About the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
An important part of the Division’s clinical activities is its integral role in the Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI). The CVTI is comprised of cardiovascular specialists including cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiologists who are organized to ensure that experts across specialties communicate and partner to deliver the very best in patient care and produce the highest quality research in cardiovascular disease. The goal is to provide patients with a collaborative expert opinion regardless of how they access the system. The newest and most promising therapies are available to USC patients using this unique model of care.
At LAC+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), the Division’s faculty participate in USC’s mission to work with Los Angeles County to provide high quality healthcare to the underserved. We oversee several outpatient cardiology clinics, a busy consultation service for inpatients and a coronary care unit service. We also provide services and laboratories in echocardiography, stress, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. Outpatient services have been expanded at LAC+USC to include heart failure, adult congenital heart disease and electrophysiology services.
Research programs in the Division include large-scale clinical trials within the Cardiovascular Research Unit (CRU). Faculty researchers conduct studies designed to assess the benefits of a wide variety of therapeutic interventions, including pharmacological agents, intracardiac or vascular sensors, endovascular therapies, percutaneous valve technologies and more. We are dedicated to the development of innovative technologies that may enable major preventive and/or critical therapeutic measures at the earliest stages of disease development.
The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) is a digital health innovation center that continues to partner with USC schools and institutes on multidisciplinary projects and research with private industry sponsors to further the field of connected, wireless healthcare. Through innovative research and education, the CBC is working to create a new service model for health care delivery and patient, provider and caregiver engagement through the use of smart phone technology, wearable sensors and mobile apps. The CBC is internationally recognized and has launched national research studies, garnering attention for the creative boundary-pushing vision of offering borderless medical care and tailored medical content to patients at USC and beyond.
Our mission is to make the division one of the best in the country. We need to work on the cohesiveness of the Division members and fellows, to add relevant faculty (e.g. heart failure, imaging and EP) and to generate additional NIH supported research. Although there are many hurdles, the future is bright.