The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at University Health Network
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) at University Health Network is an internationally recognized leader in cardiovascular care, research and education. The PMCC delivers world-class, patient-centred cardiovascular care through multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams using the best equipment in a culture of continuous innovation.
Since its inception in 1993, the PMCC has grown to over 162,000 out-patient visits a year. Multidisciplinary surgical teams perform more than 2,000 cardiac and vascular surgeries, over 7,800 interventional cardiology procedures, 35 heart transplants and 34 left ventricular assist device or mechanical heart support implants a year, making the PMCC a high-volume centre that cares for patients with the most complex cardiovascular disease in North America.
With a history of “firsts” and a spirit of innovation among its staff, patients and benefactors, the PMCC has produced a legacy of breakthroughs in cardiovascular medicine. Its pioneering research is influencing cardiovascular surgery across the world today.
A selection of PMCC firsts
1955 Developed first successful heart valve
1965 Created the first coronary intensive care unit
1987 First aortic valve replacement using Toronto Heart Valve
1999 First clinical trials to treat sleep apnea in patients with heart failure
2006 First percutaneous mitral valve repair in Canada
2007 First transcatheter sapien aortic valve implant in Ontario.
2012 First in the world to harvest stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow and transplant these cells into the heart during bypass surgery
2012 First to demonstrate that patients with diabetes and heart disease have lower mortality with bypass surgery than angioplasty
“Because of donors, we can constantly try out new technologies, and be in a position to move the field forward and change the way patients are cared for. There have been so many advances in so many areas, especially in mechanical heart support — a heart pump to keep patients alive. We have patients who have bicycled from Hamilton to Toronto with the heart pump stored beneath the bicycle seat. People got married when they were in the ICU on a heart pump. They went on to have families. Truly inspirational, amazing stories.” Dr. Barry Rubin