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Duke Heart Week ending March 29th 2020

Chief’s message:

Resilience and Path Forward: These are very trying times. As you all, I have read, seen, viewed the devastating reports from Italy and New York, where the systems, organizations, hospitals, and most notably the Healthcare Heroes have been overwhelmed by the pandemic, working in limited and trying times to help patients with the disease. The humanity and resolve to continue to support and fight for patients has been awe-inspiring. The messages, lessons, tips you all have sent are all welcome and we are listening and organizing these. We all will be called upon in different ways to pitch in, support, work in situations that will test us. I am confident in our group, and have heard the desire from many to contribute, to act, to matter in this time. Please re-charge, spend some time away from the news and internet. Soon there will be a time to demonstrate our collective ability to work together, trust each other, and act to preserve and care for our patients and each other.

To our past graduates and friends of Duke Heart – we hope you are staying well and appreciate all the support.

Highlights of the week:

Douglas Honored and Awarded by ACC

The American College of Cardiology has renamed an award in honor of Pamela S. Douglas and made her its 2020 recipient! The Pamela S. Douglas Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion was officially announced this weekend during the virtual ACC Scientific Sessions. To learn more, please visit: https://dcri.org/acc-2020-pamela-douglas-award/.

The award and naming by the ACC for diversity and inclusion in honor of Pam Douglas is a recognition of her tremendous efforts over the years to help mentor, and build a culture of inclusions. Congratulations, Pam!


Three Duke Heart Faculty Named ACC Fellows

Congratulation to Camille Frazier-Mills, Adam DeVore and Nishant Shah. Each was named a fellow of the American College of Cardiology this weekend. Way to go!

ACC Goes Virtual

For all the latest information on virtual presentations this weekend and tomorrow, please check out the DCRI’s ACC page: https://dcri.org/dcri-acc/


Crawford to Receive Professionalism Award

Congratulations to Larry Crawford! He has been selected by the School of Medicine’s Office for Faculty and the award selection

Lawrence Crawford

committee as a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Professionalism Award. The award is normally presented at the Spring Faculty Celebration held annually in May. Plans for this event are uncertain due to current events, but we look forward to formally celebrating with Larry when the time comes.

This is a wonderful achievement and well-deserved!




Kudos to Anthony Peters, Vishal Rao and Chris Wrobel:

Jason Katz wrote the following note to Anna Lisa Crowley this week:

“I was really excited to finally work in the CICU last week and was – as anticipated – very happy with the strong work and leadership exhibited by our fellows. Vishal, Chris, and Anthony were each fantastic. I loved how they each had their own unique style, but each were unwavering in their determination to provide the best care, the best teaching, and the best support for their colleagues, the nurses, the patients, the families, and the rest of the CICU staff. They were awesome! You should be very proud — I sure was!”

Thank you Chris, Anthony and Vishal for your leadership during this uncertain time and thank you to Jason Katz for providing this feedback. Way to go, everyone!


Hat tip to Plichta

Many thanks to Ryan Plichta for providing treats for cardiothoracic unit floor APPs on 7E and 3100/3300 last weekend. Not only did he help boost morale on a few of our busy units, but he helped support a local Durham restaurant that, like so many others across the country, are struggling right now. Great idea!!!


Kudos to Southpoint Staff

Kudos to the Southpoint front desk staff and their manager, Damien Lett, who have been fantastic in helping convert visit types, reschedule patients, scheduling follow-up and lab appointments. This has been a huge help to the team! Thank you Dora Hernandez-Granados, Bulmaro “Alex” Ayala, Loistene Alcaraz, Maria Cabello, Marisol Juarez Mosqueda and Samantha Lorenzo.


Duke Ambulatory APP/NC’s Meeting Goes Virtual

Our Duke Ambulatory APPs and nurse clinicians held their second virtual meeting this past week with 18 participants. Many thanks to Jennifer Hervey, MS-HIIM, BSN, RN, for letting us know and for sending the photo!

According to Allen Stephens, MHS, PA-C, a Duke Heart PA with Duke Cardiology of Southpoint, using Zoom during our time of social distancing “Was a great way for us to check in with one another, share best practices for telehealth visits and to address questions and concerns from the group. I think using video makes it easier for people to communicate than just by phone.” He shared the following tip:

  • If using Zoom for a Duke meeting use the Duke Zoom website so that the meeting time can be longer than the 40 minutes included with the general basic zoom account. (Note, this will require you to create a log in on the Duke Zoom website)


You can quickly access the latest official DUHS information regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 response at the following locations:

Messages of thanks from Chancellor Eugene Washington and from Coach Mike Krzyzewski to healthcare providers were shared earlier this week. Check them out!

ICYMI: a useful video update on PPE from our Covid-19 Task Force.

Quick reminder that, as stated in recent email updates from DUHS leadership, media inquiries and stories related to Covid-19 must go through an approval process with the command center and DUHS Media Relations office. If you have questions about this, please contact Tracey Koepke, director of communications for Duke Heart. Thanks!

Resources from Your Well-Being Team

Need to relax and recharge? Visit our page of Well-Being Resources, updated each Wednesday with new ideas on how to better care for ourselves and each other.

And remember the basics: Show gratitude for one another. Use huddles and meetings to share ideas on what’s helping your resilience. Take deep breaths and mindful minutes with your team. When you leave work, take a moment to think about three good things that happened in the day, and mentally transition from work to home. A new checklist is available to help you power down, rest and recharge. Many sites are posting this checklist in their work areas. We also encourage everyone (including those working remotely) to print out a copy for themselves, or share via PowerPoint.

If you have well-being ideas or resources that have helped you, or moments of gratitude and awe that you want to share with your colleagues, contact BeWell@Duke.edu.


National Doctors’ Day

This year, Duke Health is working to celebrate all caregivers on National Doctors’ Day through the #ThankYouDukeHealth campaign.

The first Doctor’s Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor’s Day. Following overwhelming approval by the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as “National Doctor’s Day.”

We are so blessed to have each of you as a member of our Duke Heart team.

Have a great week everyone and please stay safe!

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


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 20 — Adam DeVore

tctMD/the heart beat

Missed Opportunities: Many HF Patients Not Tested for CAD



March 24 — Adam DeVore

Healio/Cardiology Today

In new-onset HF, rate of CAD testing lower than expected


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