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Cardiovascular Medicine

About our Program

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia has a long and distinguished history of excellence in patient care, research, and education. Our ongoing programs continue that tradition, and we are very excited about our future. This website provides a comprehensive overview of the people, programs, and facilities that comprise the cardiovascular medicine program at the University of Missouri. Thank you for your interest in our program. We welcome any questions that you might have.

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine plays an important role in the three part mission of the University of Missouri-Columbia Health Sciences Center and the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital.

The first mission is to heal. We have busy CICU, ward and consultative services consisting of a dedicated team of doctors and nurses to provide top flight medical care. Our cardiac catheterization laboratories, electrophysiology laboratory, and non-invasive cardiology laboratories have state of the art technology and provide a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Our quality is monitored by a variety of national standards including the American College of Cardiology Cardiac Catheterization Data Base.

The second mission is to teach. Cardiovascular Medicine conferences take place daily Monday through Friday. Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds provides a comprehensive review of new developments in the field, and is presented by Department faculty or visiting faculty. The Cardiology Case Conference brings cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons together to solve cardiac challenges in patients with coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease. ECG interpretation by senior faculty is a popular teaching venue for medical students and residents in the Division.

The third mission is to discover. Our Division takes part in many clinical trials involving a wide range of cardiovascular diseases. At the basic and translational science level our faculty are interested in thrombosis, angiogenesis, exercise and many other relevant topics. Our faculty regularly present at national meetings and are considered opinion leaders in a number of areas including the management of myocardial infarction, cardiac arrythmias, obesity and the heart and cardiomyopathies.

The University of Missouri-Columbia offers a three year Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Four new trainees enter the cardiology fellowship program each year to maintain 12 full-time fellows at staggered levels of training. Rigorous, state-of-the-art clinical training is provided in all of the key cognitive and procedural aspects of cardiovascular medicine. In addition, fellows are strongly encouraged to pursue original investigation in basic science, translational, clinical, or population-based research areas that are relevant to the pathogenesis and management of cardiovascular disease. Protected research time is provided to all trainees. A research track is available for interested trainees.

The Division holds didactic conferences each working day, and trainees are freed from all clinical responsibilities to attend conferences. All trainees are strongly encouraged to attend and present their research at national scientific meetings, such as the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Funds are provided by the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Department of Medicine to enable trainees to attend national and regional meetings and conferences.

The goal of all of our educational programs is to provide highly-motivated fellows with the best possible clinical and research training, and to prepare them for long-term careers in academic medicine or private practice. Indeed, fellows are at the center of our clinical, educational and research missions.


William P. Fay, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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