We are excited to announce that Jason Katz, MD, MHS has agreed to return to Duke and serve as Director of Cardiovascular Critical Care Services across Duke Health System, Co-Director of the Duke CICU, and Co-Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support. Jason did his medical residency at UTSW where he was a Chief Resident before coming to Duke for both his cardiovascular fellowship and critical care fellowship. In 2010, he joined UNC Faculty where he was dual appointed in Cardiovascular Medicine and Pulmonary Critical Care at UNC. At UNC, he has served in many roles including the medical director of both the CICU and Cardio-Thoracic ICU. He has also cared for and led the team managing patients with mechanical circulatory support at UNC and participated in several multi-center trials in patients with ventricular assist devices. He currently directs the UNC Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiogenic Shock Program. He is one of the three executive steering committee members of the recently launched Critical Care Cardiology Trials Network (CCCTN) –a multicenter, international group to design and implement pragmatic clinical research efforts focusing on optimal care processes for critically ill patients with cardiovascular disease. This group has recently described the contemporary characteristics and patients in cardiology critical care units. Jason is the current Chair of the Acute Cardiac Care and General Cardiology Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLCD) for the American Heart Association.
Jason is passionate about education and has won several teaching awards from medical students, residents and fellows including being selected by UNC medical students to receive membership in the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society.
We look forward to having Jason join our team and help Duke Heart take care of our sickest patients across our clinical network.
CICU Redesign – Newby to become Medical Director Duke CICU:
Regarding the addition of Jason in the CICU, Chris Granger stated “we are delighted and energized to have Jasoncome back to Duke, to help guide us into the next era of cardiac intensive care.” Chris will be stepping down as the Medical Director of the CICU, a leadership position that Kristin Newby will take on Starting November 1st. Kristin has served as the Co-Director of the CICU over the last several years and worked at both the local and national level on cardiovascular critical care. She will take on the role of Medical Director of Duke University CICU and will work with Jason and our Division Leadership as we advance and integrate Cardiac Intensive Care at Duke University Hospital and across the health system.
Chris Granger has been our Medical Director of the CICU and spearheaded several innovations including team based rounding, rapid coronary revascularization through a statewide systems based approach for patients with ST-segment elevation, and numerous studies on patients with acute coronary syndromes and heart failure. We look forward to continuing to have Chris provide divisional leadership in how we develop and deliver systems for high quality cardiovascular care. I want to also personally thank Chris for his leadership in our division and the CICU.
Please welcome Jason and Congratulate Kristin and Chris when you see them!