At Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center, patients have access to a level of care not available anywhere else in the region. The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital was the nation's first academic hospital dedicated to cardiovascular care. Today, it remains a beacon for combining excellent patient care, innovative research and access to the most advanced treatments and technology in the region.

Together with our sister research facility, the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, our physicians and scientists are working on new and innovative treatments and testing the most advanced devices and procedures with a goal of improving the lives of our patients and stopping the impact of heart and vascular disease. 

Your heart and health are in good hands at Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center. Call to schedule an appointment with our heart and vascular experts.

Tour Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital

Each floor of Ohio State's 290,000-square-foot, 150-bed heart hospital is dedicated to a specific service, such as cardiac surgery or vascular medicine. Our universal room model allows most patients to stay in the same private room and be treated by a dedicated care team during their hospitalization, regardless of changes in their condition.

Cardiac Care at Ohio State

Patients receiving cardiac care at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center have access to a large team of specialists, which can be particularly helpful in diagnosing and treating difficult or unique cases, says Sitaramesh Emani, MD. The physicians at Ohio State treat a wide range of cardiac issues, including advanced heart failure, which may be treated with mechanical heart support or cardiac transplantation, electrical issues, and congenital or genetic heart problems

Second Floor: Cardiac Catheterization

The cardiac catheterization experts at Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital open blocked arteries with balloons and stents.

Fourth Floor: Surgery

You're in good hands with the surgical teams at Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital, nationally recognized for the quality of their care.

Fifth Floor: Vascular Care

Ohio State's vascular care experts can treat even the most complex vascular conditions using advanced imaging techniques and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Sixth Floor: Heart Failure

The collaborative approach to heart failure care at Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital ensures that you get exactly the kind of care you need,including access to the most advanced heart failure treatments available.

Seventh Floor: Electro-physiology

When an electrical problem in your heart causes it to beat too quickly or slowly, experts at Ohio State are trained in a variety of procedures that can return your heartbeat to normal.

Our Leaders

Our leaders

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Ernest Mazzaferri Jr., MD, FACC

Interim Co-Director, The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center

Dr. Mazzaferri earned his MD and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine followed by a fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Florida. He then returned to Ohio State to complete a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology. He is double boarded in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He joined our faculty in 2006 as clinical assistant professor and rose through the ranks to become clinical associate professor in 2013 and clinical professor in 2018. In 2012, he became medical director of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, a position he continues to hold today. He also holds the Charles A. Bush MD Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Bryan Whiston, MD, PhD

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD, FACS

Interim Co-Director, The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center

Dr. Whitson earned his MD at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his PhD, residency training in Surgery and fellowship training in Surgical Infectious Disease and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he was the Richard L. Varco Surgical Research Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Thoracic Oncology. He is double boarded in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. In 2012, he joined the faculty at Ohio State as assistant professor of Cardiac Surgery, rising to become associate professor in 2016 and professor in 2019. Dr. Whitson is fellowship director of Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support and vice chair of Innovation and Translational Research for the Department of Surgery.

Thomas Hund, PhD

Thomas Hund, PhD

Director, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

Dr. Hund is the William D. and Jacquelyn L. Wells Chair at DHLRI and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine). He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and most recently served as interim director at DHLRI.

Dr. Hund has expertise in heart failure and arrhythmia with techniques ranging from mathematical modeling and computational biology, molecular and cell biology, imaging, and animal physiology. In addition to his research achievements, Dr. Hund has been recognized for his dedication to promoting undergraduate and graduate education in medicine and biomedical engineering through curriculum development, didactic teaching and mentoring. He is a fierce advocate for interdisciplinary research at Ohio State, and has more than 100 publications in leading journals. He serves on multiple national editorial boards, holds several NIH awards and has served on national review panels.

Before joining Ohio State in July 2011, Dr. Hund was an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He earned his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Our Patients

Tom: Heart Attack

Tom woke up sweating profusely and feeling unwell, with a heavy pain in the center of his chest that spread to his arms when he got out of bed.
Watch his story.

Anne: Heart Rhythm

Anne thought she was having panic attacks, but it turned out to be more serious: Thanks to cardiology teams at The Ross Heart Hospital, she was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and received the treatment she needed.
Watch her story.

Quovardis: Women's Heart

When Quovardis started having heart palpitations to the point that she was gasping for air, she knew something was seriously wrong. Watch her story.

Dr. Roehll: Heart Rhythm

It's pretty unusual when a patient has a heart condition that doctors can't explain. It's even more unusual when the patient is a doctor himself. Watch his story.

Wendell: Heart Transplant

When Wendell started experiencing shortness of breath, he knew something might be wrong. He never imagined he'd need a new heart. Watch his story.

Aaron: Irregular Heartbeat

Aaron’s irregular heartbeat increasingly caused him to miss out on things that were important to him: time with his wife and three young daughters. 
Watch his story.

Gail: Heart Disease

Gail describes her heart event and the care she received at Ohio State from the EP team. Watch her story.

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