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Thanksgiving Week 2019

Thanksgiving Week 2019:

We hope that you all had some time over the last week to spend with family and loved ones.  Most importantly, we wanted to thank the many faculty, fellows, and heart center staff that make caring for our patients and each other.   Over the last year we have all had many times when we have been able to celebrate moments of achievement in patient care, research, and education.

We have also had many times when we were challenged as a group to support each other.  I want to specifically thank all of you that have sacrificed your time and provided support to our colleagues and staff at when needed.  It is a time of year as we enter the holidays where we have some moments to appreciate the many blessings that we all have.




Duke First to Perform a Adult DCD heart transplant in the US

Last night Jacob Schroder and a CT surgery team did the first Adult DCD heart transplant in the US!!!!  This is Donation after Circulatory Death – where the heart stops after withdrawal of support and then is reanimated outside the body with the transmedics organ care system.  Jacob noted that is was as always “an amazing team effort. Sarah Casalinova has really been the work horse of the whole EXPAND Heart and DCD trials, from the beginning. Ben Bryner went on the procurement and was instrumental. Carmelo Milano assisted Jacob on the redo/explant, and implant.”  It was “a tremendous team effort  that the whole institution should be proud of!”

We will have more of this story in the upcoming weeks and look forward to more innovative ways to improve our transplant program.

Joint Commission Site Visit: Stroke

Joint Commission surveyors will be on site at Duke University Hospital tomorrow, Dec. 2nd and Wednesday, Dec. 3rd to electively review our Comprehensive Stroke Program as part of our normal biennial review cycle. It is anticipated that the surveyor(s) will spend most of the time interviewing staff and providers who participate in the care of stroke patients in the ED, on Neuro units and in Radiology. They will evaluate care of patients who undergo carotid endarterectomy procedures. With current capacity restraints, stroke patients can be located throughout DUH; therefore, please be prepared for them to visit anywhere within Duke University Hospital.

Save the Date! Mary Walton Retirement Party

Please join us on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 12-2 p.m. in the Searle Center for a celebration of Mary L. Walton, RN, BSN, Duke Heart’s cardiothoracic OR scheduling manager, who is retiring from Duke Health after 42 years of service. All are welcome!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

This week, Cardiology Grand Rounds will feature cardiology fellow Zachary Wegermann. Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:15 a.m. in DN 2003.

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • December 10: (5 p.m.) Heart Center Grand Rounds on CTEPH
  • December 17: (5 p.m.) Faculty Staff Meeting
  • December 24: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!
  • December 31: No Grand Rounds. Happy Holidays!


January 17, 2020: Please plan to attend a special Medicine Grand Rounds in the Searle Center Lecture Hall. Damon Tweedy, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and author of Black Man in a White Coat, will present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial lecture.


March 26, 2020: 15th Annual Duke Quality & Safety Conference, Durham Convention Center.

The keynote speaker is Brent C. James, MD, MStat, a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, who will be presenting “Thriving under pay-for-value: the best clinical result at the lowest necessary cost.” The deadline for abstracts for the Duke Health Quality and Safety Conference is Dec. 2 at 5:00 p.m.


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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