First-of-its-Kind Alliance between MedStar Heart Institute and Cleveland Clinic

Clinical and Research Alliance Further Strengthens Region’s Leading Cardiac Care Program

January 7, 2013

Washington, D.C., Jan. 7, 2013 - MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center announced today it has entered into a first-of-its-kind clinical and research alliance with world-renowned Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. The alliance further strengthens MedStar Heart Institute’s position as the Washington D.C., region’s premier destination for heart care. It provides patients with new and enhanced treatment options, and accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in cardiology and cardiac surgery.

“This alliance unites two of the nation’s most well-respected heart programs,” said Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, President and CEO, MedStar Health. “By working together, we will be developing and sharing new and better treatments and therapies to benefit all patients who reach out to us for heart care.”

MedStar Heart Institute already has one of the highest-volume cardiac programs in the nation, as well as a robust research program that will only be strengthened by formal connections to Cleveland Clinic. The two organizations will share best practices related to the various disciplines within cardiology and cardiac surgery, and MedStar physicians will work with Cleveland Clinic on quality outcomes and protocols to accelerate improvements in heart care and research.

“We have long been impressed with the depth of clinical expertise and research capabilities at MedStar Heart Institute, and our teams are already working closely on advanced research studies,” said Toby Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “This new alliance is an ideal opportunity to formalize our relationship to benefit patients and enhance our clinical collaboration.”

This clinical and research alliance builds upon a relationship established between MedStar Health and Cleveland Clinic. The two formed an Innovation Alliance in 2011 to develop new ideas, strategies and technology for the healthcare marketplace.

MedStar Heart Institute is a regional cardiac care network, which includes MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Together, MedStar Heart Institute sees more patients, trains more physicians and conducts more innovative cardiac research than any other health system in the region.

About MedStar Heart Institute

MedStar Heart Institute, headquartered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, is a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and has been the premier destination for cardiac care in the nation's capital for more than 50 years. U.S.News & World Report and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons consistently recognize the Washington region’s preeminent heart program as one of the nation’s best. Volumes in coronary artery bypass graft surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention are among the highest in the nation, according UHC’s Clinical Data Base. Nearly half of all coronary artery bypass surgeries are performed off-pump at the Heart Institute. This volume and experience, coupled with innovative technology, ensure patients receive leading-edge treatment and high-quality care from top cardiologists and cardiac surgeons whose outcomes are consistently above national averages. In addition, MedStar Heart Institute has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research and clinical trials, offering patients access to treatment alternatives that may otherwise be unavailable. Visit us at

About Cleveland Clinic

A worldwide leader in cardiovascular care, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. For 18 consecutive years, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic as the No. 1 hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery. In 2011, the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic saw 404,385 patient visits with its surgeons performing more than 4,000 cardiac surgeries. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Visit us at Follow us at

Media Contacts

MedStar Health Contact:
So Young Pak
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Cleveland Clinic Contact:
Wyatt DuBois
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