Duke Heart Pulse — July 21, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – July 21, 2024

Chief’s message:  Visiting Lectures and Global IT issues

This week was a whirlwind in the health system with inspiring talks and interaction with the Commissioner of the FDA – Robert M. Califf.  He provided two talks on what the cardiovascular clinicians will need to do in the future and what the future Heart and Vascular Centers should do – with a look back at the origins of Duke Heart.  It was great to see the next generation of our leaders interacting with him.

Unfortunately, the week ended with the IT issues tied to the CrowdStrike update (patch) on many of our Microsoft computer systems in the Health system and School.  The command center starting early Friday morning and many of our leaders worked together to ensure systems were up as soon as possible and we were able to work through much of our patient care in the cath labs, EP labs and OR.  Also wanted to give a special thanks to Jill Engel who is served as the administrative lead for a lot of the health system and service line response on Friday into this weekend and upcoming week.  We ask our Faculty, Staff, and learners to read the special notes about the IT outage below to ensure we stay vigilant on many of the IT attempts to infiltrate our cyber security.  The upcoming week will hopefully have some return to normalcy for our clinical and research work.

Finally – you will also see some amazing stories of new additions to our Heart and Vascular Family – with some amazing and heart warming stories of care our team provided.

Highlights of the week:

FDA Commissioner Presents CGR & 18th Annual Reves Lecture

We welcomed Robert M. Califf, MD, back to Duke Health this week. Califf, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, gave a special Cardiology Grand Rounds presentation on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, he gave the 18th Annual Jerry G. Reves, MD Lecture during Duke Anesthesiology Grand Rounds in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education at Duke.

Califf’s Reves Lecture, ‘What Should a Heart and Vascular Center Do in the Next Decade,’ drew a large audience, as did his CGR presentation, ‘The Cardiovascular Specialist in a Time of Decline in American Cardiometabolic Health’. Thanks to all who joined us both in person and via Zoom.

Jerry Reves, MD, a recognized pioneer in modern anesthesiology and for whom the lectureship is named, began his Duke career when he became a faculty member with the Duke School of Medicine in 1984. The very next year he designed the anesthesia protocol for Duke’s first heart transplant. Soon thereafter, Reves – along with then-chair of surgery David C. Sabiston Jr., MD, and then-chair of medicine Joseph C. Greenfield, MD, co-founded the Duke Heart Center in 1987.

Dr. Califf is an adjunct professor of medicine in cardiology at Duke and the founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. It was a delight to have him and Reves back among us this week.

Shown here, L-R, are Drs. Manesh Patel, Dawn Coleman, Jerry Reves, Robert Califf, Carmelo Milano, Mihai Podgoreanu, and Joe Mathew.

If you were unable to join us for Cardiology Grand Rounds, a link to the recording can be found here: https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/9BYIAA/ (access requires a NET ID and passcode). A link to the Reves Lecture was not yet available.

Bleecker Named DUHS VP of Finance

Leigh Bleecker, MBA, MHA, has been promoted to Vice President of Finance for Duke University Health System. She assumes this role as she continues to serve as the Divisional Chief Financial Officer for Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital. The announcement was made Thursday, July 18 by Lisa Goodlett, senior VP and CFO, Treasurer of DUHS.

Since joining Duke in 2002, Leigh has made considerable contributions to the health system and is a visionary leader for our teams. Over the past 13 years, she has served as Assistant Vice President for Finance at DUHS and as Divisional Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Duke Raleigh. She has also served as Interim President of the Duke Raleigh campus twice. In 2023, her role at Duke Raleigh expanded to Duke Regional Hospital, making her CFO of the community hospital platform.

Congratulations, Leigh!

 

A New Addition to Duke Heart & Vascular Family

We are excited to share that we’ve added another new family member to our growing team! Rocky Matthew Davis was born on July 3rd, weighing 9lb 5oz. Rocky is the third child of Ashlee Davis and her husband, Matt Davis. Ashlee is chief technologist for the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit at Duke University Hospital. She and the baby are doing great and “Big brother Rex and big sister Goldie are in love!”

Congratulations to the Davis family – Rocky’s a cutie and we look forward to meeting him soon!

 

Kudos to Peds Heart Surgery Care Teams as our Heart Family Grows Again!

We received the following note from Adam Tulp, PA-C, co-team lead, Advanced Practice Providers for the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital, whose newborn son required care at Duke. He asked that we share his message with Pulse readers:

“My son, Patrick Tulp, was born on June 14 and admitted to the Pediatric Cardiology Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) immediately after birth for management of borderline Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He underwent a Norwood procedure with Drs. Doug Overbey and Joe Turek on June 19; transferred to Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Stepdown on July 3 and ultimately discharged home on July 9. My wife, Kelly, and I want to express our sincere gratitude to every staff member who cared for Patrick during this time. While this was definitely a difficult experience for our entire family, it was made easier by your care and support during his admission.

As I mentioned to many of you during his hospitalization, I am in awe of your ability to provide high-quality patient care for these tiny little humans… I’ll stick to much larger humans, myself. Our experience on the ‘other side of the bed rail’ was quite eye-opening for both Kelly and me. We have learned a great deal from each of you that we will carry forward in both our personal and professional lives.

Our sincere gratitude to all members of the PCICU, cardiac OR team, anesthesia team, stepdown, echocardiogram sonographers, PT/OT, speech therapy, pharmacy, nutrition, and many other members of the multidisciplinary team. Your professionalism, expertise, and kindness led to Patrick’s (relatively) uneventful recovery from surgery and ultimately allowed us to quickly bring him home to be reunited with his big sister, Amelia.” — Adam Tulp, PA-C

We have an amazing team at Duke. Great job to everyone and on behalf of the Heart & Vascular team, a big welcome to baby Patrick — we’re glad to have another new family member among our growing team!

 

Global IT Outage Update: Remain Vigilant Online

Duke’s IT team has been working tirelessly this weekend to restore systems following the global IT outages caused by a CrowdStrike update and we continue to make good progress toward restoring full functionality across the health system.

Though the outage itself is not the result of a cyber-attack, there is a growing risk of hackers exploiting the situation and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned of increased phishing and malicious activity. You are urged to use extreme caution as fake websites and phishing attempts are on the rise, pretending to be CrowdStrike support.

Examples of fake sites include:

  • crowdstrikebluescreen[.]com
  • crowdstrikefix[.]com

To protect yourself:

  • CrowdStrike will NOT contact you directly.
  • Only Duke IT will apply patches or fixes.
  • Duke IT will NEVER charge you to restore systems.
  • Duke IT staff will NOT ask for your password or sensitive information.
  • All official communication will come from an “@duke.edu” email address.

If you suspect a phishing attempt or have visited a suspicious site, contact the Duke Information Security Office (ISO) at security@duke.edu. Report suspicious emails using the “Report” button in your Duke email. Please remain vigilant.

Overall Functionality Update:

Duke continues to make good progress toward restoring full functionality across the hospital. All clinical systems appear to be online and functioning properly. As of Saturday afternoon:

  • Omnicell is now fully online.
  • PowerShare function has been restored.
  • HAIKU is operational on phones.
  • Overall functionality is at 80% for the ED and ICUs.
  • Remaining inpatient units are at 50% functionality.

The team is prioritizing work to restore functionality for ambulatory clinics by Monday morning. DHTS has access to all ambulatory clinics and should not need to contact staff for assistance.

DHTS is taking care of all updates to the Power Outage Issue Tracker; staff do not need to continue this work.

Action required:

  • Continue to escalate any concerns you may have about systems that should be on the priority list– as well as any system challenges or issues you continue to encounter – to your leaders.
  • Monitor your emails for the latest updates regarding the outage.

 

Additional information:

DHTS teams have been working throughout the weekend to bring more clinical computers online to regain full functionality. If you have an urgent issue, please call the Help Desk at 919-684-2243.

They will begin to address issues with impacted office computers – including team members who are working remotely – early next week.

For guidance on manual entry of data for the Maestro Care downtime, refer to the DUHS Downtime Procedure policy.

Thank you to everyone for the tremendous effort during this time to ensure safe clinical care for our patients. Your support and cooperation are greatly appreciated. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

 

Change in Move Plan for DUH 3100, 3200 & 7200

Several cardiovascular unit moves are scheduled for Duke University Hospital next week ahead of a planned 100 Tower refresh

The global IT outage and resulting Code Black on Friday involved extensive work by multiple disciplines, diverting team members from move preparations on 6100 to instead addressing the priority Code Black. As a result, CT Surgery DUH 3100 will move to 6100 on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. (prep work will occur on Monday) and DUH Units 3200 and 7200 (cardiology) will move to 7100 on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. 

Thanks to everyone for their efforts on Friday. We appreciate your patience as we conduct the unit relocations this week. Please call the Command Center at 919-681-6851 with any questions.

DUH, Duke Raleigh Earn GWTG Gold Awards

We are pleased to announce that both Duke University Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital have achieved the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Gold status awards with Target Honor Roll for the following areas:

Duke University Hospital:

  • Get With The Guidelines®-Coronary Artery Disease NSTEMI Gold with Target: Type 2 Diabetes
  • Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus
  • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

 

Duke Raleigh Hospital:

  • Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus
  • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

  

The awards are based on each hospital’s respective Get With The Guidelines data from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. 

Congratulations to all!

 

Cardiac Sonographers Present to DUSON NPs

Duke Heart cardiac sonographers Andrew, Naomi, and Danny shared their cardiac ultrasound expertise with cardiology nurse practitioner students last weekend at Duke University School of Nursing. Thanks to Midge Bowers for sharing with Pulse!

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health’s recruitment of Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, is well underway, but we are not yet at our goal! Won’t you join us?

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Qualtrics Update

The Duke Office of Information Technology announced this week that they had reached a pricing agreement with Qualtrics and that there is no longer a risk of disruption with the Duke University/DKU-wide Qualtrics license at the end of this calendar year. The new license covers the current volume of Qualtrics survey responses through Dec 31, 2029.

Who is covered under the new contract?

The contract that has been under negotiation includes users of the existing University and DKU service, as well as two other services used by the Health System:

  • Academic CoreXM (University/DKU)
  • Patient Experience (Duke Health)
  • Discover for Contact Centers DHAS & DPC Triage (Duke Health)

How do I know which survey tool is right for me?

The Office of Information Technology has developed a comparison chart to help Duke community members decide among various survey and forms tools – https://oit.duke.edu/help/articles/kb0037717.

For additional information, contact the OIT Service Management Team at survey-tools@duke.edu.

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our regular CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September. All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password are required. Enjoy!

 

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

July 24: Basics of Heart Failure with Stuart Russell. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 26: Wide Complex Tachycardias with Zak Loring. Noon, Zoom only.

July 31: Dyslipidemia with Nishant Shah. Noon, 2W96.

 

RFA: Duke CTSI CDA Program

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute CTSI Career Development Award Program (CDA) is now accepting applications. The Duke CTSI CDA provides skilled and personalized mentoring, a coordinated and tailored scientific and career development curriculum, and the opportunity to conduct clinical or translational (bench to bedside) research.  The CTSI CDA is particularly committed to increasing the diversity of the research workforce.  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Up to two Scholars will be awarded 75% total protected effort for 2 years, up to $20,000/year for research expenses, and up to $2,500/year for travel to professional meetings.  Funding will start in January 2025.  Applications are due September 9, 2024.

Individuals considering applying to the Duke CTSI CDA are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by August 1, 2024 via MyResearchProposal. For more information about the CTSI CDA and how to apply please visit: https://ctsi.duke.edu/career-development/duke-ctsi-cda.

For questions about the program, please email CTSI CDA Program Manager: Stephanie Molner, MSW, or one of the program directors:  Laura Svetkey, MD, MHS, Kimberly Johnson, MD, or Rasheed Gbadegesin, MBBS, MD.

 

New Faculty Orientation Dates Announced

October 22 & 23: 2024 School of Medicine Academic New Faculty Orientation, Trent Semans Center.

All faculty hired in the past three years are welcome to attend. While content specifically targets newer faculty, many topics apply to all faculty regardless of career stage. Registration is required. Questions? Contact the SOM Office for Faculty at facdev@dm.duke.edu.

 

Duke Heart Fall 2024 CME Courses

The following symposia will be held this fall:

October 12: Duke Cardiac Imaging Symposium at Trent Semans Center, 7:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Course directors are Drs. Sreekanth Vemulapalli and Anita Kelsey.

November 1: the 16th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium at Durham Convention Center, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Course directors are Dr. Terry Fortin and Dr. Jimmy Ford (of UNC).

Registration/landing pages are not yet available but will be shared in Pulse once they are. Questions? Contact Christy Darnell.

