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Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
Jonathan Simmons, DO

Message from the Surgical Medical Director

Our CVICU team cares for patients with conditions ranging from myocardial infarctions and coronary interventions to heart failure and heart transplantation. Often, we will see patients with multi-system failure, and occasionally, some that need post-operative management.


  • Collaborative comprehensive medical and surgical care for all patients
  • Most comprehensive cardiothoracic and vascular intensive care unit in the state of Iowa
  • Annual admissions of more than 2,200 patients
  • Intensivist coverage 24 hours a day

Our Facility

  • State-of-the-art equipment, including ultrasound bronchoscopy
  • Ventricular Assist Device placement
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Center of Excellence Award-Gold Level
  • Located at Elevator H, 4th floor, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics



  • Faculty are involved in clinical trials related to critical care medicine, some of which have external funding.