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What Sets Our Heart Care Apart

We know you have options when it comes to finding the best care for heart disease in Kansas City. As part of the region's premier academic medical center, The University of Kansas Health System offers a leading program for heart care. Our team of specialized physicians pioneers breakthrough treatments before they are available elsewhere. Our expert staff, advanced technologies, modern facilities and unique programs ensure you receive only the best, most effective care available. Our cardiac care team approaches heart care with compassion, innovation and integrity.

Putting people first

Our priority is always people first. That means we care for you as a whole person, not a disease, and recommend only those treatments or procedures that will be most beneficial. Here, you are more than a patient – you are a partner in your healthcare. Your relationship with your heart care physicians and nurses doesn't end after you leave our facility. Through continuous care, you'll be supported, guided and empowered from your first visit to your follow-up appointments.

We offer a variety of appointment types. Learn more or call 913-588-1227 to schedule now.

Advanced heart care

The University of Kansas Health System cares for those with the most serious illnesses and conditions. In fact, many of our patients who have been referred to us are considered too high-risk by other cardiac programs. Our ability to provide care for the most complex conditions is what sets us apart as the region's premier academic health system.

Nationally recognized doctors

Our team of heart doctors and surgeons is nationally recognized for their expertise. Our cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons have more combined years of experience than any other heart care group in the region. They have developed new, minimally invasive procedures and surgeries that can reduce the need for complex surgery. They are often the first in Kansas City to perform innovative new treatments for heart conditions such as:

In addition to our renowned heart care physicians and surgeons, we have specialists in more than 200 fields. Their expertise may prove valuable in your diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

Comprehensive Cardiac Center certification

The University of Kansas Health System is the first in the nation to receive Comprehensive Cardiac Center certification from The Joint Commission. This elite honor was developed to recognize hospitals that meet strict requirements across a range of standards, including patient care, hospital processes and patient outcomes, among others.

CCC certification reflects our commitment to providing the best care and highlights our comprehensive heart care services. It's one more way The University of Kansas Health System is leading the nation and putting patients first.

Advancing the future of academic medicine

Our physicians are at the forefront of leading-edge research that includes the most modern, advanced solutions for those living with heart disease. Our heart care research helps improve the lives of people in the Kansas City community and around the world.

The University of Kansas Health System is often the first to offer innovative new treatments for heart disease in Kansas City.

Our hospital excels in 4 areas of leadership:

  • By adopting leading-edge technology, we provide more advanced options and more hope to more people. Our hospital was the first MitraClip® implanting center in the region. This permanent implant is the first of its kind for people with severe mitral regurgitation who can't have surgery.

  • Clinical trials are instrumental to advancing medicine and improving heart health. Through our research, we can continue to develop new treatments and techniques that improve heart care.

  • Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons are well-respected as innovators in their field. Through their educational engagements and activities, they advance clinical knowledge to save and improve more lives.

  • Our physicians are often the first in the region to use the newest surgical, nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques for heart care. Our focus on less invasive procedures allows for smaller incisions, fewer transfusions and lower complication rates.

Cardiovascular Research Institute

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 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.

Modern facilities and equipment

Our facilities feature some of the most modern, innovative equipment available today. This ensures the safety of your care and allows you to experience the best of what technology has to offer.

  • At the Lynn H. Kindred, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Labs, we provide minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures for a number of cardiac conditions.
  • Our surgeons use endoscopic cameras for minimally invasive procedures for enhanced visualization of internal organs. This results in more precise surgical techniques and allows them to adapt to changes in real time.
  • We also have hybrid suites that can accommodate both minimally invasive procedures and complex surgeries. This prevents patients from having to be moved to another room in the event of a medical emergency and ensures fast, immediate care.
2023-24 US News and World Report - Heart & Vascular

We believe patients come first

We start by putting patients first and it shows. Our program ranked No. 49 among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2023-24. Rankings are based on measurable achievements in quality, safety, nursing excellence and more.

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