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Academic Year Coming to an End – Highlights week ending 6-16-2019

Happy Fathers Day 2019

Hopefully everyone had a moment to spend with family and loved ones celebrating father’s day.  This is a special time of year as the academic year ends and we celebrate all of our graduating fellows.  We had our finishing dinner Friday night and got to celebrate how the fellows continue to enrich our lives.

End-of Year Fellowship Dinner Held June 14

Congratulations to our 2019 graduating Cardiology Fellows! Our celebratory, year-end cocktail reception and awards dinner was held on Friday evening in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Washington Duke Inn. Thanks to all who joined in celebrating our wonderful fellows and in wishing them well as they move into their next stage of training or into their next adventure outside of Duke Heart. Special thanks to Arlene Martin, Dawne Smith, Anna Lisa Crowley, and all who helped make the evening a success!


Highlights of the evening included our annual awards presentation:

  • The Floyd Endowed Fellowship Award, given in memory of Walter Floyd, MD, and chosen by the current fellows, goes to the peer who best exemplifies outstanding clinical skills and acumen. The 2019 recipient is Sounok Sen, MD.
  • The Greenfield Scholar in Cardiology Award given in honor of Joseph Greenfield, MD, is selected by the Greenfield Committee for outstanding dedication and contributions to research. The 2019 recipient is Stephen Greene, MD.
  • The Cassell-Saperstein Award is given to the fellow who best showcases excellence in teaching and a passion for clinical education. The 2019 recipient is Rahul Loungani, MD.
  • The Brandt & Belinda Louie Award is given to the fellow exemplifying excellence across all areas within Duke Heart: clinical, education and research. The 2019 recipient is Angela Lowenstern, MD.
  • The 2019 Staff Service Award recipient is Krisia Zanetti, RN, of the Duke Electrophysiology team.
  • The 2019 Bashore Teaching Award recipient is Andrew Wang, MD. The award is given in honor of Thomas Bashore, MD.
  • The 2019 Outstanding Mentorship Award recipient is Schuyler Jones, MD.

The following fellows will complete their final fellowship program on June 30 and are moving into medical practice outside of Duke:

  • Bridgette Christopher, MD, is heading to Cone Health HeartCare
  • Matthew Chung, MD, is heading to Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists
  • Jordan Awerbach, MD, is heading to Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Alexander Fanaroff, MD, is heading to the University of Pennsylvania
  • Ajar Kochar, MD, is heading to Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Aditya Mandawat, MD, is heading to Chattanooga Heart Institute
  • Daniel Friedman, MD, is heading to Yale University
  • Stephen Gaeta, MD, is heading to Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
  • John Symons, MD, is heading to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Parichart Junpaparp, MD, is heading to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
  • Haider Warraich, MD, is heading to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston VA Medical Center

Tracey Koepke, director of communications, arranged for photography. If you would like copies of photos from the event (there are too many to include here!), please contact Arlene Martin, our GME coordinator. She will have access to all of them later this week.

Congratulations to all of our fellows, their families and our 2019 award recipients. You are a very special part of the Duke Heart team!

Shah Named Associate Dean, Director of Duke Precision Genomics Collaboratory

Svati Shah, MD, MHS, has been named Associate Dean of Genomics and Director of the Duke Precision Genomics Collaboratory, a new coordinating center that will serve as the nexus for genetics and genomics activities in the School of Medicine. As director, Shah will coordinate efforts among institutes, centers and departments in all areas of genetics and genomics, ranging from fundamental basic science to clinical genomics and precision medicine. The news was announced earlier this week by Mary Klotman, MD, Dean of Duke’s School of Medicine and Colin Duckett, PhD, Vice Dean for Basic Science at Duke.


Shah, a professor of medicine in cardiology, serves as Vice-Chief of Translational Research and Director of the Adult Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic within our division. She is also a faculty member in the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute where she serves as co-director of Translational Research, and she is a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Shah’s early research led to the identification of novel genetic variants and pathways leading to premature heart disease in families. Currently, her NIH-funded translational laboratory studies the metabolic and genetic pathways of cardiometabolic diseases, integrating diverse genomic, metabolomic and proteomic techniques for identification of novel mechanisms of disease and biomarkers. She received her public health degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and came to Duke for a cardiology fellowship in 2001, where she went on to earn a Master’s in Medical Genomics and to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Genetic Epidemiology in the Center for Human Genetics. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and a fellow and board member of the American Heart Association.

Well deserved! Congratulations, Svati!

HCMA, Duke Heart Partner on Patient-Centered Conference

Duke Heart, in partnership with the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association, held the Affairs of the Heart: Living with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy conference yesterday at the Durham Convention Center. The free conference was well attended, with more than 250 patients and their family members registering to join us. The event offers a regional opportunity for patients to gather, learn more about their disease, hear directly from care providers and researchers, and perhaps most importantly — to meet others who are living with HCM. Duke presenters included Andrew Wang, James Daubert, Han Kim, Carmelo Milano, Andrew Landstrom, Ruth Lehan, Aarti Kenjale, Michael Carboni and Louis Dibernardo; Presenters from Charlotte’s Atrium Health included John Symanski and Dulce Mange. Lisa Salberg, the founder of the HCMA was a featured presenter and shared her personal experiences with HCM and the significant impact it has had on her family and loved ones. As you likely know, Duke was named an HCMA Center of Excellence last year. This is an important designation as it signals to patients that Duke offers the clinical experience and excellence needed to diagnose and treat this difficult patient population. Special thanks to Christy Darnell and to Wendy Bosari of The Share Registry, for planning this event along with Andrew Wang.

Moore Leaving Duke Heart; Heading to Charlotte

Chelsey Moore has been with Duke Heart for the past three years, most recently serving as the Cardiology Team Lead for PAs and NPs.  She is heading to Charlotte with husband Randel and newborn Ava. Randel is a new pharmacist and will be doing his PGY1 in internal medicine at CMC Northeast in Concord; Chelsey will be working in inpatient/outpatient cardiology at Novant Presbyterian.

Chelsea says she is sad to leave our Duke family but is excited for her family’s new opportunity in Charlotte. “I am so grateful for my time at Duke Heart and for the opportunity to serve as team lead of our cardiology NPs and PAs,” she said. “It is so comforting at the end of each shift to know that every patient was given the best possible evidence-based care by our APPs and physicians. Each person in this organization is focused on providing the best patient care and moving the organization forward with ongoing research and performance improvement. I have learned so much and will carry the medical knowledge and leadership skills I have gained with me into my new position. Please keep in touch!”

Chris and Bradi Granger held a going away gathering for Chelsey at their home, and members of our Cardiology APP team had a team photo taken with her in front of one of the LifeFlight helicopters this week. Shown in the LifeFlight rooftop photo: Mike Towery, Sasmrita Belbase, Callie Tennyson, Michelle Martwick, Erika Schwengel, Jade Clausen, Chelsey Moore, Sara Black, Diane Sauro, Kate Hunter, Tiffany McEwen, Jordan Hausladen and Erica Sparacino.


Best wishes to you and your family, Chelsea! You will be missed.


Parker Named Nurse Manager, Operations, CTICU Effective July 8

Please join us in welcoming Philip Parker, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, who will become Nurse Manager, Operations of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (7 West – CTICU) effective July 8. Parker received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from NC State University and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University. He began his nursing career in the CTICU at Duke University Hospital in 2006; he has held a Clinical Lead position in the CTICU since 2015. He leads multiple unit initiatives and is the current chair of the CTICU Clinical Practice Council. Parker has also presented at local, regional, and national conferences on critical care concepts and patient flow.

Please join us in recognizing him for his contributions to the CTICU over the years and please welcome him to his new role as one of our nurse managers.


Adams Named Clinical Team Lead, 7100/7200 Effective July 1

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Adams will become a new Clinical Team Lead on 7100/7200 effective July 1. Adams started as a new Clinical Nurse on 7100 in November 2015.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in May 2015. Adams has held several leadership roles on 7100/7200, serving as a Charge Nurse, Secondary Preceptor, and Unit Skin Care Champion. She recently joined the Unit Scheduling Committee.

Congratulations, Katherine!

Grand Rounds: TDH Update

Ravi Karra led an excellent panel presentation during Grand Rounds this week on the work his team is doing as part of the Translating Duke Health Initiative. In 2018, TDH awarded three $100,000 pilot projects related to the theme of Cardiovascular Resistance, Resilience, and Rejuvenation. Karra’s proposal was selected to receive one of the awards. He and several of his team members discussed the work they are doing related to Biomarker Signatures of Ventricular Resistance. Joining him were fellow research partners Melissa Daubert, Han Kim and Michael Khouri. Great job, everyone!

Matthew Brennan presented at TVT2019

Matthew Brennan was a presenter at the 2019 Transcatheter Valve Therapy (TVT) Structural Heart Summit held this past week (June 12-15) at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Thanks for representing Duke Heart!



CycleNation Event at North Hills

Through our sponsorship with the American Heart Association, Duke Heart hosted five teams of four cyclists each for the AHA CycleNation stationary biking event held yesterday at North Hills. The event promotes stroke risk awareness throughout the community as well as raising funds for cerebrovascular and heart disease research. The teams were comprised primarily of our stroke colleagues within the departments of neurology and neurosurgery.



Thank you DukeHealth.org Photoshoot Participants!

Duke Heart, in collaboration with the DUHS corporate marketing team, held a photoshoot this past week to collect new banner images for our heart services pages on DukeHealth.org. Many, many thanks to all who shared their work spaces with us and to those who participated as either providers or “patients” including: Brian Coyne, Kim Starkey, Mary Walton, Crandle Taborn, Sean Stephens, Laura Blue, Nicole Zafiris, Tam McVey, Nadia Batts, Ciarra Ashley, Eric McClenny, Stephanie Barnes, Alicia Ploeger, Kenyon Moore, Kim Aiken, Dawn Corbett, Rafael Rojas, Heather Pena (and baby!), Bharatiben Joshi, Nickie Melton, Emebet Admasu, Nestor Mena, Cherise Dailey, Rich Krasuski, Chet Patel, Carmelo Milano, Cary Ward, Jeff Gaca, Melissa Daubert, Andrew Wang, Sana Al Khatib, Mike Blazing, J. Kevin Harrison, Brett Atwater, Albert Sun, Joe Turek and Chris Granger. Special thanks to Laura Dickerson for helping with this project! Stay tuned, as additional photoshoots likely will be scheduled later this year.


Cardiology Grand Rounds – updates

In lieu of Grand Rounds this week, we will have a Cardiology Faculty Meeting: Tuesday, June 18, 7:15 a.m. in DN 2003.

Next week (June 25) will be our final Cardiology Grand Rounds of the academic year. Deepak Voora will have an update from the Translating Duke Health program. He will lead a discussion on resilience to coronary artery disease risk factors. Please join us if you can!

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.

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