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Cardiac Research & Clinical Trials

The doctors and research investigators in St. Joseph's Cardiac Research Department conduct clinical research ethically, safely, and efficiently.

Cardiac Research Program

The Cardiac Research program was pioneered at St. Joseph’s in 1996. Since then, we have participated in numerous device and medication trials, studying an array of medical conditions including coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, carotid artery stenosis, and coronary artery vein grafting.

We participate in nationally recognized clinical studies, some of which have produced landmark results contributing to the treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases. 

Dignity Health currently operates five (5) internal Institutional Review Boards throughout Arizona, California and Nevada, providing oversight for more than 1,000 clinical trials across the system. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people participating in research activities. The IRB reviews and approves research applications involving human subjects, provides ongoing oversight to ensure regulatory compliance, and assures that the risks to research subjects are minimized and participation by these subjects is done so on a voluntary, informed basis. 

Understanding Clinical Trials

A clinical study involves research using human participants that is intended to add to medical knowledge. The results of these studies can make a difference in the care of future patients by providing information about the benefits and risks of therapeutic, preventative, or diagnostic products or interventions. Learn More

For More Information

Call our Research Coordinator at (209) 461-5257 to find out more about our current clinical studies.


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