Smith Center Faculty discussing research notesAs exciting advances are made in the world of medicine and new therapies become available to treat cardiovascular diseases, there is an increasing need to validate their safety and maximize their benefit for patients. The Smith Center's mission is to apply the highest standard 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.

The Smith Center works within four main areas of focus:

  1. Assessing real-world comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies, medications and devices;
  2. Evaluating ethical concerns in medicine as well as the intended and unintended consequences of health policy interventions;
  3. Characterizing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in care delivery and health outcomes, and examining the factors that drive health inequities;
  4. 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.

The projects listed below are a sample of our current research.