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Duke Heart Pulse — April 14, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – April 14, 2024

Highlights of the week:

ACC.24: Narcisse Selected for 2024 ACC Career Development Award

We are excited to share that Duke cardiology fellow Dennis I. Narcisse, Jr., MD, MS, is one of three recipients of the 2024 American College of Cardiology/Association of Black Cardiologists Merck Research Fellowship. The fellowship awards were presented on Monday, during the last day of the ACC Scientific Sessions in Atlanta.

Three awardees are selected each year to receive a one-year fellowship in the amount of $100,000 as salary support for one year of research in adult cardiology. Narcisse was selected along with Colette DeJong, MD of the University of California, San Francisco and Xiaowen Wang, MD, MPH of Massachusetts General Hospital.

The ACC is committed to inspiring and investing in the next generation of cardiovascular clinicians, scientists and leaders. The ACC’s Career Development Awards provide opportunities for rising stars in cardiology to gain access to leadership development, mentorship and knowledge-building that will help them grown in their chosen areas of expertise.

In addition to the ACC/ABC Merck Research Fellowships, other ACC Career Development Awards announced on Monday included the Hani Najm Global Scholar Award and the William A. Zoghbi International Research Awardee.

Congratulations, Dennis!


DHIP Leadership News

Leadership announcements were made this week by Tom Owens, MD executive vice president and chief operating officer of Duke Health Integrated Practice (DHIP), and John Sampson, MD senior vice president of DHIP.

Paul R. Newman, a senior DHIP and DUHS leader, will lead several strategic priorities for Duke Health, including funds flow and clinical effort models, implementation of mission-based accounting, physician partnership development to enable growth, and the development of other strategic initiatives that may arise.

Simon Curtis has been named Chief Operating Officer for DHIP. Reporting to Owens and Sampson, and in collaboration with the DHIP leadership team, Simon will partner with the clinical departments and DUHS to drive operational excellence across the practice in areas such as clinician recruitment planning, clinical operations, access, and patient experience.

These updated roles are effective immediately.


Celebrating the Eclipse

Members of Duke Heart’s cardiology team celebrate the eclipse at a solar eclipse watch party, on April 8, 2024.





Shout-out to Goodwin!

A big shout-out to cardiology fellow Nate Goodwin for his compassion in taking care of a very sick CCU patient.

“The patient’s family really appreciated his personal touch and his ability to share their pain. I was very impressed. I also applaud the fact that in the middle of a challenging pathophysiology with no clear way out, he never ignored the human component of our job. If my mom or dad got sick, I’d want Nate taking care of them.”Ivan Nenadic Wood, MD, PhD

Nicely done, Nate. We’re so glad you were present for this family.

Shout-out to Stephanie Buck!

Duke Heart APP Stephanie Buck was in the right place at the right time for a passenger in distress. On a flight to the Dominican Republic a 15-yr old male went into anaphylaxis after eating goat cheese. The passenger did not have an epi pen. When flight attendants asked if a medical professional was onboard, Buck responded. Although the flight emergency kit did not have an epi pen, the did have epi in a glass ampule. Buck took control of the situation, successfully administering the epi and Benadryl, and managed care for the passenger like the amazing professional she is, even while off-duty! She continued to monitor the patient until the flight safely landed and EMS was able to take over.

“I think this is a great example of why Duke Providers are the best and can handle even the scariest situations whether at work or out in the community,” said Roman Ross, MSN, ANP-C for the division of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.


Kudos to Hughes and Duke Aortic team

We received terrific patient feedback on Dr. Chad Hughes and the aortic team this week. Via Press Ganey HCAHPS, we received a note that states:

Can’t say enough about Dr. Hughes and his team. I received the very best surgical expertise and care. I’m very, very fortunate.” — a grateful patient

Dr. Hughes, we received this nice feedback about the great care you and your team gave to a patient at Duke Hospital on Heart service unit 3300. Thank you for the high quality and compassionate care you provide to patients.” — David Gallagher, MD, Chief Medical Officer, DUH

“Kudos Dr. Hughes for the tremendous comments. Agree that we are fortunate to have you and the entire aortic team at Duke Heart and Health!” — Jill Engel, VP, Duke Heart & Vascular Services


This Coming Saturday: Support Duke’s Aortic Team & NC Walk for Victory

Duke Heart is again serving as the presenting sponsor of the upcoming NC Walk for Victory in support of Marfan Syndrome, LDS, VEDS and related conditions, with Dr. Chad Hughes serving as co-medical chair for the walk along with Carly Scarborough of Levine Children’s Hospital.

The event is scheduled for 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Laurel Hills Park in Raleigh. To learn more, please visit the NC Walk website and consider joining the Duke Aorta team to raise funds for research!


Flu Season is Officially Over

After consultation with Duke Infectious Diseases, the Health System has defined Monday, April 1, as the official end of the flu season. For the purposes of the Duke University Health System (DUHS) Healthcare Worker Flu Vaccination Policy, new staff/providers who have joined DUHS on or after April 1 will not be required to be vaccinated against the flu or have an approved exemption. However, they will be required to comply with flu vaccination policy during the Fall 2024 flu vaccination period.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • April is National Donate Life Month
  • Annual reminder as part of Duke’s “check yourself” campaign: please make sure your contact information is up to date in Duke@Work
  • Culture Pulse 2024 survey period starts April 22!


