Katina Williams: Courage and Expertise Team Up to Save a Life

It took one emergency flight on a MedSTAR helicopter, two surgically implanted pumps, 12 months, and countless specialists, but on September 13, 2016, Katina Williams finally got what she prayed for: a new heart, and second chance at life. At 42, Katina had been diagnosed the previous year with end-stage heart failure, and her life was in the balance. During the next year, Katina would require all of the expertise of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute specialists to get her through. Read more about her courageous story here.

As a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, we have been the premier destination for heart care in the region for more than 60 years. With more than 170 physician specialists across 10 MedStar Health hospitals as well as physicians’ offices throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area and Central Maryland, patients have access to the most advanced care available close to where they live and work.

What sets us apart

  • Highest volumes: We’re one of the busiest heart programs in the nation. Each year, our doctors perform more than 2,300 heart surgeries, 5,000 electrophysiology procedures and 12,000 cardiac catheterizations—more than any other heart center in the area.
  • Unique alliances: In 2013, we entered into a unique, first-of-its-kind alliance with Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, the No. 1 heart program in the nation. The result is enhanced access to innovative cardiovascular care and research throughout the mid-Atlantic.
  • Extensive research: At any given time, we also have 120 clinical research studies underway through our research arm, MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network.
  • Advanced cardiovascular programs: Our physicians treat patients with all types of heart and vascular conditions, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of even the most advanced and complex conditions. Learn more about our cardiovascular programs.
  • State-of-the-art facilities: We’ve designed and built specialized facilities such as the Zirkin Heart Hospital, Radial Recovery Lounge and minimally invasive vascular surgery suite to deliver the highest-quality cardiovascular care and achieve the best patient outcomes.
  • 24/7 emergency transport: Through MedSTAR Rapid Transport, we have the region’s only 24/7 emergency transport team. Our fleet of helicopters and ambulances backed by an on-site cardiac treatment team is available when every minute matters.

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