Massachusetts General Hospital Launches the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, Building on a 200-Year History of Innovation

Institute redefines cardiovascular and cerebrovascular care by advancing research, education and advocacy

BOSTON, February 21, 2013 – Massachusetts General Hospital officially announces the launch of the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, one of the only institutes in the world to integrate cardiovascular and cerebrovascular care.

The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care delivers leading research and comprehensive clinical care to advance the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. By matching each patient with the right specialist working in a multidisciplinary team, the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care pioneers a patient- and disease-focused care model to provide the best possible quality of care today while discovering the medicine of tomorrow.

“Through the Institute we will continue to advance and improve the field of medicine with a cross-disciplinary team and an integrated approach to research and quality patient care,” said Michael R. Jaff, DO Chair, Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and Medical Director, Mass General Vascular Center. “Unlike others before us, the Institute integrates cerebrovascular and cardiovascular care, with the goal of discovering the medicine of tomorrow and improving patient outcomes. We intend to arm medical practitioners from around the world with the latest research and tools to make positive changes in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients.”

The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care is built on four key pillars that include a fully integrated, personalized clinical care model, broad educational initiatives, quality and public policy advocacy leadership and robust funding programs in clinical and translational research. The Institute will improve the quality and value of patient care by fully utilizing a synergistic work environment built on clinical collaboration. With this foundation, the Institute strives to achieve complete integration of clinical care and research across disciplines.

The Institute is poised to lead national and international dialogue on issues facing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular patients, and is led by a visionary team of physician-scientists who collectively serve as a trusted resource and leading voice for public policy debates.

Institute leadership includes:
• Michael R. Jaff, DO Chair, Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and Medical Director, Vascular Center
• G. William Dec, MD Co-Director, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Chief, Cardiology Division
• Thoralf M. Sundt, MD Co-Director, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Chief, Cardiac Surgery
• Lee H. Schwamm, MD Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology and Director, MGH TeleStroke & Acute Stroke Services
• Kevin Whitney, RN Associate Chief Nurse
• Ann L. Prestipino, MPH Senior Vice President, Massachusetts General Hospital
• Stathis Antoniades, MPH, Senior Administrative Director, Cardiology
• Lauren Ellis, Managing Director, Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and Vascular Center

The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care has established SPARK grants to further deliver innovation and yield critical medical breakthroughs with direct funding of clinical and translational research projects. The SPARK grants are funded through a generous philanthropic gift allowing the Institute to directly support the interdisciplinary projects of young and mid-career physician-scientists while bringing ground-breaking science and discovery to the forefront of the medical community.

The Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will host an Independent Certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) Session at ACC.13 on Friday, March 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Registration is now open for the session, titled Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Systemic Cardiovascular Disease: An Integrated Approach to Treating Heart Failure and Valve Disease, Vascular Disease and Stroke. Click here to learn more about the course objectives and register for the session.

For more information about the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, please visit www.massgeneral.org/institute.

About Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care
The goal of the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care is to advance the diagnosis and treatment of heart, vascular and cerebrovascular conditions by providing comprehensive patient care while shaping the medicine of tomorrow. Under unified leadership from Mass General’s Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, the Vascular Center and the Stroke Service, the Institute is pioneering a new model that involves complete integration of clinical care and research across disciplines. This patient- and disease-focused model combines basic, translational, and clinical research with the expertise of a multi-specialty panel of expert scientists and clinicians. By bridging multiple disciplines, the leadership of the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care is developing educational programs that reinforce the opportunities offered through integrated care, while also working to address critical issues of health policy and reform that will pave the way in quality patient care.

About Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $750 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, reproductive biology, systems biology, transplantation biology and photomedicine. In July 2012, MGH moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Hospitals."

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