BCVI Cook Research Scholar Program
Current BCVI Cook Research Scholar
Heiko Uthoff, MD
Through the generosity of Cook, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana, the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute (BCVI), Baptist Health of South Florida is pleased to announce the BCVI Cook Research Scholar Program. The overall aim of the program is to actively improve cardiovascular health through clinical research and outcomes investigation. The program maintains an emphasis on the study of minimally invasive and interventional therapies and their roles in cardiovascular healthcare delivery. Dr. Barry T. Katzen is the medical director of the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute Research Program.
Established in 1987, the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute (BCVI), an affiliate of Baptist Health South Florida, is a unique interdisciplinary organization whose mission it is to foster the highest quality of cardiovascular health through research, education, prevention, and clinical practice. BCVI is active in prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
At BCVI, many patients enrolled in clinical trials enjoy the benefits of the least invasive therapeutic alternatives. These include patients with coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, aneurysms, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolic disease, and many other conditions. Currently, there are more than sixty active clinical trials at the Institute. The Institute's Division of Clinical Research & Outcomes has a medical director, manager, regulatory coordinator, four full-time clinical research coordinators (all RNs), a cardiovascular specialist, 2 fulltime regulatory coordinators (RN's) and a secretary. In addition, there are three full-time outcomes coordinators (RN's) dedicated to the aggregation of clinical data for tracking and reporting outcomes and three additional support staff.
BCVI, which is known and respected worldwide, also operates an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, in which three fellows are subspecialty-trained each year. BCVI also maintains a visiting fellowship program, through which practicing specialists and subspecialists from around the nation and the world can visit for a week or more to familiarize themselves with some of the latest in vascular and cardiovascular therapies.
Scope of the BCVI Cook Research Scholar Program:
Fundamental innovation of new devices and therapies, pre-clinical laboratory studies, clinical applications, comparative studies, outcomes assessment, and cost and decision analyses all fall within the scope of the program. The BCVI Cook Research Scholar Program focuses upon vascular and cardiovascular clinical research with an emphasis on clinical outcomes, quality-of-life assessment, and cost and decision analyses.
The applicant must have earned an MD, Ph.D., MSc, MPH, or equivalent degree. Research experience is essential. Applicants must be experienced in the use of MS Office applications; some statistical background is helpful. The ability to work collaboratively is essential; candidate must have strong interpersonal, presentation, and teaching skills. Specific interest in the field of cardiovascular care is highly desirable, as are experience in health services research, clinical epidemiology, cost and decision analysis, and/or outcomes assessment. Also desirable are experience with one or more health status or quality-of-life instruments and a working knowledge of statistics. Physician applicants should be trained in one or more of the following fields: Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine, Internal Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology, or Public Health. Training in another field may qualify the individual physician who has also completed significant research work in health services research, clinical epidemiology, cost and decision analysis, and/or outcomes assessment.
Non-physician applicants should be trained in clinical epidemiology, health economics, health services research, public health, and/or statistics. Training in other fields may be appropriate, depending upon the experience and accomplishments of the individual applicant. The BCVI Cook Research Scholar must be a leader capable of directing his or her own program while working collaboratively with the BCVI physicians and staff.
Consideration will be given to the publication track record of the applicant. A history of significant publications in major journals will add considerably to the individual's application.
Description of the BCVI Cook Research Scholar Position:
The BCVI Cook Research Scholar will live in Miami, Florida and work full-time at the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Baptist Hospital of Miami. The position is as an employee of Baptist Health, with access to a full benefit package for the term of the assignment.
The goals of BCVI Cook Research Scholar include independent research in a chosen area of cardiovascular care and collaboration with the Interventional Radiologists and Interventional Cardiologists to promote the research initiatives of Baptist Cardiac& Vascular Institute. This includes clinical outcomes data collection and review, abstract and manuscript preparation, as well as preparation of physician sponsored IDE protocols or grant applications to support research initiatives.
The BCVI Cook Research Scholar reports to Barry T. Katzen, M.D., Medical Director and Dr. Margaret Kovacs, MSN, Manager, Division of Clinical Research & Outcomes. Weekly or bi-weekly meetings are held to discuss priorities, current work and plans for upcoming projects.
The term of the BCVI Cook Research Scholar is two years, beginning on or after July 1, 2006. The second year of funding is contingent upon the accomplishments and evaluation of the first year's work. The term may be extended for one additional year to a maximum of three years by re-application in the general applicant pool after the second year.
Description of the Award:
The BCVI Cook Research Scholar will receive an annual salary plus benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, and parking. The award includes use of BCVI resources required to complete the research. Additional budget amounts are subject to the approval of the BCVI Cook Research Scholar Subcommittee. The position is within the Division of Clinical Research & Outcomes and will report to Dr. Margaret Kovacs, Manager.
At the end of each research year, the BCVI Cook Research Scholar will present a lecture to the Baptist Health Systems Medical Staff and to an audience of cardiovascular specialists and other concerned health care personnel on the topic/findings of the research accomplished during the award period.
In recognition of the award, the individual's name will be engraved on a special plaque maintained on a permanent wall hanging in a prominent location at the Institute.