A reputation for excellence

At Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center, patients have access to a level of care not available anywhere else in the region:

  • Ohio State is considered one of the nation’s best hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is the only central Ohio hospital to earn a spot on the list.

  • The Richard M. Ross Hospital is recognized a Magnet Hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

  • The Ross Heart Hospital was awarded the Beacon Award for Excellence in 2013, recognized as having one of the best critical care units in the nation by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Our patient care philosophy encompasses three important areas:

Outcomes
Working to deliver the best possible treatment results for you.

Safety
Providing the right care to the right patient at the right time, in a safe and secure environment.

Service
Personalizing your care to meet your specific needs.

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.

Ohio State's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital

Learn more about the cardovascular treatments available at Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital.

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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Thomas Ryan, MD, MBA

Director, The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center

He holds the John G. and Jeanne Bonnet McCoy Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, serves as the director of the Medical Center’s Heart Program and interim executive director of the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Dr. Ryan also serves as a professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Ryan has authored or co-authored more than 200 published articles, book chapters and abstracts. He is a national expert on cardiac ultrasound technology, and co-author of the leading textbook on cardiovascular ultrasound. Dr. Ryan is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography.

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William Abraham, MD, FACP, FACC

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Deputy Director, Ohio State’s Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

Dr. Abraham is routinely recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and was the inaugural designated Chair of Excellence in Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State’s College of Medicine. He has co-edited a leading textbook on heart failure, has been a principal investigator in more than 100 multicenter clinical drug and device trials and has authored more than 600 professional works. Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation at the University of Colorado.

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Peter Mohler, PhD

Vice Dean for Research, College of Medicine, Director, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

Dr. Mohler, a prominent medical researcher, earned a doctorate in molecular physiology in 2000 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2004 at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke University. He was named a Pew Scholar by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2007 and a Kavli Scholar of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2009. His research program focuses on solving the pathways underlying such conditions as cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes and neurological dysfunction.

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Ernest Mazzaferri Jr., MD

Ernest Mazzaferri Jr., MD, FACC, FSCAI is the Medical Director of The Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and Professor of Clinical Medicine in Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Mazzaferri is a high volume interventional cardiologist. He received the Healthcare Heroes Award from Business First in 2009 for his work with The Ohio State University Medical Center's STEMI (ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction) program, as well as the 2013 Pulse of Columbus Award, and the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the American Heart Association. 

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.

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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