About the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Heart & Vascular Center is one of the largest and most distinguished cardiovascular programs in the world with over 100 cardiologists across every specialty, and an experienced staff of cardiac nurse practitioners, registered nurses and physician assistants. Along with a team of surgeons and specialists, our cardiologists provide advanced testing and treatment for common and complex heart conditions.

Our board certified cardiologists have a legacy of innovation marked by life-saving drug discoveries including the use of aspirin and statins; intervention inventions such as the drug-eluting cardiac stent; major strides in cardiac regeneration and cardio-oncology; and a deeper understanding of the genetics of heart disease. We continue to develop new treatments every day, systematically transitioning discoveries from the research phase to direct patient care.

Under the leadership of Calum MacRae, MD, PhD, the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine practices patient-centered medicine, matching patients with the right doctor and the right treatment in real time. Services within the technologically-advanced Shapiro Cardiovascular Center emphasize healing in a collaborative and comfortable environment. Our cardiologists forge partnerships with patients, families and referring physicians—relationships that continue long after discharge, both in-person and through remote patient monitoring.

Cardiologists in the Heart & Vascular Center are changing the face of cardiovascular medicine: developing and bringing into practice groundbreaking research; training the next generation of cardiovascular care providers through specialized fellowships; and providing expert patient care—with heart.

Why BWH for Cardiovascular Medicine?

  • The Heart & Vascular Center is an international referral site, admitting the most complex patients from the United States and abroad.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Heart & Vascular Center as a top hospital in the specialty of cardiology and heart surgery with high scores for bypass surgery and heart failure treatment.
  • We conducted the first successful heart transplant in New England in 1984 and have performed more than 660 since then with outcomes exceeding national averages.
  • Cardiac catheterizations in 2014 numbered 4,405 and electrophysiology procedures 2,072.
  • We had 4,967 inpatient visits in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2014.
  • Our board certified cardiologists serve on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
  • BWH cardiologists lead preeminent organizations including: American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America.
  • Our cardiologists have been listed among America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and named top cardiologists by Boston Magazine.
  • Press Ganey’s patient satisfaction rating of 93.5 percent is well above the national average.
  • Cardiologists have advanced training in every specialty: Electrophysiology, Valve Disease, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Cardio-oncology, Cardiac Genetics, Cardiac Regeneration and more.
  • Our cardiologists are among the most cited researchers in the world, whose clinical trials lead to better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease. We had more than 100,000 participants worldwide in 281 active clinical trials in 2014.
  • Cardiovascular fellowship programs have trained exceptional cardiologists for decades, including numerous leaders of major medical centers.
  • The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has contributed many firsts: use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, use of aspirin to prevent heart attack, role of C-reactive protein, ACE-inhibitors, anti-arrhythmic medication following myocardial infarction, first metal and drug-eluting stents and more.
  • Cardiology researchers have led heart failure drug discovery and identified new heart failure genes responsible for cardiac diseases, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and Holt-Oram syndrome and different forms of heart failure.
  • The Shapiro Cardiovascular Center has 16 surgical suites including a hybrid operating room that allows multiple specialists to perform imaging, surgical and non-surgical procedures simultaneously.
  • The Shapiro Cardiovascular Center has 136 private inpatient rooms that accommodate overnight guests. Its all-inclusive structure enables patients to schedule multiple same-day outpatient visits.

Welcome message from Calum MacRae, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

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