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About the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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. 


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 arrhythmia and pharma world)
  • Revolutionized the Heart Failure therapy with the introduction of beta blockers
  • Defined Myocarditis diagnosis and therapy.
  • Defined the role of EP studies and EKG Holter monitoring in Arrhythmias
  • Gene Discoveries: Cardiomyopathies, HHT, Supravalvular Stenosis, and many others.
  • Pioneering Mechanical Circulatory Support: IABP Development ('60s-"70s) + First Total Artificial Heart ('60s-"70s) +Continued Driver of Innovation in the field.
  • Defined role of EP Studies and EKG Holter in Arryhthmias.
  • U.T.A.H. Cardiac Transplant Program: Driving Innovation since 1985 + one of a handful of programs worldwide > 1700 transplants.
  • Antibody Mediated Rejection (AMR) Legend in Heart Transplantation.

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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.


The University of Utah's Department of Internal Medicine advances health through excellence in each of our core domains: education, patient care, and discovery though inspiring engaged faculty, staff, trainees, and patients encouraging innovative thinking, and building collaborative partnerships.

We are committed to fostering professional conduct among all members of this community through the creating an environment of humanism, excellence, and respect. These values embody the foundation that supports and pervades all that we do in the Department of Internal Medicine.

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