The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at UAMS provides the type of care which can only be obtained at a major academic center. Each of our patients has an individual cardiologist, but we also function as a highly integrated and sub-specialized team. Such an integrated approach allows for each cardiologist to draw upon the specific skills of all our colleagues for treatment of each individual patient. We have dedicated interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, echocardiography and advanced cardiac imaging specialists who each engage in a high volume of procedures providing our patients unsurpassed skills. We aim to provide a continuity of care for each patient from the clinic to the hospital to the laboratory. Our focus is on both our patients and their families to provide easy access, outstanding care, and timely and relevant communication.
Our facilities are substantial. We practice in a new university hospital which opened its doors in January 2009. We have a dedicated cardiac intensive care unit, cardiology step-down ward, catheter laboratory, electrophysiology laboratory, and non-invasive testing laboratory. At the VA, we have a dedicated ICU, cardiology ward, 2 catheter laboratories, electrophysiology lab, and non-invasive testing laboratory. All of our facilities are state-of-the-art.
Our mission is to educate the next generation of cardiologists. To this end, we run a strong fellowship program: we train 12 general cardiology fellows, 2 interventional fellows, and 1 electrophysiology fellow. Indeed, all fellows who sat for the Echocardiography boards this year in July 2016 passed their boards. We also have cardiology rotations for our medical residents and students. We have extensive basic and clinical research programs which focus on gene therapy for the treatment of hypertension and the delineation of the role of inflammation in atherogenesis.
David Rutlen MD, Division Director