Lehigh Valley Health Network has three clinical institutes: Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence. Each serves as a hub of innovation, research and education, with the aim to enhance and improve your care.

Lehigh Valley Institutes are designed with you in mind. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence were established in 2018 by Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to provide focus on conditions that impact many members of the communities we serve. Through the leadership of each institute, your care teams pursue continuing medical education, participate in and lead medical research, and design ways to create better patient experiences and outcomes.

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest serves as the hub where innovation, research and education originate. LVH–Muhlenberg, LVH–Hazleton, LVH–Schuylkill and LVH–Pocono are members of each institute and provide patients with access to the institutes’ distinct services and expertise in their respective communities.

How does an institute model benefit you?

  • Teamwork – The best and brightest doctors and clinicians meet regularly to share their expertise with one another and work together to care for you as one team.
  • Advanced treatment and education – LVHN doctors provide the most advanced technology and techniques in treating your condition. The team continues learning the most innovative approaches for care through ongoing formal training and medical education, and offers free programs and information about prevention, risk factors and screenings to our communities.
  • Research and clinical trials – Doctors and clinicians consult the latest research to inform decisions based on the best and most current evidence available. If you meet criteria for a clinical trial, you will have an opportunity learn more and choose to participate.
  • Access and convenience – Patients at all LVHN locations have access to the services, resources and expertise from our institutes.

Why focus on heart, cancer and surgical excellence?

We are focusing on cancer and heart disease because they are the top two causes of death in our region. LVHN leads the fight against these diseases, as well as other serious conditions that require surgery. Our focus is to provide the best access, service and outcomes to our patients by offering collaborative, innovative and specialized care.

Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute

People with heart conditions can take comfort knowing LVHN has the most experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the region, consistently ranking among the nation’s leaders in heart attack survival. Consider LVHN was the region’s first to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and is recognized as a center for performing complex mitral valve repair surgery. We lead the region in the life-saving technology known as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and have specialized programs in women’s heart health, sports cardiology, advanced heart failure technologies, peripheral vascular and venous care and rhythm disturbance care. 

Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute

People with cancer can have confidence knowing they have access to hundreds of life-saving and breakthrough clinical trials through our Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance membership and other clinical relationships, and can receive surgical precision and comprehensive expertise through our multidisciplinary clinics for skin and soft tissue, upper GI, breast, prostate, lung and esophageal, and head and neck cancers. 

Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence

People who have serious illnesses that require surgery can be assured that our surgeons have the most experience in the region. They specialize in robotic and minimally invasive surgery for chest, cancer, obesity, esophageal reflux, colon and rectal conditions, hernia repair and more. Our emphasis on minimally invasive, leading-edge technologies, such as robotic surgery, allows our patients to return to their work and lives more quickly.

Expertise in your community

At the forefront of innovation is the expertise of your care teams. LVHN's physicians are published in prestigious journals and have trained at the nation's best academic institutions, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Harvard Medical School and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Our Lehigh Valley-area hospitals and nurses have earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® designation, health care's highest distinction for quality nursing care. LVHN is the only Magnet-designated organization in the Lehigh Valley and region.

Learn about each Lehigh Valley Institute

Our focus is to provide the best access, service and outcomes by offering collaborative, innovative and specialized care.