Department of Medicine

Krannert Institute of Cardiology


The Krannert Institute of Cardiology was founded in 1963 through the generous support of Herman and Elnora Krannert and the visionary leadership of its founding director, Dr. Charles Fisch. Its goal has always been excellence in cardiovascular health through patient care, education, and research.

Over the past fifty years, the Krannert Institute of Cardiology has gained an international reputation as a Center of Excellence. Its members have played prominent and leadership roles in national professional organizations, including five presidents of the American College of Cardiology, and presidencies of the Heart Rhythm Society, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Its graduates have gone on to cardiology department or section leadership positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Michigan, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Oklahoma, University of Utah, among others. It has trained cardiovascular scientists from thirteen countries. Graduates of its clinical training programs (the largest and oldest in Indiana) have established prominent cardiology groups throughout the mid-west. The Krannert Institute of Cardiology has been editorial home of two professional society journals, and its members are editors and contributors of the major cardiovascular textbooks.

Currently, the Krannert Institute of Cardiology professional staff includes twenty-nine cardiologists, seven PhD investigators, and thirty five support staff. Its ACGME-accredited training programs include twenty-three cardiovascular disease fellows. There are six additional post-doctoral fellows. Although the Krannert Institute of Cardiology has always been committed to comprehensive cardiovascular care, it has had particular focus and prominence in several key areas. These include clinical and basic electrophysiology (disorders of heart rhythm), a focus initiated by Dr. Charles Fisch (Director until 1990) and expanded by Dr. Douglas Zipes (Director from 1994-2004), who remains active at the Institute. This tradition continues with the current Director, Dr. Peng-Sheng Chen, also an internationally recognized electrophysiologist and basic scientist.

A second area of focus has been echocardiography (ultrasound imaging of the heart). Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, who remains head of the Krannert echocardiography laboratories, is the father of clinical echocardiography and the author of its definitive text.

More recent areas of research focus include vascular biology, developmental myocardial biology, and intracellular calcium metabolism. In the clinical arena, there are focused programs in advanced heart care (congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation) and invasive cardiac and peripheral vascular intervention, as well as prevention.

The clinical activities of the Krannert Institute are carried out in Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital, Wishard Memorial Hospital, and the Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital. In 2002, the Krannert Institute out-patient facility, administrative offices, and major research laboratories moved to the Methodist Hospital campus, following the consolidation of University Hospital (on the Indiana University Medical Center campus) and Methodist Hospital into Clarian Health Partners. Methodist Hospital and the Indiana University Medical Center campus are connected by an elevated monorail transportation system. Our most recent clinical initiatives have included comprehensive service and out-patient offices at IU Health West and IU Health North suburban hospitals.