Activities in the cardiac catheterization laboratory at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) headed by Dr. John Messenger include a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic coronary, peripheral, and structural heart disease procedure performed in state-of-the-art laboratories with extensive computer assisted cardiac analysis systems. In addition, there is an active program in the pharmacologic therapy of patients with significant pulmonary hypertension, transplant cardiology, and adult congenital heart disease. Dr. John Messenger, the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at UCH, and Dr. John Carroll, Director of Interventional Cardiology at UCH, head the clinical programs in diagnostic and interventional cardiology. Peripheral interventional procedures are directed by Dr. Kevin Rogers. The general day-to-day activities include Pre-operative evaluation and preparation of the patients, screening, and enrollment of patients in research protocols (assist research staff). Fellows are involved in all aspects of patient management in the cath lab including evaluation of patient data, performance of catheterization procedures, and post-procedure care and documentation. UCH sponsors an ACGME-accredited training program in Interventional Cardiology that offers two positions per year. This program is a joint program at UCH and the Denver VA Medical Center.
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