Highlights of Week ending November 17th 2019

Duke Heart team members are attending the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia. Highlights have included the presidential address given earlier today by one or our own –  Robert Harrington; the annual Duke reception hosted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Heart at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Saturday evening, as well as our faculty and fellows participating in numerous important research presentations including the several late breaking science.

Following the Duke reception, Tom Bashore was presented the Laennec Master Clinician Award by the American Heart Association. This honor is given annually in recognition of a lifetime achievement in patient care and teaching in cardiology. Congratulations, Tom!

As with most of the meetings – I am reminded by the tremendous impact that Duke has on our clinical and research communities.  It is present at the sessions – with the science, the interactions with leaders in the field, and of most notably with continuous work by our fellows.  The meeting had over 125 presentations or talks by Duke related people.  Included are some photos – intended to highlight the contributions of the Duke group.

Shout-out to Sipa Yankey

One of our cardiology fellows, Sipa Yankey, rescued a patient this week. A Duke employee lost consciousness in the hallway when Sipa happened to be walking by. Sipa was able to get the patient to the Duke University Hospital emergency department where he was found to be having a large inferoposterior MI. The cardiac catheterization lab team was activated; Sunil Rao and interventional fellow Jenn Rymer were able to stent the artery quickly. It was Sipa’s rapid triage that really saved the patient, according to Rao. We are happy to report that the patient is doing very well! Great teamwork, everyone!

 

DUCCS Leadership Transition

We are pleased to announce that Richard Krasuski will be taking on the role of the Director of the Duke University Cooperative Cardiovascular Society (DUCCS). Rich received his medical school degree from Harvard before completing internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He first came to Duke as a Cardiology fellow in 1997 and completed additional training in adult congenital heart disease. After several years on faculty at Cleveland Clinic, we were fortunate to recruit him back to Duke in 2015 as the Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Center. He has a busy clinical practice spanning a wide spectrum of heart problems from simple shunt lesions like patent foramen ovale to more complicated disorders, like tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries and single ventricles. He is also heavily involved in the Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease and initiated a program in balloon pulmonary angioplasty for thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. He has also been extensively involved in both clinical research and medical education here at Duke, nationally and internationally. In recent years, he has served as an active Board Member for DUCCS and he is very excited to take on this new leadership role.

We look forward to having Rich serve in this new role to further enhance the unique network and collaboration represented by the DUCCS membership.

We thank Robert Mentz who has served as the Director of DUCCS since joining the cardiology faculty in 2014. During his five years in this role, he has done a tremendous job enhancing the DUCCS program. His efforts were instrumental in key initiatives such as the Visiting Professor Program as well as the Big-Sib program where current fellows are paired with like-minded external mentors. The DUCCS network has been pivotal for fellows transitioning to their first faculty position and for continued networking throughout careers. The well-attended annual DUCCS dinners at AHA and ACC represent another cornerstone of the program. Moreover, the DUCCS clinical research network has continued to grow and was a leader enrolling in recent and ongoing trials such as TOPCAT, PROMISE, PRIME-HF and TRANSFORM-HF. Educational efforts have also grown significantly including the upcoming 20th Anniversary Andrew Wallace Cardiology Symposium scheduled for May 2, 2020 at the Washington Duke Inn. All are invited to join for this exciting upcoming symposium, which will feature many members of the DUCCS network highlighting key practice changing data across cardiovascular disease. We’re thrilled to announce that one of our keynote speakers for this symposium will be Dan Ariely, the well-known Duke behavioral economist made famous for his TED talks and three New York Times best-sellers (http://danariely.com/).

Finally, Rob has provided important leadership enhancing connections with the broad membership of DUCCS and striving to enhance membership diversity. We are grateful for the work he has done. Great job!

Use of Tracking Numbers on DukeHealth.org Heart Pages

Starting Wednesday, November 20, you may notice “new” phone numbers listed on some of our DukeHealth.org web pages. The Duke Health marketing team will begin using a tracking phone number on pages related to Duke Heart service locations and provider pages. The only listings that will be impacted will be those that use the Heart Center Communications phone number (919-681-5816). Please note that we are not discontinuing the HCC number or hub. It will still be an active phone number and all phone calls will still route to the Heart Center Communications team.

Use of the tracking number will allow the marketing team to match specific phone calls to website viewing sessions in order for them to get a better sense of what users are doing on the site prior to placing a call. This plan has already been implemented for Primary Care, Weight Loss Surgery and Urgent Care.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communications at tracey.koepke@duke.edu or Greg Shelton at greg.shelton@duke.edu.

 

Duke Heart Holiday Party: Save the Date

Be sure to check your email (especially the “clutter” folder!) for your emailed invitation to the annual Duke Heart holiday party, which will be held December 6. Invitations were extended to all cardiology and CT surgery faculty, fellows and residents, as well as hospital clinical team leads and higher. Questions? Contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communications. RSVPs are due by November 22.

 

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, we’ll hold a cardiology faculty meeting. Please join us!

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • November 26: No Grand Rounds. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 3: Zach Wegermann
  • December 10: (5 p.m.) Heart Center Grand Rounds on CTEPH
  • December 17: (5 p.m.) Faculty Staff Meeting
  • December 24: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!
  • December 31: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

November 8 — Mitchell Krucoff

tctMD/the heart beat

Conversations in Cardiology: Should Interventional Cardiologists Get Paid for Being On Call?

https://www.tctmd.com/news/conversations-cardiology-should-interventional-cardiologists-get-paid-being-call

 

November 8 — Renato Lopes

Medscape

‘Simple’ Way to Stop, Restart DOACs for Surgery in Patients With Atrial Fib

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/921015

 

November 12 — L. Kristin Newby

Medical News Today

Late evening eating may compromise women’s heart

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326990.php#1

 

November 14 — Ann Marie Navar

Healio/Cardiology Today

FDA panel unanimously supports CV event risk reduction indication for icosapent ethyl

http://bit.ly/2OhM9o2

 

November 14 — Thomas Ortel (Hematology)

MedPage Today

FDA Advisors All In on Vascepa for CV Risk Reduction

https://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/prevention/83352

 

 

Duke Heart Week ending November 10th 2019

Chief’s Message:

Thank you to all of our Veterans this week for the sacrifices they have made for all of our freedoms.  Some of the best health care experiences our faculty and fellows have are around caring for this special group of women and men.  We hope to continue to play a role in their lives from our relationship with the Durham VA and our great team of cardiologists that serve them, to the increasing interactions across the health system we have with veterans.

NP Week: November 10-16

Nurse Practitioner Week starts today. It is held annually to celebrate these exceptional health care team members and is promoted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the primary national organization working to advocate for the profession. Our Duke Heart NPs are awesome, so please remember to give them some thanks this week!

ACC Legislative Conference Held

Representing North Carolina, a contingent of physicians and advanced practice providers including Jimmy Tcheng participated in the 2019 ACC Legislative Conference, November 3-5, in Washington DC.  The highlight of the conference was the day spent on Capitol Hill visiting our congressional legislators and staffers. This included visits to the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and Representatives G.K. Butterfield, George Holding, Dan Bishop, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows, and Alma Adams. Talking points centered around the need for legislative action to decrease clinician administrative burden and promote clinician well-being, to modernizing anti-kickback statutes to eliminate barriers to participation in alternative payment models, accelerating the timeline for APPs to order and supervise cardiac rehabilitation (from 2024 to 2020), and to raise the tobacco and vaping products minimum purchase age to 21.

Shown here, left to right: James Tcheng, Thomas Stuckey, Senator Thom Tillis, Hadley Wilson, Olivia Gilbert, William Abernethy, Bhavani Balaravi, James Zidar, Stephanie Martin, Amy Winiger. Way to go, Jimmy!

ACC Type II MI Roundtable

James Tcheng, Kristin Newby, Jennifer Rymer and Tracy Wang were invited to contribute to the American College of Cardiology Type II Myocardial Infarction Roundtable held at the ACC Heart House in Washington, DC on November 4. The Roundtable focused on three topic areas: definition and diagnosis of Type II MI, documentation and coding, and patient management and clinician education. Newby gave a presentation entitled “4th Universal Definition of MI – Is Further Clarification Needed?” and Tcheng described the Duke experience in his talk “Revisiting the Inclusion of Type 2 MI Code in AMI MS-DRG”. Tcheng and Rymer were also on the Planning Committee for the Roundtable. Action items identified were several, including the need for additional educational resources for clinicians about hsTn and Type II MI, criteria to operationalize the 4th Universal Definition of MI, changes to the ICD-10 coding system (specifically to add a code for myocardial injury), advocacy to remove Type 2 MI from MI DRGs, and even an “app” focused on Type II MI.

Shown here, from left to right (Planning Committee): James Tcheng, James de Lemos (UT Southwestern), Jennifer Rymer, Abhinav Goyal (Emory – and former Duke Cardiology Fellow), Severa Chavez (ACC), Dharam Kumbhani (UT Southwestern), Gregory Dehmer (Carilion), James Januzzi (Mass General), Ty Gluckman (Providence).

Great work, everyone!

 

Perfusion Team Lounge Area Opens

We are excited to announce that our perfusion team received a surprise when the new perfusion team lounge opened this week! It’s located in room 7243. Duke has one of the largest perfusion teams in the country and care for some of our most complex patients. A big shout out for the team on getting their well-deserved space!

 

Life is Why Cooking Class Kick-off

Duke Heart is the local American Heart Association Life Is Why sponsor. As part of our multi-year sponsorship, we are offering cooking classes and blood pressure screenings to help manage heart disease risks in our community. The first round of cooking classes kicked off this week and participants appeared to really enjoy the opportunity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7W Staffer Wins Duke MBB Tix

Eugene Washington, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University; President and CEO, DUHS has started raffling off Duke Men’s basketball tickets. Jeremy James, one of our amazing staff members on DMP 7West, won a pair in the first round of the raffle! The tickets were presented to him on Wednesday. Congrats, Jeremy — enjoy the game! Go Duke.

National Radiologic Technology Week: Nov. 3-9

This past week was National Radiologic Technology Week, an effort promoted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The ASRT celebrates this week each year to recognize the vital work of radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. We’d like to thank the radiology technologists who work throughout Duke, but especially those who support patients and practitioners here in Duke Heart. In particular, the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center, which is led by Duke Cardiologists Raymond Kim and Robert Judd, employs radiology technologists with an advanced degree in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, allowing us to offer highly specialized imaging of the heart and vasculature, leading to improved diagnostics and treatment capabilities. Thanks for all of the great work you all do!

 

Poster Display Regulations

Just a quick reminder that posters are not allowed to be displayed on easels throughout the Medical Center (Duke South, Cancer Center, Duke Medicine Pavilion, and Duke University Hospital). Easels are not permitted in these areas as they pose a safety risk. If you’re interested in submitting content for display on digital signs throughout Medical Center, you can email hospitalcommunications@duke.edu. If you’re interested in placing a poster in one of the display cases in the Medical Center, you can make that request through the Hospital Communications team. Please note that all designs must be submitted for approval before going to print. If you would like assistance with the overall process, you can also direct questions to Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart. Thank you!

 

Duke Heart Holiday Party: Save the Date

Be sure to check your email (especially the “clutter” folder!) for your emailed invitation to the annual Duke Heart holiday party, which will be held December 6. Invitations were extended to all cardiology and CT surgery faculty, fellows and residents, as well as hospital clinical team leads and higher. Questions? Contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communications. RSVPs are due by November 22.

 

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Coming up: AHA Scientific Sessions!

The annual Duke reception at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, located conveniently across the street from the conference center. An appointment request was sent by the DCRI planning team. Be sure to look for that and accept to RSVP.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Medicine Grand rounds this last week has Kim Eagle, MD from Michigan presenting.  He gave a wonderful talk on Peri-operative management and also lots of life lessons.  We enjoyed having Dr. Eagle visit with our faculty and fellows.

 

 

 

 

This week we welcome Javed Butler from the University of Mississippi for Lessons Learned in Drug Development. Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • November 19: Faculty Staff Meeting
  • November 26: No Grand Rounds. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 3: Zach Wegermann
  • December 10: (5 p.m.) Heart Center Grand Rounds on CTEPH
  • December 17: (5 p.m.) Faculty Staff Meeting
  • December 24: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!
  • December 31: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!

 

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

November 1 — Project Baseline mention

Investor Place

Why Alphabet’s Acquisition of Fitbit Is a Master Move

Why Alphabet’s Acquisition of Fitbit Is a Master Move

 

November 4 — J. Kevin Harrison

MedPage Today

Novel TAVR Technique: Single-Side Vascular Access

https://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/pci/83116

 

November 7 — General Duke mention (Leapfrog Safety Grades)

WRAL

Watchdog group gives 2 Triangle hospitals ‘C’ grades

https://www.wral.com/watchdog-group-gives-2-triangle-hospitals-c-grades/18750228/

Duke Heart Week Ending November 3rd 2019

Chief’s message:

Every week, I spend the Sunday looking to put together the stories of the week with the help of Tracey Koepke who has faithfully captured all the news and updates that faculty and fellows send.  This Sunday ritual provides me time to review and understand the amazing work and promise of our cardiovascular group.  This week the edition is considerably more difficult as a member of our division deals with the unimaginable and sudden loss of family over the last week.  Many have reached out for ways to support and help, and this weekend we saw the entire community come together to support him and his family. With this in mind, I am grateful for the compassion of the Duke Cardiology and Health community.  We will continue to use our collective strength by being present and providing support now, and importantly, in the future to help our colleague as he needs us.

 

Highlights of the week:

Precision Medicine Update: Durham VAMC

As part of the PHarmacogenomics Action for cancer SuRvivorship (PHASeR) program, the VA launched its first interruptive clinical decision support tools for selected opioid medications this week in the Durham VAMC. These real-time alerts evaluate a patients pharmacogenetic test results when a prescription for codeine or tramadol is initiated. In patients whose genetic profile indicates a higher risk for toxicity or lack of pain relief, these alerts will notify the ordering provider of the nature of the drug-gene interaction and propose alternatives prescriptions. Over the next year, similar alerts for roughly 30 additional medications will be implemented nationwide. The VA PHASeR program, directed by Deepak Voora, launched in 2019 and is a clinical program bringing preemptive pharmacogenetic testing to up to 250,000 Veterans across the VA. To learn more about this great program, check out these videos: https://tinyurl.com/phaser-playlist.

 

ICYMI: TCTMD Highlights Lowenstern; Katz to Return; Newby Named Medical Director, CICU

Duke Heart fellow Angela Lowenstern was highlighted as TCTMD’s featured fellow on October 18 on their website. Check out the posting below in our Duke Heart in the News section.

Be sure to view our October 28 Pulse post announcing the return of Jason Katz, MD, as well as a new appointment for Kristin Newby. Lots of good things happening across Duke Heart. Thanks for all the great work each of you are doing.

Importantly, thank you for all of the support and care you show to one another not only professionally, but on a personal level throughout the year. This has been greatly needed especially over the past few weeks.

 

NCYIF 2019: Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator Forum

Eric Peterson, Lauren Truby, Zak Loring and Jordan Pomeroy (pictured here L->R) attended the 15th Annual Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator’s Forum. Held in Chicago from Oct. 31-Nov. 2, the annual forum targets young investigators conducting basic or clinical research on arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, heart failure, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, thrombosis, and valve disease. Dr. Peterson was a faculty judge, Lauren and Zak presented in the Fellow Clinical Research category and Jordan presented in the Fellow Basic Science categories. Nice job and thanks for representing Duke Heart!

 

 

 

Rooney Named Clinical Lead, 7 East, Effective November 11th

Duke Heart is pleased to announce that Amanda Rooney, BSN, RN, PCCN will become Clinical Lead for Duke University Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Stepdown-7 East Unit, effective Monday, November 11. Amanda joined the Duke Heart team in 2013 as a staff nurse on 3300. Amanda was part of our team opening DMP 7 East and has continued to aid in the building of our team as a Unit Preceptor, Charge Nurse, Diabetes Champion, Insulin Safety Committee member, and Unit Scheduling Committee Chair.

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in 2012, a Masters in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University in 2008, and Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from East Carolina University in 2005.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Amanda to her new role.

 

Fall Meeting: Heart Leadership Council

Many thanks to our faculty and fellow presenters who attended the Fall meeting of the Duke Heart Center Leadership Council which took place on Friday, Nov. 1 at the J.B. Duke Hotel. Svati Shah presented an overview of her genetics work and discussed the genetics clinic and the important role it plays for families; Fellows Muath Bishawi, Kevin Friede, G. Titus K. Ngeno, and Zachary Wegermann presented their work pecha kucha style. All presentations were very well received by our Council members and generated great discussion. Thanks to Jillian Ream and the development team for planning the meeting and to the members of Duke Heart Leadership who provided updates to the Council. Note: Gary Davis, one of our Council members is running for public office in S.C. – you can read more about him below in the “News” section.

