Letter from the Director

Nearly a century ago, the John Wyckoff Adult Cardiology Clinic opened its doors within Bellevue Hospital, the nation’s largest municipal hospital. This clinic, which was the first in the United States dedicated to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease, formed the basis for the Division of Cardiology at NYU Langone Medical Center.  Since that auspicious beginning, our clinicians, educators and scientists have continued to make major contributions to Cardiology, with a history of pioneering many groundbreaking “firsts.”

In 2002, our Division was renamed the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology, reflecting a remarkable gift from a longtime friend of NYU Langone Medical Center. The generosity of this gift and many others has enabled our program to grow dramatically; today we are recognized as one of the leading Cardiology programs in the country, with expertise in virtually all aspects of cardiovascular prevention, acute care and rehabilitation.

As we look to the future, NYU Langone Medical Center is uniquely poised to improve the outlook for patients with heart disease and diminish the burden of cardiovascular disease. Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, industry partners as well as critical philanthropic giving, our scientists are exploring key aspects of cardiovascular biology and genetics, including the cellular basis for heart rhythm disorders, mechanisms of atherosclerosis, heart failure and congenital heart disease, stem cells and cardiac regeneration, to name just a few. Our Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center coordinates a broad array of global multi-center research trials, including pivotal studies that have defined the standard of care for patients with heart disease.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our faculty, our clinical programs, research activities and educational initiatives.

Glenn I. Fishman, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS 
William Goldring Professor of Medicine 
Professor of Physiology & Neuroscience 
Professor of Pharmacology 
Director, Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology