The Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center moves therapies for heart disease—the most common cause of death and disability in the United States—from the lab to the clinic. Philanthropy dedicated to basic and translational research fosters the discovery of the unthinkable.

Patient Care

UVA leverages technology to keep patients out of the hospital and in the place they most want to be—their homes. A gift to patient care expands the ways we offer compassionate care to patients and their families.


UVA's heart and vascular medicine faculty are committed to sharing their knowledge with medical and nursing students, as well as young doctors. Philanthropy is a critical component of medical education.

Spotlight: The Atrial Fibrillation Center

The A-Fib Center harnesses the power of experts from across various disciplines—cardiology, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, molecular imaging, and others—to focus on this complex and pervasive heart condition. Learn More.

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Stories of Care & Discovery

Heart Surgery Can Be Safer, Thanks to UVA Cardiologist’s New Device

Heart Surgery Can Be Safer, Thanks to UVA Cardiologist's New Device

UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group Seed Fund has invested in a device developed by Dr. Scott Lim, the medical director of the UVA Advanced Cardiac Valve Center, that promises to lessen the complication rates for heart surgery.

UVA Today

In The Spotlight: Ken Walsh, PhD

Why do some people with excellent health habits still end up having heart attacks? Why do others who feast on junk food and never lace a sneaker live into their 80s and beyond? The answer to these questions may lie deep within our bones, where blood…


Graduate student T.K. Phung and postdoctoral researcher Colleen Witzenburg (center) show prototypes of computer heart models they are building.

Charting the Rhythm of a Beating Heart

Most of us take the beating of our hearts for granted. For many heart failure patients, however, those beats are not so reliable.


Dr. Mike Mangrum holds a new vest which may help treta A-Fib

Mapping the Heart

Seven million patients in the U.S. suffer from atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). With A-Fib, the heart’s two upper chambers beat erratically and out of sync with its two lower chambers, causing a quivering irregular heartbeat. Left untreated, this type…


Brian Annex, MD and Tom Loughran, MD stand side-by-side

Celebrating Life

Bob Tanner kept a handwritten note in his wallet that read, “I would like my legacy to be a celebration of life by helping to alleviate the pain and suffering of people in general!”