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Duke Heart Pulse – July 5th 2020 – New Academic Year

Chief’s Note:

Each year in July we have bittersweet transition in which we say goodbye to some of our finishing cardiology fellows and welcome to our newest members of the team.  This year was different in that we had to have these transitions in the COVID-19 era in which the graduations were Zoom based and the welcomes were for the most part also virtual.  Nevertheless, as you will see over the upcoming months, even with the challenges that we are increasingly facing around the region and country with the coronavirus, we are starting to both innovate and understand ways in which we can make the very important human connections that help our fellows and faculty continue to build teams and lead in cardiovascular disease.

Duke Heart Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

We are pleased to announce that Marat Fudim, Stephen Greene and Jennifer Rymer have each joined the Duke Heart faculty as assistant professors of medicine in Duke’s division of cardiology. All three completed fellowship training here at Duke as of June 30 and their faculty appointments were effective July 1.

Fudim and Greene both completed the Duke Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology training program and have joined our Heart Failure team. Rymer completed her fellowship training in interventional cardiology and has joined the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. All three will conduct research in addition to their clinical responsibilities. We’ll be showcasing each of them this summer.


Welcome: New Cardiology & Advanced HF Fellows

Our newest Cardiovascular Disease and Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology fellows kicked off their training on July 1.

For Cardiovascular Disease fellowship, please welcome:

  • Matthew Carlisle, MD, joining us from Duke
  • Alyssa Corley, MD, joining us from Beth Israel Deaconess
  • Karen Flores Rosario, MD, joining us from University of Texas, Southwestern
  • Cara Hoke, MD, joining us from Beth Israel Deaconess
  • Joe Lerman, MD, joining us from Duke
  • Daniel Loriaux, MD, joining us from Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dennis Narcisse, MD, joining us from Duke
  • Sarah Snow, MD, joining us from University of California, Los Angeles

For Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, please welcome:

  • Hirak Shah, MD, joining us from the University of Minnesota (residency: Washington University in Saint Louis)

Please give them a warm welcome when you see them!

Here is the zoom photo I took from their welcome meeting with Anna Lisa Crowley, Rob Mentz, and Neha Pagidipatti.  Many great things ahead for this group.









New Fellows Hear From Several of our Faculty and Fellows in Boot Camp.

Schuyler Jones presented on STEMI management this week at our first CICU boot camp for new fellows (photo courtesy of Rob Harrison).  Thanks to Rob Harrison and Anna Lisa Crowley for setting up, Jamie Jollis, Jason Katz, Kristin Newby, and others for joining.  Special thanks to Vishal Rao and Kevin Friede for helping with the orientation.  I was excited to stop in during the afternoon when the orientation for procedures, fluro etc was going on for the CICU.

Tennyson Appointed to DUSON Faculty

We are pleased to share with you that Callie Tennyson, one of our Cardiology APPs, has been appointed to the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing as an assistant professor. Tennyson will be primarily teaching in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, where she will train masters-level nursing students in hospital and critical care medicine. The appointment was effective July 1.

“I’m really looking forward to challenging myself in expanding my scholarship and leading future generations of Acute Care nurse practitioners,” said Tennyson. “But don’t worry- I will continue working with inpatient Cardiology in a part-time capacity because I LOVE the Duke Heart Center!”


“We have appreciated her collaboration and contributions to the Cardiology APP team both clinically and as a preceptor for the School of Nursing and look forward to further collaborations moving forward,” said Stephanie Barnes and Rio Landa, co-team leaders of the Cardiology APP team.


Tennyson is deeply appreciative of all of the encouragement and support shown by her Duke Heart colleagues in this endeavor. Way to go, Callie! We are really proud of you!


Shout-Out to Palma

Congratulations to Richie Palma, director of the Duke Cardiac Ultrasound Certificate Program, for receiving Fellowship status from the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals.

Palma becomes the first sonographer ever to receive fellowship status from the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). This is great news and another feather in the cap of our outstanding sonography team!







ICYMI: THEF Newsletter Features Radzom

Matt Radzom, an exercise physiologist in the CDU, and his wife Amy, an emergency physician at Wake Med, were interviewed for a story about healthcare providers on the frontlines during COVID. Their interview appears in the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum of NC (THEF) Summer 2020 newsletter (scroll to page 9). THEF is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Nice job, Matt! Hat tip to Brian Coyne for sharing this news with us!


All Duke Campuses & Facilities Now Tobacco-Free

As part of Duke’s commitment to creating a healthy living and working environment, a tobacco-free policy is now in effect on all Duke property and grounds owned and leased by Duke University as of July 1.

The policy prohibits the use of all tobacco-based products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookahs, chewing tobacco, snuff, and electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, vaping products, and IQOS. To learn more, please visit: https://healthy.duke.edu/tobaccofree.

COVID-19 Updates:

All the latest official DUHS information regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 response at the following locations:


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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