 

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. Submissions by Noon, on Wednesdays, will be considered for inclusion that weekend.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

July 10 — Harry Severance

Medpage Today

The Physician and Social Media: ‘To Be or Not to Be’ On?

July 10 — Elisabetta Politi

Everyday Health

Artificial Sweetener Xylitol Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

July 11 — Nina Nouhravesh

Everyday Health

The Last Word: Are Eggs Good (or Bad) for You?

July 11 — Michael Pencina and Mary Klotman

North Carolina Medical Journal

The Crucial Role of Academic Medical Centers in Preparing for the Future of Health AI

July 12 — Sreekanth Vemulapalli

tctMD

Valvular Heart Disease Has a Diversity Problem

July 15 — Duke University Hospital

Cardiovascular Business

The 25 best heart hospitals in the United States

July 15 — Nia Schwann Mitchell (Internal Medicine)

Heart.org

New cardiovascular risk tool could guide who needs medication for high blood pressure

July 16 — Duke University Hospital

U.S. News & World Report

America’s Best Hospitals: the 2024-2025 Honor Roll and Overview

July 16 — Duke University Hospital

Becker’s Healthcare

US News Best Hospitals 2024-25 Honor Roll

July 16 — Duke University Hospital

Business North Carolina

US News rates Duke as top N.C. hospital; ECU moves up to fifth

July 17 — William Kraus

The Grio

Stepping into wellness: How much can walking really improve your health?

July 18 — Monique Starks

CBS News

Emergency responders turning to drones to try to get people help faster

July 18 — Christina Cui (Vascular Surgery)

Vascular Specialist Online

Corner Stitch: Navigating pregnancy as a vascular surgery trainee

July 18 — Duke University Hospital

Becker’s Hospital Review

The best hospitals for cardiology, heart and vascular surgery in 2024: US News

 

 

 

 

Duke Heart Pulse — July 14, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – July 14, 2024

Chief’s message:  New Academic year, Heart and Vascular Service Line, and visiting JG Reves Lecture

Thanks for all the faculty and staff that have helped us get off to a great start of the new Academic Medicine year.  We have new residents and fellows in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and adult CT anesthesiology.  Today’s Pulse has several areas below highlighting some of these important groups in the Heart and Vascular service line including those graduating and joining our team.

We are also excited at this time of re-imagining the care of our patients with heart and vascular disease to have Dr. Robert M. Califf visiting this upcoming week to give the Heart Center Jerry Reves Lecture.  Jerry joined Duke in 1984 and held the following positions: Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Duke, founding director of the Duke Heart Center, and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. He left Duke in 2001 to become the Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).   He will be in attendance for the lecture.   Dr. Califf currently serves as the Commissioner of the FDA and has a long history in cardiovascular medicine at Duke and the DCRI.  He will be providing the two lectures below (one for cardiology grand rounds aimed as the individuals, and the Reves Lecture aimed at where we should be going as a group).  The talks, interactions and lectures should provide us with great opportunity to welcome our new residents and fellows and have these important conversations on where the field and work in cardiovascular medicine needs to go.  Please join us if you can.

Tuesday July 16th 5 pm: Duke North: Cardiology Grand Rounds: 

“The Cardiovascular Specialist in a Time of Decline in American Cardiometabolic Health”

Wednesday July 17th 7:00 AM J.G. Reves lecture – Trent Semens Great Hall :  

“What Should a Heart Center do in the Next Decade?”

Highlights of the week:

Congratulations to our Duke ACTS Graduating Fellows!

We are celebrating our 14 Duke Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (ACTA) Fellowship graduates this week. The ACTA fellowship is a year-long program for sub-specialized cardiac and thoracic anesthesiology training. Please join us in congratulating:  

 

 

 

 

Rushil Bose, MD, is now an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as Quality & Safety chief during his fellowship. His final project, Reducing Prolonged Ventilation after Cardiac Surgery: a Quality Improvement Project was presented during a poster presentation session at the 2024 Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (SCA), held in April. Negmeldeen Mamoun, MD served as his primary mentor.

Bryan Chow, MD, has joined the Duke Department of Anesthesiology as an assistant professor in the Critical Care Medicine division. As a fellow, he served as Recruitment and Outreach Chair. He presented two projects at the 2024 SCA — Pulmonary Artery Dissection after Pulmonary Artery Mass Excision during the Super Echo session (primary mentor Michael Cutrone, MD); and Interoperative Mannitol and Acute Kidney Injury in Lung Transplantation during the Best of Meeting Oral Abstracts session. Brandi Bottiger, MD, served as his primary mentor.

Jussle Lawrence Del Rosario has joined the faculty at Emory University as an assistant professor. His project, Perioperative Management of a Mediastinal Mass Causing Superior Vena Cava and Right Atrial Obstruction was presented at the 2024 SCA during the Fellow/Resident Complex Cases Session (primary mentor Yasmin Maisonave, MD); he also presented Comparison of Right Ventricular Function Assessment via Pre-Procedure Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) Versus Intra-op Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) in Adult Cardiac Surgical Patients during a SCA poster presentation. Anne Cherry, MD served as his primary mentor for that project.

Liliane Ernst, MD, has joined the faculty at Wake Forest University as an assistant professor in the Obstetric and Gynecologic Anesthesia section. Her project, Preexisting Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnancy are Associated with Increased Severe Maternal Morbidity: A Retrospective Cohort Study was presented last October during the 8th annual Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy (CPP) Congress which was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Ernst presented her research during the Siu Family Young Investigator Competition Session.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Garrigan, MD has joined the faculty of the University of Kansas as an assistant professor focused on Critical Care Medicine. Ethan served as the Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) Quality Representative during the fellowship. He presented his project, Healthcare Resource Cost Utilization in Surgery for Advanced Heart Failure during the poster presentation session of the 2024 SCA. Sharon McCartney, MD served as his primary mentor.

Ryan Gessouroun, MD has joined the Duke Department of Anesthesiology faculty as an assistant professor in the General, Vascular and Transplant (GVT) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Service divisions. He presented his project, Intraoperative Transvalvular Gradients Following Aortic Valve Replacement: Do They Matter? during a poster session at the 2024 SCA. His primary mentor is Michael Cutrone, MD.

Craig Grosshuesch, MD is now a faculty member at the University of North Carolina as an assistant professor. He presented two projects at the 2024 SCA. Not a Coronary Button Problem: Acute Left Anterior Descending Myocardial Infarction after the Bentall Procedure was presented during the Fellow/Resident Complex Cases session while Preoperative Anemia in Lung Transplant Recipients: Understanding Prevalence, Risk and Outcomes was presented during the Best of Meeting Oral Abstracts session. Angela Pollak, MD served as his primary mentor.

Sophie Higgins, MD, is continuing her training – she has entered the Duke Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine fellowship. She presented her project, Mitral Valve Replacement following Unsuccessful MitraClip during the Fellow/Resident Complex Cases session at the 2024 SCA. Angela Pollak, MD, served as her primary mentor.

Jason Liao, MD, has taken a position as a cardiac anesthesiologist with Northstar Anesthesia at Inova Fairfax Hospital in VA. He served as the GME Committee Representative during his fellowship. He presented his project, Pulmonary Hypertension in Pregnancy: A Single Center Case Series of 13 Pregnancies during a poster presentation at the 2024 SCA. Marie-Louise Meng, MD served as his primary mentor.

Jason Pang, MD has taken a position as a cardiac anesthesiologist at U.S. Anesthesia Partners in Houston. He presented Preoperative Predictors of Acute Kidney Injury in Cardiac Surgery during a poster presentation at the 2024 SCA. Negmeldeen Mamoun, MD served as his primary mentor.

Rodrigo Pereira, MD, has taken a cardiac anesthesiologist position with UnityPoint Health in Waterloo, IA.

Katherine Sun, MD, has joined the Duke Department of Anesthesiology as an associate professor in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and the GVT divisions. She served as Administrative Chief during her fellowship. She presented Right Ventricle-Pulmonary Artery Coupling as a Predictor of Major Organ Morbidity and Mortality after Cardiac Surgery during the Best of Meeting Oral Abstracts Session, which earned her an Early Career Investigator Award. Her primary mentor is Alina Nicoara, MD.

Marina Tumino, MD, is now a partner at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Harrisburg, PA. She served as Academic Chief during her fellowship. She presented Pain Trajectories Comparing Thoracic Epidural Analgesia, Erector Spinae Plane Block, Intercostal Nerve Block, and Medical Management after Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgical Lobectomy during the Best of Meeting Oral Abstracts session at the 2024 SCA. Rebecca Klinger, MD served as her primary mentor.

Miguel Yaport, MD has joined the Duke Department of Anesthesiology faculty as an assistant professor in the Critical Care Medicine division. He presented Group-specific morbidity in pregnant patients with Pulmonary Hypertension during a poster presentation at the 2024 SCA. His primary mentor is Marie Louise Meng, MD. At the same meeting, on behalf of Liliane Ernst, he presented Trends in Management Among Pregnant Patients with Pre-existing Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter: A Retrospective Study Using the Premier Healthcare Database. Dr. Meng served as Ernst’s primary mentor for that project.

Here are some photos representing their ACTA training year at Duke:

Congratulations to all!

 

New ACTA Fellows Starting July & August 2024

Please join us in welcoming our new class of Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology fellows who joined us on July 1:

  • Brian Barron joined us from Duke
  • Ryan Best is from the University of British Columbia
  • Andrea Rivero is from Mayo Clinic- Jacksonville
  • Kevin Merola joined us from Duke
  • Monica Arndt has come to us from Yale
  • Jessica Liu joined us from Duke; she will serve as Administrative Chief
  • Thomas Bunning is also from Duke
  • Yen Yen Gee is from the University of Chicago
  • Blake Winston is from Tulane
  • Sherman Yu is from the University of Chicago
  • Drew Phillips has come to us from the University of Kansas-Wichita
  • Adam Lepkowsky is from Case Western

Joining us on August 1 are Matthew Stiles, coming from Penn State, and EJ Collins who is joining us from the University of Florida.

Photos of the new fellows are not yet available. Once the CTA team has them, we’ll share them here in Pulse.

Please give all of our ACTA trainees a warm welcome!

 

Daemar Jones Joins as Vascular Surgery Trainee

Daemar Jones, MD, a recent graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, has joined our Vascular Surgery training program as a Vascular Integrated PGY-1 resident.

Welcome to Duke, Daemar!

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Vax Not Associated with Kidney Disease in Black Adults at High Risk

Using data from studies based at Duke Kannapolis, researchers found that COVID vaccination was not associated with new onset of APOL1-related kidney disease in African American adults who were at high risk for the condition.

CTSI’s Duke Kannapolis research site is part of the new Center for Precision Health. The COVID vaccination research used data from the MURDOCK Study, led by cardiologist Svati Shah, MD, MHS, and the Duke APOL1 Study, led by Opeyemi Olabisi, MD.

Read the full paper here.

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health’s recruitment of Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, is well underway, but we are not yet at our goal! Won’t you join us?

Manesh Patel

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole  or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial, but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Special CGR with FDA Commissioner Califf

 July 16: The Cardiovascular Specialist in a Time of Decline in American Cardiometabolic Health with Robert Califf, MD, Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. 5 p.m., 2002 Duke North and via Zoom.

Our regular CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

 

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

July 17: Malignant Hypertension with Nishant Shah. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 19: LVAD Basics with Richa Agarwal. Noon, Zoom only.

July 24: Basics of Heart Failure with Stuart Russell. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 26: Wide Complex Tachycardias with Zak Loring. Noon, Zoom only.

July 31: Dyslipidemia with Nishant Shah. Noon, 2W96.

 

New Faculty Orientation Dates Announced

October 22 & 23: 2024 School of Medicine Academic New Faculty Orientation, Trent Semans Center.

All faculty hired in the past three years are welcome to attend. While content specifically targets newer faculty, many topics apply to all faculty regardless of career stage. Registration is required. Questions? Contact the SOM Office for Faculty at facdev@dm.duke.edu.

 

Duke Heart Fall 2024 CME Courses

The following symposia will be held this fall:

October 12: Duke Cardiac Imaging Symposium at Trent Semans Center, 7:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Course directors are Drs. Sreekanth Vemulapalli and Anita Kelsey.

November 1: the 16th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium at Durham Convention Center, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Course directors are Dr. Terry Fortin and Dr. Jimmy Ford (of UNC).

Registration/landing pages are not yet available but will be shared in Pulse once they are. Questions? Contact Christy Darnell.

 

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

July 5 — Duke University Hospital

98.7 FM, Black Information Network

4 North Carolina Hospitals Named Among The ‘Best Hospitals’ In America

July 6 — Sarah Snow

Health Central

What Is Peripartum Cardiomyopathy?

*updates a 12/23 article

July 8 — Joe Turek

Boston Globe

First partial heart transplant in New England helps 4-year-old boy: ‘Jack was in the right hands’ (links to PDF)

July 8 — Marat Fudim

Health Central

The Four Stages of Congestive Heart Failure

*updates a 12/23 article

July 9 — Jonathan Piccini

Health Central

How Cardioversion Can Help Your Heart

*updates a 4/24 article

July 12 — Daniel Edmonston (nephrology)

Cardiology Advisor/Health Day News

Few With Type 2 Diabetes Receive Guideline-Recommended CKD Screening

Link to study: https://duke.is/n/uhy7

 

Duke Heart Pulse — July 7, 2024

Chief’s message: Academic year Transition

Our Duke Heart group continued the Academic year transitions.  In this weeks edition of the Pulse you will find updates from our CT surgical groups end of year gathering.  Congratulations to the award winners in the training program and CT surgery faculty.  We also welcome in our new CT surgery residents.  Additionally, we had our new cardiology fellows completing orientation this weekend with 4 days packed with didactic talks, practical management approaches, simulation lab training, and CICU bootcamp.  I was lucky enough to be able to stop by on weekend call to see them and welcome them to the group.  Told them time goes by fast and there maybe times when they are “drinking from the fire hose,” but the key to the fellowship years is to appreciate the moments, colleagues, and opportunities that they get as they will be gaining skills and forming lifetime friends and memories. 

In the upcoming weeks we will be celebrating our Vascular Surgery Residents and Cardiac Anesthesia in-coming residents.

Highlights of the week:

CTS Gathering Celebrates Graduating Residents, Academic Achievement

Our graduating cardiovascular & thoracic surgery trainees were celebrated on Saturday, June 22 at The Cotton Room in Durham.

Congratulations to Drs. Muath Bishawi, Alejandro Murillo-Berlioz, Aaron Williams, Adam  Shoffner, and Zach Fitch (Fitch officially completes training at the end of July; his plans will be announced in a few weeks).

We are pleased to share:

  • Aaron Williams, MD is taking an academic faculty position in cardiothoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
  • Muath Bishawi, MD, PhD, MPH is taking an academic faculty position in cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
  • Alejandro Murillo-Berlioz, MD is entering private practice in cardiothoracic surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Adam Shoffner, MD, PhD, is heading into a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

 

The graduating CTS chief residents and Jacob Schroder, MD, recipient of the inaugural Thomas D’Amico Teaching Award — the Division of CT Surgery’s new faculty award — are shown here. (L-R are Drs. Bishawi, Williams, Schroder, Fitch, and Murillo-Berlioz). Congrats, Jacob!!

The evening included the annual presentation of awards for academic achievement which go to those receiving the highest scores on the in-training exam. Congrats to (L-R) Drs. Andrew Vekstein, Rebekah Boyd, Alejandro Murillo-Berlioz, and Neel Probhu. Also receiving the academic achievement award was Dr. Vignesh Raman, who is not pictured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Aaron, Muath, Alejandro, and Adam for completing your Duke training, and to Zach who will finish very soon. Each of you will be missed! We look forward to watching your careers continue to blossom!

 

Newest Trainees for Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Please join us in welcoming three of our newest trainees to their training programs within CTS. They joined us on July 1:

Dr. Navarette-Welton

Allison Navarrete-Welton, MD has joined us from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. She is starting the six-year Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program.

Juliann Kosovec, MD, and Lillian Kang, MD recently completed their general surgery training at Duke and, as part of the Joint General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, are entering their thoracic surgery training with our CT surgery team.  

Welcome Allison, Juliann, and Lillian – we are pleased to have you with us!

We will welcome seven additional cardiovascular and thoracic surgery (CTS) residents and fellows over the coming months. Next week: We will celebrate the graduating and incoming trainees for cardiac anesthesia and vascular surgery.

 

Duke Heart Grows By One!

We are thrilled to share the newest addition to the Duke Heart family. Please join us in welcoming Beck Allen Kusner, 8 lbs., 1 oz, who arrived on Friday! Congratulations to his parents, Jon and Mary Cate Kusner. Jon is a first-year cardiology fellow.

He’s adorable and we can’t wait to meet him!

 

Kudos to McDermott

Allison Lindgren shared a terrific note she received this week regarding cardiology nurse practitioner, Jamie McDermott:

“Hi Allison, I really wanted to make sure someone in your leadership team was aware of a situation that evolved over the past week in which Jaime McDermott went absolutely above and beyond to ensure that a patient was able to get what they needed.

The patient was admitted who is not one of our LVADs (patient is followed by Prisma Health in South Carolina) but fell and broke a leg while visiting family in NC. The whole thing turned into an absolute mess and Jaime spearheaded coordinating everything to ensure they would be safe, comfortable and could have their pain managed well at home. There were times that the patient was difficult yet Jaime approached them in a gentle but firm way that opened the door for fruitful conversation about their overall plan of care. She listened to the patient’s concerns making them feel heard and understood. She spent hours figuring out how to get the patient their needed prescriptions, (patient has SC Medicaid and we couldn’t fill medications via a NC pharmacy.) She coordinated with the Prisma team, the family of the patient (and me) beautifully to ensure that a safe discharge plan was created, including multiple bedside meetings with the patient.

I love all of the APPs that we work with and I always feel that they have the patient’s best interest in mind and do the best they can for all patients, but I was truly impressed by how well Jaime handled this impossibly complicated situation with care and I did not want it to go unnoticed! She is patient, dedicated, knowledgeable, and an exceptional problem solver and is truly an asset to our team.

Thank you for everything y’all do.”Riley Yang, Clinical Social Worker & Transplant Case Manager, Advanced Heart Failure Therapies, Duke Transplant Center

Amazing work, Jaime!!!

 

2024 AANP Annual Meeting  

The 2024 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference was held last weekend (June 25-June 30) in Nashville, TN and we had excellent representation from Duke Heart. Presenters included Callie Tennyson, Allison Dimsdale, and Midge Bowers.

Bowers was a speaker during the seminar entitled “The Intersection of Cardiac, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease and Lipids in Cardiometabolic Disease.”

Tennyson presented Cardiorenal Syndrome: A Love Story during the Cardiorenal Syndrome Updates session.

Dimsdale presented during several sessions including, “Chronic Coronary Disease and Strategies for Tackling Dizziness”. 

Great job!

 

 

 

 

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health’s recruitment of Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, is well underway, but we are not yet at our goal! Won’t you join us?

Manesh Patel

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial, but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Duke Heart Fall 2024 CME Courses

The following symposia will be held this fall:

October 12: Duke Cardiac Imaging Symposium at Trent Semans Center, 7:55am-3:30pm. Course directors are Drs. Sreekanth Vemulapalli and Anita Kelsey.

November 1: the 16th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium at Durham Convention Center, 8:00 a.m. – 3:15p.m. Course directors are Dr. Terry Fortin and Dr. Jimmy Ford (of UNC).

Registration/landing pages are not yet available, but will be shared in Pulse once they are. Questions? Contact Christy Darnell.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

 

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

July 10: Rapid Fire ECG with Neil Friedman. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 12: Management of NSTEMI with Jennifer Rymer. Noon, Zoom only.

July 17: Malignant Hypertension with Nishant Shah. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 19: LVAD Basics with Richa Agarwal. Noon, Zoom only.

July 24: Basics of Heart Failure with Stuart Russell. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 26: Wide Complex Tachycardias with Zak Loring. Noon, Zoom only.

July 31: Dyslipidemia with Nishant Shah. Noon, 2W96.

 

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

June 26 — Jonathan Piccini

Health Central

Why Your Heart Beats Faster When You Bend Over and Stand Up

June 28 – Adrian Hernandez

American Heart Association/newsroom

What might the next century hold for cardiovascular disease prevention and care?

June 29 – Duke University Health System (Monique Starks/AED, drone delivery)

Fox 8 News/WGHP (Greensboro, NC)

Forsyth County to use drones in medical emergencies, sheriff’s office says

July 5 — Adrian Hernandez

Japan Today

What might next 100 years hold for cardiovascular disease prevention and care?

Duke Heart Pulse — June 30, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – June 30, 2024

Chief’s message: Welcome to the New Academic Year

Each year as the Academic year ends we have the bittersweet work of saying goodbye to finishing residents and fellows and welcoming in the new learners.  This is a time of excitement and work to ensure we can welcome our new partners to Duke Heart (cardiology, CT surgery, Anesthesia, and Vascular Surgery).  We want to especially thank our faculty and fellows/fellowship leaders who spend the upcoming weeks ensuring we get these teams off on the right foot.

So this week in the Pulse you will see lots of end of year celebrations and some of the young stars joining our team. If you worry about the state of healthcare and future of Cardiovascular Medicine, I would say seeing the people we have the honor of working with, train, and graduate from our programs should give you some confidence in where Duke CV and the Health are going.

Highlights of the week:

Jones to serve as Rawson Director

Schuyler Jones

Congratulations to interventional cardiologist W. Schuyler Jones, MD, director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Duke. He will serve as the Endowed Kent and Siri Rawson Director for Advanced Coronary Artery Disease in the Duke Heart Center, a position last held by Magnus Ohman, MD. To be appointed the honor requires the recipient to be a clinical physician in the Duke University Health System (DUHS), a faculty member in the Duke School of Medicine, and a scholar of excellence in Advanced Coronary Artery Disease.

The announcement was made by Dr. Craig Albanese, chief executive officer of DUHS, in a letter to Jones adding, “Endowed directorships are an incredibly high honor that Duke bestows on its faculty members and you are fully deserving of this honor.”

The Directorship Endowment is made possible through the generosity of the Rawson family of Belleair, FL. E. Kent Rawson, an engineer originally from Scranton, PA, was a renowned expert and industry leader in commercial HVAC systems and manufacturing. His career began with service in the U.S. Marine Corps and then blossomed in commercial HVAC sales. Rawson founded Environmental Technologies, Inc. in the Tampa Bay area and led it for nearly 30 years before retiring. He and his wife, Siri Rawson, established the Rawson Charitable Foundation, Inc., which she now leads. Mr. Rawson died in 2013.

“It truly is an honor to serve as the Rawson Director and nice to be recognized for the interventional cardiology work being done in the cath lab,” said Jones. “The directorship endowment supports the progress that has taken place within the Duke Cardiac Catheterization Lab over the last few years, and I am deeply grateful.”

The directorship serves to bolster operational leadership efforts and support further development of what can be offered in Duke’s catheterization lab — including new procedures and those that have not typically occurred there. It also supports research and discovery efforts to bring new devices and technology to our patients, further enhancing our ability to care for those with advanced coronary artery disease.

Congrats and well-deserved, Schuyler!

Welcome the Newest Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

Our newest Duke Heart team members have arrived to begin training with us this week. Please give a warm welcome to our Cardiovascular Disease Year-1 fellows:

Tess Allan, Cosette Champion, Vincent Delgado, Jemi Galani, Hubert Haywood, Mugdha JoshiJonathan Kusner, Hannah Schwennesen, Nishkala Shivakumar, and Josh Sink.

Year-End Gatherings Celebrate Finishing Fellows

The remainder of our advanced training fellowships held their year-end dinners this past week.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease fellowship team celebrated Toi Spates, MD on Monday evening, June 24 with a dinner at Rooftop at the Durham Hotel. Spates’ husband, Dan Koback, and their beautiful baby boy were on hand for the fun. Toi is heading to Providence, RI to join the cardiology faculty at Rhode Island Hospital.

 

 

Congratulations, Toi!

 

On Tuesday evening, June 25, the finishing Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology fellows were celebrated with a dinner at Hawthorne and Wood.

  • Karen Flores Rosario, MD will join the Duke Heart faculty in August
  • Josephine Harrington, MD is joining the faculty of the University of Colorado, Aurora
  • Anthony Peters, MD is heading to Atrium Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC.

Shown L-R are: Brandon Sheridan and Karen Rosario Flores, MD; Ashley and Anthony Peters, MD; fellowship program coordinator, Brianna Small; Josephine Harrington, MD, and Drs. Adam DeVore, Chet Patel, and Richa Agarwal.

Congratulations, Karen, Anthony, and Joey!!

The Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart fellowships celebrated with their end-of-year dinner at Rooftop at the Durham Hotel on Friday evening, June 28. Our completing IC fellows are:

  • Alyssa Corley, MD who is heading into private practice at Southern Oregon Cardiology in Medford, OR
  • Todd Looney, MD who is entering military practice at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Liberty, NC
  • Sameer Prasada, MD who is joining the faculty of UNC Chapel Hill.

The annual Warren S. and Gloria R. Newman Fellowship in Cardiology award was presented to Sameer Prasada.

Our completing Structural Heart fellow is:

  • Ezequiel “Zeke” Munoz, MD who is heading to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN

Congratulations, Alyssa, Todd, Sameer, and Zeke!

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship program held their year-end dinner on Friday, June 21 at the Rooftop at the Durham Hotel. Completing fellows include: 

  • Kelly Arps, MD is joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Navid Nafissi, MD is joining the practice at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC
  • Francis Ugowe, MD is joining the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC
L-R: Nafissi, Ugowe, and Arps

Congratulations, Kelly, Navid, and Francis!

All of you will be missed! Please stay in touch. Next week: a celebration of our graduating cardiovascular and thoracic surgery trainees.

 

Kudos to Goodwin!

Nate Goodwin, MD

Program Director Anna Lisa Chamis received a great note this week regarding cardiology fellow, Nate Goodwin.

“Nathan did an excellent job today in the ECHO lab. We had 16 procedures today, most of which were TEE. Nathan diligently and efficiently did all this. His TEE skills are excellent. We had some complex valve cases, and I did not need to help him with anything. Another thing I observed with him today is that after the procedure, he calls the primary team and delivers the message. This shows his professionalism and work ethic. Even at 7 p.m. today he asked thoughtful questions, showing his interest in learning. We are very fortunate to have him.” — Regards, Bharathi Upadhya, MD

Nicely done and way to go, Nate!

2024 AAHFN Annual Meeting

The 20th annual American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) meeting was held June 19-22, 2024 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL.

Duke Heart was well represented in planning the annual meeting and with speakers during session presentations!

  • Allison Fox, CNS, assisted in the development and execution of simulation sessions. 
  • Steve Greene, MD was a speaker and panelist.
  • Stephanie Barnes, a member of AAHFN’s Board of Directors, served on the overall planning committee for the meeting, and as chair of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Hands-On Pre-conference session. She was also a presenter.

Solid work!

Duke HF Nurses Help Author, Edit Newly Published Book

Several Duke Heart team members contributed to the newly published Heart Failure Nursing Certification Core Curriculum Review (Revised 3rd edition). Stephanie Barnes is an editor and chapter author. Midge Bowers and Jaime McDermott contributed as chapter authors.

This is a comprehensive guide for all nurses who provide care to patients with heart failure. Using the most recent guidelines and evidence-based data, the Core Curriculum Review 3rd edition outlines the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care for heart failure patients. This is the official study guide for the AAHFN Heart Failure Nurses Certification Exam.

Congratulations to all!

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health’s recruitment of Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, is well underway, but we are not yet at our goal! Won’t you join us?

Manesh Patel

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial, but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Digital Heart Campaign

Duke Heart is launching a new direct-to-consumer digital awareness campaign focused on heart health and access to Duke Heart. Potential patients in our primary market area – including the counties of Alamance, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, and Wake – will see and hear ads including banner, video, native, streaming TV, and audio. Potential patients will be directed to Heart care pages on DukeHealth.org to help them schedule an appointment. This campaign will run through September.

DUH Valet Parking Increase

The cost for valet parking at Duke University Hospital is increasing to $14 (from $12) starting Monday, July 1, 2024. The price change will be in effect for all valet locations:

  • Duke North
  • Duke South
  • Duke Medicine Pavilion
  • Cancer Center
  • Eye Center

New signage reflecting this change will be posted this weekend.

Improving DHIP’s Onboarding Process

In an effort to streamline the onboarding process and facilitate a smooth transition to Duke Health within a team member’s first 90 days, onboarding guides will be available for leaders and new team members beginning tomorrow, July 1.

Leaders who are onboarding and welcoming new team members should utilize the onboarding guide to set clear expectations. This will ensure new team members are empowered and prepared for their new career at Duke Health. A short video about these guides is available on Vimeo.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

New Duke Heart CME Course Dates Announced

The following symposia will be held this fall:

October 12: Duke Cardiac Imaging Symposium at Trent Semans Center, 7:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Course directors are Drs. Sreekanth Vemulapalli and Anita Kelsey.

November 1: the 16th Annual NC Research Triangle Pulmonary Hypertension Symposium at Durham Convention Center, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Course directors are Dr. Terry Fortin and Dr. Jimmy Ford (of UNC).

Registration/landing pages are not yet available, but will be shared in Pulse once they are. Questions? Contact Christy Darnell.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password are required for access. Enjoy!

 

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

*No cardiology core conference lectures this week. Happy July 4th!*

July 10: Rapid Fire ECG with Neil Friedman. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 12: Management of NSTEMI with Jennifer Rymer. Noon, Zoom only.

July 17: Malignant Hypertension with Nishant Shah. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 19: LVAD Basics with Richa Agarwal. Noon, Zoom only.

July 24: Basics of Heart Failure with Stuart Russell. Noon, DMP 2W96.

July 26: Wide Complex Tachycardias with Zak Loring. Noon, Zoom only.

July 31: Dyslipidemia with Nishant Shah. Noon, 2W96.

 

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

Duke Heart in the News:

June 21 — Nishant Shah

tctMD

Bariatric Surgery Reduces Hard Events in Obese Patients With Sleep Apnea

June 25 — Aferdita Spahillari

Euro.dayfr.com

Quadruple therapy favored by accelerated remote titration

June 25 — Manesh Patel

Becker’s Hospital Review

Duke Health launches cardiology AI testing lab

June 25 — Nishant Shah

tctMD

Weight-Loss Drug Tirzepatide Reduces Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

June 26 — Belal Suleiman, Nkiru Osude and David Elliott

CardioNerds

Podcast 378 — Case Report: Severe Mitral Paravalvular Regurgitation Complicated by Hemolytic Anemia

June 26 — Camille Frazier-Mills

News & Observer

Heat-related illness is common for those with chronic conditions. Learn from my mistakes.

(subscription required; please email Tracey for a PDF)

June 27 — Sreekanth Vemulapalli

tctMD

Undiagnosed Valvular Heart Disease Prevalent in Older Adults

Duke Heart Pulse – June 23, 2024

Highlights of the week:

Cardiology Fellows Celebrated at Year-End Gathering

Our Cardiovascular Disease (CD) Fellowship program year-end dinner was held on Saturday evening, June 22 at the

Dr. Paula Rambarat

University Club in Durham. The evening celebrated all those wrapping up their CD Fellowship training, including our outgoing chief fellow, Dr. Joe Lerman

Our incoming chief fellow, Dr. Paula Rambarat, was celebrated as well.

Graduating CD Fellows include:

Willard N. Applefeld, MD, is joining the Duke Heart faculty in Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, Echocardiography, and Pulmonary Vascular Disease.

Mohammad Shahzeb Khan, MBBS, MSc, is heading to Baylor Scott and White Research Institute and Baylor Heart Hospital Plano & Dallas, TX.

Joseph Lerman, MD, is moving into Duke’s Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship.

Dan Loriaux, MD, is moving into Duke’s Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Dennis Narcisse, MD, MS, is moving into Duke’s Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Balim Senman, MD, is moving into Duke’s Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, which will be followed by Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Ilya Y. Shadrin, MD, PhD, is moving into Duke’s Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship.

Sara Snow, MD, MS, is joining the Duke Heart faculty — she’ll specialize in Cardio-obstetrics, Imaging, and General Cardiology

Congrats to each of you (photos below!)!

The evening also included the annual presentation of the 2024 Cardiology Awards. Our Fellows select the winners in several award and recognition categories, including:

The Outstanding Service Award is given to hospital staff who demonstrate dedication to and excellence in fellow education. The co-recipients this year are Monique Conway, Pharm D, and Jody Holm, RN, BSN.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bashore Faculty Teaching Award is given to a faculty member demonstrating dedication and excellence in teaching. This year, the award was presented to Anita Kelsey, MD, MBA.

Anita Kelsey
Dr. Thomas Bashore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fellow Mentorship Award is given to a faculty member demonstrating dedication and excellence in mentoring fellows’ careers. This year, the awardee is Schuyler Jones, MD, MHS.

Dr. W. Schuyler Jones and Dr. Dennis Narcisse

The Walter F. Floyd Award is presented to a fellow demonstrating the most outstanding clinical skills and acumen. This year, the fellows selected Belal Suleiman, MD.

Dr. Belal Suleiman

The following awards are made possible through the generosity of Duke philanthropic donors:

The Joseph G. Greenfield Award is annually awarded to a fellow demonstrating excellence, dedication, and contributions to research. This year’s awardee is Joe Lerman, MD.

Dr. Joe Lerman

The Cassell-Saperstein Award is presented to a fellow demonstrating a commitment to teaching and a passion for clinical education. This year’s awardee is Sarah Snow, MD, MS.

Dr. Cary Ward and Dr. Sarah Snow

The Brandt and Belinda Louie Award is awarded to a fellow demonstrating excellence in all three missions of Duke Heart (clinical, education, and research). This year’s awardee is Willard Applefeld, MD.

Dr. Willard Applefeld

The fellows also recognized a perennial favorite —  interventionalist Dr. Mike Sketch.

 

Additional year-end dinners are being held to celebrate our graduating Electrophysiology, Structural, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Interventional, and Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellows, and our completing trainees in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. We will celebrate all of them in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all of our incredible fellows – all 44 of you – for a terrific year. You’re a big part of what makes our team special and it is a pleasure to watch you develop as clinicians, educators, and researchers during your training at Duke!

Once again, congrats to our graduating CD fellows:

 

Shout-out to Upadhya!

Bharathi Upadhya

Anna Lisa Chamis shared the following message this week from one of our cardiology fellows regarding cardiology faculty member, Bharathi Upadhya.

“I wanted to give a shout-out to Bharathi Upadhya for being a great teacher to interns and fellows, for the love and compassion she shows to patients at the bedside, and for creating a comfortable learning environment. We need more Bharathi’s in this world.”Ivan Nenadic Wood

She is a shining light! Way to go, Bharathi!

 

 

 

Online Safety Update: ‘Microsoft Report’ Replacing ‘Report Phish’ Button

Duke OIT has announced that the “Report Phish to Duke” button we use in Outlook to thwart phishing attacks will no longer be available starting tomorrow, Monday, June 24, 2024.

The button is being replaced in Outlook with a somewhat obscure-looking button for “Microsoft Report.” Going forward, all members of the Duke community can report phishing and junk email by using this new button in any Outlook client (PC, Mac, web, or mobile).

Thousands of malicious emails are sent daily to Duke accounts so all of us need to be aware of this change in our email platform, as reporting phishing attempts is crucial to protecting Duke community members from online attacks.

Expect to see an email tomorrow about this change. To learn more please visit https://duke.is/j/c7zn.

 

Copilot for Microsoft 365 Licenses Available

Duke Health is wrapping up the early assessment phase of Copilot for Microsoft 365. Thank you to all who participated in testing and helping to evaluate the potential of generative AI in the work we do. 

Copilot licenses are now available for Duke Health team members at $27 per user per month, with all purchases requiring a fund code. Please note that those who participated in the early assessment phase must purchase their Copilot licenses by July 12, 2024, to retain access.

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health’s recruitment of Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, is well underway, but we are not yet at our goal! Won’t you join us?

Manesh Patel

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial, but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Thank you for Culture Pulse Participation

Drs. Craig Albanese and Mary E. Klotman shared a message with Duke Health team members this week regarding Culture Pulse:

“Thank you for sharing your voices through our Culture Pulse survey – we are pleased to have heard from more than 63 percent of you. Culture Pulse surveys are one of the listening strategies we have employed throughout Duke Health to help us identify areas of opportunity and celebrate the positive momentum we’ve made as an organization and within our teams.

First, we want to note our progress in creating a culture of respect and belonging throughout Duke Health. The freedom to be our authentic selves and to connect with colleagues about shared life experiences are key to our culture of belonging. This work will continue throughout our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives, including affinity/employee resource groups and focused work on inclusive leadership training.

We also saw collective improvements in the commitment our colleagues feel when it comes to working at Duke Health.  We learned that our culture is enhancing team members’ feelings about Duke Health as a workplace, including feeling safe when they come to work. Each one of us contributes to our culture, and we celebrate that a majority of respondents would like to be working at Duke Health three years from now.

The survey also showed us which areas we need to tackle. Many of our colleagues are experiencing some level of burnout in the years since the pandemic began. We also learned that communication breakdowns are common when work units interact with other work units. We will work together to focus on meeting these challenges.

What does this mean for you, as a Duke Health employee? Leaders across each of our entities – Health System, School of Medicine and School of Nursing – are reviewing the results and will work collaboratively to identify opportunities and align improvements with work that is already happening day-to-day. Please share your ideas with your leaders so we can create change together.

Your voice matters. These survey results will shape the work we’re doing together over the coming year. We would like to conduct another survey in six months to see if we are on the right track. We hope you will continue to share your voice as we work together to Put People First, Be Clear and Empower, and Adapt to Improve.”

On behalf of Duke Heart leadership, thank you to all team members who took time to respond to this survey. It makes a difference!

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • June is Pride Month

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

June 26: Returning Fellow Orientation with Anna Lisa Chamis. Noon, Zoom only.

June 28: No Core Curriculum Conference.

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

Duke Heart in the News:

June 18 — Adrian Hernandez

Circulation/CV Quality and Outcomes

Everything, Everywhere All at Once: Evidence Generation and Implementation in the Digital Age

June 20 — Jennifer Green (Endocrinology/DCRI)

Healio/Cardiology Today

Liraglutide better at preventing heart outcomes vs. three other glucose-lowering therapies

Duke Heart Pulse — June 16, 2024

Chief’s message:

Happy Father’s Day!

I hope this Father’s Day weekend you all get to spend some time with your father and your loved ones.   It takes a village to raise children, and we hope you got to reflect on the impact your family and father had on your life.  It’s notable in these changing times how these types of holidays have served as important moments to reflect and appreciate those in our lives.

Jim Valvano, the late great NC state coach famously said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”   This is one of the most important gifts that I believe parents and fathers can give their kids – a sense of security, grit, and belief that they can do anything they put their hearts and minds towards.  In fact, mixed with some humility, humor, and perseverance, my father made me believe that with consistent effort and work – you can do anything.  This was not just in words, but often actions and work that we could see would help our family and our community.  Now, we are blessed to have our kids get to spend time with grandparents and directly see and get these lessons.  So, hope you all have a Happy Father’s Day and celebrate all those in your life that loved you in this way.

 

ACSM 2024: Duke Highlights

Duke Health was very well-represented at the 2024 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, held May 28-31 in Boston. Several members of our Duke Health and Exercise Research Trials team, based at the Duke Center for Living campus and part of the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI), gave a number of presentations and abstracts which resulted in a lively and highly engaging team experience. The Health & Exercise Research Trials team is led by Bill Kraus, MD, the Richard and Pat Johnson University Distinguished Professor and professor of medicine in cardiology, and Kim Huffman, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in rheumatology and immunology.

Cardiology faculty member Leanna Ross, PhD, and Katie Collins, PhD, a medical instructor in Population Health Sciences at Duke presented a session entitled, “Embracing Individual Variability to Optimize Precision Exercise Medicine – from Molecules to Behavior.” Ross was also an invited panelist for a session honoring the legacy of her late doctoral mentor and physical activity/exercise science pioneer, Dr. Steven Blair (University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and the Cooper Institute). 

Christopher Vann, PhD, postdoctoral scholar with DMPI, presented a session with Monica Hubal, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Indianapolis discussing, “Integrative Omics: Molecular Drivers of Exercise Benefits.”

Brian Coyne, M. Ed, associate in research with DMPI, participated in a panel discussion of “Clinical Exercise Physiologist Professionalization Efforts – Growth & Practice Area Perspectives.”

Brian Andonian, MD, assistant professor of medicine in rheumatology and immunology and member of DMPI, presented a poster on “Impaired Physical Function and Altered Muscle Biomechanical Properties in Patients with Early Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Group photo of members of Duke Health team attending ASCM 2024
L-R: Brian Coyne, Katie Collins. Leanna Ross, Garrett Moseley, Grace Kim, Bill Kraus, Alyssa Sudnick, and Johanna Johnson

Third-year medical student lab members, Anna-Maria Dagher, Grace Kim, and Garrett Moseley, did a wonderful job as first-time ACSM abstract presenters. All three students received Third-Year Dean’s Travel Awards from the Duke University School of Medicine.

The annual meeting culminated with an award ceremony on Friday, May 31.

Third-year medical student Grace Kim was selected as ACSM’s 2024 Lisa S. Krivickas Clinician/Scholar Travel Award winner while third-year medical student Garrett Moseley was awarded the ACSM 2024 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship. Outstanding!

Perhaps the most exciting highlight of the annual meeting — for the Duke team in particular — was when Bill Kraus, former president of the ACSM (2019-2020), was presented with the 2024 ACSM Citation Award, which recognizes distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to sports medicine and/or to the field of exercise sciences.

Dr. Virginia Kraus (center) attended the Citation Award ceremony at the 2024 ACSM. Joining her are colleagues and friends as Dr. William Kraus receives the 2024 ACSM Citation Award in Boston.
Bill Kraus received the 2024 ACSM Citation Award. Pictured with him, L-R, are the past and current presidents of the ACSM, Anastasia Fischer and Irene Davis, and President-Elect Stella Volpe.
Bill Kraus, MD, speaking to ACSM after receiving Citation Award
While accepting the Citation Award, Bill shared a treasured photo from the year he was named Fellow of the ACSM, which includes ACSM Past Presidents Drs. Toby Tate, Paul Thompson, Steven Blair, and Russell Pate.

As a Harvard University alum, receiving the award in Boston was extra special for Kraus. Twenty-five team members, colleagues, and friends from across the country gathered at one of his favorite Bostonian restaurants, Ye Olde Union Oyster House, to celebrate this wonderful career milestone!

*All professional event photos are by Kevin Trimmer Photo and courtesy of the ACSM.

Solid work by all and a hearty congratulations to Bill!

 

Mena Earns Great Catch Award

Nestor Mena, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist for DMP Cardiac MRI spotted and escalated an incidental finding. Nestor identified a saddle pulmonary embolism during an outpatient cardiac MRI to evaluate ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation. Had Nestor not been paying attention to all structures in the field of view (rather than focusing only on the study indication) this patient may not have been diagnosed and treated in time to prevent life-threatening complications from pulmonary embolism. Furthermore, it is worth noting the expertise needed to recognize that pathology on an MRI is extensive.

It is quite possible that Nestor saved a life that day, and his work is an incredible tribute to the skillset of our advanced imaging technologists.

Way to go, Nestor!!!

Many thanks to all those who helped recognize and support Nestor for his excellent work.

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health has launched our official call for Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8!

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial, but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Barber to Serve as Interim Senior VP, DHIP, Starting July 1

Matthew Barber, MD, MHS, the W. Allen Addison, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke, will serve as interim Senior Vice President of Duke Health Integrated Practice, effective July 1. Barber’s leadership will build on the successes of the past year and help to advance the operational and strategic work that is currently underway to fully integrate DHIP into Duke University Health System.

Barber has served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2017. During his interim role as SVP of DHIP, Brenna Hughes, MD, MSc, will serve as Executive Vice Chair for the Department of OBGYN.

A national search for the next SVP for DHIP will launch this summer. Barber is stepping into the role vacated by John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, who has accepted the role of Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • June is Pride Month

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

June 18: EP Case Presentation with Seamus Hughes and DaMarcus Ingram. Noon, DN 2001 (in-person only).

June 21: Cardiology Fellows Lunch with Sean Van Diepen. 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., in-person only, DMP 2W96.

June 21: DHP Case Presentation with Ivan Nenadic Wood. 12:15-1 p.m., in-person only, DMP 2W96.

Duke Caregiver Community Event 2024

Sept. 5: The Duke Caregiver Community Event, a much-anticipated gathering for caregivers and professionals, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703.

Recognizing the need for support, Duke Health has organized this event to provide caregivers with insights from experts, connections to services, and the support systems necessary to navigate their journey.

Whether you’re a caregiver for a loved one or a professional seeking to enhance your skills, this event is for you.

Registration required. Family caregivers are welcome and can attend for $15 (lunch and all event day activities included) or for $10 if they opt to have lunch on their own.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts, connect with support programs and services, and find answers and resources to help you navigate this journey.

The event will feature six concurrent educational sessions throughout the day, for general attendees, as well as a special track of educational sessions for professionals. There will also be many new and experiential activities to participant in throughout the course of the event including a health clinic, art gallery, pop-up mini sessions, and demonstration area.

For professionals, there is a track that is just for you! You will have the opportunity to attend four sessions geared toward sharpening your skills. To receive CE you must attend the professional track of sessions.

Registration cost for professionals is $75. You may opt to attend any of the general sessions as well as participate in all of the event activities that take place during the day. Professionals also receive complimentary admission to the networking reception that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 4.  from 3-6 p.m. Registration for the networking reception only is $25.

To learn more and/or to register: https://duke.is/w/6vzf

In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team. The designation was based upon the quality of the educational activity and its compliance with the standards and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Total Credits: 6.0 for all except IACET which is 0.6

Credit types: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), ANCC, Attendance, IACET CEU, JA Credit – AH

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

Duke Heart in the News:

June 7 — Neha Pagidipati

Healio/Cardiology Today

VIDEO: Neha J. Pagidipati, MD, MPH, discusses the impact of weight loss on cardiovascular risk

June 9 — William Kraus

Remo News

How many steps are needed to get maximum health benefits?

June 9 — William Kraus

Barron’s

How Many Steps Do You Really Need? There’s Good News for People Over 60

June 13 — Marat Fudim

AHA Newsroom

Selected startups will advance technology-driven improvements in heart and brain health

Duke Heart Pulse — June 9, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – June 9, 2024

Highlights of the week:

Douglas Honored with DOM Career Achievement Award

Pamela Douglas, MD, is one of four Department of Medicine faculty members to receive the 2024 Department of Medicine Career Achievement Award recognizing their extraordinary impact on one of the department’s three core missions: education, research, and clinical medicine.

In addition to Douglas, awardees include Drs. James Abbruzzese, distinguished professor of medical oncology; Neil MacIntyre, professor of medicine in pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine, and Diana McNeill, professor of medicine in endocrinology, metabolism, and nutrition. Recipients were selected for modeling Duke’s values of Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, and Innovation and have created sustained legacies that have shaped the institution.

Each of the four was highlighted in the June 4 issue of This Week in Medicine.

Pamela Douglas, MD

Ursula Geller Distinguished Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiologist Dr. Pamela Douglas represents the “best of our outstanding Duke DOM faculty,” who has had a profound impact in many areas, noted Cardiology Division Chief, Dr. Manesh Patel, in his nomination of Douglas, who serves as director of the Multimodality Imaging Program at Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

The two areas where she has had the greatest influence are her work in cardiac imaging and diversity, equity and inclusion in research, clinical care, and the workforce, both locally and at the national level.   

“Guided by a relentless focus on patient outcomes and innovative research, Dr. Douglas led the creation of novel concepts in imaging care quality, which were accepted nationally,” Patel said.

“Dr. Douglas’s thought leadership, scholarship, and relentless translation to the bedside have dramatically improved the rigor of imaging science and meaningfully enhanced patient-centered clinical care.” 

During her more than 30 years in the medical field, Dr. Douglas has led several landmark multicenter government studies and pivotal industry clinical trials along with outcomes research studies.  She is renowned for her scientific and policy work in improving the quality and appropriateness of imaging in clinical care, clinical trials, and registries and through the development and dissemination of national standards for imaging utilization, informatics, and analysis. 

Dr. Douglas is also a longstanding champion of diversity and equity in research, clinical care, and the workforce, locally and at the national level, Patel added. As the founding director of the American College of Cardiology’s diversity and inclusion initiative, Dr. Douglas was the architect of its strategic efforts to increase the representation of women and minoritized populations among cardiovascular physicians and researchers.

“Dr. Douglas has been a mentor and example to me personally, countless other faculty and Duke and around the world,” Patel said. “Put simply, she has been a north star for the field of cardiovascular medicine, a leader who continues to move our science, care, and training forward.” 

Congratulations, Pam!

To read summaries for the other winners, please visit: https://duke.is/2/qd5d

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health has launched our official call for Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8!

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

Register Here!

Anyone who registers to be a Team Coach by Monday, June 10 will receive an exclusive, limited-edition Heart Walk Coach jersey. To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

Monday: DUH Transitioning to Purell® Products

To continuously enhance patient experience, ensure a safe work environment, and maintain fiscal responsibility, Duke University Health System (DUHS) is partnering with GOJO, the creators of PURELL® hand sanitizer products, to replace and update hand sanitizer stations throughout the health system. DUH will begin the transition to PURELL® products starting Monday, June 10.

The installation team will be recruited through an extensive credentialing process by Supply Chain. The team will be identifiable by contractor badges on their uniforms. Disruption to patient care will be at a minimum during the installation process.

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • June is Pride Month
  • Save the Date: June 12, 4-5 p.m., State of the School Address (SOM)

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

June 11: TBD. 5 p.m., DN2002 or via Zoom.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

 

DCRI Research Forum Series

June 11: The Duke Clinical Research Institute is excited to welcome Duke Football Coach Manny Diaz as their June guest for the next DCRI Research Forum, which will close out the 2023-2024 series.

What: A Fireside Chat with Coach Manny Diaz

When: Tuesday, June 11, from Noon-1 p.m. ET

Where: DCRI Research Forum: A Fireside Chat with Manny Diaz via Zoom

We hope you’ll consider joining this virtual event!

 

Duke Caregiver Community Event 2024

Sept. 5: The Duke Caregiver Community Event, a much-anticipated gathering for caregivers and professionals, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703.

Recognizing the need for support, Duke Health has organized this event to provide caregivers with insights from experts, connections to services, and the support systems necessary to navigate their journey.

Whether you’re a caregiver for a loved one or a professional seeking to enhance your skills, this event is for you.

Registration required. Family caregivers are welcome and can attend for $15 (lunch and all event day activities included) or for $10 if they opt to have lunch on their own.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts, connect with support programs and services, and find answers and resources to help you navigate this journey.

The event will feature six concurrent educational sessions throughout the day, for general attendees, as well as a special track of educational sessions for professionals. There will also be many new and experiential activities to participate in throughout the event including a health clinic, art gallery, pop-up mini sessions, and demonstration area.

For professionals, there is a track that is just for you! You will have the opportunity to attend four sessions geared toward sharpening your skills. To receive CE you must attend the professional track of sessions.

Registration cost for professionals is $75. You may opt to attend any of the general sessions as well as participate in all of the event activities that take place during the day. Professionals also receive complimentary admission to the networking reception that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 4.  from 3-6 p.m. Registration for the networking reception only is $25.

To learn more and/or to register: https://duke.is/w/6vzf

In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team. The designation was based upon the quality of the educational activity and its compliance with the standards and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Total Credits: 6.0 for all except IACET which is 0.6

Credit types: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), ANCC, Attendance, IACET CEU, JA Credit – AH

 

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

Duke Heart in the News:

May 21 — Leanna Ross

WebMD

How to lose belly fat

May 23 — Alejandro Murillo Berlioz

Univision 40 NC/WUVC, Raleigh-Durham

Joven hispano que falleció en un tiroteo trasciende a la muerte gracias a la donación de órganos

May 30 — Duke Heart for Honduras/Alejandro Murillo Berlioz

Univision 40 NC/WUVC, Raleigh-Durham

Médico hondureño apoya comunidiad médica en su país

*clip begins @ 25:13

June 3 — Svati Shah

Women’s Health

Inside Look: Women’s Health Lab 2024

also carried in Oprah Daily, Cosmopolitan & Prevention

June 4 — Marat Fudim

The Spokesman-Review

Heart failure death rates on the rise, but local specialists say there’s more to that

Duke Heart Pulse — June 2, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – June 2, 2024

Chief’s message:  Changing Times in Duke Cardiology

This last week was highlighted some of the transitions we have usually at the end of Academic years with retirements and soon new faculty, residents, and fellows coming to Duke Cardiology/ Duke CT and Vascular surgery.  This week was particularly bittersweet as we had the retirement event for Tom Bashore with many former fellows and faculty coming in town for the event which had the toasts, roasts, and memories of 40 years contributing to Duke Cardiology.  The event highlighted both the impact of Tom Bashore on Duke Cardiology, and the unique community of cardiologists around the country with a ties back to Duke Cardiology and the Fellowship. See the photos and story below.

Equally impactful for our Cardiology group was the announcement of Harry Phillips retirement from Duke this week – also after more than 40 years of service.  As always, thinking about the future, Harry is moving on to a new adventure with an AI company as the CMO.  Harry has been the standard bearer for our development of community relationships and building our cardiology practice by building relationships and caring for patients.  His dedication to teaching and growing Duke has been singular and extraordinary.  We will ensure we share more about his celebration as that happens.  These times are bittersweet – providing a link and memory to the times and people that have helped make Duke Heart what it is today – and inspiring many of those present to carry on the mission of teaching the next generation, caring for our community, and discovering the future therapies and solutions to improve heatlh.

Highlights of the week:

Celebrating the Career of Tom Bashore, MD

Thomas Bashore

 

We had a wonderful gathering on Friday evening to celebrate the forty-year career of retiring cardiologist Dr. Tom Bashore. Thank you to all who joined us at the University Club as we toasted and roasted our dear colleague, friend, and mentor, especially those who traveled from across the U.S. to help us celebrate. We particularly enjoyed having Dr. and Mrs. Bashore’s children and grandchildren in attendance, and the many photos they supplied for our display. Their presence heightened the festivities!

Speakers included Manesh Patel, Svati Shah, Howard Rockman, John Warner of Wexner Medical Center in Ohio, and Chris O’Connor of Inova Heart & Vascular, who each provided personal stories, anecdotes, and accolades — and of course, Tom Bashore, with a review of his truly inspiring career and memorable moments.

It’s much too difficult to say here what Dr. Bashore has meant to all of you – our faculty, staff, fellows – or Duke and our patients — over these many years. We’re glad he won’t be too far away for visits!

Please enjoy some photos from the evening and submissions from across the years:

Congratulations, Tom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Phillips, MD, Departing Duke Health in June

Duke cardiologist and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Duke Network Services, Harry Phillips III, MD, will be leaving Duke Health on June 30, 2024. After more than 40 years of devoted service, Phillips has accepted a role outside the health system where he will focus on applying artificial intelligence to real world data to improve outcomes in oncology and cardiometabolic diseases. The announcement was made on Friday, May 31 by Donna Peter, interim Vice President of Duke Network Services.

Phillips, a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, has been a dedicated and visionary leader who significantly contributed to Duke Health. After completing internal medicine and cardiology training in the Harvard-affiliated program at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the early 1980s, Phillips began his career at Duke. He was part of the team that founded the Interventional Cardiology Program and subsequently the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. Phillips has been a productive clinical investigator, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also played a key role in developing Duke’s cardiovascular outreach strategies.

In 2007, Phillips assumed the role of CMO of Duke Network Services. He provided physician leadership in developing and sustaining affiliated clinical programs in multiple specialties. His efforts helped enhance local access to high-quality cardiovascular, cancer, and stroke care. Phillips was instrumental in founding Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture with LifePoint Health that supports hospitals in non-urban communities with the necessary resources to ensure access to high-quality healthcare locally.

Since 2017, Phillips has also served as CMO of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, with a focus on quality improvement, strategic planning and fostering collaboration with hospital leaders for the 14-hospital network. He has worked closely with the Duke Quality Network to enhance safety and quality at the hospitals, and served as the interim Chair of the Quality Oversight Committee, to which all hospitals report.

In recognition of his achievements as a Duke Faculty Member and his contributions to enhancing local healthcare for rural communities, Phillips was awarded the 2017 Health Care Hero Lifetime Achievement Award by the Triangle Business Journal. In 2019, he was also honored with a Duke University School of Medicine Excellence in Professionalism Award.

Over his four decades at Duke, Phillips has made valuable contributions to cardiovascular care at Duke, and he has played a vital role in developing Duke- affiliated clinical programs which have improved community health by enhancing access  to high-quality local health care. His presence will be greatly missed.

Please join us in extending our sincere appreciation to Harry for his dedication and service to Duke Health, Duke Network Services, Duke Heart, and our patients!

 

Duke Heart Earns MVRR Center Award

We learned this week that Duke University Hospital has earned the 2024 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award. For the fifth year in a row, Duke is one of only 22 mitral repair centers recognized by the Mitral Foundation as having the volume and outcomes needed to qualify for the honor. Congrats to Drs. Don Glower, Jeff Gaca, Andrew Wang, and their team members for the outstanding work they are doing for all of our mitral patients.

Way to go!

 

Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health has launched our official call for Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8!

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge squad representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate the AHA’s Centennial and Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

“Dear friends,

I am participating in and leading a team supporting the American Heart Association. If you join my team, we will literally save lives together. Yes, literally. In the past, funds raised from the Heart Walk have led to scientific breakthroughs like pacemakers, cardiac stents, and artificial heart valves that keep people alive longer. There is still time to be a part of all the FUN. Register for my team today – you won’t regret it!

Sincerely, Manesh”

In case you haven’t yet seen the Duke Health call for Coaches & Walkers, here are the details:

Dear Duke Health Colleagues,

We remain truly grateful to each and every one of you who participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk last year. Your commitment and dedication to this life-saving mission are truly commendable.

As both Duke University and the AHA have Centennial celebrations this year, we are excited to announce that the 2024 Heart Walk is going to be even bigger! This is an important milestone for the American Heart Association, with 100 years of improving heart and brain health through research and advocacy.

On Sunday, September 8, join us as we walk alongside our colleagues, family members, friends, and many of our cardiovascular patients to celebrate our community at the 2024 Triangle Heart Walk.

We are currently seeking people to step up and lead a team as a Heart Walk Coach – leaders like you! As a Coach, you’ll take charge of leading a team of co-workers to spread the word, recruit, and raise money for life-saving research. You don’t have to spend a lot of time to make a difference, by contributing just a few minutes each week, you can be a successful Coach. As your team reaches fundraising milestones, you’ll unlock additional rewards for Coach gifts!

Register Here!

Anyone who registers to be a Team Coach by Monday, June 10 will receive an exclusive, limited-edition Heart Walk Coach jersey. To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.

 

Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

ICYMI: Klotman’s Friday Message

In her May 31st Friday Message, Dean Mary Klotman and Chris Beyrer, PhD, director of the Duke Global Health Institute discuss Duke’s global health programs and opportunities. One of the highlights includes work that is currently led by Duke cardiologists Drs. Jerry Bloomfield and Titus Ng’eno in Eldoret, Kenya in global cardiovascular health. As many of you are aware, many Duke Heart faculty have visited and participated in the care delivery and teaching in Eldoret over the years. This is well worth checking out!

To watch a video of their conversation, please visit: https://duke.is/z/zh4h.

 

Kudos to Duke’s Multi-D Sarcoid Team!

Johana Fajardo

Congratulations to Johana Fajardo, advanced heart failure and transplant nurse practitioner and director, Precision Cardiomyopathy Clinical Services at Duke and the entire multidisciplinary sarcoidosis team at Duke. The team recently offered their first Duke Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting via Zoom and had close to 50 patients in attendance!

Jay Doss, MD presented informative content and answered patient questions while a number of other sarcoid team members were online to introduce themselves and welcome patients to the event. The discussion was lively and our patients were appreciative.

According to Fajardo, the event was geared to patients being managed at Duke for multi-organ sarcoidosis, and the team plans to host virtual support groups twice per year, once in spring and again in fall. She says they are planning a similar support group for patients with amyloidosis and hope to have that ready to launch in September, 2024.

Great work, Johana & team – support makes a huge difference to our patients and their family members!

 

Shout-out to Elliott!

We were forwarded a terrific note of recognition last week by cardiology fellowship program director, Anna Lisa Chamis, MD regarding cardiology fellow David Elliott:

“Just wanted to give our cardiology fellow David Elliott a little shout out for doing such a great job on Friday (May 24) with a very anxious device patient. His bedside manner was fantastic, and he was extremely comforting with our patient to help him understand what to expect with his stress test, and how we could make him feel as comfortable as possible during the exam. He did such a wonderful job answering all of the patient’s questions and the patient ended up doing an amazing job with his stress. Not only that, David stayed late with Amanda and I while we waited for transport to arrive to bring the patient.  Additionally, David spent time with the patient in the bay while we waited for transport and continued to build rapport and comfort our patient. None of this is expected by anyone, let alone our cards fellow, so I greatly appreciated the care he gave our patient. Thank you, David!!!”Shreeya Basnyat

 

Kudos to Ausburn, Coffield & Grisson!

Congratulations to Angela Ausburn, Latia Coffield, and Temetrice Grisson — three of our outstanding cardiology medical assistants with Duke Cardiology Arringdon. All three have recently moved up their clinical ladder to MA III.

Congratulations to all!

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

June 4: The Science and Community of Critical Care Cardiology with Balim Senman. 5 p.m., DN2002 or via Zoom.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

 

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

June 5: Journal Club with TBD. Noon, DMP 2W96 (in-person only).

June 7: Intro to Cardiac MRI with Han Kim. Noon, Zoom only.

 

Duke/Duke NUS Virtual Symposium

June 6: Virtual Symposium with Lightning Talks on AI-Related Health Projects, 8-10 a.m., EDT

Open to all Duke-affiliated team members! Registration is required.

