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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Cardiology, Obesity and Diabetes Research


Dr. Wen-Chih Hank Wu is a board-certified cardiologist at the Providence VA Medical Center, where he is currently the Chief of Cardiology.  He is also the Medical Director of the Miriam Hospital's Center for Cardiac Fitness, program director in Brown University Program in Preventive Cardiology and Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University.  His research expertice is in the areas of preventive cardiology and outcomes with specific emphasis in obesity, diabetes and heart failure.  He currently holds research grants from the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Program, conducting clinical intervention programs in heart failure and diabetes.  He has expertise in Health Services and Translational Research and has conducted numerous clinical trials of both observational and interventional nature, including multi-center randomized controlled trials in diabetes and heart failure.

Dr. Wu is currently recruiting for several research studies that he is conducting here at the Providence VA Medical Center.

Rhode Island Diastolic Dysfunction-Heart Failure (RIDD-HF)

This study will test how well Kuvan® works to treat diastolic heart failure.  Kuvan® is a synthetic form of a natural substance (BH4) produced in your body.  Kuvan® is already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat patients with a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria.  The purpose of this study is to determine whether Kuvan® improves the signs and symptoms of heart failure in patients with diastolic heart failure.

Peer Support to Enhance Diabetes Shared Medical Appointments: Examining Comparative Effectiveness in VA Health Systems

This project is enrolling Veterans who have diabetes with poor glycemic control to examine the comparative effectiveness of Shared Medical Appointments alone, Shared Medical Appointments + Peer to Peer, and usual care without either of these programs and study the implementation process at seven sites in five diverse VA facilities.