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Duke Heart Updates Week ending 3-22-2020

Chief’s message: 

Red-Beans and Rice and COVID-19

After a long week on the internet and with news you might wonder what Red Beans and Rice have to do with COVID-19.  Red Beans and rice is one of the “test-kitchen” cooking attempts I have made over the last year for the Sunday family dinner that my kids actually enjoy (list is up to about 6-8 recipes). Our kids have been especially patient with all that the world has been throwing at them with home distant web-schooling, two parents in health care and associated conversations and concerns, and other adjustments.  So when they asked for red-beans and rice for dinner – was a welcome hour or so to get distracted from COVID-19.  I include some prep pictures with the them helping make the recipe.  Also a picture of the Bull in downtown Durham and some pictures a colleague took from a walk outside.There is a lot changing hour to hour, so it is nice to have moments where screens are off and we are spending time to reflect or on tasks that provide some outlet.  In this issue of the Pulse – you will also find photos and recognition of the life that goes one for our fellows and staff, and the continued accomplishments and commitment to our missions.


Regarding COVID-19 news – it is moving rapidly and our Health System and physician group is moving quickly to help care for the community and each other.

The article below by Atul Gawande that many of you have likely seen provides nice context on the things we can do to help our staff and health care workers as we care of patients.


The outpouring of support for Duke clinicians has been heartwarming. Thank you all for the teamwork and leadership this last week

Updates of the week:


Thank you for all you’re doing to keep our team and patients safe. The latest official information for Duke Health entities regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 response is available at the following locations:

Consistency in messaging is imperative, so please refer to the resources there for the latest information and policy updates.

…And now some reasons to rejoice:

Duke Heart Grows Again!

Cardiology fellow Titus Ngeno and his wife, Claire, welcomed a daughter last weekend. Please join us in celebrating the arrival of Yanna Chepyator Ngeno last weekend! The family is doing well. We are so excited for you, Titus!

Wang to Receive Mentorship Award

We’ve learned that Tracy Wang will be awarded a School of Medicine Mentorship Award at the 2020 spring faculty

celebration. The event is currently scheduled for May 5 at the Doris Duke Center at Duke Gardens. Well deserved!

Tracy Yu-Ping Wang

Alpha Omega Alpha’s Newest Members

We heard this week from Edward Buckley, Vice Dean for Education with the School of Medicine, that three of our future and current cardiology fellows have been elected to membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). A big congratulations to Marat Fudim, Stephen Greene, and Dennis Narcisse!

AOA elects a small number of students, residents and fellows each year who exemplify the qualities of scholastic performance, leadership, fairness in dealing with colleagues, compassion for others, integrity of character, and service to the school and community at large.

In the notification letter, Buckley wrote, “As you know, membership in AOA is a distinction that accompanies a physician throughout his or her career. I am extremely proud of these individuals and their accomplishments.”

Way to go!!!!


Kudos to Rehorn

Mike Rehorn was awarded a gold star from Duke Graduate Medical Education for his care of a grateful patient.

The patient writes, “I was recently admitted to Duke for atrial flutter. Every single person I came in contact with was WONDERFUL. Everyone was so caring and helpful. They listened, took time with me and my family and answered questions…I had to let someone higher up know about some people in particular… [list included Dr. Rehorn]. Thank you for the standards set for amazing staff.”


Catherine Kuhn, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education writes, “I want to add a personal note of thanks and appreciation for being such a positive ambassador for Duke and your specialty.”


Nicely done, Mike! Thanks for representing Duke Heart!

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Upcoming Grand Rounds:

  • Cancelled through April
  • May 12: Michelle Kittleson, Cedars Sinai
  • May 19: Mark Newman, University of Kentucky
  • May 26: Svati Shah


Duke-J&J Nurse Leadership Program Accepting Applications

The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 program year. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) and their team members–committed to collaborating together on a health improvement initiative–are invited to participate in this program. The 10-month leadership development program trains APNs and their team members to be better equipped to meet the challenges of the evolving health care environment. Up to 35 health care teams will be selected to participate for the 2020-21 program year.

The application period will close May 11. Read more about the application process.

Informational webinar about the program will be held via Zoom 12-1 p.m. ET Thursday April 16.


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.


Duke Heart in the News:


March 11 — Adrian Hernandez


The FDA brings real-world data head to head with clinical trials



March 15 — Joseph Rogers


Triangle Hospitals Prepping For Spike In COVID-19 Patients



March 16 — Jason Katz


The COVID-19 Silver Lining



March 16 — Renato Lopes

tctMD/the heart beat

More Support for DOAC-Based Double Therapy After PCI for A-fib Patients



March 16 — Jonathan Piccini and Sean Pokorney

Healio/Cardiology Today

Oral anticoagulation may be harmful in AF, end-stage renal disease



March 17 — Robert Califf

The Washington Post

Coronavirus/Latest News: Pence asks construction companies to donate masks to hospitals



March 17 — Sreekanth Vemulapalli


Hospital PCI Volume Not Tied to TAVR Outcomes



March 18 — Jonathan Piccini


Benefit of Anticoagulants in Atrial Fibrillation Diminished in End-Stage Kidney Disease



March 18 — Manesh Patel

HCP Live

Manesh Patel, MD: Prescribing DOACs In Real-World Settings



March 18 — Joseph Rogers


Duke, UNC hospitals to use tents to keep virus patients separate



March 18 — Christopher Granger

HCP Live

Increasing Implementation and Clinical Use of NOAC Therapy



March 19 — W. Schuyler Jones

Medpage Today

ADAPTABLE: The Future of Big Clinical Trial Design?



March 20 — Renato Lopes


Less Bleeding With Dual Than Triple Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation After PCI



March 20 — Joseph Rogers


Duke, UNC hospitals to use tents to keep virus patients separate


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