Director, Cardiovascular Center

The Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center (CVC) focuses on the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of the large family of cardiovascular diseases.

The CVC is directed by Ivor Benjamin, MD, Professor of Medicine at MCW and Froedtert Hospital, who has over 25 years of experience and expertise leading cardiovascular clinical and research programs. David Gutterman, MD, the Senior Associate Director of the CVC and Northwestern Mutual Professor in Cardiology, also brings more than 25 years of experience including eight years as Senior Associate Dean for Research with broad responsibility over basic, clinical, and population/outcomes research development and infrastructure. Moreover, as a green center, the CVC is also guided by an external scientific advisory board, internal scientific advisory board, institutional leadership, and a CVC board.

Along with its exceptional leadership, the CVC receives extensive institutional support in addition to a recent $4 million grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Educational Endowment Program, and from philanthropic gifts by the A. O. Smith Foundation, the Michael H. Keelan, Jr., MD, Cardiovascular Research Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Cullen Family Healthy Heart Research Program, among others.

The CVC offers its primary members and their trainees access to core facilities including microscopy, imaging, other core equipment, free biostatistical support, a quarterly newsletter, conference rooms for meetings and presentations, eligibility for CVC pilot grant awards, and promotion and sponsorship of the CVC Seminar Series and the Lunch and Learn Seminar Series, which are held on an almost weekly basis during the regular school year in the CVC’s main conference room on the fourth floor of the Health Research Center building.

Last year, the members of the CVC were awarded more than $43.5 million in total funding, with $21.3 million being funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. More than 50 trainees were mentored and 340 scientific articles were published in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Both the CVC Board and Scientific Advisory Boards will help us achieve our objectives.

Further details about the CVC, including a description of the work conducted in each individual laboratory, are provided on the site.


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