An international collaborative effort to develop a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of the human cardiovascular system (HCVS) has been initiated in 2008. The HCVS model is designed to describe (a) the blood flow hydrodynamics and associated heat transport phenomena, (b) the blood flow interactions with the essential organs, and (c) the vessel blockage formation associated with atherosclerosis and thrombosis. The CFD-HCVS model is being developed as a new specialized software module using as a foundation the CFD code, STAR-CD, that is developed and distributed by CD-adapco, Ltd., a member of the project team. The CFD-HCVS module includes the following components and capabilities. (1) A simplified 3D coarse mesh CFD model of the HCVS, which allows the simulation of hemodynamic transient phenomena. The circulatory system model is closed with porous-media flow components having a hydraulic resistance equivalent to the lumped flow resistance of the smaller vessels, including microcirculation. Both hydrodynamic and thermodynamic phenomena are described, allowing the study of blood flow transients in the presence of temperature changes. (2) Simplified zero-dimensional models of the essential organs (e.g., heart, kidneys, brain, liver, etc.) describing the time-dependent consumption or production of various blood components of interest. The organ models exchange information with the CFD system model through interfaces designed to allow their replacement, in the future, with more complex 3D organ models. (3) Selected sections of the circulatory system can be replaced by realistic 3 fine mesh vessel models allowing the detailed study of the 3D blood flow field and the vascular geometry changes due to blockage formation. (4) Models of local blockage formation due to atherosclerosis and thrombosis. Three HCVS models of increasing complexity have been designed. These models contain 27 vessels, 113 vessels, and 395 vessels. The initial CFD-HCVS model development is based on the medium HCVS model with 113 vessels. A closed circuit CFD model describing the major vessels and containing 0D models of the heart and kidneys has been developed. The CFD-HCVS model includes porous-media models describing the blood flow in the smaller vessels and capillaries. Initial simulations show that the calculated blood flow rates in the vessels modeled are in reasonably good agreement with the corresponding physiological values. A simplified model of thrombosis has also been developed. Current development efforts are focused on the addition of new vessels and 0D organ models and the development of atherosclerosis models. The HCVS model provides a flexible and expandable modeling framework that will allow the researchers from universities, research hospitals and the medical industry to study the impact of a wide range of phenomena associated with diseases of the circulatory system and will help them develop new diagnostics and treatments.