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Heart and Vascular Institute (Cardiology)

Penn State specialists are leading research and clinical trials to improve knowledge, care and treatment options for heart and vascular conditions, including:

  • Interventional, observational and registry clinical trials
  • Grant-funded and sponsored trials
  • Investigator-initiated trials
  • Drug studies from phase 1b-4
  • Device studies including first-in-human, pilot, pivotal and post-approval studies
  • Research in inpatient and outpatient settings

Learn More About Heart and Vascular

Research in Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute includes the following areas:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • Mechanical heart devices
  • Intervention treatment
  • Cardiovascular interventional radiology
  • Vascular surgery

Gerald Naccarelli, MD, is Vice Chair of Research.

Read more about Dr. Naccarelli here.

Robert Dowling, MD, is Director of Cardiac Surgery Research and Director of Research in Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Read more about Dr. Dowling here.

Contact Us

To speak to someone about heart and vascular research, call 717-531-5967 or email