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Risky treatment plan brings hope

Jerry Sheridan laughs with Martin Emert, MD

Jerry Sheridan of Sheridan's Frozen Custard was suffering from a dangerous combination of serious, potentially fatal heart conditions. When he was transferred to The University of Kansas Health System, his only hope was a risky set of therapies that most wouldn't consider due to his age. Read more.

Cardiovascular Research Institute

Heart disease is the nation's No. 1 health problem, and The University of Kansas Health System is dedicated to advancing the fight against cardiovascular disease. Through research and innovation at our Cardiovascular Research Institute in Kansas City, we strive to uncover knowledge and information that will bring new therapies to patients. The Cardiovascular Research Institute builds bridges between the scientists and doctors to improve care and search for cures. It helps bring what we learn from the lab to the bedside.

The University of Kansas Health System has been ranked among the nation's top 50 hospitals for heart care since 2007. To make an appointment with a cardiologist, call 913-588-1227. You can also request your appointment online. The University of Kansas Health System performs heart disease research to improve the health and lives of people in Kansas City, across the nation and around the world.

Areas of research

The Cardiovascular Research Institute connects investigators from a wide range of research fields. Our major research areas include:

Our center continues to grow as we expand patient care, train future cardiology leaders and conduct trailblazing research to pioneer future medical breakthroughs.

Buddhadeb Dawn, MD, FACC, FAHA, is the director of the Cardiovascular Research InstituteAbout the director

Buddhadeb Dawn, MD, FACC, FAHA, is the director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is widely recognized for his research using adult stem cells from bone marrow and the heart to generate new, healthy tissue to repair a damaged heart after a heart attack. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

"I am confident that research discoveries at the Cardiovascular Research Institute can ultimately translate into better care and outcomes for patients at The University of Kansas Health System," says Dr. Dawn.

Learn more about the Cardiovascular Research Institute.