MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bradford Warden, M.D., who has served as the interim director of the WVU Heart Institute for the past year, has been named its permanent director. The WVU Healthcare Executive Leadership Group selected Dr. Warden for this responsibility earlier this month based on his strong performance as interim director and his vision for the Heart Institute’s future.
In his vision statement, he told the group, “The WVU Heart Institute is the flagship institution for cardiac care in the state of West Virginia. We are responsible for the entire continuum of cardiac health. It is our responsibility to set policies for the administration of cardiac healthcare, to provide gold-standard clinical care, to train the highest quality cardiologists, residents and medical students and to lead the way in cardiac research.”

WVU Healthcare officials say Warden has been pivotal in creating a program that provides seamless transition of cardiac care between inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services. Under his interim leadership, the Heart Institute has continued to expand patients’ access to new medical procedures and services at its Morgantown location in the Suncrest Towne Centre, at Ruby Memorial Hospital and at outreach clinics in Fairmont, Grafton, Elkins and Kingwood.

The Institute has experienced success with recruitment and has engaged in community service and strengthened its research program, largely in collaboration with WVU Center for Cardiac and Respiratory Sciences.     

Warden is a graduate of the WVU School of Medicine, the WVU Internal Medicine Residency Program and the WVU Cardiovascular Fellowship Program. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. In addition to interventional cardiology, his special interests include high-risk cardiovascular procedures and peripheral vascular disease.
For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
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