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Lown Cardiology College Program

The Lown Cardiovascular Group is pleased to introduce a unique program responding to the health concerns of the Boston area student population: the Lown Cardiology College Program. Co-directed by Dr. Brian Bilchik and Dr. Dara Lee Lewis (both college varsity athletes and Brian happens to have a black belt in karate), the Lown Cardiology College Program specializes in helping students manage their health.

Since our founding in 1974, the Lown Group has welcomed student referrals from area universities. Some common symptoms we see among our student referrals include: fainting, dizziness, palpitations, and chest discomfort. We focus not only on cardiac symptoms, but also the sense of anxiety that these symptoms can provoke by exploring potential psychosocial triggers that can occur in the college setting. Our doctors recognize the challenges, both physical and emotional, that many students face when living away from home for the first time, apart from their families, without their “safety net”.

In addition, students competing in sports present a number of special challenges to the student health clinic, and we can help:

  • When / how to screen an athlete for heart disease? We perform comprehensive physical exams, ECGs, and echocardiograms, all on-site
  • How to fuel an athlete? Ask Beth, our nutritionist!
  • Symptoms that are brought on by strenuous activity may be a sign of underlying heart problems – or maybe something more benign – we can help sort it out

Our nutritionist Beth Reardon focuses on the fun and positive aspects of healthy eating. She offers comprehensive nutrition services to students facing undesired weight gain, student athletes, and students just trying to eat well in the dormitory / cafeteria environment.

Noninvasive testing offered on site in our fully accredited labs includes stress tests, echocardiograms, heart rhythm monitors, and blood tests. These tests can be ordered by the Health Clinic with or without a Cardiologist evaluation.

Our board-certified Cardiologists all hold faculty positions at Harvard Medical School. In the rare situation that an invasive procedure or hospital admission is needed, our close affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital assures the best care possible.

Schedule an Appointment

Our office on route 9 is easily accessible by public transportation or car, with free on-site parking. And, unlike hospital-based clinics, we do not charge a facility fee to our patients. We offer easy and fast scheduling – most referrals will be scheduled within 24 hours – just email our lead scheduler Maura at, or call (617) 732-1318.

If you have any questions, please let us knowWe look forward to hearing from you!