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Duke Heart Pulse — April 28, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – April 28, 2024

School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration – May 13th:

Each year we have a Spring Faculty Celebration hosted by the School of Medicine at the Doris Duke Center in the Duke Gardens.  This year the celebration is May 13th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm to recognize newly tenured faculty and professors, and winners of the school of medicine awards.  We are blessed to have such great faculty in Duke Heart – and again this year we had several internal and external nominations for awards.  The Nominees and award winners are presented below. Please join us this year if you can to celebrate our Cardiovascular group and all of the cardiology, cardio-thoracic, vascular, and anesthesia faculty that work to ensure we deliver the highest quality of care to our patients and mentor and train the next generation.  Please join us this year if you can. If you have not already RSVP’d, the invitation link is here: the invite.


Surgical Scrubs Policy Reinforcement

A key finding from a recent Joint Commission Mock Survey conducted by DUH Perioperative Services was the observation of multidisciplinary clinical team members wearing designated OR scrubs to and from the hospital.

The finding falls under standard IC.02.01.01, EP1, Infection Prevention and Control. Wearing designated surgical scrubs into the community, home & back, does not align with policy DUHS Guidelines for Surgical Attire Policy #7429.

The recommendation from the Joint Commission is for DUH to meet the required standards and maintain compliance with the system policy. The attached policy is being shared with all faculty/clinical team members who spend time in the OR as a reminder to change into and out of designated surgical scrubs upon arriving and once they are done in the OR for the day. 







Perioperative leadership will reinforce this policy with the OR, SPD, and ancillary departments.

If you have any questions, please contact the DUH Perioperative Medical Director, Dr. Melissa Erickson, or the DUH Perioperative Anesthesia Medical Director, Dr. Dhanesh Gupta. Holly Garon, ACNO Perioperative Services, Tina Thomas, COD, and the OR Nurse Managers, are also available to answer questions or address concerns.

Thank you, in advance, for complying with this policy.
















Andrea Knowles Joins Duke ECMO Team

After an extensive search, Andrea Knowles, BS, RRT, CES-A, has been named ECMO Manager at Duke Hospital. Andrea will report to Desiree Bonadonna, chief of Perfusion Services and director of Extracorporeal Life Support. Knowles will support the ECMO Specialist Team.

Andrea comes to Duke with fifteen years of ECMO experience, most recently as the ECMO Coordinator for Loyola University Medical Center. She will be orienting to Duke over the coming weeks and will begin managing the ECMO Specialist Team in July.

Please join us in welcoming Andrea to Duke!



Please Complete the DUHS Culture Pulse Survey

A critical part of advancing Duke Health’s culture is checking the pulse of our organization to identify what we are doing well and where we have continued opportunities to learn and grow together.

The Duke Health Culture Pulse survey launched last week and is available to all team members until May 13. The brief, 18-question survey is confidential and mobile-friendly.

This year’s survey is focused on Duke’s commitment to putting people first by asking questions, listening, and seeking diverse perspectives. The Culture Pulse survey aims to strengthen the employee experience and will take you under five minutes to complete.

Please know that your responses are completely confidential. Thank you for sharing your invaluable insights and for everything you do every day to make Duke Health an extraordinary place to work, learn, and receive care.

The link to the survey has been sent to everyone via email. Check your inbox and please make your voice heard!


Duke Heart Volunteers Recognized

L-R: Kathryn Dailey, Bob Curlee, Sue Ann Glower

In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Week, held April 21-27, volunteers from across Duke Health were celebrated at a special breakfast at Croasdaile Country Club in Durham on Thursday, April 25. Several Duke Heart volunteers attended, including three members of our Duke Heart Patient Family Advisory Council: Kathryn Dailey, our Heart PFAC co-chair, Bob Curlee, and Sue Ann Glower

Our many volunteers enhance the Duke healthcare team by dedicating their time, skills, and compassion to improve patient experiences and community engagement on a local, national, and global scale. There are more than 30 volunteer programs available for community involvement throughout Duke Health System.

We appreciate the invaluable support and kindness that our volunteers bring to our patients, their families, visitors, and staff. Thank you to all volunteers throughout DUHS, and especially right here within our Duke Heart care spaces.

Dailey, Curlee, and Mary Lindsey











2024 NC Walk for Victory Held

The 2024 North Carolina Walk for Victory, held on April 20 at Laurel Hills Park in Raleigh was a big success in raising valuable funds to support research into Marfan Syndrome and related connective tissue disorders. More than 200 participants attended the event, sponsored by Duke Heart, and led by Chad Hughes, MD who served as the medical director for the event. Overall, $53,500 was raised by volunteer teams and family members.

Great job!


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • Culture Pulse 2024 April 22-May 13


Cardiology Grand Rounds

April 30: TBD. 5 p.m., DN 2002 or via Zoom.

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

May 1: DHP Case Presentation with Aubrie Carroll. Noon, DMP 2W96 (in-person only).

May 3: Adult Congenital Heart Disease with Richard Krasuski. 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

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 23 — Kimberly Ward (DCRI)

Winston-Salem Journal

Sheriff: Drones can help ‘change the atmosphere’ when it comes to cardiac arrest response

April 24 — Marat Fudim


Decline in heart failure deaths has been undone, led by people under 45

April 24 — Harry Severance

Becker’s Hospital Review

How the FTC’s noncompete ban could change the physician workforce

April 23 — Project Baseline


Wearable-Tracked Walking Behavior Hints at Subclinical HF

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