Wayne State University

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School of Medicine

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Welcome to the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Wayne State University. This growing division embodies the four-fold mission:

  • Training the next generation of academic and clinical cardiologists;
  • Contributing to the knowledge base in cardiovascular medicine;
  • Serving the cardiovascular needs of Detroit, Wayne County and beyond; and
  • Advocacy for improved cardiovascular care in the United States.

The Division is composed of 14 full-time and 10 part-time faculty, each of whom is dedicated to the education of its 12 cardiology and 4 interventional trainees. The fellowship training programs in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology are accredited by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Inpatient and outpatient activities are provided at four sites: Harper University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Karmanos Cancer Center, and the John Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center.

The fellowship includes extensive experience in resident education. There are daily conferences, organized by faculty and fellows.

Each spring, the Division sponsors annual Scientific Sessions focused on Urban Cardiology dedicated to teaching community physicians about disparities in cardiovascular care and the nuances of reducing risk factors, morbidity and mortality in the at-risk urban minorities.

The Division offers research opportunities in both the basic sciences and clinical research to further this mission.

Recognizing that cardiovascular disease has been the number one cause of death in the United States since 1918 (the year of the Spanish Flu epidemic), our mission is to reduce cardiovascular mortality through teaching, research, clinical care and advocacy for better health care delivery. We believe that cardiovascular disease can be reduced to second place or lower within this decade.

Kim Allan Williams, M.D., Sr., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., F.A.S.N.C.
Dorothy Susan Timmis Professor and Chair, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Radiology