 

 

DCRI Research Forum Series

June 11: The Duke Clinical Research Institute is excited to welcome Duke Football Coach Manny Diaz as their June guest for the next DCRI Research Forum, which will close out the 2023-2024 series.

What: A Fireside Chat with Coach Manny Diaz

When: Tuesday, June 11, from Noon-1 p.m. ET

Where: DCRI Research Forum: A Fireside Chat with Manny Diaz via Zoom

We hope you’ll consider joining this virtual event!

 

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

 

Duke Heart in the News:

May 24 — Nina Nouhravesh

Food Navigator Europe

Maybe eggs aren’t bad for heart health after all

May 29 — Jonathan Piccini

tctMD

Compared with PV Isolation Alone, AI-Guided Ablation Lowers AF at 12 Months

May 29 — Stephen Greene

HCP Live

Don’t Miss a Beat: Semaglutide and the Future of Kidney Disease, with Brendon Neuen, MBBS, PhD

May 29 — Nishant Shah

United Press International

Heart-healthy behaviors may help reverse rapid cell aging, study shows

May 30 — Senthil Selvaraj

Healio/Cardiology Today

Common ATTR amyloidosis gene could impair longevity among many Black carriers

Duke Heart Pulse — May 26, 2024

Chief’s message:

This memorial day we wanted to thank and recognize the women and men that continue to protect, serve, and sacrifice for the safety, freedom, and liberty of our nation and our allies.  Please be sure to thank all of the service members and recognize the sacrifices they and their families make everyday.

Updates from the week of the week:

Patel to serve as DUHS Physician VP for Heart & Vascular Services

Manesh Patel

Manesh R. Patel, MD, the Richard S. Stack Distinguished Professor and division chief of cardiology at Duke, will serve as the Duke University Health System physician vice president for Heart and Vascular Services, effective May 15th, 2024.

In this role, Patel will oversee cardiovascular care for Duke, working closely with Carmelo Milano, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, Dawn Coleman, chief of vascular and endovascular surgery, and Mihai Podgoreanu, chief of cardiothoracic anesthesiology. Our cardiovascular service line leadership team, including Jill Engel, vice president, and Mary Lindsay, associate chief nursing officer, will work together with Manesh to continue to advance cardiovascular care across Duke Health.

Patel will work closely with DUHS leadership and clinical department chairs to develop innovative initiatives that improve access to care and support the Duke Health strategic plan. His responsibilities will encompass quality and outcomes, budgetary and financial oversight, operations, and management of Duke Heart Network and affiliations. As part of this work, Manesh will lead a Health AI clinical testing lab within the Duke Heart Innovation Hub, partnering with Michael Pencina, Jeff Ferranti, and Duke AI Health.  

This change reflects Duke’s commitment to the tremendous team across Duke Health who aim to discover and deliver extraordinary team-based cardiovascular care for patients as a leading Heart and Vascular Center.  

Patel completed his medicine residency and fellowships in cardiology, interventional cardiology, and clinical research at Duke and Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has served as the division chief of Duke Cardiology since 2017. He was selected by the American Heart Association in 2023 as AHA Physician of the Year.

Upon this transition, Patel will report to Greg Pauly, group president of Acute Care Services for Duke University Health System, and vice dean for Clinical and Academic Integration with the School of Medicine.

Duke EP Well Represented at Heart Rhythm 2024

Members of our electrophysiology (EP) and cardiology faculty and several EP staff were very busy at the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2024 meetings, held May 16-19 in Boston. There were many Duke abstracts and presentations, too many to fully recount, but here are some highlights provided by Jonathan Piccini, MD, MHS, professor of medicine in cardiology and director of cardiac electrophysiology at Duke:

Bill Cockfield, Amber Stohl, Gail Brock, Sana Al-Khatib, and Kristen Campbell found some time to snap a quick picture before a roundtable session.Dr. Kevin Thomas received the distinguished and very prestigious James Youngblood Excellence in Leadership Award from the Heart Rhythm Society

Kevin Thomas, MD, receives award at HRS 24

While at the meeting Dr. Thomas delivered invited lectures on “Diversity in EP Clinical Studies – Challenges and Opportunities” and “Addressing Disparities in Sudden Cardiac Death.”

 

Kristen Campbell, Pharm

Kristen Campbell was named to the Heart Rhythm Society Board of Trustees! She is the first-PharmD to achieve this distinction, a true reflection of her commitment to heart rhythm care. She chaired several sessions on antiarrhythmic therapy at the HRS meetings.

 

 

Dr. Kelly Arps presented her work with Dr. Al Sun on outcomes associated with emergent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia in the setting of cardiogenic shock.

Dr. Al Sun served as distinguished faculty at the HRS 2024 EP Fellows Symposium alongside Duke EP alumni Dr. Eric Prystowsky and Dr. Doug Packer. He also participated in an expert panel on managing unexplained sudden cardiac arrest.

 

 

Dr. Larry Jackson delivered an invited lecture on “Overcoming Healthcare Delivery Gaps – Walking the Talk”. He also served as one of the judges along with Jon Piccini in the AHA-HRS Shark Tank competition at the scientific sessions.

Dr. Camille Frazier-Mills presented an invited lecture on the role of pharmacotherapy and pacing in persons with cardioinhibitory vasovagal syncope. She also led a session on the optimal management of cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) alerts and advisories as well as a session on diversity and EP leadership. She also delivered the invited commentary on the long-awaited one-year outcomes from the dual chamber leadless pacing study that was presented in the late-breaking science session.

Dr. Ilya Shadrin presented his research on left bundle branch area pacing with Dr. Daniel Friedman, including an abstract reporting on the relationship between septal scar and pacing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Friedman (below, far right) delivered an invited lecture on “How to Predict the Response of LBBP-CRT?”

Dan Friedman and Jon Piccini were among a team of investigators presenting our pre-clinical work on a balloon-based ablation catheter to deliver pulse field ablation in a canine model.

Dr. Sara Coles reported the Duke EP experience with the stylet-driven Ingevity+ lead for left bundle branch area pacing, the largest experience reported to date in the field.

Dr. Kevin Jackson delivered an invited lecture on the Optimization of Programming in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in the “One Stop

Shop for All Things Device Programming” session at HRS. He also delivered the commentary on the FARAPULSE registry data presented at the late-breaking science sessions.

Dr. Jon Piccini presented on the use of LuxMed hyperspectral imaging and biofluorescence to assay ablation lesion efficacy and myocardial characterization at the Stanford Biodesign meeting at HRS.

Dr. James Daubert Delivered an invited lecture on patient selection and optimal use of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy in persons with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, and a lecture on programming of ICDs in competitive athletes.

Dr. Andrew Landstrom presented invited lectures at the meetings on innovative approaches to evaluating VUSs associated with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies and an “Introduction to Cardiovascular Genomic and Precision Medicine.”

Dr. Monique Starks presented an invited lecture on “Drone-delivered Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs): Improving the Chain of Survival in the US.”

Dr. Sana Al-Khatib had a very busy HRS this year as she continues on the executive leadership team for the Heart Rhythm Society. She was a key architect of the HRS 2024 meeting, as she served as the abstract chair. At the meeting, she participated in a featured debate on the use of cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P) vs cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D) in persons with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Congrats to our EP team — exceptional work and representation at HRS!

 

 

McVeigh Represents Duke Heart at AAPA 2024

Todd McVeigh

Duke cardiology physician assistant Todd McVeigh, PA-C, gave two podium poster presentations at the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) 2024 annual meeting held last weekend (May 18-22, 2024) in Houston, TX.

His presentations were entitled, “Introduction of a PA into a Heart Failure Remote Monitoring clinic” and “Introduction of Home-applied Subcutaneous Furosemide to Treat Heart Failure Exacerbations”.

Way to go, Todd!

 

 

Cox Earns DAISY Award

Congratulations to ventricular assist device (VAD) nurse practitioner Kevin Cox! Cox was awarded the 2024 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Educators through the Duke School of Nursing (SON). He was nominated by former MSN Student Sonia Lai, his former preceptee.

His notification letter included the following:

“It is my honor to advise you that you were nominated by MSN student Sonia Lai and have been selected by the Institute for Education Excellence DAISY Awards Committee to receive a 2024 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Educators in recognition of the super-human work that you do for students!”Jacqui McMillen-Bohler, director of IEE, Duke SON.

Cox was recognized during the annual DUSON Faculty & Staff Awards ceremony held on May 22. He is shown here receiving the award from Duke SON Interim Dean Michael Relf.

Congratulations, Kevin – well-deserved!

 

Ramos Earns DNP

Blakeslee (L) and Dayana Ramos, DNP graduates!

Congratulations to critical care nurse practitioner Dayana Ramos, DNP! Dayana graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice on May 11. She is shown here with her sister, Natassha Blakeslee, a nurse practitioner at the University of Miami, who graduated alongside her.

Ramos and Blakeslee completed their studies at Missouri State University. Ramos did her DNP project here at Duke University Hospital. Her project consisted of creating a discharge protocol to improve discharge times for the post-acute care (PAC) service.

The duo, who are Panamanian, wore sashes that were hand-made by a woman who belongs to the Kuna Indians of Panama. Dayana’s sash features the Panamanian golden frog (rana dorada), which is indigenous to and found only in Panama. Her sister’s sash features the Harpy Eagle, the national bird of Panama. They wanted to incorporate symbols from their native country and represent their culture.

Congratulations, Dayana & Natassha!

 

Shout-out to Biever

A shout-out to Kimberly Biever from the cardiology clinical research unit!

She identified and approached a patient for an inpatient study. Because the patient wanted more time (to consider), she returned back to the hospital to consent and initiate study procedures on a Sunday. Kim goes again and again beyond the call of duty, due to her passion for research and love of patients. It is a pure delight to work with coordinators like her, which is what makes Duke great.” — Marat Fudim

Great work, Kim!

 

Kudos to Granger & 7E Staff

We received a note this week from David Gallagher, MD, chief medical officer for Duke University Hospital regarding feedback he received from a grateful patient:

“Chris, we received this nice feedback (from Press Ganey HCAHPS) about the great care you and your team gave to a patient at Duke University Hospital. Thank you for the high quality and compassionate care you provide to patients!” – David Gallagher, MD

“I would like to thank Dr. C. Granger & the entire 7E ICU staff for giving me the best care ever. They made the most traumatic thing in my life a whole lot easier with excellent care!”a grateful patient

Great job, team!!!!

 

Team Member Appreciation Month: Spirit Week

Our team members are what make Duke Health such a special place to work and to heal. This year, Duke is elevating how we recognize and thank everyone for their incredible work through our inaugural Team Member Appreciation Month.

It’s week 4, the final week: Spirit Week

Monday: Team Mixtape—Start a collaborative playlist with your team to jam to! Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube have collaboration features to make a shared playlist. You can also amp up the festivities with a virtual team music party to take a break during your busy day – be sure to share your dance moves by uploading your photos and videos here! Note: Please be respectful and only use clean and appropriate music.

Tuesday: Crazy Socks Day—Wear your favorite socks to work – yes, those super fun ones

Wednesday: Spread Smiles with Kudos & Kindness—Seize the day and spread smiles with some of these ways to keep kindness top of mind:

  • Send a Kudos Kard (or five!)
  • Let a colleague know why you’re proud of them
  • Celebrate something/someone that doesn’t get normally recognized enough
  • Give a high five
  • Greet three strangers while walking the hallways
  • In Huddle/team meeting, take a moment to share a team win
  • Send a story to be shared across Duke Health
  • Make a team birthday and/or work anniversary calendar and create a plan to celebrate them
  • Have lunch with someone out of your normal routine
  • Give three people compliments (only one can be about looks!)
  • Let someone know when something reminds you of them and it made you smile
  • Take a moment to connect/check in with someone that you haven’t in a while
  • Sign up to do some community service
  • Give someone a fun sticky note or Teams message
  • Invite someone to join you in practicing self-care at work
  • Share a story with teammate that they are a part of that always makes you smile when you think of it
  • Surprise your team with a kind gesture

Thursday: Chalk the Sidewalk—Take a moment to go outside and draw on the sidewalk! Be sure to share your masterpiece via photos and videos here!

Friday: Show Your Duke Pride Day—Wear your favorite Duke gear or blue attire! Note: Dress code policies are still in place – be sure to check the Policy Center to find your entity’s policy.

Learn more about Team Member Appreciation Month on Duke Health Now.

 

Thank You for Participating in Culture Pulse

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for participating throughout the Culture Pulse 2024 survey period. We heard from more than 23,000 team members (63 percent) and are working to bring valuable feedback to you in the coming weeks. Everyone worked hard to ensure the voices of Duke team members were heard.

