Our research team

Our research team includes cardiologists, clinical scientists, research coordinators and regulatory specialists who work together to advance medical knowledge and patient care.

For patients and study participants

nurse with patient United Heart & Vascular Clinic provides resources for the prevention, detection and treatment of heart disease. We encourage our patients to take an active role in decisions on their plan of care. This may include options that are only available through clinical research studies.

Our clinic has dedicated research staff that carefully screen any patient who is interested in a study. Participation is strictly voluntary. Each patient must give their permission to participate; and, the patient may revoke this consent at any time during a study.

We participate in a large variety of studies related to heart and vascular diseases. This includes a wide range of studies that may use implantable devices, medications, or other novel therapies to treat a variety of conditions. This includes (but is not limited to) the following areas of cardiology:

  • Heart Failure: When the heart is not pumping as well as it should.
  • Heart Attacks: When the heart muscle is damaged due to a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the heart.
  • Electrophysiology: Focuses on the electrical function of the heart and treats conditions such as atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia or heart blocks.
  • Interventional Cardiology: Heart catheterization procedures such as a stent.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapies: Using pacemaker therapy to help the heart beat more uniformly.
  • Prevention/Secondary Prevention: Trying to stop heart disease from happening in the first place, or prevent another event from happening.
  • Cardiovascular surgery: Such as bypass surgery, valve surgery and other procedures.
  • Vascular Diseases: Treating disease in vessels outside the heart such as vessels that supply blood to the legs.

Check with your cardiologist if you are interested in learning more about research studies being conducted at United Heart and Vascular Clinic.

For providers and study sponsors

medical staff reading file United Heart & Vascular Clinic has a designated research department. Our research staff includes coordinators, regulatory specialists, research scientists and financial personnel. The Operations Manager has over 15 years of experience in clinical research management and 35 years in the medical profession. Our medical director, Dr. Alan Bank, has over 30 years of experience in medical practice and research. He is a multi-published author and speaker.

We have access to many tools to assist in the conduction of research. This ranges from onsite clinical support to laboratory, imaging and diagnostic services. It includes a dedicated device clinic, a vascular clinic, a core echocardiography lab, cardiac catheterization labs and operating rooms.

There are dedicated research offices, temperature controlled locked storage/refrigeration, and a designated office for study monitors. We have access to deep freezer storage, advanced lab processing and advanced diagnostic services at United Hospital.

Our providers serve as consultants for clinical research projects and studies for external clients. They are also available to assist with field support training and other educational services.

Research is conducted in compliance to all local, state and federal guidelines and regulations.

To find out more about research services, call 651-241-2819.

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