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Duke Heart Week ending November 15th 2020

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions are Underway

The virtual AHA Annual Scientific Sessions is underway, filled with great science and lots of interaction despite the pandemic. Some of the Highlighted Duke presentations can be found on the DCRI webpage: https://dcri.org/dcri-aha, including news briefs on RIVER (with Renato Lopes and John Alexander) and GALACTIC-HF (with Mike Felker). Of note, Pamela Douglas is presenting the annual Laennec Clinician/Educator Lecture. Her presentation is titled, “Imaging, Imaging Quality and Chest Pain Evaluation”   We also had several faculty involved in moderating and discussing late breaking clinical trials.  The AHA also had an vitally important opening session on Structural Racism and mechanisms to change.  The sessions with several faculty and fellow presentations will be on-demand until January.


ACC Clinical Trials Research: Upping Your Game

Pam Douglas, Tracy Wang and Minnow Walsh (St. Vincent Heart Center), are planning committee co-chairs for the ACC Clinical Trials Research: Upping Your Game program this year. The course is part of the ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and seeks to support cardiologists and PhD researchers who are seeking to succeed in clinical research. The course kicked off this month with a virtual two-day session. Larry Jackson was in attendance as well as some former Duke fellows/faculty, including Melvin Echols and Gwen Bernacki. To learn more, please visit: https://bit.ly/35ur1EO

Save the Date: TDH-CV Symposium, Nov. 30

Please plan to join us for the Translating Duke Health Cardiovascular Disease symposium on Monday, Nov. 30 from 9 to 11:15 am. This will be a virtual event to update our community on the latest findings among our funded projects. Agenda:

9:00-9:05 am                           Welcome, Overall TDH Updates – Manesh Patel

Session I

9:05-9:30 am                           Translating Duke Health Scholar Highlight, Aravind Asokan

9:30-9:55 am                           Pilot Project Awardee, Hope Weissler and Ricardo Henao

9:55-10:05 am                         Moderated Q&A Session I

10:05-10:15 am                      BREAK

Session II

10:15-10:40 am                      Translating Duke Scholar Highlight, Mei Liu

10:40-11:05 am                      Pilot Project Awardee, Conrad Hodgkinson

11:05-11:15 am                      Moderated Q&A Session II

11:15 am                                   Closing and Thank You

To register, please visit: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXSYvFY7Luu2LJ3

Celebrating Duke Heart NPs

We’ve just wrapped up celebrating National Nurse Practitioners Week, which runs November 8-14, in recognition of the NP profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. In the midst of this challenging year, we are deeply grateful for the efforts and contributions of these vital members of the Duke Heart team.

NP Week is the ideal time to celebrate the high-quality health care NPs provide through more than 1 billion patient visits each year. This year is particularly special as 2020 marks the 100th birthday of Dr. Loretta C. Ford, the co-founder of the first NP program at the University of Colorado and the first champion of the NP role.

As highly skilled multidisciplinary care team members, NPs provide exceptional patient care in virtually all medical specialties and settings. NPs are pivotal in the nation’s health care deliver and serve in critical roles throughout patient care, medical education, health administration, leadership, and research.

A very special thank you to all NPs throughout Duke Heart for the great work you’re doing!

Shout-Out to Kesler!

Many thanks to Autumn Kesler, one of our amazing cardiology nurses, for going above and beyond for our patients! Jen Rymer shared the following with Pulse:

“We had a patient scheduled to see me who was coming from Virginia, had limited access/resources, and had a special van bringing him. Autumn had already put in a lot of effort to get him to the appointment. The patient got lost for the appointment in the parking lot after checking in, and Autumn went out to look for the patient and retrieve him. She brought him upstairs, made sure to walk him to get labs, and escorted him to his van so he wouldn’t get lost again. In addition to this example, she brought stickers for an appointment I had with a patient who has developmental delays and loves Paw Patrol characters.

During these tough times, when so many of our patients are struggling, I think we can all learn a lesson from Autumn. Patient care is not just about the clinical decisions that are made, but making sure the experience is hopefully a good one too!”