 

11th Annual Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium Held

The 11th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium was held on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Durham Convention Center. Lead by course directors Terry Fortin and Jimmy Ford (UNC), and supported by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, this symposium had over 200 registered attendees from the region, as well as more than 100 patients and caregivers who attended a concurrent session designed specifically for them. Keynote speakers were Marc Humbert, MD, PhD, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the South Paris University (Université Paris-Saclay) in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France who spoke on PH Associated with Myeloproliferative and Hematologic Disorders, and Anna Hemnes, MD, of Vanderbilt, who spoke on Precision Medicine in PAH. Additional presenters from Duke included: Aimee Babiera, Amanda Coniglio, Talal Dahhan, Kishan Parikh, Sudarshan Rajagopal and Rebecca Richard. To see the full symposium agenda, please visit: https://medicine.duke.edu/sites/medicine.duke.edu/files/field/attachments/ph-symposium_web_brochure%5B1%5D.pdf

 

Euan Ashley Visit

We had a wonderful visit from Euan Ashley, MD, of Stanford. He presented the Williams lecture this past week. Thanks to all who joined us for his presentation, “Towards Precision Medicine.”  The lecture was an amazing walk from the initial description of the Human Genome to the current day full genome sequencing and clinical uses and possible pathways coming.

 

 

 

DUHS Bi-Annual RN Hiring Event

The DUHS Bi-Annual RN Hiring Event was held at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham on October 25. There were more than 200 attendees. Health System nursing leadership team members had the opportunity to interact with both experienced and new candidates interested in employment opportunities at DUHS. Pictured here are members of our Duke Heart nursing leadership team at the event. Thanks for working to recruit more talent our way!!

 

 

 

 

 

Duke Heart Holiday Party: Save the Date

Be sure to check your email (especially the “clutter” folder!) for your emailed invitation to the annual Duke Heart holiday party, which will be held December 6th  2019. Invitations were extended to all cardiology and CT surgery faculty, fellows and residents, as well as hospital clinical team leads and higher. Questions? Contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communications.

 

Recognition Month: Sonographers

We recognize our sonography team this weekend and apologize for missing Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, which is held annually in October. The awareness month is a joint effort of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, American Society of Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Society for Vascular Ultrasound.

There are 48 people on the sonography team in the Duke Heart Cardiac Diagnostic Unit. The CDU sees about 120 patients per day between echocardiograms, vascular ultrasound studies, stress studies, pharmacological studies, TEEs and Echo-guided biopsies. The team also supports guided imagery done in the catheterization lab for mitral clips and other device placements, balloon valvuloplasties, septal defect closures, and HCM ablations. All labs are accredited by the Inter-societal Accreditation Commission.

A high level of competency is required in order to succeed as a team member here at Duke because of the diverse pathology in the cardiovascular cases and our high patient volume. Because of this, each member needs to be able to work accurately and independently as well communicate effectively within the team and with physicians and other providers.

Our sonographers are amazing and we are so very fortunate to have such skilled team members providing this resource to us. Thank you for all that you do!

 

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Coming up: AHA Scientific Sessions!

The annual Duke reception at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, located conveniently across the street from the conference center. An appointment request was sent by the DCRI planning team. Be sure to look for that and accept to RSVP.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week we have two great opportunities to hear the latest in cardiology research. First, we welcome Renato Lopes who is presenting “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019.” Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.

On Friday (Nov. 8), we welcome Kim Eagle, Director of the Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. He’s presenting the Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD, Lecture as part of Medicine Grand Rounds at 8 a.m. in the Trent Semans Great Hall. Title of his talk is, “Cardiac Risk of Non-Cardiac Surgery: A Piece of my Mind.”

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • November 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi
  • November 19: Faculty Staff Meeting
  • November 26: No Grand Rounds. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • December 3: Zach Wegermann
  • December 10: (5 p.m.) Heart Center Grand Rounds on CTEPH
  • December 17: (5 p.m.) Faculty Staff Meeting
  • December 24: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!
  • December 31: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!

Talent from All Corners Symposium, Nov. 4

Tomorrow! Panel discussion, Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership. A group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Duke cardiologist and Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. 3-6 p.m., Searle Center. Registration required. Refreshments will be served. To learn more or to register, please visit: https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/events/talent-from-all-corners-how-immigration-helps-shape-scientific-leadership/

Duke Heart Safe Choices, Nov. 6 – Cancelled

The Duke Heart Safe Choices workshop that was scheduled for this week has been cancelled. Please contact Christy Darnell with questions.

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

Duke Heart in the News:

October 18 – Angela Lowenstern

TCTMD/the heart beat

Featured Fellow: Angela Lowenstern, MD

https://www.tctmd.com/news/angela-lowenstern-md

October 29 — Gary Davis (Heart Leadership Council Member)

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

Editorial: Endorsements in Tuesday’s Mount Pleasant Town Council elections

http://bit.ly/2PKLTAa

 

Leadership Announcement: Jason Katz to Return to Duke and Newby to be Medical Director of Duke CICU

We are excited to announce that Jason Katz, MD, MHS has agreed to return to Duke and serve as Director of Cardiovascular Critical Care Services across Duke Health System, Co-Director of the Duke CICU, and Co-Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support.  Jason did his medical residency at UTSW where he was a Chief Resident before coming to Duke for both his cardiovascular fellowship and critical care fellowship.  In 2010, he joined UNC Faculty where he was dual appointed in Cardiovascular Medicine and Pulmonary Critical Care at UNC.  At UNC, he has served in many roles including the medical director of both the CICU and Cardio-Thoracic ICU. He has also cared for and led the team managing patients with mechanical circulatory support at UNC and participated in several multi-center trials in patients with ventricular assist devices.  He currently directs the UNC Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiogenic Shock Program. He is one of the three executive steering committee members of the recently launched Critical Care Cardiology Trials Network (CCCTN) –a multicenter, international group to design and implement pragmatic clinical research efforts focusing on optimal care processes for critically ill patients with cardiovascular disease.  This group has recently described the contemporary characteristics and patients in cardiology critical care units.  Jason is the current Chair of the Acute Cardiac Care and General Cardiology Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD) for the American Heart Association.

Jason is passionate about education and has won several teaching awards from medical students, residents and fellows including being selected by UNC medical students to receive membership in the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society.

We look forward to having Jason join our team and help Duke Heart take care of our sickest patients across our clinical network.

CICU Redesign – Newby to become Medical Director Duke CICU:

Regarding the addition of Jason in the CICU, Chris Granger stated “we are delighted and energized to have Jasoncome back to Duke, to help guide us into the next era of cardiac intensive care.”  Chris will be stepping down as the Medical Director of the CICU, a leadership position that Kristin Newby will take on Starting November 1st.  Kristin has served as the Co-Director of the CICU over the last several years and worked at both the local and national level on cardiovascular critical care. She will take on the role of Medical Director of Duke University CICU and will work with Jason and our Division Leadership as we advance and integrate Cardiac Intensive Care at Duke University Hospital and across the health system.

Chris Granger has been our Medical Director of the CICU and spearheaded several innovations including team based rounding, rapid coronary revascularization through a statewide systems based approach for patients with ST-segment elevation, and numerous studies on patients with acute coronary syndromes and heart failure.  We look forward to continuing to have Chris provide divisional leadership in how we develop and deliver systems for high quality cardiovascular care.  I want to also personally thank Chris for his leadership in our division and the CICU.

Please welcome Jason and Congratulate Kristin and Chris when you see them!

 

Duke Heart Updates for the week ending October 27th 2019

Friends of Nursing Winners Recognized at Gala

We congratulate our Duke Heart Friends of Nursing Award recipients. Eight of our team members were recognized at the 31st Annual Gala Celebration of Excellence which was held at the Durham Convention Center on Saturday night. There were 38 award winners selected out of 203 nominees across Duke University Health System.

In 1988, Martha White Blalock, a Duke patient, and her husband, Dan S. Blalock Jr., envisioned a program to support the exceptional nurses who were caring for them. After his wife’s death, Mr. Blalock donated funds to begin Friends of Nursing as a way of thanking Duke Nurses for the excellent care they provide.

Since its inception, Friends of Nursing has sponsored professional development opportunities, funded scholarships for continuing education, financially supported learning and research dissemination, and recognized outstanding nursing practice.

The 2019 award recipients from Duke Heart include:

Shannon Brennan, CT Surgical Stepdown Unit 3300, who received the Nan & Hugh Cullman Heart Center Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Kiersten Butler, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit 7700, who received the Heart Center Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing in recognition of Mary Ann Peter.

Lauren Gispanski Coggins, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit 7700, who received the Ernestine Davis & Edward L. Cole Award for Excellence in Coronary Care Unit Nursing.

