Greetings from Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute! I am pleased to share with you our inaugural issue of the Cardio Report. Our Institute comprises more than forty specialists in general cardiology, electrophysiology, congenital heart disease, interventional services, cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure, vascular surgery, and mechanical circulatory support. We are excited to share with you, our peers, the ways Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute is moving the field forward.
Our team is dedicated to better understanding and treating congestive heart failure, as we focus on our core mission to care for patients with impaired heart and blood vessels. Our collaborative approach to patient care includes cardiologists, surgeons, and interventional radiologists meeting weekly to streamline, standardize, and improve patient care. At Penn State Hershey, we treat patients with the most severe heart and vascular conditions and offer a multi-disciplinary approach to care, which makes the Institute unique.
Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute is recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) with the Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus award for heart failure treatment. The Joint Commission has also granted advanced certification for the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program, and recognized the heart failure program, including heart transplantation.
With the resources of an intensive care unit specifically designed to care for the most at-risk patients, Penn State Hershey is a nationally renowned center for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for patients in severe cardiogenic shock or pulmonary failure.
In addition, two hybrid operating rooms afford practitioners the opportunity to combine peripheral and interventional studies with open operative procedures and provide a great deal of flexibility in caring for clinically complex patients.
We are also fortunate to have outstanding clinicians and researchers who publish frequently, are leaders in their respective specialties, and are known internationally. Our patients benefit from this pool of extremely talented providers who work together with colleagues (both inside and outside of our institution) to improve patient outcomes. Currently, four established Penn State Hershey investigators of the AHA are participating in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health studying blood pressure control during activity in patients with peripheral artery disease. Many members of our staff present findings at both the AHA and Experimental Biology conferences each year.
The Cardio Report is just one way to begin a dialog with like-minded specialists on the latest and most innovative approaches in the field. I look forward to sharing more with you as we continue to advance heart and vascular care, and I look forward to hearing from you. We welcome your feedback!
Lawrence I. Sinoway, M.D.
Distinguished Professor, Medicine
Director, Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute
Fellowship: Cardiovascular disease, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center-Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, New York
Residency: Internal medicine, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center-Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, New York
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey