Our heart and vascular experts provide world-class heart and vascular care

Our heart and vascular teams have more than 170 specialists across 10 MedStar Health hospitals as well as physicians’ offices throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area and Central Maryland. Our widespread network gives our patients access to the most advanced care close to where they live and work.

Our surgical specialties include:

Cardiac surgery: Correcting heart conditions using a range of surgical options, from minimally invasive to traditional procedures, heart transplants, and ventricular assist devices. 

Vascular surgery: At the forefront of advanced surgeries for common and complex conditions that affect a patient’s blood vessels.

For more than 60 years, we have been the premier destination in our region for world-class heart and vascular care, also called cardiovascular care. Serving you as a national leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of cardiovascular disease, our comprehensive capabilities enable us to diagnose and treat even the most complex conditions of the heart and vascular system.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Best hospitals
  • Top 5% of cardiac surgery programs in the U.S.
  • Recognized by U.S. News and World Report Top 50 cardiology and heart surgery programs for 2020-2021
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “high performing” hospital for heart surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and aortic surgery

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “high performing” hospital for heart surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and aortic surgery

At a glance

We annually perform

  • 2,300

    heart surgeries annually

  • 5,000

    vascular procedures annually

  • 5,000

    electrophysiology procedures annually

  • 12,000

    cardiac catheterizations annually

  • Research

    120

    active clinical trials

  • Access

    50+

    care sites across Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia

Distinct advantages

  1. High volumes make us one of the busiest heart programs in the nation.

  2. Unique alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the #1 heart program in the nation.

  3. Extensive research through the MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network.   

  4. Academic teaching programs with Georgetown University School of Medicine.

  5. Advanced cardiovascular programs for diagnosing and treating even the most complex conditions.

  6. State-of-the-art facilities deliver the highest quality cardiovascular care and achieve the best patient outcomes.

  7. The region’s only 24/7 emergency transport team through MedSTAR Rapid Transport.

Our providers

We’re 170 of the most experienced, highly trained, passionately dedicated heart and vascular doctors in the region.

Risk Assessment

  • Coronary Calcium Scoring – option available to schedule a test

    A non-invasive test to calculate the risk of heart disease

    A coronary calcium scan – also called a calcium scoring or heart scan – uses an ultrafast spiral CT scan to detect the presence of hardened, or calcified, plaque in your coronary arteries. When this hardened plaque builds up in your arteries, they narrow, reducing the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart. This is known as coronary artery disease or hardening of the arteries. When a coronary artery becomes completely blocked, a heart attack occurs. The calcium scan helps you find out the amount of calcified plaque in your arteries and can help you and your doctor make good decisions about your health and heart care.

    Whether or not you have symptoms of heart disease, you should consider having a coronary calcium scan if you are a man over age 40, or a woman over age 45, and:

    • Have a family history of heart disease

    • Have high cholesterol

    • Have high blood pressure

    • Are overweight

    • Are physically inactive

    • Are a smoker

    • Have a high level of stress

    To schedule a coronary calcium scan, call the location most convenient to you:

  • Heart Aware Quiz

  • Women’s Heart Health Risk Assessment

Patient stories

Sharing our experiences to help other physicians care for their patients

We’ve been a national leader in research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease for more than 60 years. These case studies evaluate the tests, therapies and technologies we’ve developed and refined over the years to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.


Cardiovascular Physician publication

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute publishes a quarterly magazine that shares clinical, research, and educational information in all of the specialties and subspecialties of cardiovascular care.

Featured news

Read our Cardiovascular Performance & Outcomes Booklet

Ask MHVI

Have questions for our heart and vascular specialists? Email us at AskMHVI@medstar.net