Mary Lindsay, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, who received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership.

Ashley Newsome, Duke Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Croasdaile, who received the Nan & Hugh Cullman Heart Center Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Rex N. Ruiz, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, DMP 7 West, who received the Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing.

Catherine Shuford, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, DMP 7 West, who received the Mary Ann & Robert H. Peter Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Rachel Zwiacher, Cardiac Telemetry Unit 5-2 at Duke Regional Hospital, who received the Duke Regional Hospital Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Great job, to all – we are proud of your efforts and work for our patients.

Respiratory Therapy Week Wraps Up

As National Respiratory Care Week wraps up, we’d again like to thank our respiratory therapists (RT) for the work they do! The Duke RT team includes 138 talented individuals who perform more than 220,000 aerosol therapies per year and manage more than 80 ventilators per day at Duke. The team has worked to decrease ventilator days from over nine days per patient to just over 4.5 ventilator days per patient over the past year.

Our RTs lead research, publish original work, serve on the ECMO team and as leaders on the Board of the North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care. They also present and conduct outreach through the American Association for Respiratory Care, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the College of Chest Physicians. Our RTs manage day to day care, spearhead chronic disease management, and are crucial to critical care management of patients with respiratory issues. They are here to manage all aspects of respiratory care in both adult and pediatric/neonatal care at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Thanks for all that you do!

RFPs for Mandel Funding

The Duke Cardiovascular Research Center is pleased to announce the annual fall Mandel Funding program RFP’s for the SEED, SCHOLAR, and FELLOW awards.  Funding for these awards is provided by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel Jr. Foundation, through the Mandel Center for Hypertension and Atherosclerosis at Duke.

Guidelines for the SEED and SCHOLAR program are similar to past years; the FELLOW guidelines have been revised. If you would like a copy of the guidelines, please contact Cheryl Woodard.

Proposals are due November 4th and should be sent as a PDF to Maria Rapoza (maria.rapoza@duke.edu) with a copy to cheryl.woodard@duke.edu. All applicants should receive an email confirming receipt within 48 hours of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email please let them know.

 Doximity Deadline, Oct. 31

The registration deadline is this week! Doximity registration is the only way to ensure you will absolutely have the opportunity to vote online in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

Please take a moment to claim your profile in Doximity. If you do not know if you are registered or not, please contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communication for Duke Heart. She has the full list of faculty who are (and who aren’t!) registered. If you have questions about how to utilize Doximity, she can help with that, too.

Please make sure you’re eligible to vote in early 2020. The deadline is October 31, 2019.

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Thank you!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week we welcome Euan Ashley from Stanford for his presentation, “Towards Precision Medicine.” Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.   This is the 5th annual Albert L. Williams Cardiovascular Genetics leacture and we are excited to have Euan Join us.  He will give DCRI Research Conference from 12-1 pm on Tuesday Oct 29th entitled “You Heart Counts.”

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • November 5: Renato Lopes will present “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019?”
  • November 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • November 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi

 

Talent from All Corners Symposium, Nov. 4

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The U.S. has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies.

In this panel discussion on Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership, a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Duke cardiologist and Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. 3-6 p.m., Searle Center. Registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To learn more or to register, please visit: https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/events/talent-from-all-corners-how-immigration-helps-shape-scientific-leadership/

 

Duke Heart Safe Choices, Nov. 6

Our next Duke Heart Safe Choices workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

The workshop includes presentations from Duke Health patient safety officers and Duke Heart leadership, as well as break-out discussions to discuss past safety events. In the small groups, you’ll review an actual case in order to identify and analyze risks taken and potential solutions to enhance patient safety.

These workshops are some of the most important events we offer to our care teams in Duke Heart. They offer a time to gather and intentionally reflect on the role each of us plays in the safety of our patients and each other.  We need participation from all teams and each type of provider. Join us!

Dinner will be provided. Please register here:  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHhouKiZ19cm0Bv

 

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

Duke Heart in the News:

October 21 — Redford Williams (psychiatry)

MedPage Today

Depression Intervention Flops for Heart Attack Survivors

https://www.medpagetoday.com/cardiology/prevention/82853

October 21 — Anthony Viera (Family Medicine & Community Health)

Consumer Reports/The Washington Post

You’re told you have a ‘pre-disease.’ Here’s what that means.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/youre-told-you-have-a-pre-disease-heres-what-that-means/2019/10/18/a48722d0-ef92-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html

 

October 22 — Renato Lopes

NBC News

Bedtime may be the best time to take blood pressure meds, study finds

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/heart-health/bedtime-may-be-best-time-take-blood-pressure-meds-study-n1069961

October 22 — Michael Nanna

tctMD/the heart beat

Elderly Women Worse Off Than Men Before and After Acute MI

https://www.tctmd.com/news/elderly-women-worse-men-and-after-acute-mi

October 25 — Manesh Patel

Time magazine

12 Innovations That Will Change Health Care and Medicine in the 2020s

https://time.com/5710295/top-health-innovations

Duke Heart Highlights week ending October 20th 2019

Inaugural Research Week

The School of Medicine held their inaugural Research Week this past week. Thanks to all who participated! There were a number of great presentations and discussions, including a talk on the Duke Precision Medicine Collaboratory by Svati Shah, keynote lecture by Richard Lifton entitled from “Genes and Genomes to Biology and Health.”  The innovation jam sponsored by DIHI led by Suresh Balu was also held with many great presentations.  Our own Carmelo Milano presented a novel catheter for venting the LV during ECMO.  Thanks to Adrian Hernandez and the School of Medicine for a great week on research.


 

 

 

 

 

The week ended with the Blue-White basketball game for Duke Basketball to start the season.  Outside the game – William Kaelin – Duke Alum and 2019 Nobel Prize winner was spotted and we were able to get a selfie with him and his signed Basketball.  You can see Adrian Hernandez trying to lean in to get into the picture.

 

 

National Respiratory Care Week: Oct. 20-26

National Respiratory Care Week begins today. Please take some time this week to recognize the efforts of the very talented respiratory therapists (RTs) working throughout Duke to help care for and educate patients with lung diseases and disorders. They are an incredibly valuable part of the Duke Heart team and have a long history of living our core value of caring for our patients, their loved ones, and each other.

Their clinical expertise is pivotal in Duke’s delivery of the highest quality care. On behalf of the leadership team, we thank them for all they do each and every day. Keep up the great work! #RCWeek19

Wofford Named Young Healthcare Executive of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Brian Wofford, Duke Heart’s Vice President of Heart Operations for Durham County, has been named the 2019 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). The award was announced at the 34th Annual NAHSE Educational Conference held Oct. 9-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

The award is given annually to a NAHSE member under the age of 40 in recognition of their contributions and dedicated commitment to the healthcare industry and NAHSE. The award selection committee seeks a professional with progressive management experience who has a demonstrated commitment to the development and career of young healthcare professionals and who is active in community organizations.

This is excellent news! Congratulations, Brian!

 

AANP Fall Conference

Duke Heart was well represented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual conference held Oct. 10-13 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Presenters included Midge Bowers, Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF) – Acute and Chronic Management in the Ambulatory Setting; Allison Dimsdale, Hypertension:  Simple to Resistant Care Transformation:  Managing Cardiometabolic Risk to Prevent Disease; Carolina Tennyson, Admitted with Heart Failure:  From Clinic to Transplant;  and Carolyn Lekavich with two presentations: The Many Faces of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF):  The Cardiometabolic Profile and Clinical Challenges of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF):  Diagnosis and Treatment.

Great job everyone!

 

 

 

 

Duke Emergency Alerts Update

Duke University Health System (DUHS) and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) are updating our operational (non-clinical) emergency alerts to make sure everyone in our three hospitals and PDC clinics understands what’s happening during an emergency situation, and knows how to respond.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 23, the operational emergency codes across DUHS and the PDC clinics will be replaced with easy-to-understand intercom alerts that tell staff and providers, patients, and visitors exactly what’s happening during emergencies.

This approach is referred to as using plain language, and is a nationally-recognized best practice that is being implemented in health care organizations across the country. It is also becoming the new standard for health care organizations in North Carolina. The goal is to make sure everyone in our hospitals, including our visitors, has the needed information during an operational emergency situation and can respond as appropriate.

Doximity Deadline, Oct. 31

All of you are busy and we know some of you are not as interested in social media platforms as others, but… Doximity registration is the only way to ensure you will absolutely have the opportunity to vote online in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

Please take a moment to claim your profile in Doximity. If you do not know if you are registered or not, please contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communication for Duke Heart. She has the full list of faculty who are (and who aren’t!) registered. If you have questions about how to utilize Doximity, she can help with that, too.