As we begin to look at the data, make plans for sharing the results, and focus on our action-planning process, we look forward to partnering with you as we adapt to improve our work together. There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

Thank you again — Ian Lee Brown, Vice President and Chief Employee Experience Officer, DUHS

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • May is American Stroke Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • May is Duke Health’s inaugural Team Member Appreciation Month
  • Save the Date: June 12, 4-5 p.m., State of the School Address (SOM)

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

May 28: The Ross Operation — The Ultimate Aortic Valve Replacement? with Ziv Beckerman. 5 p.m., DN2002 or via Zoom.

June 4: The Science and Community of Critical Care Cardiology with Balim Senman. 5 p.m., DN2002 or via Zoom.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

May 29: DHP Case Presentation with Husam Salah. Noon, DMP 2W96 (in-person only).

May 31: Echo Math with Cara Hoke. Noon, Zoom only.

DCRI Research Forum Series

June 11: The Duke Clinical Research Institute is excited to welcome Duke Football Coach Manny Diaz as their June guest for the next DCRI Research Forum, which will close out the 2023-2024 series.

What: A Fireside Chat with Coach Manny Diaz

When: Tuesday, June 11, from Noon-1 p.m. ET

Where: DCRI Research Forum: A Fireside Chat with Manny Diaz via Zoom

We hope you’ll consider joining this virtual event!

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

Duke Heart in the News:

May 16 — Duke Heart for Honduras

Iconos Magazine (Honduras/Hn)

Fundación Lady Lee y Duke Heart for Honduras se unen en cirugías cardiovasculares

May 18 — Sana Al-Khatib

Medpage Today

Removing Conduction System Pacing Leads: Good Success So Far

May 18 — Duke Heart for Honduras

El Heraldo (Hn)

Banco Atlántida honra a la brigada médica Duke Heart for Honduras

May 21 — Duke Heart for Honduras

La Tribuna (Hn)

Banco Atlántida ofrece coctel de bienvenida a la brigada médica del Programa “Duke Heart for Honduras”

May 21 — Aferdita Spahillari

tctMD

Treatment Gaps Abound in Heart Failure but Can Be Closed, Studies Show

May 21 — Nina Nouhravesh

SciTech Daily

New Research Suggests That Eggs Might Not Actually Be Bad for Your Heart

May 23 — Marat Fudim

Fierce Healthcare

Cadence finds reduced cost and better outcomes for heart failure patients through remote monitoring

May 23 — Senthil Selvaraj

Aframnews.com

New Research Uncovers Genetic Variant’s Alarming Impact on Heart Health and Longevity in Black Americans

 

Duke Heart Pulse — May 19, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – May 19, 2024

Chief’s message – Grief and Community.

Over the last several weeks we have been having a conversation with Dr. Tony Galanos in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative care around Grief and how we can help support our clinicians / health system staff in moments of stress and grief.  This was highlighted this Monday in a wonderful grand rounds by one of our finishing fellows – Dan Loriaux.  During one part of his talk, he highlighted how in ICU and hospital care – he and Dr. Galanos have worked on a program around debriefs for our fellows to help process the grief in taking care of so many sick patients.  We aim to continue this and to build a community of support.

This week brought another reminder to us on the fragile nature of life and the needed strength of our community.  We lost one of our recent graduates and true leader in the field – Aslan Turer.  We provide his story below.  I personally remembered Aslan for his unwavering humor, intellect, and energy in helping improve how we cared for patients – often holding everyone to the care standard.  He will be dearly missed and our Duke Heart Community will work to support his wife Christy and their children.  Please keep them in your thoughts and hearts.

Updates from the week:

In Memoriam: Aslan Turer, MD, MHS, MBA, interventional cardiologist

We have been deeply saddened this weekend at the passing of Aslan Turer, MD, 49, on Friday morning. An interventional cardiologist and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW), Turer trained at Duke through residency and multiple fellowships, and was a friend to many of our Duke Heart team members. Turer had fought cancer for the past several years. His wife, Dr. Christy Turer, also trained at Duke. They have five children. Our thoughts are with his family and with his many friends and colleagues. We know he will be greatly missed.

Turer attended medical school at the University of California San Francisco, then completed internal medicine residency at Duke University Hospital, as well as fellowship trainings in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Duke. Turer helped establish a multidisciplinary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy program at UTSW, which achieved an HCMA Center of Excellence rating in 2018. He partnered recently with Andrew Wang, MD, on a perspective piece for Circulation in February 2023 entitled “Cardiac Myosin Inhibitors: Unlocking Potential to Improve Treatment in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy”.

Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the family; Services will be this week, as follows: 

Memorial Service: Wednesday, May 22, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225
Muslim Prayer, 5:30 p.m., in Arabic. Christian Memorial service, 6 p.m., followed by Reflection time

Funeral, Thursday, May 23, 1 p.m.
Location: Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225

Aslan’s family has asked that attendees wear color and not come in traditional dark funeral attire as Aslan wanted this to be a celebration of life. 

We asked for memories of Aslan for today’s issue of Pulse and received the following:

“If ever there was a person one might call a “character,” certainly Aslan Turer was one. A terrific doctor and teacher, Aslan was frequently unpredictable, a bit quirky, and a delightful prankster. I remember vividly how he and I would get into these drawn-out, crazy, and often hilarious email wars — with each trying to outdo the other with an ever more outlandish statement of silliness or goofiness. We often let the whole division in on  the back and forth. As I recall, Aslan always seemed to win these verbal battles with some kind of comeback I was never clever enough to overcome. He was just fun to be around. Even more, Aslan was a sincere, loving and simply wonderful person. The world has lost a very special human being way too soon. He will be fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know him.” Thomas Bashore, MD

“Aslan and I started as interns at Duke in 2001, living in the same apartment building and were fast friends despite being from very different backgrounds. I have so many fond memories, but the most special ones were when Catherine and I would meet Aslan for a late dinner and trivia at James Joyce – where he would often be found “reading” his Lancet or NEJM, which we all established was a decoy for trying to find a mate. Later in fellowship, he moved to south Durham and we would meet in the back bar of Lantern in Chapel Hill where he had a permanent tab and everyone knew him and his sense of humor and style.

I am so saddened about his death and our thoughts are with Christy and their kids. He was truly one of the smartest, kindest, and most clever people I’ve encountered in Medicine and in life.”Schuyler Jones, MD

Our condolences to all.

 

SOM Faculty Awards

Congratulations to all School of Medicine 2024 Faculty Award winners – but especially to our wonderful cardiovascular faculty and colleagues:

  • Adrian Hernandez, MD, professor of medicine in cardiology received an Excellence in Professionalism Award
  • Christopher Holley, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in cardiology received a Research Mentoring Award
  • Anita Kelsey, MD, MBA, professor of medicine in cardiology received the Master Clinician/Teacher Award
  • Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in cardiology received a Research Mentoring Award
  • Madhav Swaminathan, MBBS, professor of anesthesiology, cardiothoracic anesthesiology/ critical care, received the Master Clinician/Teacher Award
  • Annemarie Thompson, MD, professor of anesthesiology, pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesiology, received a Leonard Palumbo Jr., MD Faculty Achievement Award

The awards were presented on Monday, May 13 during the 2024 Spring Faculty Celebration held at the Doris Duke Center, Sarah Duke Gardens.

Congratulations and well-deserved!

 

DCRI Fellowship Graduation Celebrated

Graduating DCRI Fellows were celebrated at the University Club in Durham on May 9.

We are thrilled to share the following award winners who were recognized during the celebration:

Ilia Shadrin, MD, PhD, (cardiology) was awarded the DCRI Fellowship Citizenship Award, designed to recognize a graduating DCRI research fellow. Fellows considered for this award are expected to have demonstrated the following key attributes during their DCRI tenure: possesses strong character and leadership, devoted service to the DCRI, accepts responsibility and duties, has a positive attitude towards peers, the DCRI and the medical community, eager to learn and to teach others, and shows care and concern for others and helps them when needed.

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Adam DeVore, MD, was recognized with the Robert M. Califf Award for Outstanding Mentorship, designed to recognize a DCRI faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in mentorship activities for DCRI research fellows. Faculty members considered for this award are expected to have mentored fellows at the DCRI and to have demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment towards the training of fellows in clinical research activities.

Congratulations Ilia and Adam!

Sullivan Honored with Teaching Award

Congratulations to cardiology fellow Lonnie Sullivan, MD! He was selected as this year’s recipient of the Fellowship Teaching Award by the Internal Medicine residents.

Way to go, Lonnie!

 

 

 

DHIP Update: Changes to Telehealth Video Visits and G2211 Code

Since the pandemic began, Duke Health has been able to convert all necessary patients to telehealth visits in an efficient manner, despite many changes. Now, since most of our services are video visits where standard E&M codes are used, we have decided to align our approach and use the level of service (LOS) menu.

Two Important Changes Coming to Telehealth (Video) Visits and for the G2211 Code

  • Adding back the Level of Service (LOS) Menu to video visits
  • Changes to G2211 Reminders: Reminders now in video visits and reminders now for all payers

Beginning May 14, the Level of Service (LOS) menu will be added back to the video visit encounters. As a result of this implementation, all E & M codes found in LOS will be removed from charge capture to prevent duplicate billing, and encounters created on the fly will still have the same charge capture (and no LOS) that exists today.

Moreover, because G2211 code is being recognized for payment by Medicare, Medicare advantage, UHC, and a few small others, and Medicaid is asking to submit this data for future consideration, there will now be G2211 reminders in all telehealth visits and visits for all payer types.

For more information on these changes, please visit the Changes to Telehealth Video Visits and G2211 Code page.

Thank you for your continued support and hard work!

 

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • May is American Stroke Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • May is Duke Health’s inaugural Team Member Appreciation Month
  • National Hospital Week ends today.
  • Save the Date: June 12, 4-5 p.m., State of the School Address (SOM)

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

May 21: Capturing the Left Bundle: Insights Into Conduction System Pacing with Ilia Shadrin. 5 p.m., DN 2002 or via Zoom.

May 28: The Ross Operation — The Ultimate Aortic Valve Replacement? with Ziv Beckerman. 5 p.m., DN2002 or via Zoom.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

 

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

May 22: EP Case Conference with Sara Coles and Ivan Nenadic Wood. Noon, DMP 2W96 (in-person only).

May 24: Coronary Anatomy & Lesion Interpretation with Tom Bashore. Noon, Zoom only.

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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.

Duke Heart in the News:

May 10 — Monique Starks/DCRI

WRAL

Forsyth County demonstrates how drones can deliver AEDs to heart attack victims sooner

May 13 — Senthil Selvaraj

Inside Precision Medicine

Genetic Variant Linked to Cardiovascular Disease and Death in Black Americans

May 13 — Senthil Selvaraj

WBZ Newsradio 1030 (Boston)

Study finds clue to greater heart disease in Black Americans

May 13 — Duke University (Selvaraj)

WBZ News/CBS Boston

Researchers find gene that may put Black Americans at higher risk for heart failure

May 13 — Senthil Selvaraj

STAT News

Genetic variant common among West African descendants contributes to large cardiovascular disease burden

May 13 — Duke Heart for Honduras

El Heraldo (Honduras/Hn)

Grupo Financiero Atlántida dona L 5.7 millones a brigada médica para pacientes con enfermedades cardiovasculares

May 14 — Duke Health (Selvaraj)

San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

New Research Uncovers Genetic Variant’s Alarming Impact on Heart Health and Longevity in Black Americans

May 14 — Duke Health (Selvaraj)

Health Management

Genetic Variant Among Blacks Contributes to Cardiovascular Disease Burden

May 15 — Duke Heart for Honduras

LaPrensa (Hn)

Grupo Financiero Atlántida hace millonario donativo a brigada médica que tranformará vidas

May 15 — Duke Heart for Honduras

El Heraldo (Hn)

Hospital María y Duke University realizan brigada de cirugía cardiovascular a pacientes pediátricos

May 15 — Duke Heart for Honduras

La Tribuna (Hn)

Destacado cirujano hondureño opera junto a brigada de EEUU en el Hospital María

May 15 — Duke Heart for Honduras

Proceso Digital (Hn)

Con apoyo de Ficohsa Seguros se realiza segunda Brigada Médica Pediátrica de Duke Heart

May 16 — Duke Heart for Honduras

El Pais (Hn)

Grupo Financiero Atlántida dona L 5.7 millones para brigada médica

May 16 — Monique Starks

The Clemmons Courier

History in the making: First drone delivery of an AED

May 17 — Senthil Selvaraj

HealthDay

Male, Female V1421 Carriers Face Similar Risk for Heart Failure Hospitalization