MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network | MedStar Health
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Defining the future of cardiovascular care through research

Our heart and vascular care physicians are dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke, and other conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels. Through MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and MedStar Health, patients have access to some of the nation's leading technology, the latest clinical trials and unparalleled expertise in cardiology.

We offer cardiac patients some of the most sophisticated diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services available. Our world-renowned investigators, basic and translational scientists, cardiologists, research nurses, technicians, sonographers, and support staff are committed to developing new technologies and strategies to enhance patient care. Our clinicians and researchers are focused on safety, access to service, innovation, technology, communication, clinical outcomes, and patient satisfaction. 

Our treatment options are grounded in evidence-based medicine, and our research programs conducted through MedStar Health Research Institute support your doctor's treatment plan for you. 

When it comes to healthcare at MedStar Health, higher volumes correspond with superior outcomes. MedStar Health cares for more heart patients than any other hospital or health system in the Baltimore-Washington region.

Fast Facts

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    Research Sites 

  • 175+

    Ongoing Research Studies 

  • 250+

    Annual Research Publications

Cardiovascular research trials

Cardiovascular research provides patients with the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and treatment for heart and vascular disease. Clinical research trials also may provide access to new drugs and interventions. 

Our research efforts are designed to improve quality of life for heart patients. Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are well-positioned to translate research into state-of-the-art daily care for patients. Our innovative research and therapeutic clinical trials are available to patients throughout the Baltimore-Washington region across more than 13 sites.

Learn more about our cardiovascular research trials.

Cardiovascular research topics

Cardiac research brings patients hope and new treatments for a variety of heart and vascular conditions. Our investigators are leading innovations in patient care for the conditions most commonly experienced by our patients, as well as pioneering new, improved pharmaceutical options. Current research topics include the following:

  • Interventional cardiology research

  • Cardiac arrhythmia research

  • Heart failure research

  • Heart disease prevention

  • Structural heart research

  • Peripheral vascular research

  • Pulmonary hypertension

  • Cardiothoracic surgery research

  • Cardiac CCU research

  • Cardiac critical care

  • Cardiac Oncology

  • Outcomes research

  • Aortic disease management

  • Valvular heart disease

Cardiovascular core imaging lab

In cardiovascular medicine, having the right imaging technology available facilitates optimal diagnostic and therapeutic services. The Cardiovascular Core Imaging Lab at MedStar Health Research Institute provides proven expertise in technologies, including magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography and ultrasound, in an efficient, responsive environment. The capabilities of the Imaging Lab across a wide array of imaging specialties have created a resource that contributes to improved clinical practice and patient outcomes. Our Imaging Lab’s core laboratories specialize in processing, analyzing and interpreting imaging, bringing the latest technology to clinical practice. Learn more about our cardiovascular core imaging lab.

Academic clinical research organization (ACRO)

Cardiovascular researchers aim to find better ways to diagnose and treat patients with cardiac disease. At MedStar Health Research Institute, these aims are facilitated through our Clinical Research Organization, which functions to support investigators pursuing basic and translational research.

Established in 2007, the Academic Clinical Research Organization (ACRO) manages both our network’s research initiatives and collaborative clinical trials with industry sponsors, and provides investigators with the support they need to fulfill administrative, organizational, legal, and best practice requirements. This Organization also provides access to a high volume of patient cohorts from the hospital center as well as from the greater MedStar Health system through its own electronic data capture system. 

The Clinical Research Organization (CRO) facilitates and conducts clinical trials in compliance with ICH and GCP guidelines. It has the personnel to formulate protocols, be responsible for all regulatory submissions including IRB and FDA, initiate investigations at different study sites, take responsibility for overseeing compliance, submit regularly to Data Safety Moderating Boards (DSMBs), organize event adjudication, prepare data for DSMBs, oversee quality control and clinical site monitoring, and prepare reports and manuscripts. It also provides database construction and biostatistical support for investigators.

We also offer a publication support team through the ACRO to ensure all manuscripts written by our lead investigators are vetted through the rigorous peer-review process of cardiology journals.

For more information on our Clinical Research Organization, please contact Megan Rowland, Senior Program Manager

Research and Scientific Leadership

Awards, recognitions, innovative technologies

  • Our heart program is the only one in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to be ranked nationally (top 50) by U.S. News & World Report.

  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded our cardiac surgery program with its highest quality rating of three-stars for the seventh year in a row.

  • The Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the only Joint Commission-accredited VAD program in Washington, D.C.,

  • MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is one of three Washington, D.C., hospitals to receive the 2013 Excellence Award for Quality Improvement by the Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia.

  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center was named a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care in 2013.

  • Our dedicated research laboratories specialize in vascular and molecular biology, pre-clinical studies, lipoprotein metabolism, atherosclerosis research, and cardiac imaging.

Learn more about our work

Research: AI Can Make Echocardiography More Efficient for Diagnostics. January 29, 2024

Research: Hands-free AI Can Identify Coronary Blockages After Angiogram. January 23, 2024

Global CMD Registry Research Helps Understand Chest Pain Before Tragedy Strikes. December 18, 2023

First-of-its-Kind Research Finds Racial Disparities in Cardiac Clinical Trials Start Before Enrollment. December 12, 2023

Global Research Study at MedStar Health Tests Device to Improve Complex Aortic Arch Aneurysm Treatment. December 5, 2023

Research Prioritizes Women, People of Color in Peripheral Artery Disease Study. January 23, 2023

'Cinching' Device Reshapes the Heart to Correct Mitral Regurgitation and Relieve Symptoms Without Open Surgery. December 19, 2022

Can an app save lives by improving treatment for heart failure? December 5, 2022

The ‘New Normal’: Global echo study reveals nuances in heart size and function. November 23, 2022

Repairing the ‘Forgotten’ Tricuspid Valve: Breaking New Ground in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery. October 31, 2022

Collaborative Research Aims to Improve Care by Revealing the Mysteries of Heart Disease. October 24, 2022

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is first in Baltimore-Washington region to implant novel, dual-chamber leadless pacemaker. July 22, 2022

MedStar Health researchers evaluate risk of in-hospital mortality for patients with COVID-19 and thrombosis. February 2, 2022

Cardiovascular Imaging Labs at MedStar Health are at the core of innovation and research to prevent and treat heart disease. January 27, 2022

MedStar Washington Hospital Center implants 300th HeartMate 3 LVAD. November 30, 2021

Collaborative research From MedStar investigators evaluates racial variations in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy outcomes. July 4, 2020

First patient enrolled in novel stem cell trial for heart failure treatment. October 1, 2019

MedStar investigator presents at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. January 18, 2019

ObEN creates healthcare avatar for MedStar Health heart disease study. January 4, 2019

Search principal investigators

World-renowned investigators, basic and translational scientists, interventional cardiologists, research nurses, technicians, sonographers, and support staff have extensive experience and work to advance cardiovascular care through research every day.

If you would like to learn more about MedStar’s researchers and scientists, please visit our Principal Investigator search portal.