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Highlights week 5-26-2019

Highlights of the week:

SCAI 2019 Held in Las Vegas

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the international professional society for interventional cardiology, held its 2019 Scientific Sessions this past week (May 19-22) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference chair was Sunil Rao; Raj Swaminathan served on the program committee to help organize the peripheral vascular disease track. Duke Heart was very well represented with conference faculty including Manesh Patel, Schuyler Jones, Tony Gutierrez, and Brittany Zwischenberger all participating. The influence of Duke Heart on the field of interventional cardiology was evident with former Duke Heart fellows or faculty like Connie Hess, Matt Sherwood, Amit Vora, Ash Sastry, Chad Zack, Prashant Kaul, Wayne Batchelor, Mauricio Cohen, and Jim Hermiller giving lectures or moderating sessions. The keynote speaker was New York Times bestselling author Abraham Verghese who spoke on maintaining the physician-patient relationship in an era of digital health. This year’s SCAI had the highest attendance in its conference history with over 2100 registered participants. Congratulations to the Duke Heart interventional faculty! Nice job, Sunil!


Bloomfield & Team Receives Pilot Funding

Congratulations to Gerald Bloomfield and his team – they have been notified that they will receive an award of $25,000 in pilot funds from Duke Global Health Institute for their project entitled, Proteomic Profiles and Cardiac Dysfunction in Children and Adolescents with HIV.  The group consists of: Bloomfield; Svati H. Shah, MD; Winstone Nyandiko, MMed, MPH and Ibrahim Daud, PhD (both of Moi University); Andrew McCrary, MD (Pediatric Cardiology fellow and soon-to-be Duke faculty member); Michael Muehlbauer, PhD, and Nathan Thielman, MD.


Good Catch, Anna Landen!

Many thanks to Anna Landen, one of our CTOR physician assistants in Clinic 2F/2G for realizing that a patient had the incorrect blood type listed in their medical chart. Landen was recognized this week with a Good Catch award. Nice job, Anna!


Sabulsky Receives MHA

Congratulations to Richard Sabulsky, one of our CTOR physician assistants, who completed his MHA at George Washington University this year. Sabulsky was inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society for academic excellence in the study of healthcare management, as well. Way to go, Rich!




Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

June 21: Transforming Obesity Research at Duke

Are you concerned about managing patients with obesity? Are you aware of the vital role you can serve at Duke in helping address this challenge? The Dean’s Interdisciplinary Colloquia is sponsoring a one-day interactive event to bring together patients, researchers, clinicians and other experts to advance the science of obesity prevention and treatment. The event will be co-hosted by Duke Heart’s Matt Roe, and Sarah Armstrong of Duke Pediatrics, Population Health Sciences, and Family Medicine and Community Health. Keynote speakers include Lesley Curtis, interim executive director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Joe Rogers, Duke cardiologist and CMO of Duke Health.


Understanding and solving the complexities of obesity is one of the most pressing challenges facing the health of our generation.  Tackling this problem head-on will require all of us – patients, community members, clinicians, and researchers across the translational spectrum.  Rarely do we have the opportunity to intersect, yet experts across the spectrum of research at Duke are needed to address the causation, barriers in patient care, and treatment methods that influence obesity across the lifespan – from pre-conception through adulthood.


Please consider participating in this one-day event, which will take place at the new DCRI Morris Building on Friday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration closes on June 9. To register, please visit: https://conta.cc/2WRfZmp

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