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The Division of Cardiology at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine is dedicated to the diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. Division faculty members offer outstanding tertiary and quaternary patient care, conduct leading-edge research and deliver specialized training for the next generation of cardiologists in Orange County and beyond.

These nationally and internationally recognized faculty members work collaboratively with UC Irvine Health’s cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, each year treating thousands of patients, most of whom have complex medical conditions. They offer expert clinical care and training in:

Division faculty members also are involved in rigorous scientific studies at Orange County’s only university medical center. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and other prestigious institutions, division investigators are engaged in a range of advanced research that includes:

  • Molecular imaging of the myocardium and the study of intricate myocardial mechanics 
  • Neuro-regulation of cardiovascular function and alternative therapies for cardiovascular disease
  • Interventional cardiology and electrophysiology 
  • Identifying subjects at high risk of developing heart attacks
  • Strategies aimed at reversing coronary disease that can lead to heart failure and preventing the progression of disease
  • Molecular cardiology involving estrogen receptors and myocardial hypertrophy
  • Health policy research focused on diabetes, heart failure and the use of imaging resources

The division’s clinical researchers work at the Cardiovascular Center at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, the VA Long Beach Health System and the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute in Long Beach, which enables them to develop larger clinical trials that serve a wide geographic community.

This consortium gives the physicians accepted into the division’s highly competitive three-year fellowship program the best and broadest training. Five to six fellows graduate each year from the division's accredited cardiovascular disease program. The division also offers a fourth year of fellowship training in interventional cardiology.

Faculty members in our heart disease prevention program have participated in numerous clinical trials and longitudinal studies of cardiac disease, producing excellent scholarly work as well as educating the community in methods for improving the early detection and prevention of heart attacks. Cardiologists in our nationally certified Heart Failure Program, the only one of its kind in Orange County, make use of these scientific advances, leading-edge diagnostics and noninvasive imaging to correct the underlying problems that contribute to heart disease.

The mission of the Division of Cardiology is to promote cardiovascular health through research, superb physician training and by delivering the best and most compassionate patient care.