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Research

The Department of Medicine continues to thrive in all of its basic science and clinical research programs that are grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, other government agencies, scientific organizations such as the American Heart Association, and industry. As a marker of research productivity, the department is the most published section at New York Medical College, and a leader among other academic departments in New York State. Two faculty members recently passed the 1,000 publication level.

Together with Westchester Medical Center, the college comprises a major academic medical center, enabling physicians to be active in the basic sciences, and in translational and clinical research. Department physicians and scientists collaborate with their basic science colleagues at the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and with public health and allied medical colleagues at the School of Health Sciences and Practice of New York Medical College. International reputations have been developed in research areas that include Lyme pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention and treatment; cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, geriatrics, renal disease and influenza. Fundamental discoveries continue to be made in the department’s renal and cancer institutes, and by clinician scientists in the various divisions of the department.

The full-time faculty and trainees within the Westchester Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute, often in collaboration with scientists from NYMC, are engaged in cutting-edge research investigating multiple aspects of cardiovascular disease.

Ongoing work includes:

  • An international, NIH-funded clinical trial investigating the role of red blood cell transfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction
  • Multicenter, randomized trials of novel drug therapies in advanced heart failure and pulmonary hypertension
  • Big-data analysis of nationwide cardiovascular databases
  • Investigation of novel methodologies in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Meta-analyses and network meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials in atrial fibrillation, percutaneous coronary intervention, and other impactful topics
  • A large animal translational laboratory exploring the electrophysiologic mechanisms underlying life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias
  • Translational research investigating the relationship between scleroderma and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)

The department also provides research mentors for students, residents and fellows. As a result these trainees publish widely and have won various national research competitions. The department office is also an editorial site for The American Journal of Medicine, The Year Book of Medicine and by Cardiology in Review, an affiliated journal of the American Heart Association that is co-edited by Harvard Medical School and The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. We have published multiple scientific textbooks on AIDS, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Hypertension, Geriatrics, Renal Physiology, and Alternative Medicine.