The mission of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is to generate great ideas that transform cardiovascular care. The department works in concert with the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center to advance cardiovascular medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and vascular surgery- with over 100 ongoing clinical trials that distinguish Houston Methodist as a leader in cardiovascular science and cardiovascular care.
The Houston Methodist culture of innovation is rooted in the noble tradition of translational medicine practiced by cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, whose innovations in cardiovascular surgery at Houston Methodist revolutionized patient care around the world. The work is continued by the physicians and scientists of Houston Methodist, advancing the fields of cardiovascular medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiovascular anesthesia, and vascular surgery.
In support of this mission, the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences is a base camp of resources for scientists and clinical researchers with expertise in cardiovascular and stem cell biology, genetic engineering and lipid metabolism- to collaborate and translate discoveries into clinical advances. The department includes a Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration (CCR) which is focused on mechanisms of pluripotency, cardiovascular differentiation and rejuvenation. An RNA core is a department resource that provides mmRNA constructs for induction of pluripotency, directed differentiation, and telomere extension.