Research and Clinical Trials
The division of cardiology at UCSF has a vibrant clinical research program involving both investigator initiated studies and participation in multicenter clinical trials and registries. Multiple clinical investigators receive funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, other non-profit foundations, and industry partners to conduct their research. Active areas of investigation include but are not limited to preventive cardiology, health policy, general cardiovascular disease, heart failure, stem cell research, arrhythmias, epidemiology, genetics, cardiac imaging, and cardiac devices. In addition, as a world-renowned training program, medical students, post-doctoral students, residents, and fellows participate in research under the mentorship of faculty members in order to enhance their career development and contribute meaningful findings to the scientific and medical community.
The clinical research infrastructure and Clinical Coordinating Center is under the direction of Dr. Gregory Marcus. Carol Maguire, RN, is the administrative director. The clinical research faculty oversight committee includes Dr. Jeffrey Olgin, Dr. Teresa De Marco, Dr. Edward Gerstenfeld, Dr. Yerem Yeghiazarians, Dr. Elyse Foster, Dr. Gordon Fung, Dr. Dana McGlothlin, Dr. Zian Tseng, Dr. Kirsten Fleischmann, Dr. Byron Lee, Dr. Andrew Boyle, and Dr. Liviu Klein.
The division has close ties to the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, with multiple collaborations with individual investigators, programmers, and biostatisticians in that department. Several multi-center projects are also conducted in collaboration with the San Francisco Coordinating Center.
Clinical and translational research is also performed in collaboration with staff and investigators in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. The cardiology clinic has recently moved to the first floor of the new Smith Cardiovascular Research Building on the Mission Bay campus specifically to foster collaboration between clinicians, clinical researchers, and basic scientists.