Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Center for Cardiovascular Innovation

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine launched the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation to improve the quality of care provided to millions of people with heart disease. We are inviting individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of heart disease patients to learn more about the initiatives of our Center, which is led with great distinction by internationally recognized cardiologist, scientist, and scholar Robert Bonow, MD. 

Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. More than 860,000 Americans die from cardiovascular conditions each year. Cardiovascular disease also leads in the consumption of U.S. healthcare resources, with an annual expense that exceeds $574 billion. Unfortunately, there is growing evidence of gaps in care, which reflect notable divisions between what we know and what we do. Unnecessary testing, procedures, and hospitalizations occur, often with less than optimal patient outcomes.

To address these gaps in care, new research models are needed to:

  1. Measure clinical performance of physicians, hospitals, and healthcare systems
  2. Develop new systems of healthcare delivery
  3. Study the comparative effectiveness of tests and treatments
  4. Investigate models of communications among providers and the patients they serve

Our goal is to seek new knowledge that will directly inform healthcare policy decisions that will enhance the quality of care for patients with heart disease.

To succeed, we must conduct innovative research studies and broadly disseminate our findings to health professionals, policy makers, and the public. Dr. Robert Bonow is championing our new Center and is joined by Drs. Mihai Gheorghiade, Steven Farmer, Kathleen Grady, and Peter Pang, who bring unique backgrounds, talents, and expertise to our collaborative efforts.

The Center for Cardiovascular Innovation plans to perform research in healthcare quality and outcomes designed to:

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation is to overcome gaps in knowledge and gaps in care by developing innovative treatment strategies to improve the outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease.

We will achieve these goals by leveraging the individual skills of our members in cardiovascular care, research, and mentoring and by implementing the triad of commitment, cooperation, and communication. We intend that the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation will be an international force for improving cardiovascular care.

Gaps in cardiovascular care need to be overcome at many levels:

Innovative strategies are needed at each of these levels to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease, and our dedicated faculty are fully engaged in this process.

Learn more about our programs below.

Our Faculty

The members of the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation are members of the full time faculty at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine within the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work with other departments at Northwestern University and with external organizations engaged in improving cardiovascular quality and outcomes.