The newly-opened Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital co-locates a world-renowned, multidisciplinary team of cardiovascular specialists – including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular imaging specialists, electrophysiologists, and many other specialists – and state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technologies to provide advanced, coordinated heart and vascular care. The only hospital building in the region completely dedicated to heart and vascular diseases, the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center includes:

  • Watkins Cardiovascular Clinic – a comprehensive outpatient clinic with 30 exam rooms, integrated clinics, diagnostic capabilities, centralized scheduling and one stop access to multidisciplinary cardiovascular practices;
  • Patient- and Family-centered Philosophy – Designed using input from patients and their families, the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center features dedicated family and patient education and visiting areas. All 136 inpatient rooms in the Center are private and acuity-adaptable;
  • Advanced, Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging – An integrated team of radiologists and cardiologists uses the newest technologies, including 320-slice CT, hybrid 64-slice PET/CT, 3 Tesla MRI, and advanced echocardiography;
  • State-of-the-Art Electrophysiology Suites – Expert electrophysiologists provide state-of-the-art treatment modalities, including complex ablation, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement, cardiac resynchronization, laser extraction of transvenous pacemaker and ICD leads, antiarrhythmic drug therapy, and investigational devices and ablation technologies, in the Center’s four electrophysiology suites;
  • Next-generation Operating Rooms – 16 new operating suites accommodate next-generation minimally invasive technology, including robotic surgery, image-guided technology, and other advanced technologies. Two operating rooms have been designed as first-of-their kind hybrid operating rooms, enabling cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, and cardiologists to more easily perform hybrid therapies, including endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms, percutaneous ablation of cardiac arrhythmias, combinations of percutaneous coronary interventions and minimally invasive valve repair, robotic approaches to cardiac repair, and robotic placement of biventricular pacing leads.

Information and Referrals

For more information, or to refer a patient, please contact our Referral Coordinators at (617) 732-9894 or email To refer a patient to the Watkins Cardiovascular Clinic, please call the Clinic’s centralized scheduling line at (857) 307-4000.

Author's Bio: 

Brigham and Women's Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is consistently ranked as one of the nation's leading hospitals. With a state-of-the-art cardiovascular center&orthopedic center of excellence, BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise specialty of medicine and surgery.