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Highlights of the Week 5-19-2019

Bobby Yeh – Cardiology Fellows Visiting Professor 2019

Bobby Yeh had a great visit with the Duke Cardiology program and fellowship this week as the visiting professor.  Bobby was kindly hosted by Sunil and Carrie Rao at their house.  There was a packed house of fellows to hear from Bobby about how his interests and research/clinical career was formed.  He then gave a great grand rounds on the unintended consequences of health policy decision rooted in a few clinical examples.

Verily Launches Baseline Health System Consortium

Verily, an Alphabet company, announced last week a new Project Baseline initiative, the Baseline Health System Consortium, comprised of Verily, Duke University Health System, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Regional Health in South Dakota and University of Pittsburgh. The strategic collaboration will identify and develop solutions to significant challenges in clinical research, including making research more accessible and engaging for patients, clinicians, researchers and research sponsors alike. Adrian Hernandez and Manesh Patel will represent Duke within the Consortium.

Shout-out to Loungani

We are pleased to share with you portions of a note sent by Andrew Wang to Anna Lisa Crowley, commenting on the excellence and professionalism demonstrated by Rahul Loungani, one of our fellows.

“Last night, there was a very complex patient who had several post-procedural, unexpected, serious complications (arterial vascular complication, hypertensive urgency, hemoptysis, and ultimately tension pneumothorax). Although she was initially slated to go to OR and then an ICU bed, she returned to 7300 after 8 p.m. Rahul was exceptionally attentive to her complications before and after she went to OR, and continued to take responsibility for her treatment until she was ultimately transferred to SICU after 10 p.m.

In working with him on this and many other cases, I am impressed with his clinical acumen, judgment, care and professionalism.  He is unflappable (shows true Osler-modeled equanimity), honest and humble. Most importantly, he takes ownership for his work and his patients. When I offered him a compliment about his care for this patient, he shrugged it off, saying “She’s my patient.” I would fully trust him to care for my patients, me or my family.”

Nice job, Rahul!

DCRI Fellows Dinner:

We had the end of the year DCRI fellows dinner this week recognizing the tremendous talents and work of our amazing DCRI fellows this year.  We wanted to especially thank all of our faculty and staff that have supported our fellows this year.  Some photos from the Dinner included.

Rymer Receives 2019 Harrington Excellence in Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Rymer, the 2019 Harrington Excellence in Fellowship Award recipient! Rymer has consistently demonstrated excellence in the care of patients and in her contributions as a Duke fellow, and overall as a highly skilled and valued member of the Duke Heart team. The award is named for Duke Heart alum Robert Harrington, former director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the former Richard Sean Stack, MD Distinguished Professor here at Duke. Harrington currently leads the Department of Medicine at Stanford University.

Very well deserved, Jen!

Schuyler Jones Receives 2019 Robert Califf Research Mentor Award at the DCRI fellows dinner:

The DCRI Fellows awarded Schuyler Jones the mentorship award for his unfailing honesty, integrity, and support in developing their research careers while working help them align and balance clinical and research interests.  Jon Piccini, the winner of the award last year, gave a great talk on the importance of perseverance. The award recognizes the significant amount of time and effort that many of our faculty put into training the fostering the next generation.


Dickerson Serving as Clinical Lead RN for DUH CDU and CMRI

Duke Heart is pleased to announce that April Dickerson, BSN, RN, PCCN has become Clinical Lead RN for Duke University Hospital’s Cardiac Diagnostic Unit and Cardiac MRI. Her position is effective as of April 29. April has served as a staff nurse within the CDU since July, 2011.  April joined the Duke Nursing team in 2004 as a staff nurse at Duke Regional Hospital on their cardiac step-down unit. April has been active within the CDU as a Charge Nurse, with patient education projects, staff skills validation, policy management, and Maestro improvements for the department.  She is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

April earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2018 and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Piedmont Community College in 2004.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming April to her new role!

Congratulations Shelley Thompson and Diane Sauro!

A quick note of congratulations to Shelley Thompson, one of our terrific cardiology nurse practitioners! Shelley graduated with her DNP from Duke last weekend. Way to go, Shelley!


And, Diane Sauro, MSN, ANP, Director of Advance Practice for Duke Heart, graduated from the Duke Johnson and Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellowship Program on April 28. Such great news, Diane!

AHA Go Red for Women Luncheon Held in Raleigh

A number of our fabulous Duke Heart team members attended the American Heart Association’s Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday. Held at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, the event focuses on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically needed funds to support research and education initiatives. Cardiovascular diseases, which include stroke, claim the life of a woman about every 80 seconds. If you look closely, you might see Manesh Patel in the crowd of women shown here. Thanks to all who joined us!

Culture Pulse Ends Tomorrow!

If you have not already done so, please complete the 2019 Culture Pulse survey, which closes tomorrow, 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. 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 takes no longer than 10 minutes and is confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact culturepulse@duke.edu. If you have not seen it in your email, please check spam/junk/clutter folders. Thank you!

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