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Highlights of the week of June 30th 2019

Madhav Swaminathan – First Anesthesiologist as President of American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

This last week saw the presidential year of Madhav Swaminathan for the ASE.  The meeting in Portland was highlighted by his presidential speech and several awards for and links to past and present Duke faculty and trainees.  This is an example of an outstanding person who works as a team member uplifting others getting the opportunity to lead and spread this ethos – one that we hope pervades Duke Heart..  Please find photos from the event.














Patel Headed to Atrium Health

Priyesh Patel will be leaving Duke Heart on July 24 to join the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute at Atrium Health in Concord and Charlotte, NC. Priyesh has been part of the Duke family since 2005, completing all medical training including medical school, residency, and fellowships in cardiology and heart failure at Duke University Hospital. His tenure at Duke has been punctuated by multiple awards for teaching and clinical excellence. With his partner Stuart Russell, he expanded Duke’s regional footprint by establishing a comprehensive heart failure program at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, which is now capable of managing nearly all advanced heart failure needs short of heart failure surgeries.

Priyesh will leverage this experience to establish and grow a heart failure program at the Atrium Northeast Campus in Concord, NC, while keeping a footprint with transplant/LVAD at the CMC Main campus in Charlotte. Priyesh’s wife Laura Musselwhite has also had an outstanding career at Duke and will be moving to Atrium Health as the Director of Outcomes Research for the Solid Tumor Division of Levine Cancer Institute to build a GI Oncology program at the Atrium Northeast Campus. Priyesh, Laura, and their daughter Zara (age 1) are grateful to everyone at Duke Heart for their unwavering support and friendship, and wish everyone the very best. Congratulations and a heartfelt goodbye to Priyesh and Laura! You will be missed!

Miller Receives DOM Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Cory Miller who was recognized last week by the Department of Medicine for Outstanding Service! Miller served for many years as a CICU nurse clinician; she coordinated the interface between patients, families, nursing and ancillary support teams and faculty, house staff and fellows; and she played a major role in education around end-of-life care, Code Blue processes, orientation to the CICU and other general areas of importance to team-based clinical care. We are so happy she has been recognized for her outstanding work and contributions by the Department of Medicine. Last Friday at Medicine Grand Rounds, she received the Department of Medicine’s Outstanding Service Award that is given annually to a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated exemplary, long-standing service to medicine education in the Department of Medicine. Congratulations, Cory!

Shark Tank Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the winners of our recent Shark Tank competition. Congratulations to Marat Fudim, cardiology fellow, and Brittany Zwischenberger, assistant professor of CT surgery! Fudim will receive the Duke Heart Leadership Council fellow funding award for Splanchic Nerve Modulation and Hemodynamic Monitoring in Chronic Heart Failure (SPONGE-HF). Zwischenberger will receive the Duke Heart Leadership Council faculty funding award for Use of Preoperative EKG-gated Cardiac Commuted Tomography (CT) to Improve Preoperative Assessment of Mitral Valve Anatomy and Facilitate Surgical Repair. Many thanks to the Duke Heart Leadership Council for their continued investment and their interest in research and clinical excellence! We are so pleased to have their generous support. Way to go, Marat and Brittany!

Five-Star Breakfast for AHF Team

The Advanced Heart Failure clinic at WakeMed Raleigh (part of our HeartCarePlus+ partnership) received a PRC 5-star award for patient care excellence. The award ceremony was held June 11. The team has put in tremendous work to make the clinic successful and we appreciate their effort. Shown here from left to right: Stephanie Cooper, Tanaya Foster, Denise Warren (COO WakeMed), Priyesh Patel, Dee Darkes, Eddie Little, Pam Daughtry, Donald Gintzig (CEO WakeMed), and Michelle Tadlock. Not pictured: Stuart Russell who was rounding at Duke during the award ceremony. Congrats to Priyesh, Stu and to our entire HF team!

Cardiology Grand Rounds – updates

Our last Cardiology Grand Rounds of the academic year was held last week. Many thanks to Deepak Voora, George Truskey and Neha Pagidipati for their updates regarding the Translating Duke Health program and their work related to resilience to coronary artery disease risk factors. Thanks to all who joined us!

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