He is perhaps known in retrospect for his role in convincing the legislature to allocate additional funding for a special floor for cardiovascular research in the Moffitt Hospital building. Fifty thousand dollars was granted to strengthen the foundation of the new hospital and a shell of the thirteenth floor was held for research. When National Heart Institute funds became available, UCSF had research space ready, and under Dr. Kerr's influence a Cardiovascular Board developed research activities on campus. This board dedicated itself to creation of the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) and the floor plan of the thirteenth floor made participation by various departments in a single integrated unit a physical reality. With the recruitment of Julius Comroe, cardiovascular research thrived at UCSF and demonstrated the value of interdisciplinary, interdepartmental research.