In conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Medical Center trains more than half of the physicians and other health care professionals practicing across Maryland. Each physician treating patients at the Medical Center is a member of the School of Medicine faculty, so there are close ties between clinical care, education and research. Faculty members are leaders in their specialty areas and help keep physicians throughout the state informed of medical developments through continuing education programs.
The University of Maryland Heart Center is a national leader in providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of cardiac disease. The center is recognized for its expertise in minimally invasive heart bypass and valve surgery, heart transplants and pioneering work with heart pumps, as either a bridge to transplant or as life long therapy for those who are ineligible for a transplant. Patients come to the University of Maryland Heart Center from throughout the United States and overseas.
The Heart Center's cardiologists and cardiac surgeons use the most advanced technology and medical therapies to diagnose and treat the full range of heart problems, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, heart rhythm abnormalities, aortic and mitral valve disorders and cardiomyopathy.
The Heart Center was one of the first in the nation to combine minimally invasive bypass surgery with stented angioplasty at the same time in a specially outfitted operating room. This "hybrid" procedure enables patients with multiple vessel blockages to receive the best treatment for each blockage in an efficient way. The center is also known for its expertise in repairing mitral valve disorders, which has many advantages over replacing the mitral valve. The center also places a strong emphasis on preventing heart disease by educating patients about lifestyle factors, including proper nutrition and exercise.
The Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center provides comprehensive and expert diagnostic, medical, surgical and rehabilitative services for patients with Parkinson's disease and related disorders.
The Center has developed specific outpatient and inpatient programs to meet the needs of each patient. Patients may be referred for consultation, or cared for in partnership with their referring physician.
The Joslin Diabetes Center helps children and adults with diabetes take charge of their own health and well-being. The cornerstone of Joslin diabetes care is the multidisciplinary team of highly skilled experts including diabetologists, diabetes educators, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, podiatrists and ophthalmologists. The Center also offers education programs aimed at providing patients with the skills and knowledge needed to take control of their diabetes, prevent complications and develop a healthy lifestyle.
The Medical Center's extraordinary advances in surgery make it a model for health care in the region and state. The Medical Center's operating rooms use the latest technology, including information management, digital radiology and telemedicine. For example, surgeons use a device called "Stealth Station" to navigate more precisely when operating deep in the brain. The system integrates digital CT and MRI scans to create an exact, three-dimensional "map" of the brain. This helps surgeons pinpoint the exact location of a tumor in order to remove it completely without harm to surrounding healthy tissue.
The Medical Center has created an "operating room of the future," offering surgeons greatly increased capabilities, including:
Medical Center doctors and nurses use advanced technology in many other ways to provide more precise diagnosis and treatments for people with a variety of health problems.