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Date: 07/07/14
Cardiovascular Diseases

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To arrange interviews or learn more about cardiovascular diseases at UC, contact Cedric Ricks directly at (513) 558-4657. After hours, call Ricks at (260) 415-8554.


Cardiovascular-related research and clinical care are key focuses at the University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The UC College of Medicine has designated cardiovascular diseases as one of four Centers of Excellence, along with neuroscience, cancer, and diabetes and metabolic disorders. The university’s goal is to build on its existing clinical and research strengths, resources and partnerships and outline a plan for the future that includes recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, training future cardiovascular researchers and physicians and creating infrastructure to bring cardiovascular experts closer together.


UC's cardiovascular diseases program encompasses faculty and staff members who embrace science-driven patient care. This "bench-to-bedside” approach is fundamental in the research discoveries that lead to useful techniques that expand existing research findings and the establishment of innovative therapies for patients with cardiovascular diseases.


Goals of UC Health’s Cardiovascular Diseases Center of Excellence include:


·         Strengthening the bridges between basic and clinical cardiovascular research to provide patients with the best care possible.

·         Supporting cutting-edge research that leads to the discovery of novel technologies and therapeutics.

·         Expanding current research into promising new areas.

·         Translating and commercializing discoveries into products that can be used by clinicians to provide care to patients.

·         Recruiting prominent faculty to enhance research strengths.

Basic science research is focused on normal and pathological function of the heart and vascular system. Researchers are diligently working to understand the processes that regulate heart function and to determine what causes malfunction or disease. Their research spans from the molecular and cellular levels and extends to patients with cardiovascular disease. In addition, they are using their findings to discover new treatments and medications to treat or slow progression of cardiac-related illnesses.

Education and Training

UC's division of cardiovascular health and disease fosters both cutting-edge research and science-driven patient care for students, residents and fellows. The center encompasses a variety of interactive programs at the all levels to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and hands-on experience. Training is available in basic and clinical cardiovascular sciences and is tailored to match the career goals of trainees. Considerable institutional resources and expertise are widely available to enhance learning and stimulate a culture of collaboration.


Richard Becker, MD

Director and Physician-in-chief of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute

Mabel Stearns Stonehill Endowed Chair and Professor in the UC Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease.

Spokesman for the American Heart Association


Following his 1982 graduation from the UC College of Medicine, Becker completed his internship, residency and hematology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School after a fellowship in cardiology there and rose to the rank of professor.

He was the founding director of the Cardiovascular Thrombosis Research Center and director of the Coronary Care Unit and Anticoagulation Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.


Becker joined Duke University in 2003 as professor of medicine and director of the Duke Cardiovascular Thrombosis Center. He served as co-director of both the Advanced Biomarkers Program at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Comprehensive Center for Hemostasis and Thrombosis.


In 2011, Becker received the Daniel Drake Medal, the UC College of Medicine’s highest honor. He has received numerous other teaching, research and master clinician awards during his career.

Becker was appointed head of the division of cardiovascular health and disease within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine in fall 2013. He is also director and physician-in-chief of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute and  is the Mabel Stearns Stonehill Endowed Chair and Professor in the UC Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease.

Becker has served as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator of many National Institutes of Health-funded research studies and has been supported by industry, foundations and other government agencies for clinical and translational investigations on thrombosis, hemostasis, vascular biology and pharmacogenetics.

He is a prolific contributor to scientific literature having published more than 600 articles, textbooks, book chapters, invited reviews and editorials, abstracts and both national and international position papers.

He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, an editorial board member for Thrombosis Research, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Therapeutics and a guest editor for Circulation.

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