The Cardiology Division at Massachusetts General Hospital provides advanced treatments for both commonly encountered, as well as complex, heart conditions.
Shaping the Field of Cardiovascular Medicine
Throughout the past century, Massachusetts General Hospital physicians have helped define the field of cardiovascular medicine. In 1918 Paul Dudley White, MD, founded the Cardiac Unit at Mass General and served as chief of the nation’s first cardiac subspecialty division.
A visionary, White was the father of preventive cardiology and one of the original founders of the American Heart Association. He was also among the earliest physicians to routinely use the electrocardiogram in the diagnosis of heart disease.
Today the Cardiology Division at Mass General is made up of over 450 physicians, scientists, nurses and fellows-in-training. Each is deeply committed to advancing the field of cardiovascular medicine and improving patient outcomes.
Committed to Patient Care
Although the Cardiology Division is rooted in scientific advancement, our team of over 70 full-time clinical cardiologists is deeply committed to day-to-day patient care. Cardiologists evaluate and manage patients through the Heart Center, a multidisciplinary care center made up of expert cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses.
Specialists diagnose and manage the full range of heart conditions, ranging from high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol to heart transplantation. Conditions treated include:
- Aortic disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- High cholesterol
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Heart failure
- Heart murmurs
- Heart valve diseases
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Heart disease in women
Training the Next Generation of Leaders
All of our cardiologists have appointments at, which means they are committed to education and are at the forefront of the field. Every year Mass General attracts the best and brightest residents and fellows in a mission to train the next generation. These budding cardiologists are trained to provide excellent care and become leaders in their respective fields.
With close ties to Harvard Medical School, the Cardiovascular Research Center, the and the , our cardiologists are constantly pursuing new approaches to the early diagnosis of, and effective treatment of heart disease. Patients benefit from our extensive research collaborations as physicians are able to quickly bring the latest therapies from the laboratory to the bedside.
Some of the current research efforts explore:
- The use of cardiac stem cells to treat ischemic heart disease and heart failure
- Molecular imaging techniques for the early detection of coronary artery disease
- Minimally invasive, catheter-based techniques for valve repair and replacement
- Catheter-based approaches to cure cardiac arrhythmia
- Genetic studies of heart failure, arrhythmias and premature coronary artery disease
Call the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access nurse at 866-MGH-8910
U.S. News & World Report ranks Mass General cardiology and heart surgery fifth among U.S. hospitals.