Please make sure you’re eligible to vote in early 2020. The deadline is October 31, 2019.

  1. Visit com and enter your first and last name.
  2. Select your profile
  3. Follow the prompts to sign in, reset your password or create a new account.

Thank you!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week we look forward to the Cardiology Fellows Conference with Sounok Sen. Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • 29: Euan Ashley from Stanford, “Towards Precision Medicine.” 5 p.m.
  • 5: Renato Lopes will present “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019?”
  • 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi

 

Talent from All Corners Symposium, Nov. 4

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The U.S. has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies.

In this panel discussion on Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership, a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Duke cardiologist and Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. 3-6 p.m., Searle Center. Registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To learn more or to register, please visit: https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/events/talent-from-all-corners-how-immigration-helps-shape-scientific-leadership/

 

Duke Heart Safe Choices, Nov. 6

Our next Duke Heart Safe Choices workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

The workshop includes presentations from Duke Health patient safety officers and Duke Heart leadership, as well as break-out discussions to discuss past safety events. In the small groups, you’ll review an actual case in order to identify and analyze risks taken and potential solutions to enhance patient safety.

These workshops are some of the most important events we offer to our care teams in Duke Heart. They offer a time to gather and intentionally reflect on the role each of us plays in the safety of our patients and each other.  We need participation from all teams and each type of provider. Join us!

Dinner will be provided. Please register here:  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHhouKiZ19cm0Bv

 

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Cardio-Oncology Symposium

The third annual Duke Cardio-Oncology Symposium will be held at the Washington Duke Inn on Feb. 22, 2020. Chiara Melloni and medical oncologist Susan Dent are co-chairs. Stay tuned for more information!

 

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

Duke Heart in the News:

October 11 — Robert Califf

MedPage Today

Real-World Data Playing a Bigger Role in Drug Development

https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/fdageneral/82711

Highlights of the Week – October 13th 2019

Cath/EP Waiting Room Opens Monday, Oct. 14

Our newly renovated and enhanced waiting area for the Adult Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs at Duke University Hospital is fully operational and open to patients and visitors starting tomorrow, Oct. 14. The renovation expanded the available seating area from 26 to 46 seats. We’ve added a physician consultation room, an open check-in area with a second window, a quiet area, outer glass wall for a modern and spacious feel, two entrances and additional signage. Each modification was made to give patients and families greater comfort and more privacy, which we believe will enhance their experience.  Members of the Duke Heart Patient Family Advisory Council weighed in on our design.

Many thanks to Brian Wofford, Mary Lindsay, Elizabeth Watts and Greg Shelton from Duke Heart for their efforts on this project; a big thank you to project manager Dane Van Enwyck, interior designer Amy Young, and maintenance and construction supervisor Ray Doss, as well as our PFAC members. Great job everyone – the space is gorgeous!

Superhero Kudos to Truby & Lowenstern

We received a terrific note this week from our colleague, Dr. Suchita Sata, in Duke Internal Medicine: “I cannot say enough good things about your fellows Lauren Truby and Angela Lowenstern for their excellent care for a patient of mine earlier this week.

“A patient of mine on the hospitalist service had a STEMI on the floor. The 115 STEMI activation worked beautifully. These two phenomenal women rushed in, white coats flying like superhero capes, and saved this patient’s life. Their calm control of the situation and also clinical prowess was amazing to witness. It was some of the best clinical care delivered by fellows I have seen in my time here at Duke.Thank you for building a team for excellence.”

Awesome job, Lauren and Angela!

 

Thanks to you and to all of our fellows for representing Duke Heart so well! Thanks to Anna Lisa Crowley for forwarding this note to share in Pulse.

Shout-Out to Lovell

On a recent visit to Nashville, TN, Taylor Lovell, a nurse in our cardiothoracic ICU, rushed to the aid of a bus passenger who was found unconscious, turning blue and without a pulse. Taylor performed CPR, got a pulse and turned the patient over to EMS. Although we are unable to report on the condition of the patient, we are so proud to know our Duke Heart providers are ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice no matter where they are.

Well done, Taylor! Many thanks to Pam Pennigar (Duke Sarcoma Program) and Jill Engel for bringing this to our attention.

Cardiovascular MR Practicum Held

The semi-annual Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center (DCMRC) Cardiovascular MR Practicum was held Oct. 7 – 11 at the Searle Center. In attendance were physicians, technologists, and fellows. During the Practicum, participants are provided with an understanding of the principles of magnetic resonance imaging, safety issues in performing cardiac MR, and imaging protocols currently available for the evaluation of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system.  Case presentations, one-on-one discussions, and observation of actual patient imaging were provided.

Pictured here are some of the DCMRC faculty, leadership, and staff.

Doximity Deadline, Oct. 31

All of you are busy and we know some of you are not as interested in social media platforms as others, but… Doximity registration is the only way to ensure you will absolutely have the opportunity to vote online in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

Please take a moment to claim your profile in Doximity. If you do not know if you are registered or not, please contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communication for Duke Heart. She has the full list of faculty who are (and who aren’t!) registered. If you have questions about how to utilize Doximity, she can help with that, too.

Please make sure you’re eligible to vote in early 2020. The deadline is October 31, 2019.

  1. Visit com and enter your first and last name.
  2. Select your profile
  3. Follow the prompts to sign in, reset your password or create a new account.

Thank you!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Duke SOM Research Week

The inaugural Duke University School of Medicine Research Week is this week! Activities for the week include presentations from four School of Medicine faculty members (including Duke Heart’s Svati Shah!), a Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI) Research Town Hall, the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture, Innovation Jam, a Clinical Keynote Lecture, and a poster session featuring the research of residents, trainees and PhD students from clinical and basic science departments. To learn more: https://medschool.duke.edu/research/research-week.

Cardiology Grand Rounds

In lieu of grand rounds this week, we will hold the Cardiology Faculty Meeting. Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • 22: Cardiology Fellows Conference with Sounok Sen
  • 29: Euan Ashley from Stanford, “Towards Precision Medicine.” 5 p.m.
  • 5: Renato Lopes will present “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019?”
  • 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi

 

Duke Heart Safe Choices, Nov. 6

Our next Duke Heart Safe Choices workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

The workshop includes presentations from Duke Health patient safety officers and Duke Heart leadership, as well as break-out discussions to discuss past safety events. In the small groups, you’ll review an actual case in order to identify and analyze risks taken and potential solutions to enhance patient safety.

These workshops are some of the most important events we offer to our care teams in Duke Heart. They offer a time to gather and intentionally reflect on the role each of us plays in the safety of our patients and each other.  We need participation from all teams and each type of provider. Join us!

Dinner will be provided. Please register here:  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHhouKiZ19cm0Bv

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Cardio-Oncology Symposium

The third annual Duke Cardio-Oncology Symposium will be held on Feb. 22, 2020. Chiara Melloni and medical oncologist Susan Dent are co-chairs. Stay tuned for more information!

 

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

Duke Heart in the News:

October 10 — L. Kristin Newby

tctMD/the heart beat

Any Troponin Bump in Suspected ACS—MI or Not—Signals High CV Risk: High-STEACS

https://www.tctmd.com/news/any-troponin-bump-suspected-acs-mi-or-not-signals-high-cv-risk-high-steacs

October 9 — Mitchell Krucoff

Healio/Intervention

Another study finds no evidence of increased long-term mortality with paclitaxel-coated devices

http://bit.ly/2IGjgzL

October 8 — Sarah Cross (Sanford School of Public Policy)

Cardiovascular Business

Homes overtake hospitals as most common site of CV death

http://bit.ly/2MwBOUa

Duke Heart Week ending October 6th 2019

Highlights of the week Ending October 6th 2019:

Recognition Week: Physician Assistants

This coming week (Oct. 6-12) is National Physician Assistant Week in recognition of the PA profession     and its contributions to the nation’s health. The week offers us the opportunity to offer thanks to these vital members of the Duke Heart team (and elsewhere!) as well as to help raise awareness and visibility of the overall profession. Please take some time this week to personally thank the PAs within your area.

Prior to become a week-long event, PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of physician assistants from Duke University’s Physician Assistant program; October 6 is the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD, former chair of the Department of Medicine and founder of the Duke Cardiovascular Disease Research Database. To read about the history of the profession at Duke, please visit: https://fmch.duke.edu/duke-physician-assistant-program/about-pa-program.

Congratulations and many thanks to each of the PAs throughout Duke Heart and Duke Health. If you are on social media and wish to post messaging about your favorite PAs, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is using #PAWeek as their official tag. Have a great week!