We completely agree! Way to go, Autumn!


Moments to Movement Features Kevin Thomas

Held on Nov. 12, the Duke’s Moments to Movement series continued with the panel discussion Clinicians on Racism and Health Inequities featuring Duke Heart’s Kevin Thomas as one of the panel participants. Additional panelists included Theresa Williamson (NSU resident); Vicky Ortho of Duke Regional; and Rick Shannon, Chief Quality Officer, Duke Health. Thanks to all who were able to join the discussion.

Publication Lands Among Top 10 in JAMIA

We learned this week that a manuscript co-authored by Jedrek Wosik, Marat Fudim, Blake Cameron, Ziad Gellad, Alex Cho, Donna Phinney, Simon Curtis, Matthew Roman, Eric Poon, Jeff Ferranti, Jason Katz, and Jimmy Tcheng is listed at #2 among the Top 10 articles in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (#1 journal in the informatics space) for the past 12 months. Congrats to the full team! To see their publication, Telehealth transformation: COVID-19 and the rise of virtual care, please visit: https://academic.oup.com/jamia/article/27/6/957/5822868

COVID-19 Updates:

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

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Nov. 17: Special CGR: Celebrating Dr. Brett Atwater’s Contributions to EP. 5 pm, Webex.

Our speakers will include:

  • Jonathan Piccini – Introduction
  • Daniel Friedman (Yale) – Physiology, Pathophysiology, & Epidemiology of LBBB in HFpEF and HFmrEF: Opportunities for Resynchronization
  • Zak Loring – Use of Electrocardiographic Patterns to Improve Patient Selection for Device Therapies
  • Brett Atwater – The Future of Innovation in EP

Nov. 24: Kristin Newby, Overview of the 2020 AHA. 5 pm. Webex.

Conferences, Symposia & Webinars

Nov. 19: Matters of Grief: The Duke Response. 1-5 p.m.

A free half-day symposium where we will learn about ways that we can support each other through both personal and professional grief, share stories of support, and identify resources available at Duke.

Matters of Grief: The Duke Response will feature diverse and multidisciplinary panels, engaging didactic sessions, and surprise guests from across the university. Just some of the highlights include:

  • Coach K delivers a special message
  • Duke medical students will discuss the research behind grief and finding support through peers
  • Well-Being experts and Duke Health leadership discuss normalizing discussions about grief

The virtual event runs from 1-5PM on November 19th, 2020. Sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live event. Reserve your space today at bit.ly/mattersofgrief

Nov. 30: Translating Duke Health-CV Symposium. 9-11:15 am. Virtual. To register, please visit: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXSYvFY7Luu2LJ3

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:

November 10 — Manesh Patel

Medpage Today

AHA Meeting Spotlights HF Management, Statin Acceptance



November 10 — Thomas Price (endocrinology)

US News & World Report

AHA News: Early Menopause Predicts Early Heart Trouble for White Women


(*also carried by 8 additional outlets including in Little Rock, Colorado Springs & West Palm Beach)


November 10 — Jay Shavadia


Statin use may not meaningfully reduce CV events in patients on dialysis



November 11 – Joseph Rogers


NC’s COVID hospitalizations at an all-time high. Here’s who is the sickest



November 11 — Chetan Patel

News & Observer

Duke Hospital expands pool of heart donors. Now it has reached a transplant milestone.


(This story was carried by 7 additional outlets including in Charlotte, Durham & Myrtle Beach)


November 11 — Schuyler Jones

tctMD/the heart beat

PCI at Ambulatory Centers: More Bleeding but No Penalty in Overall Outcomes



November 11 — Jason Katz

Medpage Today

Patient’s Ventricles Removed as Bridge to Heart Transplant



November 12 — David Pisetsky (rheumatology & immunology)


Here’s Why Having RA Increases Your Heart-Disease Risk



November 12 — Michael Nanna

tctMD/the heart beat

Statin Benefits Confirmed in Elderly, Along With Harmful Effects of High Cholesterol



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