On 21 February, the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, announced the launch of the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care.
According to a Massachussetts General Hospital press release this is 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.
“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, 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, personalised clinical care model, broad educational initiatives, quality and public policy advocacy leadership and robust funding programmess in clinical and translational research.
Institute leadership includes:
- Michael R Jaff, chair, Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and medical director, Vascular Center
- G William Dec, co-director, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and chief, Cardiology Division
- Thoralf M Sundt, co-director, Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and chief, Cardiac Surgery
- Lee H Schwamm, vice chairman, Department of Neurology and director, MGH TeleStroke & Acute Stroke Services
- Kevin Whitney, associate chief nurse
- Ann L. Prestipino, senior vice president, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Stathis Antoniades, 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, 8 March from 5.00–8.00 pm. 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.
The course aims to:
- Implement new strategies for the treatment of valvular heart disease
- Describe the options for the latest therapies in atrial fibrillation and choose the appropriate therapy for an individual patient
- Evaluate the role of coordinated care for the management of massive and submassive pulmonary embolism
- Review current approaches in the treatment of thoracic aortic disease
Click here to learn more about the course and register for the session.