About the CVI
World-Renowned Medical and Surgical Care
Tremendous advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment have made it possible for more than a quarter of Americans to live with cardiovascular disease. Today, the outlook for heart and vascular patients is more promising than ever before.
Here at the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, our physicians deliver world-renowned medical and surgical care for the heart and blood vessels. Most of our physicians are affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and many are engaged in important research, giving you access to the most up-to-date clinical trials and treatments.
Network of Community-Based Physicians
We believe you should have access to care where you live and work, whenever possible. That's why we have built a network of community-based physicians throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts and New Hampshire. If and when you need advanced care, these physicians will refer you to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
A Legacy of Excellence
The CVI was created in 2007 when three divisions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiac Surgery and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery — came together in a single organization. But while the CVI is relatively new, its legacy of breakthroughs in cardiovascular care stretch almost a century.
- In the early 1920s, Hermann Blumgart, MD, used radioisotopes (unstable chemical elements that emit radiation) to study physiology of the human heart at the former Beth Israel Hospital. This led to early innovations in nuclear cardiology - noninvasive tests that diagnose heart disease.
- In 1952, Paul Zoll, MD, of Beth Israel developed the first pacemaker used in a human.
- In 1965, the former New England Deaconess Hospital created one of the first coronary intensive care units in the Boston area.
- More recently, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center became the first New England hospital to establish a clinic to treat atrial fibrillation, or abnormal heart rhythm.
- BIDMC is recognized nationally for its clinical trial work in interventional cardiology — minimally invasive heart procedures — and cardiac imaging.
- BIDMC is the only active clinical site in New England selected to participate in the clinical trial of the AbioCor artificial heart.