Centers of Excellence

Heart & Vascular Center

Heart & Vascular Innovation Timeline

2016 - First to Implant the HeartMate 3 in New England

2016 - Innovating the Future of Cardiovascular Therapies Focusing on Angiotensin Receptor Neprilysin and PCSK9 Inhibitors

2015 - First in New England to Implant Remote/Wireless Hemodynamic Monitor for Heart Failure Patients

2013 - Performed the World's First Transcatheter Implantation of a Potts Shunt in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

2012 - First Total Artificial Heart Transplant in New England

2012 - Implanted New England's First Subcutaneous Heart Defibrillator (S-ICD)

2012 - Launched the Heart & Vascular Center

2011 - Pioneered Concept and Use of Systems Biology and Network Medicine

2008 - Opened the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center

2003 - Proved Statins Reduce Inflammation and Halve Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

2000 - Linked Inflammation as a Driver of Atherosclerotic Events

1994 - Demonstrated ACE Inhibitors after Heart Attacks Prevent Heart Failure

1989 - Discovered Aspirin Prevents Heart Attacks

1989 - Mapped the Gene for Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

1984 - Launched the TIMI Trials and Pioneered Clot-busting Therapy

1984 - Performed New England's First Heart Transplant

1972 - First in New England to Use Porcine Grafts

1962 - Invented Defibrillation and Cardioversion

1951 - Devised the Gorlin Formula to Quantify Valvular Stenosis

1944 - World's First Catheterization of the Right Heart and Pulmonary Artery

1923 - Performed the World's First Successful Heart Valve Surgery


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