Saint Luke’s Nationally Recognized Heart Expertise

Saint Luke’s cardiologists offer many treatment options that are only available at a few institutions in the country. The expert team is dedicated to providing the best care possible to patients. Saint Luke’s cardiology staff also is deeply committed to cardiovascular research and training the next generation of exceptional cardiologists.

Clinical heart care excellence

  • One of the top 25 hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • Consistently ranks among the top 1% of approximately 5,000 facilities for heart care
  • Third hospital in the United States to receive Comprehensive Cardiac Certification from The Joint Commission         
  • First hospital in the region to receive Cardiac Valve Repair and Replacement Certification from The Joint Commission
  • Recognized by The Joint Commission for cardiac program’s high-quality outcomes, use of technology and innovation, and excellence in patient-centered heart care across all 10 cardiac specialties
  • Consistently ranks high among the top heart transplant programs in the country based on volume and outcomes, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)
  • Earned highest level of recognition for heart failure care awarded by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • Established Saint Luke's Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center, the first center of its kind focused on addressing women’s heart health

Cardiac research and education excellence

  • Published more than 1,000 peer-reviewed articles in the past five years
  • Actively involved in more than 100 cardiac clinical trials
  • More than $7 million in cardiovascular research funding annually 
  • Established Saint Luke’s HOPE Study (Heart Outcomes in Pregnancy Expectations for Mom and Baby), the first multisite, multidisciplinary research study aimed at documenting the long-term outcomes of moms and babies affected by heart disease
  • In addition to a three-year cardiology training program jointly offered by Saint Luke’s Hospital and the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, the health system supports subspecialty education in the fields of electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, and structural heart disease
  • Most cardiologists at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute have academic appointments, such as professors or associate professors at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri

Learn more about other Saint Luke’s awards and recognition.