The Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medicine is committed to producing groundbreaking research in science and medicine that improves understanding of cardiology conditions, treatments, and patient lives.
“Without forward-thinking research, we would be doing the same thing and treating patients the same way, without growing or improving.” —Dr. Jim Cheung, Associate Professor of Medicine
History of Achievements in Research
Our research mission builds on nearly a century of innovations, such as the:
- Origins of cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac psychology
- Electrocardiographic recognition of acute myocardial ischemia and myocardial infarction
- Clinical introduction of anticoagulation
- Vasoconstrictor-volume understanding of hypertension, elucidation of the renin-angiotensin axis, and the clinical introduction of ACE inhibitors into medicine
- Cellular and molecular bases for the right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia
Current Areas of Focus
- Basic Science Research
- Clinical and Translational Research
Information for Patients: What is Clinical Research?
As a part of an academic medical center, the Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Cardiology conducts cutting-edge research that improves treatment and care for all patients—and our patients most immediately.
Research at academic medical centers, including Weill Cornell Medicine, finds new and better ways to understand, detect, control, and treat health conditions.
Our faculty conducts projects and trials to answer difficult scientific and health questions. For example, our physician-scientists are currently investigating the efficacy and safety of many new drugs and devices, including stents and pacemakers not available elsewhere.
The Division also conducts clinical trials to help research findings improve patient care by evaluating therapies, drugs, and tools in patient care.
How Our Research Benefits Patients
As a result of our research, our team of Cardiologists have a highly specialized understanding of the heart’s mechanisms and many disorders. They also have a greater awareness of the newest treatments, innovations, and devices for all patients.
Our patients also have access to:
- Newer technology not available at other hospitals (for example, the leadless pacemaker)
- Advanced imaging technology not available at other hospitals, which are used for both research and patient care
- Highly specialized physician-scientists who are at the forefront of their field
- The newest treatments (for example, genetic therapy for specific mutations that cause arrhythmias)
- Clinical trials