 

Lung Transplant Milestone Celebrations Held

As many of you know, the Duke Lung Transplant Program reached a milestone in August: they completed their 2000th lung transplant. This week, the group held a variety of celebrations at Duke to thank all of the DUHS teams for their support and work with the program and patients. A larger event will be held in the Spring to include all active lung transplant patients.

Congratulations to all of members of the Lung Transplant program and to the many care providers and staff across Duke Heart who work on a daily basis to ensure the safety, care and support of all lung transplant recipients at Duke. These collaborations enable groups across Duke to reach significant milestones, such as this one. Great job, everyone!

Swaminathan to Serve CART-CL Research Committee

Rajesh Swaminathan, associate professor of medicine in cardiology at Duke and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been selected to the Research and Publications Committee of the Cardiovascular Assessment, Reporting and Tracking System for Catheterization Labs (CART-CL), the national cath lab database for the Veterans Health Association. In this capacity, Raj will be part of the team that determines the research direction of the National VA Interventional Cardiology program and reviews research proposals.

This is terrific news, Raj — congratulations!

 

Team Huddle Roll-Out Continues

Two weeks ago, we announced that DMP 7East went live as the Duke Heart pilot unit for implementation of the Duke Quality Management System initiative, Commit to Zero. This initiative allows Duke care providers and staff to take a transformative approach to teamwork by creating systems based on our individual and collective integrity, leading to enhanced patient safety and zero harm to patients and to one another.

One of the tools we are using are tiered team huddles. The huddles are taking place throughout all service areas within Duke Health and are being implemented on a rolling basis. Huddles occur daily and are designed to last approximately 15 minutes. The huddle offers an opportunity to proactively review key metrics, get updates on work in progress and to share any new safety issues that may have arisen, allowing us to move into problem solving. It offers a structured approach to identify, escalate and solve safety problems using the team’s collective knowledge. The huddles also offer an important opportunity to provide moments of recognition and celebration of team members.

This week, units 3100, 3300, 7100, 7200 and 7300, and Respiratory Care Services will officially come online with their use of huddles as part of Duke Heart Wave I. Additional teams will follow in Waves II and III over the next two months.

Wave II: Heart ICUs (7700 and 7 West); Adult Cardiac Catheterization Labs, Electrophysiology Labs, Cardiovascular Short Stay Unit (CVSSU), Heart Center Bed Control and Cardiothoracic Operating Room (CTOR) Schedulers, and Perfusion.

Wave III: Cardiac Diagnostic Unit, Cardiac MRI, EKG; Cardiopulmonary Rehab; Heart Center Communications/Heart Center Financial Administration.

We are grateful for the significant effort being made across Duke Heart in order to implement the huddles – it has required a change in how we spend our time and how we approach problems together; we are already seeing great results and improved teamwork. Thanks to everyone who is working to make this effort a huge success for us. You make Duke Heart an amazing place to be and will lead to an even safer quality-driven culture for our patients and each other. Great work!

Duke Heart Family Expands!

We are pleased to announce that our Duke Heart family has expanded by one! Congratulations to Khyati Baxi and her husband, Jatin Roper (faculty member in the Duke division of gastroenterology) on the birth of their son, Aarav Jatin Roper, on Sept. 25! Aarav joins big brother, Rahul. We are so happy for you and we look forward to meeting him soon.

 

HARMONEE Update

Congratulations to the DCRI HARMONEE study team and to all site partners! The OrbusNeich COMBO drug-eluting stent (DES) with endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) capture technology has just been approved for clinical use in Japan. As some of you may know, the Japan-USA HARMONEE study was conducted as a proof-of-concept in global regulatory harmonization, and provided the pivotal evidence supporting this decision by the Japanese Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency and Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. This milestone is not just a huge success for the COMBO DES as a new technology. It is also a first-ever, formal “proof of concept” program conducting a randomized, prospective coronary device study using a single protocol on both sides of the Pacific as part of the Japan-USA Harmonization By Doing program. This represents a fundamental change in the landscape of global device evaluation for innovative new devices.

In a message sent to all site teams, Shirgeru Saito, vice director of Cardiovascular Medicine at Shonan Kamakura General Hospital, and Mitchell Krucoff wrote, “We want to thank each and every one of you and your site teams for your significant contributions to this truly global HARMONEE effort. We would not be here without your amazing efforts on behalf of your patients.”

To read the formal statement from OrbusNeich, please visit: http://bit.ly/2VnzNOk. To see a copy of the journal article regarding the Harmonization by Doing Program, please visit: https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/circj/77/7/77_CJ-12-1431/_article.

Great work, everyone!

Heart Fellows Win NC/SC ACC FIT Jeopardy

Great news from the 26th Annual Joint Meeting of the NC and SC State ACC Chapters which was held last weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Dave Manly, Zak Loring and Marat Fudim won the Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Jeopardy competition, beating out teams of players from UNC, MUSC and Prisma Health (SC). Marat hopes it’s a good omen for the upcoming Duke Football and Basketball season!

FIT Jeopardy is a friendly competition that promotes a healthy rivalry between state chapter FIT teams, fosters FIT engagement in their local state chapter and provides educational value to the contestants and audience. Each team is made up of three fellows-in-training. The Duke trio will represent at the national level next spring.

Congrats and way to represent Duke Heart!

 

Update from Eldoret, Kenya

Jerry Bloomfield shared an update from Mike Foster who is adjusting to life on his new adventure in Kenya. Mike wrote:

“As some of you know, my first priority was the American Society of Echocardiography Foundation event that Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) hosted recently. This event was held at three schools in the area. We scanned over 1200 kids in four days. We had a great team of sonographers/MD’s from all over the USA and one from New Zealand, as well as our Kenyan team of nurses, clinical officers (sort of like what you know as Advanced Practice Providers at Duke) and a sonographer. Most kids [had normal scans]. We identified a little over 80 kids with either obvious rheumatic or congenital abnormalities or who were borderline rheumatic according to the WHO criteria (of which I’m critical). Of these, a few are definitely going to need an invasive intervention in their future. All 80 plus kids and parents will now be invited to come to Dr. Maghasi’s pediatric cardiac clinic for care.

It was nice to have Titus show up and be part of the event. I ended up having him teach some of the older kids while they were waiting for their echocardiogram.

Hitachi USA and GE Kenya were generous with loaning equipment for this event. We had three laptops and 5 Vscans. We started the week staffing a one-day symposium on Pediatric Echocardiography for the Kenyan Cardiac Society in Nairobi, which was sponsored by GE. Many of the sonographers/MD’s from our team gave lectures, including Brittany Byrd (former Duke Pediatrics tech) and Greg Tatum from the Duke Pediatrics lab.

This brings us to over 2300 kids screened from six schools from around the area –some urban, some rural. Although it’s not a good sample, we figure it gives MTRH a starting point while helping some kids and families.

After the event, I switched gears into my “element.” We have two doctors who started their cardiology fellowship in September. I’m spending time introducing them to echocardiography, parasternal long axis, patient positioning and all those knobs and buttons on machines.

I’m also working with Dr. Barasa who is director of the Cardiac Centre at MTRH to improve the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit (they took your name) with workflow, digital reporting, and an archiving system.

I’m in talks with MTRH HR about my contract for teaching a new “diagnostic cardiology” program which mostly includes teaching clinical officers to become sonographers. I expect to start in January.

I’ve lost 5 pounds already. Enjoyed seeing friends here in Kenya as well as from the USA. You should know that I’m grateful, once again, to the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health — they continue to be supportive of my efforts and Duke’s collaboration here. ASE and ASEF are really cool organizations to get involved with their work and help support.

The Duke Cardiac Diagnostic Unit and its culture of support, learning and professional advancement is second to none in this world. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity, skills, critical thinking and confidence to embark on this endeavor had it not been for you guys. Take advantage of it. Support Sreek and our attendings.” — Mike

We followed up with Titus Ngeno regarding the teaching experience Mike mentioned above.

Titus wrote, “I had the pleasure of joining Mike in his herculean undertaking, promoting CVD awareness and developing treatment capacity in Eldoret, Kenya. He called me into a classroom after the inquisitive 7th grade students asked him why the left side of the heart is bigger than the right side. A poignant reminder to me of the effects of rheumatic heart disease and unexplained pulmonary hypertension in the region. The CV fellowship and collaborative research efforts led by Duke is touching and improving lives globally.” — Titus

Many thanks to Jerry for sharing this update with us!

