Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology
A National Leader in Evidence-Based Cardiovascular Research
"Our mission is to apply to the highest standards of scientific evaluation to essential questions in cardiovascular medicine. We combine novel analytical approaches with deep clinical expertise to understand and improve patient outcomes and advance healthcare delivery."
Welcome to the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
We are a team of researchers and physicians using clinical trials and data analysis to assess the current state of cardiovascular care in the United States. We evaluate clinical practices, therapies and devices that are used to treat the full range of cardiovascular conditions.
Our evidence-based studies point the way to better practices and better outcomes for patients.
We're fortunate to be associated with the CardioVascular Institute (CVI) at BIDMC, where cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons provide comprehensive care for the heart and vascular system. The expertise of our physician colleagues is invaluable as we work together to rapidly apply the insights gained through our research to deliver the most effective care to our patients.
We appreciate the generosity of Richard A. and Susan F. Smith in making it possible to pursue our goal: the transformation of cardiovascular care in the United States.
Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA
- Assessing real-world comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies, medications and devices;
- Evaluating ethical concerns in medicine as well as the intended and unintended consequences of health policy interventions;
- Characterizing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in care delivery and health outcomes, and examining the factors that drive health inequities;
- Assessing the ability of novel sources of data (i.e. “Big Data”) to improve risk stratification of patient illness and enhance personalized approaches to medical care.
Nationally Representative Study Shows Disparities Persist in Lipid Control
In a paper published in JAMA, physician-scientists at the Smith Center assessed whether lipid concentrations and rates of lipid control changed among US adults from 2007 to 2018. The researchers observed that while mean cholesterol concentrations improved, there were concerning variations in these trends by race and ethnicity.Read More
Black Adults Treated for Common Arterial Disease Are at Greater Risk of Amputation and Death Than White Adults
In a paper published in Circulation, researchers at the Smith Center conducted a nationwide analysis of Medicare beneficiaries to document racial differences in treatment and outcomes for patients with peripheral artery disease.Read More
Program Award for a Culture of Excellence in Mentoring
The Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership has recognized the Smith Center as a recipient of the 2022 Program Award for a Culture of Excellence in Mentoring (PACEM). The award honors departments, divisions, offices or programs for their efforts to foster excellence, innovation and sustainability in mentoring.Read More
Mental Health & Substance Use Among Homeless Adolescents
Research by Rishi K. Wadhera, MD and Michael Liu, MPhil found that homeless adolescents experienced significantly worse mental health and more substance use than their housed counterparts in the United States.Read More
Rural Patients Less Likely to Receive Cardiovascular Care, More Likely to Die from Certain Heart Conditions
In a nationwide study of Medicare beneficiaries, researchers led by Smith Center faculty evaluated differences in procedural care and mortality for acute cardiovascular conditions between rural and urban hospitals.Read More
Researchers Model Impact and Value of Blood Pressure Control Programs at Barbershops
Research led by Dhruv Kazi, MD, shows how blood pressure screening and treatment in barbershops can aid in decreasing hypertension in Black men.Read More
Researchers Find Race, Sex and Age Disparities in Echocardiography
In this study, Jordan Strom, MD, cardiologist and Section Head at the Smith Center, and other BIDMC physician-researchers observed that being older, or female, or Black was linked to being less likely to undergo diagnostic heart tests.Read More