The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah is responsible for pioneering work in our field. From the implantation of the first artificial heart to the discovery of the genetic basis for cardiac sudden death and the long QT syndrome, we have remained on the forefront of cardiovascular medicine. In addition, the division is a sustained leader in chronic and temporary MCS and took part in creating the UTAH Cardiac Transplant program, one of the nation’s prominent programs with more than 1350 treated cases to date. 

History 

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has a rich tradition of research, clinical care, and education. That tradition is marked by a range of notable accomplishments including:

  • Developed first clinical application for Chronic MCS
  • Developed IABP for temporary MCS
  • Developed Antibody Mediated Rejection in Heart Transplantation
  • Developed Long QT Legend (revolutionized both the arrhythmia and pharma world)
  • Revolutionized the use of Beta-blockers in HF Revealed/Discovered Beta-blockers
  • Defined Myocarditis diagnosis and therapy
  • Defined the role of EP studies and EKG Holter monitoring in Arrhythmias
  • Discovered cardiomyopathy genes, supravalvular stenosis story, and HHT genes

Our cardiovascular fellowship program—offering advanced programs in clinical electrophysiology including ablation of atrial fibrillation, the latest technologies in cardiac imaging, and new treatments for heart and vascular diseases—is nationally recognized.   

Our faculty and staff carry on this strong tradition, continuing in the footsteps of scientific pioneers to strengthen the legacy that has made the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine what it is today.

Advances in Patient Care 

What advances in patient care, historic or current, come from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine that directly impacts patient care today? 

  • The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine collects patient-reported outcomes (PROs) on patients in the outpatient setting, allowing them to quantify quality of life from the patient's, and not provider's, perspective.