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Chief’s Message 5-12-2019

Chief’s message:

Happy Mother’s day to all of our Duke Family and Friends.  This is hopefully only one of the many days where we all can appreciate the immense self sacrifice, love and commitment to family that moms around the world have.  We have many new mothers and fathers in the fellowship and hopefully this was a great day to enjoy this time of life.  Pictured are some of the fresh strawberries and other goodies we tried to get ready for Mom around our house this weekend. We also want to congratulate all the local students who graduated this weekend from colleges in the area.

Highlights of the week:

Rogers Named President-Elect of ISHLT

We are very pleased to share that Joseph Rogers has been named President-elect of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Rogers is a national thought leader on heart failure and transplantation; he is professor of medicine in cardiology and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Duke University Health System. His research interests focus on the clinical aspects of advanced heart failure, specifically in the pharmacologic and electrical treatments of systolic heart failure, the use of mechanical circulatory support devices, cardiac transplantation and palliative care.

ISHLT is committed to improving the care of patients with end-stage heart and lung disease through research, education and advocacy.  With 3,800 members from 45 countries, ISHLT is the world’s largest multi-disciplinary organization of its kind.

Congratulations, Joe!

Two Heart Faculty Members Receive Faculty Awards at Spring Meeting

Congratulations to Chet Patel and Harry Phillips for receiving faculty awards at the Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Meeting held earlier this week. Patel received the master clinician teacher award; Phillips received the professionalism award. Well deserved and great representatives of the Division of Cardiology!


 Krasuski Receives ACHA Research Grant

Congratulations to Rich Krasuski who was recently notified by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) that he has been selected to receive one of six inaugural research funding grants that will help to advance scientific understanding of congenital heart disease in adults. Krasuski’s funding will allow his team to advance a pilot randomized controlled trial to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and efficacy of a four-month peer coaching intervention called Peer Coaching Adaptive Self-Management Interventions for Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHASM IN ACHD). We look forward to hearing more about this! Great job, Rich!

Happy Nursing Week!

This weekend concludes Nursing Week 2019. Shown here are some of our many Duke Heart nurses who participated in the events held throughout Duke.  We are so grateful for the work each of you do every day – thanks for the dedication, expertise and energy you bring to Duke Heart!


Happy (belated) Perfusion Week!

Happy perfusion week to all of our perfusionists! The American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology celebrated Perfusion Week from April 29-May 3. We have an amazing team supporting our patients and CT surgery program! Thanks for all you do.

AATS 2019 Held in Toronto (May 4-7)

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery held its 99th annual meeting from May 4-7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Canada. A number of members of Duke Heart’s cardiothoracic team were there to present, including:

Vignesh Raman presented “surgery is associated with survival benefit in select patients with clinical N3 non-small cell lung cancer”; Dr. D’Amico was a moderator for the session.


Matthew Hartwig as expert discussant in lung transplant session at AATS.

Jill Engel presented at AATS on ERAS Cardiac Implementation Strategies.

Carmelo Milano spoke on heart transplantation and minimizing primary graft dysfunction. (He also served on the planning committee for AATS 2019)

Charles Wojnarski presented on kidney dysfunction in LVAD patients.

Great representation at AATS for Duke Heart – nice work, everyone!

Good Catch Award

Kudos to Sara Jayne Alexander, NP for her good catch award presented earlier this week for “accurate assessment and escalation of care” – Nice work and many, many thanks!




Culture Pulse 2019

The Culture Pulse survey has been issued and closes on Monday, May 20. Not sure what this is? It is a survey to gauge the work culture at Duke Health. Why does this matter? The climate in which we do our work significantly impacts our results—for our patients, their loved ones, and all of us. When that climate is healthy and optimized, we can get more done. So, please participate because everyone’s voice matters. If you lead a team of people anywhere within Duke Heart, please encourage each of your team members to check their email and to participate – it should take no longer than 10 minutes and is confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact culturepulse@duke.edu. If you haven’t seen it in your email, please check spam/junk/clutter folders. Thank you!

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