Cardiovascular Research is one of the pillars upon which the GW Heart & Vascular Institute was founded.

The Institute’s founders envision a center that harnesses the tremendous resources of George Washington University to produce innovative, ground-breaking research breakthroughs that will –

  • accelerate the pace of scientific discovery,
  • reduce mortality from heart and vascular disease, and 
  • improve the quality of life of Americans with cardiovascular disease.

Within the first year of its establishment, the Institute has built upon the rigorous cardiovascular research program at GW.  The Institute aspires to begin reversing the alarming statistics about the prevalence and impact of cardiovascular disease. As the Institute, together with other researchers, realizes our goals,

  • No longer will 29 percent of all deaths in the United States be caused by cardiovascular disease.
  • No longer will 1.1 million people in the United States suffer heart attacks each year.
  • No longer will 64 million men, women and children live with heart disease.

Research is fundamental to the accomplishment of these goals, but the vision of the George Washington University Heart & Vascular Institute reaches even farther with its plan for an interdisciplinary approach to defeating the world’s number-one killer. No research conducted in association with the Institute will exist in a vacuum; it will interface with the health policy experts, educators and community leaders to ensure that new findings are conveyed into changes in public policy, patient education, physician training, and health care systems.