Research at St. Francis Hospital

St. Francis Hospital is a national leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, and our Research Department extends that leadership through the advancement of scientific knowledge. For decades, research at St. Francis has led to a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of heart disease, which in turn has translated into better care for our patients and heart patients everywhere.

Led by renowned cardiac imaging expert, Jie Jane Cao, M.D., our research activity is conducted by an outstanding group of dedicated research staff and nationally recognized physician leaders who focus on four main areas:

  • Development of new noninvasive cardiac imaging methods capable of changing and enhancing cardiovascular care through active research programs in state-of-art 1.5 Tesla and 3 Tesla cardiac MRI, 320-slice cardiac CT, advanced echocardiography with 3D and 4D capabilities and nuclear scanning including SPECT and PET/CT imaging. Leadership and participation in multicenter trials of promising new treatments for cardiovascular disease including coronary artery disease, valvular disease, heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Participation in studies evaluating innovative strategies for the treatment of carotid artery disease.
  • Participation in multicenter trials of new treatments in oncology and development of new approaches to avoiding toxicity of cancer chemotherapy.
  • Development of interdisciplinary research investigating cardiotoxicity in patients receiving cancer chemotherapy

For more information about research at St. Francis, or to participate in a study, call (516) 562-6790.

Research Areas

  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Nursing