Leaders in Cardiology

The Emory Heart & Vascular Center encompasses all cardiology services and research at Emory University Hospital (EUH), Emory University Hospital Midtown, the Emory Clinic, and over 20 satellite heart centers throughout Georgia.

Consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the nation's best cardiology centers, the Emory Heart & Vascular Center has a rich history of excellence in all areas of cardiology. In fact, Emory's heart specialists literally wrote the book on cardiology — the medical textbook The Heart — and built the foundation for cardiovascular care in Georgia by developing training programs that produce 85 percent of the practicing cardiologists and heart surgeons in the state.

Emory is often called one of the birthplaces of modern interventional cardiology. In 1980, angioplasty pioneer Andreas Gruentzig, MD joined Emory's faculty to work with other Emory cardiologists to vigorously research and refine that intervention. Following Dr. Gruentzig's death in 1985, The Andreas Gruentzig Cardiovascular Center of Emory University was created to continue cutting edge interventional cardiology research and to foster clinical excellence in the practice of interventional cardiology. Today, Emory is known world-wide as the premier international training center for angioplasty. Important interventional cardiology research continues here, too. For example, in 2001, Emory's John Douglas, MD, implanted the first drug-eluting stents in Georgia as part of the landmark SIRIUS and DELIVER studies.

Emory's heart specialists can also claim a series of other significant "firsts" — from the first cardiac catheterization lab in Georgia (established at EUH in 1942) to the nation's first coronary stent, Georgia's first implantable defibrillator, the world's first minimally invasive triple off-pump bypass surgery, Georgia's first dual pump ventricular assist device and the state's first implantation of a biventricular pacemaker.

From heart transplants to the prevention of heart disease, from research into cardiovascular problems to the management of heart arrhythmias and more, Emory Heart & Vascular Center is recognized as an innovative leader in cardiology. "Everyone who is part of Emory can take pride in the Emory Heart & Vascular Center. Our experience, history and teamwork enable us to provide the best care to our patients," says Emory Heart & Vascular Center Director Douglas Morris, MD. "In fact, physicians all over the country routinely refer patients here for the multitude of resources, innovative options and procedures we can offer even the most complex heart and vascular cases."

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