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Revolutionizing Complex Cardiovascular Care

Victors for Michigan campaign elevates U-M as
a premier destination for cardiovascular care

As the leading global cause of death, cardiovascular disease demands treatment and research from the world’s most promising doctors. At Michigan Medicine, the nationally recognized Frankel Cardiovascular Center leverages U-M’s multidisciplinary expertise to unite its cardiovascular services. 

The center got its start thanks to the late Samuel (LSA ’30) and Jean Frankel (AB ’36), who were on a mission to revolutionize cardiovascular care. Their shared dream became a reality at U-M. The U-M Cardiovascular Center (CVC) opened in 2007 thanks to an anonymous $25 million gift to the project from the Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation. Four years later, their support became public, and an additional $25 million gift from the family named the U-M CVC in honor of the late Samuel and Jean Frankel. The Frankel Cardiovascular Center is continually ranked among the nation’s top heart and vascular centers by numerous organizations. This year, the center ranked No. 8 in the nation and No. 1 in Michigan in adult cardiology and heart surgery in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings.

Later in the Victors for Michigan campaign, the late Robert Aikens (JD ’54) and Ann Aikens (BFA ’02) helped solidify U-M as a top destination for complex aortic care. The couple gave a $7.5 million gift to create a new hybrid operating suite within the CVC. This hybrid surgical suite, which is equipped to accommodate the most advanced radiological, interventional, and surgical procedures, is the third for U-M and the first located in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The space merges the radiological and surgical techniques that make advanced hybrid procedures possible at U-M.

Above: U-M recently celebrated 10 years of groundbreaking research and patient care in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

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