Welcome to the CVISE Center

Creating future leaders in cardiovascular research innovation.

Our innovation center brings together expertise from cardiovascular surgery, engineering and other disciplines at Washington University in St. Louis to synergize on projects that will have a lasting impact on health care and society. Our fellowship program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is training future surgeons and engineers to develop innovations in cardiovascular research.

$3 million NIH funding

2-year innovation fellowship

4 fellows per year

Unparalleled training

CVISE is the first innovation center in the country to be funded by a T32 training grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH. The CVISE fellowship accepts four trainees per year: two surgical residents and two engineering students. Trainees in this two-year fellowship program synergize across disciplines to develop, test and patent novel technologies.

The future of cardiovascular care

The future of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease depends on innovating and engineering across basic and medical sciences. We are shaping the paradigm for collaboration between surgeons and engineers. Our goal is to catalyze growth and collaboration on technology that is intended to diagnose and manage patients with cardiovascular disease.

From idea to innovation

The CVISE Center provides a continuous new pipeline of cardiovascular research innovators with strong foundations in cardiovascular pathophysiology, basic and translational research, applicable engineering principles, entrepreneurship, and an understanding of responsible partnerships with industry and pathways for commercialization. We transform ideas into innovations that ultimately lead to patents.

Collaboration and mentorship

CVISE fosters collaboration across disciplines to develop new technologies. Our faculty mentors represent the breadth of surgical, medical and engineering specialties, providing fellows with unique learning opportunities as they innovate and synergize. Working with collaborators across our leadership committees, fellows gain insight into the entrepreneurship and commercialization processes. These skills help create future innovators in cardiovascular research.