The history and tradition for heart and vascular care on the Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health Dallas campus is rich with many examples of innovation and research involvement

Research on our Dallas hospital campus is a truly collaborative effort that brings teams across Baylor Scott & White Health together with nonprofits, medical institutes and healthcare/pharmaceutical companies around the globe.

Research by the numbers

Soltero Cardiovascular Research Center

Nationally recognized for conducting high-quality studies on cardiovascular problems, medications and surgical procedures

Soltero Cardiovascular Research Center (SCRC) was formed in 1987. The program, led by Cara East, MD, adds a portfolio of focused cardiology studies to the research program at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute. SCRC studies have focused on cardiovascular problems caused by:

  • Diabetes
  • Arteries hardening
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased levels of lipoprotein molecules in the blood

Contact Soltero Cardiovascular Research Center at 214.820.2273 for more information on active studies and program activities.

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Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute

Supporting the development and implementation of the newest techniques and technologies in cardiovascular care

The Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute was established in 1993 to promote cardiovascular research and education to prevent and treat heart and vascular disease. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute is part of Baylor University Medical Center and does not provide a referral service.

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Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI)

The dedicated research arm of Baylor Scott & White Health

BSWRI conducts research across more than 50 specialty areas through a dedicated network of research team members embedded at dedicated research centers, hospitals and clinics throughout the Baylor Scott & White Health system.

BSWRI’s cardiovascular research efforts are regularly included in medical journal publications and presented at medical conferences.

Research updates
Medical Director Appointed Associate Editor of an ACC Journal

Paul Grayburn, MD, FACC, Medical Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology – Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas; Medical Director, Cardiology Research and Education – Baylor University Medical Center, was recently appointed by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as an associate editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. This prestigious appointment is the latest in Dr. Grayburn’s list of journal-related involvement as he is an associate editor for American Journal of Cardiology as well as Structural Heart: Journal of the Heart Team.

Dr. Grayburn has published more than 400 manuscripts or book chapters in peer-reviewed journals. He has served in leadership roles in several multicenter trials (BEST, STICH, EVEREST II, COAPT, CTSN, Apollo) and directs an echocardiographic core laboratory for clinical trials in valvular heart disease. Dr. Grayburn is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M University.

American College of Cardiology Honors Dr. William C. Roberts

William C. Roberts, MD, honored by American College of Cardiology with a Lifetime Achievement Award, prestigious recognition from the American College of Cardiology on Monday, April 4, 2016, in Chicago.

Listing of Dr. Roberts' books:

  1. Roberts WC, editor in chief. From-the-Editor Columns Published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1982-2015. Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2016:623.
  2. Roberts WC, editor in chief, Interviews Published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1982 – 2015, Volume 1:A-K. Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2016:684.
  3. Roberts WC, editor in chief. Interviews Published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1982 – 2015, Volume 2: L-Z. Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2016:571.
  4. Roberts WC, interviewer and Editor. Collected Interviews of Baylor University Medical Center Physicians and Administrators Published in Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 1995 – 2015, Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2015:951.
  5. Roberts WC, editor in chief. Facts and Ideas from Anywhere: From-the-Editor Columns Published in Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 2011 – 2015, Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2015:509.
  6. Roberts WC, interviewer and editor. Collected Interviews of Some Visiting Professors
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Dr. Cara East's new book

Congratulations to Cara East, MD, FACP, FAPCR, on her new book titled Developing a Successful Clinical Research Program based on her experience leading the Soltero Cardiovascular Research. Beth Soltero hosted a book signing at the Soltero office on Oct. 19, 2018. Patients involved in some of her clinical trials, as well as fellow providers and family friends attended the event.

Baylor Heart and Vascular welcomes Dr. Packer

Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health announces the appointment of Milton Packer, MD, as the new Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science. Dr. Packer's recent study findings now published in latest New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Packer, Distinguished Scholar, can be reached through Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute at 214.820.7500

Did I Actually Win an Award — For Journalism?

Milton Packer reflects on the impact and future of his blog

Dr. Packer won a national award in specialized journalism — the Jesse H. Neal Award — in the category of "Best Commentary/Blog." The Neal Awards are considered the "Pulitzer Prize" of the business press. Established in 1955, the Neal Awards strive to recognize journalists that "act as the conscience of the fields they serve."

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Landmark Research Program Advances Precision Medicine for All of Us

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital is one of three Baylor Scott & White Health locations currently serving as a study site for system's participation in a landmark precision medicine study – the All of Us Research Program. All of Us is the largest study ever executed in the United States by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a goal of enrolling 1 million participants across the country.

Baylor Scott & White is currently the only healthcare provider in Texas enrolling participants in the study and will receive a total of $14 million in funding from NIH over five years. The system is collaborating through a consortium that includes Baylor Scott & White, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Essentia Health headquartered in Minnesota, Spectrum Health in Michigan and University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Considerations for cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic perspectives from the SCAI ELM members and graduates

The novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is highly infectious, carries significant morbidity and mortality, and has rapidly resulted in strained healthcare system and hospital resources. In addition to patient-related care concerns in infected individuals, focus must also relate to diminishing community spread, protection of staff, case selection, and concentration of resources. The current document based on available data and consensus opinion addresses appropriate catheterization laboratory preparedness for treating these patients, including procedure-room readiness to minimize external contamination, safe donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to eliminate risk to staff, and staffing algorithms to minimize exposure and maximize team availability. Case selection and management of both emergent and urgent procedures are discussed in detail, including procedures that may be safely deferred or performed bedside.

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Subhash Banerjee, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiovascular Research and Innovation at Baylor University Medical Center

One of the nation’s leading experts in interventional cardiology and complex cardiac and vascular surgery, Subhash Banerjee, MD, is the Paul J. Thomas Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Chief of Cardiovascular Research and Innovation at Baylor University Medical Center, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health. Prior to joining Baylor Scott & White, Dr. Banerjee was Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas.

Dr. Banerjee is passionate about research, having led many landmark medical research trials, presented the latest scientific results from studies, and has published more than 450 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. His keen interest in how he could use research to change the course of disease drew him to minimally invasive endovascular procedures and inspired him to affect those changes in his patients.

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Baylor University Medical Center chosen as one of seven US sites for trial of new total artificial heart

Many patients with advanced heart failure can be managed by a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). But there are some patients who are not candidates for an LVAD because they have biventricular failure. Baylor University Medical Center has been chosen as one of seven clinical trial sites for the world's most advanced total artificial heart. “No major changes have occurred in the field of total artificial heart in decades, so we are very excited to be able to offer access to participation in a clinical trial for this innovative pump to our patients who qualify,” says Dan M. Meyer, MD, surgical chief of heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support at Baylor University Medical Center

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