A Message from the Chief
Welcome to the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. Our program has held a long tradition of deep commitment to excellence in patient care, research, and education. Recently, our clinical and research programs have experienced staggering growth and expansion leading to continued local and national recognition.
Nebraska Medical Center is the largest healthcare facility in the state, with more than 5,700 employees and more than 1,000 physicians on staff. Its emergency room had 50,821 visits in the most recent year reported. The hospital was ranked nationally in two adult specialties by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015-16 rankings, and the publication ranked it as the No. 1 hospital in the state.
Our clinical faculty in the Division have been actively involved in maintaining high-volume, state-of-the-art cardiovascular care for our patients in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest. The UNMC Nebraska Medicine cardiovascular program leads the region and serves as the State’s only cardiac transplant program performing on average 40 cardiac transplants per year and implantation of 60 VADs per year under the direction of our Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Director, Dr. Brian Lowes. Currently in the greater Omaha area, our Structural Heart Disease and Interventional program stands alone with growing volumes and superb outcomes with TAVR, MitraClip, ASD closure, and complex high-risk PCI led by Dr. Greg Pavlides. Likewise, Dr. Daniel Anderson directs one of the finest programs in advanced electrophysiology including complex ablation, device implantation and lead extraction. Advanced imaging included cardiac CT, MRI and echo are directed by Dr. Samer Sayyed along with the depth of research and clinical support of Dr. Thomas Porter. And uniquely UNMC in partnership with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha, Dr. Shane Tsai directs our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.
Under the direction of Arthur Easley, MD, our fellowship programs continue to grow. This highly competitive program receives over 500 applications annually for the four available slots. Graduates of the three-year General Cardiology Fellowship Program have a greater than 95 percent pass rate on their Cardiology Boards. Formal subspecialty training is also available in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation.
Blended into the fabric of all of our activities here in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine is our commitment of clinical and translational research. Our faculty are active innovators and participants in multiple clinical trials and integrated into our Cardiovascular Research Center focused on basic science and translational research.
Again, welcome to our Division. The years ahead are and continue to be packed with exciting opportunities to transform programs in cardiovascular care, research and education.
Vincent J. Pompili, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Professor of Internal Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Physician Executive Director, Heart and Vascular Center, Nebraska Medicine
982265 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-2265
Office phone: (402) 559-5151
Office fax: (402) 559-8355