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Highlights of the Duke Heart Week

4th Annual Duke Heart Center/DCRI Fellows Presentation Skills Course

We had 23 fellows (list below) for the 4th Annual Duke Heart Center/DCRI Fellows’ Presentation Skills Course here in Durham, and it was another outstanding success. Special thanks to Andrew Wang, Sunil Rao, and Tracy Wang for directing the course.

Speakers included Andrew Wang, Sunil Rao, Tracy Wang, Jimmy Tcheng, Penny Hodgson, Sreek Vemulapalli, Mike Felker and Jenn Rymer.

More info here, regarding the course.

The Fellows that attended are below including a Map of where they have come from over the last 4 years.

Last Name First Name Fellowship Institution
Al Badarin Firas Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute/ University of Missouri-Kansas City
Bravo Jaimes Katia Marisa University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Cardoso Rhanderson Johns Hopkins University
Countouris Malamo University of Pittsburgh
Cruz Rodriguez Benjamin Texas Tech University Health Science Center – El Paso
Faridi Kamil Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Golbus Jessica University of Michigan
Greene Stephen Duke University
Gulati Gaurav Tufts Medical Center
John Leah Medical University of South Carolina
Kurtz Joshua Medical University of South Carolina
Lau Emily Massachusetts General Hospital
Lima Bruno Emory University
Lowenstern Angela Duke University
Lyle Melissa Mayo Clinic (Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education)
Madan Nidhi Rush University Medical Center
Morrison Justin University of Colorado
Omer Mohamed UMKC
Reddy Siddharth Allegheny Health Network
Steiner Jill University of Washington
Strobel Aaron University of Colorado
Tantrachoti Pakpoom Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock
Zhuo David University of Virginia Health System


New Mandel Award for CVRC Researchers

The Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) is launching a new Mandel award for CVRC researchers forming collaborations with the Cardiology Clinical Research Unit to support translational research into the causes and treatment of hypertension, atherosclerosis and related cardiovascular diseases. The Mandel Translational Research Award will provide funding of $60,000 (plus indirect costs at 15 percent) for a one-year period. If you would like additional details about this opportunity or have questions please contact Maria Price Rapoza via email. Applications are due April 17, 2019 and should be emailed as a PDF to maria.rapoza@duke.edu. Mandel Award funding is made possible due to the generous support of the Edna and Fred L. Mandel Jr. Foundation.

Love Your Heart Lecture with Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan presented our 2019 Love Your Heart Lecture at the Durham Center for Senior Life on February 12. He was highly engaging and well received by the attendees. He made his presentation between cases in the Cath Lab and we thank him for doing so!  We appreciate when our clinical providers and other staff members take time to spread important heart health messages throughout Durham. Events such as this one held throughout the Triangle represent important opportunities to show our commitment to the towns in which we all live and work. Great job, Matt!

Duke Heart Grows By One!

Congratulations to Ryan Plichta (CT Surgery) and his wife, Jennifer Plichta (surgical oncology)  on the birth of their daughter, Kathleen Rose, on February 12. Mom, dad and baby are doing well and we could not be more happy for them. What a great way to celebrate heart month!

 Save the Date: ACC Duke Reception (March 16)

ACC.19 is just a month away and we know everyone is busy preparing for presentations, meetings, and collaborations — but don’t forget to add the Duke ACC Reception to your calendar if you’re headed to New Orleans! RSVP, please:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zzog9o7ab&oeidk=a07eg3bfqyh236e1021


Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT


Omni Riverfront Hotel’s Rex Ballroom
701 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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