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Research Overview

The Division's faculty has a broad range of research interests. These include management and outcome of acute myocardial infarction, development and evaluation of innovative device systems and methods, laboratory analysis of non-traditional risk factors, and non-pharmacologic and therapeutic clinical trials for patients with hypertension, atherosclerosis, and other cardiovascular diseases. Under the leadership of Dr. John B. Kostis the Cardiovascular Research Program performs the full spectrum of translational and clinical research on inpatients and outpatients with cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. Cardiovascular clinical trials, clinical pharmacology studies, device trials and outcomes research are major areas of research activity. To enroll prospective patients in cardiovascular research, please call the nurse in charge as indicated in the table:

  • Nora Cosgrove, R.N. at (732) 235-6546
  • Casey Casazza, R.N. at (732) 235-8694
  • Michael Cargill, R.N. at (732) 235-6130
  • Celeste Cardona, L.P.N. at (732) 235-6546
  • Denise Bankowski, L.P.N. at (732) 235-6546
  • Natalie Randolph, R.N. at (732) 235-8969

Myocardial Infarction Data Acquisition System (MIDAS), Director: John B. Kostis, MD

Center for Disease Management and Clinical Outcomes
Directors: Clifton R. Lacy, MD, and John B. Kostis, MD

The Center for Disease Management and Clinical Outcomes is a collaborative effort of the Department of Medicine of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers University College of Pharmacy. Established in July 1994, the Center carries out research, educational and clinical activities in the broad areas of disease management and clinical outcomes.

In the research area, it conducts and supports research on disease management and clinical outcomes in the inpatient, outpatient and community settings. Research activities involve:

  • Methodological issues
  • Individual disease entities
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Factors affecting application of medical knowledge
  • Physician education
  • Protocol implementation across hospital systems

Clinical activities involve coordination of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital physician related initiatives including:

  • Disease management and clinical outcomes
  • Medical "best practices"
  • Practice protocols
  • Clinical resource management
  • Clinical benchmarking.

Activities in the outpatient area are coordinated with the University Medical Group and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Educational activities target health care professionals and persons involved in the broad fields of disease management and clinical outcomes. Activities include:

  • Continuing medical education conferences addressed to local and national audiences,
  • Seminars and publication of relevant material.

A fellowship in disease management and clinical outcomes will be inaugurated in the next academic year.
In the current academic year, the center has received external funding in excess of $100,000 for its research and educational activities.

The Center has developed a new journal, Disease Management and Clinical Outcomes, first published by Elsevier Science Inc. in 1997. The journal boasts a distinguished multidisciplinary editorial board of internationally and nationally renowned experts in the fields of epidemiology, disease management, clinical outcomes, and health economics and health services research. The publication publishes peer reviewed articles on all aspects of disease management, clinical outcomes, and health economics including original studies, review articles, and commentary regarding theoretical, methodological, implementation, ethical, legal, and regulatory issues.

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Research Program
Director: Luis H. Arroyo, MD
The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Research Program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Medicine of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital . Established in 2002, the Program carries out research, educational and clinical activities in the area of heart failure and transplant research.

In the research area, it conducts and supports research on heart failure management and clinical outcomes in the inpatient, outpatient and community settings. Research activities involve:

  • Decision analysis
  • New drug development
  • Pharmacoeconomics
  • Cardiac support devices
  • Outcomes research