Global Cardio-Oncology Summit This Last Week in São Paulo

The Global Cardio-Onc Summit was in São Paulo this week.  Susan Dent and Chiara Melloni attended from Duke.  Susan is part of the organizing committee. Susan tweeted several meeting updates over the week, and it seems like it was a great meeting. There were more than 500 attendees  from 17 countries around the globe!!! It is increasing every year. We hope to have a bigger presence from Duke next year in Toronto.  Below are few pics from the event.

 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Duke faces daily attacks from hackers, and we need everyone’s help to protect Duke. This year Duke’s IT Security Office has launched a new “Report Phish” button that allows you to report any suspicious email with one click. The button is now available at the top of your email in Outlook and is labelled “Report Phish to Duke”/Phish Alert.

 

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Duke SOM Research Week

The inaugural Duke University School of Medicine Research Week will be held from Monday, October 14 through Thursday, October 17 on the sixth floor of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education.

Activities for the week will include presentations from four School of Medicine faculty members (including Duke Heart’s Svati Shah!), a Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI) Research Town Hall, the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture, Innovation Jam – with DIHI that Manesh Patel will emcee, a Clinical Keynote Lecture, and a poster session featuring the research of residents, trainees and PhD students from clinical and basic science departments. To learn more about events being held as part of Research Week, please visit: https://medschool.duke.edu/research/research-week.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our grand rounds this week will be the Cardiology Fellows Conference with Zak Loring. Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:15 a.m., DN, 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • 15: Faculty Staff Meeting, 5 p.m.
  • 22: Cardiology Fellows Conference with Sounok Sen
  • 29: Euan Ashley from Stanford, “Towards Precision Medicine.” 5 p.m.
  • 5: Renato Lopes will present “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019?”
  • 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi

 

3rd Annual Invented at Duke Celebration, Nov. 5

Co-hosted by the Duke Office of Licensing & Ventures and & Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Invented at Duke celebrates and promotes the diverse accomplishments of Duke innovators and entrepreneurs.

The event showcases select technologies, inventions, and novel ideas–illustrating the breadth of Duke discoveries–while also highlighting Duke’s innovation and entrepreneurship resources and facilitating discussions among Duke inventors and the broader Duke community.

Join us to celebrate innovations coming out of Duke, learn about Duke’s resources, and engage with inventors, the local investment community, alumni, Duke leadership, and researchers. The event will be held at Penn Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5-7 p.m. (remarks begin at 5:30).

This year’s guest speaker is Derek Jantz, CSO of Precision BioSciences, a recently-made-public company spun out of the Duke School of Medicine. Precision uses a proprietary genome editing method called ARCUS to overcome cancers, cure genetic diseases, and create safer, more productive food sources.

If you’re an inventor, entrepreneur, researcher, licensee, investor, or someone interested in partnering with Duke, we hope you’ll join us for our 3rd Annual #InventedAtDuke Celebration. To learn more or to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-invented-at-duke-celebration-tickets-65802486007.

 

Highlights of the Week – September 29th 2019

Califf Taking Larger Role with Alphabet Company

Duke cardiologist Robert Califf, MD, Vice Chancellor for Data Sciences for Duke Health and Director of Duke Forge, will transition to a full-time role with the Alphabet Company, serving as Head of Medical Strategy and Policy and working across the Google Health and Verily enterprises, beginning November 18. The news was announced on Thursday by A. Eugene Washington, MD, Duke Chancellor for Health Affairs.

“Califf has been a tremendous leader for this institution for more than 35 years, and we want to thank him for his dedication and commitment to Duke,” said Washington.

Califf, the Donald F. Fortin, M.D. Professor of Cardiology in the School of Medicine, is the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He served as Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research at Duke and as Director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. After leaving Duke to serve as Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco and then Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Califf returned to Duke in 2017 to lead health data science and launch Duke Forge, the University’s new health data science center. Most recently, he has been instrumental in development of the Duke AI for Health initiative.

Califf attended Duke University and in 1978 graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and began his residency training at the University of California, San Francisco. He returned to Duke in 1980 to complete a fellowship in cardiology and joined the faculty in 1982. He will remain on faculty at Duke University as an adjunct professor in the School of Medicine.

“This is bittersweet,” said Califf. “It has been 50 years since I arrived at Duke. All but four of those years, I have spent here. Lydia and I have made great friends, and together with Duke colleagues we’ve made real progress in our quest to improve lives. Duke University has an incredibly bright future, and I am proud to always call it home.”

The mark Rob Califf has made at Duke is undeniable. We are deeply grateful for all he and Lydia have done to support and further cardiovascular care and research at Duke and beyond.

Duke Heart at TCT, HFSA 2019

The Duke Heart team was well represented at the annual meetings for both TCT and HFSA!

Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2019 is underway through the end of this weekend at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Duke Heart fellow Jenn Rymer met up with prior and current Duke Clinical Research Institute fellows Take Inohara and Adam Nelson; she also presented The Association of Health-Related Quality of Life Scores with Cardiovascular and Limb Outcomes in Patients with Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease: Insights from the EUCLID Trial (Manesh Patel and Schuyler Jones are co-authors).

We know there are a number of faculty presenting/attending including Rob Califf, Schuyler Jones, David Kong, Mitch Krucoff, Renato Lopes, Magnus Ohman, Manesh Patel and Sunil Rao; additionally, some former Dukies are out there: Bob Harrington and Amit Vora.

We saw a really great shout out to Amit Vora (now on faculty at UPMC) from Renato Lopes on Twitter and it seems particularly fitting to share here: “Amit was the official fellow on the AUGUSTUS trial and helped us to run the trial. He just did a fantastic job today in presenting important and novel data on hospitalization in patients with AF and ACS/PCI at TCT. Paper is available in Circulation. Proud of you.” Way to go, Amit!

The Heart Failure Society of America’s 2019 Scientific Meeting was held Sept. 13-16 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia. Richa Agarwal is shown during her presentation, “Right Heart Failure Risk after LVAD,” which was very well received. In addition to Agarwal, presenters from Duke included Mike Felker, Marat Fudim, Steve Greene, Stu Russell, Rob Mentz and Joe Rogers; Adam DeVore was a moderator.

Well done, everyone!

Shout-Out for Nafissi

The second fellows’ journal club was held this week. Navid Nafissi discussed CHIP and the risk of atherosclerotic disease (N Engl J Med 2017;377:111-21). Svati Shah was the faculty host and discussant and in the center of the great photo below. She gave the following kudos to Navid for his presentation:

“I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic job Navid Nafissi did with journal club yesterday. He did a huge amount of research, presented a clearly laid out and thoughtful outline to me, and delivered a fantastic presentation that was engaging and interesting.”

Shah added, “Thank you so much for the opportunity to host him and the fellows!” Many thanks to Anna Lisa Crowley for sharing this with us!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium: Nov. 1

The 11th Annual North Carolina Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium will take place on November 1 at the Durham Convention Center. Co-directors of the event are Terry Fortin and H. James Ford (UNC) Registration is open. To learn more and/or register, please visit: http://bit.ly/2m3oZrq

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Please join us this week when we welcome Davis Kass, Johns Hopkins, for “Increasing Heart Contractility: A Renaissance.” Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7:15 a.m., DN, 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • 8: Cardiology Fellows Conference
  • 15: Faculty Staff Meeting, 5 p.m.
  • 29: Euan Ashley from Stanford, “Towards Precision Medicine.” 5 p.m.
  • 5: Renato Lopes
  • 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

Duke Heart in the News:

September 23 — Stephen Greene

Healio

Sacubitril/valsartan beneficial in real-world HFrEF population

https://www.healio.com/cardiology/hf-transplantation/news/online/%7B1a211c9a-6d21-4f17-93c5-fbddc71b274f%7D/sacubitrilvalsartan-beneficial-in-real-world-hfref-population

September 26 — E. Magnus Ohman

tctMD/the heart beat

Safe to Drop P2Y12 Inhibitor at 3 Months in High-Bleeding-Risk Patients: EVOLVE Short DAPT

https://www.tctmd.com/news/safe-drop-p2y12-inhibitor-3-months-high-bleeding-risk-patients-evolve-short-dapt

September 26 — Renato Lopes

tctMD/the heart beat

AUGUSTUS: Apixaban-Based Dual Therapy Best Across Major Subgroups

https://www.tctmd.com/news/augustus-apixaban-based-dual-therapy-best-across-major-subgroups

September 26 — Ying Xian (Neurology & Duke Clinical Research Institute)

HealthDay

AHA News: Why Aren’t More Stroke Survivors Getting Statins?

https://consumer.healthday.com/cardiovascular-health-information-20/heart-stroke-related-stroke-353/aha-news-why-aren-t-more-stroke-survivors-getting-statins-750670.html

September 26 — Pamela Douglas

Medscape

An ACC First: Health Policy Statement on Equal Pay, Opportunity

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/919006?src=rss

Highlights from week of September 22nd 2019

Highlights of the week:

2019 Triangle Heart Walk Success!

We had an absolutely great time today at the Triangle Heart Walk due to the outstanding support of our team captains, walkers and volunteers from across Duke Heart, Duke Stroke Center and the Health System for not only doing their part as fundraisers, but through their efforts to work at the Duke tents and help make sure Duke Health was well represented this year. Together, we raised nearly $200,000 to support the American Heart Association (final numbers available next weekend). We began rolling out our Life Is Why sponsorship by offering blood pressure screenings – we were able to measure just over 100 walkers so that they would “Know Their Numbers” and have a better understanding of why it is important to measure regularly. (Did you know that the AHA recommends people check their BP twice per month?). Thanks to Manesh Patel for leading our PACE team: Partnering to Advance Cardiovascular health through community Engagement as part of our Life Is Why rollout.

