At the Forefront of Cardiovascular Discovery
With innovations dating back to the founding of Beth Israel Hospital in 1916 and New England Deaconess Hospital in 1896, the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine has a distinguished history as a leader in cardiovascular discovery and training.
Medical Milestones: First Pacemaker and Other Breakthroughs
The first implantable cardiac pacemaker was developed
by Dr. Paul Zoll at Beth Israel Hospital in 1952.
Beth Israel's Dr. Herrman Blumgart was the first investigator to use radioisotopes in studying
human cardiac physiology, paving the way for modern day nuclear
Beth Israel cardiologist Dr. Louis Wolff was a member of the team that first described the clinical manifestations of what
has become known as Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.
More recently, the Deaconess Hospital established a record of
excellence in developing its two
catheterization laboratories in the decade between 1965 and 1975, as well as creating one of Boston's first coronary intensive care units.
Among Top Four in NIH Funding
Today, the BIDMC is a tertiary/quaternaryteaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, serving more than half a million patients each year. BIDMC's
biomedical research program consistently ranks in the top four in National
Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide.
Furthermore, the nation's first clinical research laboratory, the Harvard-Thorndike Laboratory, has been located at BIDMC
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery