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Duke Heart Week Ending November 22nd 2020

Highlights of the week:

Brett Atwater Celebrated During CGR; Headed to Inova

The team celebrated Brett Atwater and his contributions to Duke Electrophysiology (and the overall field) in a special Cardiology Grand Rounds held Nov. 17. Most of you are aware that Atwater has been named Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Electrophysiology Research at the Inova Heart & Vascular Institute in Fairfax, VA; his new position is effective December 14.

During this special CGR virtual event, we heard from an array of presenters, including two of his mentees: Daniel Friedman (Yale) and Zak Loring (Duke EP Fellow), as well as Jon Piccini and Manesh Patel.

We wish you and your family all the best with your move to Fairfax, Brett! You will be missed but we look forward to lots of collaboration.

AHA Scientific Sessions Wraps Up

We want to thank all of our faculty and fellows for the dedication and presentations.

Please find a slide from Dr. Fauci’s presentation at AHA on the vaccines.

Duke Regional Named Among Top 50 CV Hospitals for 2021

IBM Watson Health has released its annual ranking of 50 top hospitals for cardiovascular care in collaboration with Fortune. Duke Regional Hospital has again made their list – a link to the story appears in our news list, below (see Becker’s Hospital Review). This is terrific recognition of the extraordinary care our team provides there every day. Special thanks to Shu Lin for his excellent leadership there – we are proud of the work your team is doing!

Remembrance: Joe Greenfield, MD

We received the following note last weekend from David Benditt, MD:

I have been reading the wonderful memories of Joe Greenfield published in Pulse (11-15-20). Several comments focused on his invaluable and so often unanswerable criticisms offered at Rounds. These brought to mind an experience dating to the late 1970s. As a Fellow, I presented a case of Carotid Sinus Syndrome focusing on the mystery of the vasodepressor mechanism in Reflex faints. After what I perceived to be a thoughtful examination of a difficult unknown, Joe simply but politely said (I paraphrase as so many years have passed), “Thank you, David, but I think you will find that ‘beta-adrenergic blockade’ will take care of it.” I was very much taken aback by the certainty of his remark. How could I have missed something so obvious? Of course, that was not Joe’s point at all. The gauntlet had been thrown. The challenge was to dig deeper and ultimately to derive new science and better understanding. Now, more than 40 years later, having made some progress, I am still working on the mystery, and many times a year, I silently thank Joe for the remark that focused a career.

With fond memories,

David G. Benditt, MD,Professor of Medicine, Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Duke Heart Clinics Hold Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Duke Southpoint and South Durham Cardiology Clinics sponsored a Thanksgiving food drive to collect items that will be given to the Durham Rescue Mission. Carolyn Richards, Foretta Davis and Phyllis Upchurch helped organize the drive, which collected three tables worth of donations. Special thanks to Annette Moore for sharing this news with us.

Great job, everyone – and thanks to all who donated!

CICU Move Successful

Our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) moved this weekend from DUH 7700 to DMP 7E. Many thanks to the staff and provider teams for making this a successful move – Greg Flynn and our CICU nurses did an amazing job of facilitating the process. Great job everyone!!!

Duke Heart Leadership Council Holds Fall Meeting

The Duke Heart Leadership Council met virtually on Friday afternoon. Three new members were introduced: Dennis Wicker, Chuck Swoboda and Julian “Brad” Branch were warmly welcomed. The meeting, led by Council chair Bob Keegan, included a tribute to Phil Kohl, a member of the Council who passed away earlier this year. He was recognized as a great advocate with a competitive spirit who will be deeply missed. Peter Smith and Manesh Patel provided an overview of our work and accomplishments over the past year, particularly as we dealt with COVID; Edward Chen, incoming CT Surgery division chief was introduced to the members, and the Council heard an engaging presentation by Eric Richardson of Duke Design Health.

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

Updated Grief Resources Available

A free half-day virtual symposium called Matters of Grief was held this week and moderated by Anthony Galanos (Geriatrics/Palliative Care); it included a presentation by Jessica Regan, who is the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center’s 2020 Mandel Fellow. New and updated resources were presented for addressing grief not only in our personal lives, but grief arising in the workplace through the loss of colleagues, mentors or patients. All materials can be accessed via:  bit.ly/mattersofgrief

Grief is a normal part of the course of human life and each of us will have unique experiences with it. Importantly, grief is not always the result of a death. It can be tied to other types of losses, too. The resources made available at Duke have been enriched over the past year in light of the pandemic. There are materials that address ways to support others or to help yourself through the very real grief we will all, at some point, endure.

The Matters of Grief website is well put together and easy to navigate. We highly recommend acquainting yourself with the resources available there – which, by the way — are available to anyone, anywhere – please share them inside and outside of Duke.

As you navigate the upcoming holidays, stay safe and please take care of yourselves!

COVID-19 Updates:

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


NOTE: Pulse will not be published on Dec. 27 or Jan. 3 so that we may enjoy some time off.

Upcoming Opportunities/Save the Date:

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Nov. 24:  Overview of 2020 AHA Scientific Sessions with Kristin Newby. 5 pm. Webex.

Dec. 1:  Fellow presentation with Vishal Rao. 5 pm, Webex.

Dec. 8:  Heart Center Grand Rounds (multi-disciplinary): DCD Heart Transplantation. 5 pm, Webex.

Dec. 10:  Cardio-Pulmonary Joint Grand Rounds: Ryan Tedford of MUSC, Assessment of Right Ventricular Function: The Role of RV-PA Coupling and RV Reserve. 12 pm, Webex.

Dec. 22:  No Cardiology GR. Happy Holidays!

Dec. 29:  No Cardiology GR. Happy Holidays!


Conferences, Symposia & Webinars

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 12 — Yuichiro Yano (Family Medicine & Community Health)


Masked Asleep Hypertension Common in US Adults


November 13 — Pamela Douglas

tctMD/the heart beat

SCAPIS: CTA Finds Silent CAD in 42% of Middle-aged Adults


November 13 — Pamela Douglas


SCAPIS: Simple Questionnaire Can Identify Silent Atherosclerosis


November 13 — Manesh Patel

tctMD/the heart beat

As US Cardiologists Mull a Biden Presidency, COVID-19 Trumps All


November 13 — Jonathan Piccini


Omega-3 Caps, Vitamin-D Both Fail for Atrial Fib Primary Prevention: VITAL-Rhythm


November 14 — Eric Peterson

Healio.com/Cardiology Today

BP control, frequency of measurements minimally impacted during COVID-19


November 15 — L. Kristin Newby

Medpage Today

Omega-3s Humbled by Corn Oil Placebo in Two Trials


November 17 – Duke Regional Hospital

Becker’s Hospital Review

50 top cardiovascular hospitals for 2021, ranked by IBM Watson Health


November 18 — Manesh Patel


No Extra Cardiopulmonary Event Reduction With High-Dose Flu Vaccine


November 20 — Pamela Douglas

Physician’s Weekly

AHA: Silent CVD Common in ’Healthy’ People


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