Cardiology Grand Rounds

April 16: Cancelled

April 23: TBD

April 25: New Insight into the Physiology of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction with Tom Sarma, MD of UT Southwestern. 5 p.m., DN 2002 or via Zoom. *Please note this is a Thursday evening presentation.

All Duke Cardiology Grand Rounds recordings are housed on Warpwire. To access recordings please visit:

NET ID and password required. Enjoy!

CD Fellows Core Curriculum Conference

April 17: HF/Txp Case Presentation with Aarti Thakkar. Noon, DMP 2W96 (in-person only).

April 19: Genetics and CVD with Svati Shah. Noon, Zoom only.

Upcoming CME Symposia

May 4: Duke Heart Failure Symposium

Please reach out to Christy Darnell with any questions.

Working Effectively Across Generations

June 3: Working Effectively Across Generations with Hile Rutledge, of Otto Kroeger Associates (OKA). 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Great Hall, Trent Semans Center. Sponsored by Duke School of Medicine.

Registration required: https://medschool.duke.edu/blog/register-now-working-effectively-across-generations


Improving Conversation Skills with Seriously Ill Patients

In an effort to ensure that clinicians feel comfortable and empowered to have difficult conversations regarding goals of care with patients and their families, members of the Duke Hospice and Palliative Care team offer VitalTalk communication trainings so that they can help clinicians do their best to take care of our patients.

VitalTalk skills training is open to those involved in conducting or supporting Goals of Care conversations for our patients with serious illness across Duke Health. The course consists of a 30-minute didactic lecture in the LMS system, followed by a 3-4 hour skills practice-session. CME/CEU credits are available once both activities (LMS and live practice) are completed.

A limited number of seats are available in each of the upcoming online VitalTalk skills practice courses – use https://duke.is/VitalTalk to view available dates and times and to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Fischer, MD, medical director of palliative care for Duke’s Population Health Management Office.


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. Submissions by Noon, Wednesdays, to be considered for weekend inclusion.


Duke Heart in the News:

April 4 — Nina Nouhravesh

India Today

Eggs may not increase your cholesterol. Study explains

April 6 — Tom Povsic


Full AEGIS-II Results: Raising HDL With Apo A-I No Help After Acute MI

April 6 — Stephen Greene

HCP Live

Don’t Miss a Beat: EMPACT-MI at ACC.24, with Javed Butler, MD

April 7 — Wayne Batchelor


Ticagrelor Alone Cuts Bleeding Without More Events Post-PCI

April 7 — Mark Kittipibul

HCP Live

Understanding Total Costs Associated with Hospitalization for Heart Failure, with Veraprapas Kittipibul, MD

April 7 — Manesh Patel


Long-Awaited RCT Data Show Survival Benefit With Impella CP: DanGer Shock

April 8 — Robert Mentz

Associated Press

New Clinical Study Reveals Consuming 12 Eggland’s Best Eggs Weekly Shows No Negative Effects on Cholesterol Levels; Study Also Suggests Possible Benefits for Some Consumers

April 8 — Mark Kittipibul

HCP Live

Modified On-Treatment Analysis Confirms Results of TRANSFORM-HF

April 8 — Mitchell Krucoff

NBC News

10 doctors on FDA panel for Abbott heart device had financial ties to the company

April 8 — Madhav Swaminathan

Diagnostic Imaging

Cardiac Ultrasound Update: FDA Clears Software with 45 Automated Parameters for Echocardiographic Analysis

April 8 — Wayne Batchelor

Healio/Cardiology Today

Routine use of Impella CP for STEMI-related cardiogenic shock confers survival benefit

April 8 — Wayne Batchelor

Healio/Cardiology Today

Long-term DAPT may not be needed for patients with ACS after angioplasty, stenting

April 8 — Duke University Health System

The People’s Pharmacy

Eggs Are Bad – No, Eggs Are Good – Huh?

April 8 — Nina Nouhravesh

Easy Health Options

Eggs’ Bad Rap Cheats Those Who Need Their Benefits Most

April 8 — Adrian Hernandez

Medical Xpress

ACC: Empagliflozin cuts heart failure hospitalization risk after AMI

April 9 — Neha Pagidipati


Early Olezarsen Results Show 50% Reduction in Triglycerides

April 10 — Sreekanth Vemulapalli

Becker’s Hospital Review

The biggest challenges facing cardiology, per 12 leaders

April 10 — Neha Pagidipati


Substantial Triglyceride Reduction With Plozasiran

April 10 — Jennifer Rymer

Medpage Today

FFR-Guided Complete Revascularization Did Not Improve Outcomes in MI Patients

April 10 — Duke University Hospital

Becker’s Hospital Review

472 hospitals honored for patient safety, price transparency

April 11 — Manesh Patel

Salt Lake City Star Tribune

Medtronic study puts spotlight on how one of its heart devices can help women

April 11 — Jay Lusk (Population Health)


Low socioeconomic status raises mortality odds in pulmonary conditions

April 11 — Svati Shah


How to Talk to Your Family About Their Heart Health History

April 12 — Jennifer Rymer


Coronary Sinus Reducer an Option for Intractable Angina?

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