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Center for Cardiovascular Innovation (CCVI)



The Center’s program is focused on accelerating the development of cardiovascular devices for the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease, structural heart disease, heart failure and heart rhythm disorders. The Center provides education and training in device application as well as implement educational programs in hands-on anatomy and dissection. Device iteration, acceleration and education are enabled by our unique cadaveric perfusion/imaging model that bridges experimental/investigational device to commercial application. Projects include work in transcatheter mitral and aortic valves, left ventricular assist devices, devices focused on stroke reduction, vascular access and closure devices, left atrial appendage occlusion, imaging of coronary artery plaque, lipid holographic imaging and additive manufacturing (3D printing). A “first in cadaver” model has introduced a method to bring the safest and most effective devices into the medical environment. Continued refinement of this model with additions of cardiovascular computational modeling, 3D printing and Virtual Reality techniques will further advance the UW position as a gateway for technology development.

Core Services

The Center for Cardiovascular Innovation provides the following services:

  • A platform for cardiovascular device testing and reiteration
  • Bench-top device testing
  • Histological work
  • Patient-specific virtual reality and 3D printed modeling
  • Educational video and photo content creation
  • Educational programs for medical students, fellows, residents, and faculty
  • Project collaborations with UW departments/divisions to explore new technologies

 Funding Information

Educational courses and cadaveric studies; David and Nancy Auth Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Innovation

Reporting Structure

Dean, School of Medicine

Related UW Entities

School of Medicine:Department of Medicine (Division of Cardiology), Department of Surgery (Division of Cardiac Surgery, Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology), Department of Radiology
College of Engineering: Department of Bioengineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering
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