Thank you to Sean Sondej, Jill EngelLaura Dickerson, and Kelly Kester for taking the lead with the t-shirt tent and making sure all of our volunteers were fed, and thanks to Tracey Koepke for coordinating our sponsorship tent. Many, many thanks to our volunteers: Carolyn Gary, Melissa Williams, Latitia McNeil, Luz Pura, Mollie Kettle, Shari Starr (and husband!), Tayler Santorella, Terri Demuro and Brian Coyne for their help with blood pressure screenings and distribution of shirts. You’re all amazing!

We are very happy to have partnered with our Duke Stroke Center colleagues and appreciate their volunteers today: Margaret Fenu, Taylor Bennett, Vanessa Hutchins, Gerardine Granjean, Rebecca Horn, Donalyn Heilman, Amanda Taylor, Anna Southerland, Melissa Freeman, Shannon Chesney, Carey Unger, Nilam Patel and Emily Bulkley. We look forward to working with them again soon.

2nd Annual Duke Heart APP Symposium Held

Hosted by course directors Jill Engel and Manesh Patel, the 2nd Annual Duke Heart Symposium for APPs was held on Saturday, 9/21. We had excellent turnout (on a gorgeous day!) with more than 200 registered attendees from 12 different states. Duke Heart APPs moderated the sessions led by Jill Engel, Manesh Patel, Ann Marie Navar, Islam Othman, Jon Piccini, Adam Williams, Don Glower, Ben Bryner, Stephanie Barnes, Stu Russell, Terry Fortin and Michel Khouri. Topics included lipid management, chronic total occlusion, atrial fibrillation, aortic valve replacement, mitral interventions, endocarditis, LVAD therapies, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac amyloidosis, and echocardiography.

This event has quickly become one of Duke Heart’s most well-attended events. Many thanks to the APP team for all of their hard work with particular appreciation to Jill Engel, Ashley Barba, Diane Sauro, Stephanie Barnes, Roman Ross, Peg Murphy, and Lynn McGugan for making the day so successful!

 

DeVore Accepted to ACC Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Adam DeVore on his acceptance into the 2019 American College of Cardiology Rick Nishimura, MD, MACC and Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy. This is great news, Adam – we are really happy for you!

 

Lowenstern Awarded 2019 CVRI Travel Grant

Congratulations to Duke Heart fellow Angela Lowenstern! She has been selected by the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention (CVRI) for a 2019 CVRI Early Career Investigator Travel Grant. This award supports the research efforts of early career investigators and trainees of all backgrounds. She will be acknowledged as a Travel Grant recipient at the CVRI Awards Reception and Annual Business Meeting on Nov. 16 during the AHA Annual Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia.

 

STEMI Team & Piloting of LifeNet

Jamie Jollis presented at our STEMI meeting this week regarding an upcoming pilot of LifeNet, an application that allows EMS in many of our surrounding counties to push 12 lead EKGs from their machines to a computer in the CICU and ED at Duke. This will improve overall efficiency and quality of care, as LifeNet will offer improved EKG image quality, make transmission easier, and improve care for STEMI patients. This should also help reduce our false activation rates. We expect to begin the pilot in the next few weeks at DUH and DRH.

Cardio-Obstetrics Clinic Opens – Helps High Risk Moms

Congratulations to Sarah Goldstein and Cary Ward who, together, held their first multi-disciplinary cardio-obstetrics clinic this past week. The service is now offered at Lakeview Clinic side by side with Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM). It allows our physicians to easily interact with our obstetrics colleagues around high risk patients, and is also highly patient-centered because the moms can see Cardiology and MFM all in the same place. We are starting with a half day clinic once per month, but plan to increase the number of days once we are operating smoothly.

Very special thanks to Nick Nguyen, division administrator for Duke Cardiology and Herly Joseph-Andre from the Department of Medicine who helped get this clinic set up and ready to go. Great job, everyone!

 

QMS Goes Live with DMP 7East as Pilot Unit

DMP 7East went live on Wednesday as the Duke Heart pilot unit for implementation of the Duke Quality Management System. Eric McClenny, 7E Nurse Manager and Cierra Ashley, 7E Clinical Lead are pictured here with the 7East staff during the morning huddle.

 

 

 

Shout-out to Duke Heart Nurse Managers and Clinical Leads

Many thanks to our Duke Heart Nurse Managers and Clinical Leads for all of their hard work and overall efforts to support our patients and team.

We managed to capture a shot of a group of them enjoying some sunshine and camaraderie out on the Trent Semans patio this week.

 

ECMO Team Wins Best Abstract at 30th Annual ELSO Conference

Congratulations to Sarah Mausert and Mike Wilson of the Duke ECMO team for winning Best Abstract at the 30th Annual Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Conference held from Sept. 12-15 at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX. Their abstract “RT ECMO Specialist Driven Sweep Trials Reduce Time to Sweep Trial Initiation and ECMO Duration in Patients Requiring VV-ECMO for ARDS.” We have heard that this was, without a doubt, the best content of the entire meeting. Our MICU ECMO Specialists all deserve a round of applause. We are very pleased and proud of this terrific team. Way to go!

 

EP Summit: 9th Annual CME Event Held Sept. 7

The 9th Annual Duke Electrophysiology Summit, directed by Jim Daubert, was hosted on Saturday, Sept. 7. Duke speakers included Sana Al-Khatib, Brett Atwater, Kristen Campbell, Camille Frazier-Mills, Kevin Jackson, Renato Lopes, Dan Mark, Jason Koontz, Ruth Lehan, Jane Schutz, Al Sun, Rob Lewis, and Kevin Thomas. The keynote speaker was Anthony Tang, professor of medicine at Western University in Ontario. More than 170 attendees registered for the live event and online webinar. Topics included the intersection of heart failure with arrhythmias and devices, rhythm control and stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, device management and many interesting and challenging cases.

Great job, everyone!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This month we have had two great presentations on different aspects of cardio-oncology by Michael Fradley and Ron Witteles. Thanks to those of you who were able to join us!

This week, we continue that discussion and focus on cardio-oncology care at Duke. Susan Dent and Michel Khouri, the directors of the Duke CardioOncology program, will be speaking. The title of their talk is, “CardioOncology: Past, Present and Future.” Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7:15 a.m., DN, 2001.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • 25 (Wednesday): Association of Women Surgeons Grand Rounds: “Gender in Leadership.” This event is a collaboration among various departments, including Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, and Medicine. All Duke Health professionals are welcome to attend.
  • 1: Davis Kass, Johns Hopkins, “Increasing Heart Contractility: A Renaissance.”
  • 8: Cardiology Fellows Conference
  • 15: Faculty Staff Meeting, 5 p.m.
  • 29: Euan Ashley from Stanford, “Towards Precision Medicine.” 5 p.m.
  • 5: Renato Lopes
  • 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi

 

Have news to share?

If you have news to share with the Pulse readership, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart at tracey.koepke@duke.edu. We would love to hear about your latest accomplishments, professional news, cool happenings, and any events or opportunities that may be of interest to our Duke Heart family. Please call with any questions: 919-681-2868. Feedback on Pulse is welcome and encouraged.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

September 17 — Pamela Douglas

tctMD/the heart beat

American College of Cardiology Steps Up: Equal Pay, Opportunities for All

https://www.tctmd.com/news/american-college-cardiology-steps-equal-pay-opportunities-all

 

September 19 — Jennifer Rymer

Cardiovascular Business

Failed TAVR more common in women, those with PAD

cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/structural-congenital-heart-disease/failed-tavr-more-common-women-those-pad

 

September 19 — Renato Lopes

Medscape

ENTRUST-AF PCI Supports Safety of Dual Therapy With Edoxaban

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/918713