Foundation gives grant to MCW Cardiovascular Center to create fellowship scholars program

MCW Cardiovascular Center

The A. O. Smith Foundation awarded a five-year grant to The Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center, which will support the creation of the A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program.

This unique program is designed to support talented cardiovascular researchers and physicians in an innovative educational program that aims to provide mentoring, training, research support, and the necessary resources to overcome the barriers that exist to launching and sustaining a successful research career.

“We are pleased to be able to support this ground-breaking educational program,” Bruce Smith, president of the A. O. Smith Foundation, said.  “Our relationship with the MCW goes back more than three decades, and we have always admired the great work they do in our community.”

“This contribution provides an unprecedented opportunity to establish our program and support the next generation of talented physicians and scientists whose research could bring about the next treatment that saves a life or prevents a disability caused by cardiovascular disease,” says Ivor J. Benjamin MD, FAHA, FACC, director of the Cardiovascular Center and professor of medicine at MCW.

“The support of the A. O. Smith Foundation demonstrates the strong institutional commitments our innovative training programs have from the community and highlight the ongoing legacy of A. O. Smith as a valued partner.”

The Cardiovascular Center at MCW has a long-standing tradition in cardiovascular sciences stemming from fundamental biology and physiology to cutting edge clinical and translational discovery. With strengths in stem cell biology, genomics, hypertension and microcirculatory function, the Cardiovascular Center takes a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to research and clinical care.

MCW is the only academic institution in southeastern Wisconsin where physicians and scientists are actively engaged in the fight against heart disease, stroke, and numerous other life-threatening conditions. With more than 30,000 square feet of research space and approximately 75 clinical trials underway on any given day, more than 200 researchers and doctors conduct basic science and clinical research aimed at improving outcomes for patients and families.

Established in 1955, the A. O. Smith Foundation is been supported by donations from the profits of A. O. Smith Corporation. The Foundation has provided over $37 million in financial support for worthwhile community organizations, institutions and programs in the communities in which A. O. Smith does business. 

The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state’s only private medical school and health sciences graduate school. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, and 26 medical students are enrolled at MCW-Green Bay. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin.