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Duke Heart Highlights week ending October 20th 2019

Inaugural Research Week

The School of Medicine held their inaugural Research Week this past week. Thanks to all who participated! There were a number of great presentations and discussions, including a talk on the Duke Precision Medicine Collaboratory by Svati Shah, keynote lecture by Richard Lifton entitled from “Genes and Genomes to Biology and Health.”  The innovation jam sponsored by DIHI led by Suresh Balu was also held with many great presentations.  Our own Carmelo Milano presented a novel catheter for venting the LV during ECMO.  Thanks to Adrian Hernandez and the School of Medicine for a great week on research.






The week ended with the Blue-White basketball game for Duke Basketball to start the season.  Outside the game – William Kaelin – Duke Alum and 2019 Nobel Prize winner was spotted and we were able to get a selfie with him and his signed Basketball.  You can see Adrian Hernandez trying to lean in to get into the picture.



National Respiratory Care Week: Oct. 20-26

National Respiratory Care Week begins today. Please take some time this week to recognize the efforts of the very talented respiratory therapists (RTs) working throughout Duke to help care for and educate patients with lung diseases and disorders. They are an incredibly valuable part of the Duke Heart team and have a long history of living our core value of caring for our patients, their loved ones, and each other.

Their clinical expertise is pivotal in Duke’s delivery of the highest quality care. On behalf of the leadership team, we thank them for all they do each and every day. Keep up the great work! #RCWeek19

Wofford Named Young Healthcare Executive of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Brian Wofford, Duke Heart’s Vice President of Heart Operations for Durham County, has been named the 2019 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). The award was announced at the 34th Annual NAHSE Educational Conference held Oct. 9-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

The award is given annually to a NAHSE member under the age of 40 in recognition of their contributions and dedicated commitment to the healthcare industry and NAHSE. The award selection committee seeks a professional with progressive management experience who has a demonstrated commitment to the development and career of young healthcare professionals and who is active in community organizations.

This is excellent news! Congratulations, Brian!


AANP Fall Conference

Duke Heart was well represented at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual conference held Oct. 10-13 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Presenters included Midge Bowers, Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF) – Acute and Chronic Management in the Ambulatory Setting; Allison Dimsdale, Hypertension:  Simple to Resistant Care Transformation:  Managing Cardiometabolic Risk to Prevent Disease; Carolina Tennyson, Admitted with Heart Failure:  From Clinic to Transplant;  and Carolyn Lekavich with two presentations: The Many Faces of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF):  The Cardiometabolic Profile and Clinical Challenges of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF):  Diagnosis and Treatment.

Great job everyone!





Duke Emergency Alerts Update

Duke University Health System (DUHS) and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) are updating our operational (non-clinical) emergency alerts to make sure everyone in our three hospitals and PDC clinics understands what’s happening during an emergency situation, and knows how to respond.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 23, the operational emergency codes across DUHS and the PDC clinics will be replaced with easy-to-understand intercom alerts that tell staff and providers, patients, and visitors exactly what’s happening during emergencies.

This approach is referred to as using plain language, and is a nationally-recognized best practice that is being implemented in health care organizations across the country. It is also becoming the new standard for health care organizations in North Carolina. The goal is to make sure everyone in our hospitals, including our visitors, has the needed information during an operational emergency situation and can respond as appropriate.

Doximity Deadline, Oct. 31

All of you are busy and we know some of you are not as interested in social media platforms as others, but… Doximity registration is the only way to ensure you will absolutely have the opportunity to vote online in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

Please take a moment to claim your profile in Doximity. If you do not know if you are registered or not, please contact Tracey Koepke, Director of Communication for Duke Heart. She has the full list of faculty who are (and who aren’t!) registered. If you have questions about how to utilize Doximity, she can help with that, too.

Please make sure you’re eligible to vote in early 2020. The deadline is October 31, 2019.

  1. Visit com and enter your first and last name.
  2. Select your profile
  3. Follow the prompts to sign in, reset your password or create a new account.

Thank you!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week we look forward to the Cardiology Fellows Conference with Sounok Sen. Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m., DN, 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • 29: Euan Ashley from Stanford, “Towards Precision Medicine.” 5 p.m.
  • 5: Renato Lopes will present “AF and PCI: Triple Trouble? Double Therapy? Where do we stand in 2019?”
  • 8 (Friday): Kim Eagle, Michigan, will be presenting the Eugene Stead Lecture
  • 12: Javed Butler, University of Mississippi


Talent from All Corners Symposium, Nov. 4

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The U.S. has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies.

In this panel discussion on Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership, a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Duke cardiologist and Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership. 3-6 p.m., Searle Center. Registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To learn more or to register, please visit: https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/events/talent-from-all-corners-how-immigration-helps-shape-scientific-leadership/


Duke Heart Safe Choices, Nov. 6

Our next Duke Heart Safe Choices workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Trent Semans Center.

The workshop includes presentations from Duke Health patient safety officers and Duke Heart leadership, as well as break-out discussions to discuss past safety events. In the small groups, you’ll review an actual case in order to identify and analyze risks taken and potential solutions to enhance patient safety.

These workshops are some of the most important events we offer to our care teams in Duke Heart. They offer a time to gather and intentionally reflect on the role each of us plays in the safety of our patients and each other.  We need participation from all teams and each type of provider. Join us!

Dinner will be provided. Please register here:  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHhouKiZ19cm0Bv


Save the Date: 3rd Annual Cardio-Oncology Symposium

The third annual Duke Cardio-Oncology Symposium will be held at the Washington Duke Inn on Feb. 22, 2020. Chiara Melloni and medical oncologist Susan Dent are co-chairs. Stay tuned for more information!


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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