The Cardiology Division offers a diverse educational program to undergraduates and graduates through direct teaching and supervision of Jefferson Medical College students in a variety of settings every month at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Instruction is provided in clinical cardiology, critical care cardiology, heart failure, electrophysiology and echocardiography. The Division of Cardiology also hosts several weekly conferences in clinical cardiology and the various sub-specialties and encourages students to participate in the research endeavors of the division. The Division also administers an ACGME-accredited fellowship program for 23 Cardiology fellows. Recently, the clinical cardiology fellowship, as well as advanced fellowships in cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, received four year ACGME re-accreditation.
The Jefferson Heart Institute is the hub of outpatient cardiology teaching and clinical activity. It is the primary site of the clinical practice for the 33 JUP (Jefferson University Physicians) cardiologists, the location of the cardiac anticoagulation program and the cardio-vascular risk reduction program. On-site stress testing, nuclear cardiology, vascular imaging, echo-cardiography and electrophysiologic device testing and management are available for patient convenience.
Over 20,000 outpatient visits are performed annually at 925 Chestnut Street. The 925 Chestnut Street site also performed 5,700 ultrasound studies, 850 stress echos, 1,500 nuclear stress tests, and 900 vascular tests in FY 2012. An active anticoagulation program manages over 875 patients. Also, over 12,000 patients a year are seen at our satellite offices in Northeast Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd and Voorhees, NJ. Additionally, over 4,800 studies annually are performed at these sites. JUP cardiologists saw 4,300 new patients in FY 2012 which was a 9% increase over the prior year.
The Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center at the Jefferson Heart Institute continued to grow during fiscal year 2012. There were total of 3,100 outpatient visits. Also, they had 290 new inpatients.
Total cardiology discharges for TJUH were 3,500. During FY 2012 there were 615 transfers to the TJUH Heart and Vascular Service Line of which the Division of Cardiology is a core component.
The academic year of 2011-2012 has been groundbreaking in Cardiology Research. David J. Whellan, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA and his team of managers have established the Jefferson Coordinating Center for Clinical Research (JCCCR) in an effort to foster and promote excellence in clinical research at Thomas Jefferson University. The enterprise will develop, initiate and participate in advanced clinical research funded by industry, nonprofit organizations and the US government. The JCCCR is an Academic Research Organization, a new organizational model allowing the coordination of research not just at the home academic medical institution, but with other partner organizations as well. JCCCR is a $12 million operation that can provide infrastructure and personnel to clinical researchers within Jefferson and the region that enable them to conduct their clinical research.