Research and Teaching
KUH Heart Center is renowned as a forerunner in cardiac and vascular gene therapy and arrhythmia research. The world's first injections of genes (vascular endothelial growth factor) in the coronary artery were performed at Kuopio University Hospital. Key national partners of the Center include the Kuopio University Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Turku, and the National Institute for Health and Welfare.
Physicians can specialise in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and vascular surgery at the Heart Center. At the Heart Center, the people in charge of the training, implemented in co-operation with the University of Eastern Finland, are Professor Juha Hartikainen (cardiology), Chief Physician Mikko Hippeläinen (cardiothoracic surgery) and Chief Physician Kimmo Mäkinen (vascular surgery).
For nursing students, the Heart Center offers a versatile and challenging working and learning environment. Students are the most important group of potential new employees when the Heart Center is looking to hire new, skilled personnel.