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Duke Heart Pulse — June 2, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – June 2, 2024

Chief’s message:  Changing Times in Duke Cardiology

This last week was highlighted some of the transitions we have usually at the end of Academic years with retirements and soon new faculty, residents, and fellows coming to Duke Cardiology/ Duke CT and Vascular surgery.  This week was particularly bittersweet as we had the retirement event for Tom Bashore with many former fellows and faculty coming in town for the event which had the toasts, roasts, and memories of 40 years contributing to Duke Cardiology.  The event highlighted both the impact of Tom Bashore on Duke Cardiology, and the unique community of cardiologists around the country with a ties back to Duke Cardiology and the Fellowship. See the photos and story below.

Equally impactful for our Cardiology group was the announcement of Harry Phillips retirement from Duke this week – also after more than 40 years of service.  As always, thinking about the future, Harry is moving on to a new adventure with an AI company as the CMO.  Harry has been the standard bearer for our development of community relationships and building our cardiology practice by building relationships and caring for patients.  His dedication to teaching and growing Duke has been singular and extraordinary.  We will ensure we share more about his celebration as that happens.  These times are bittersweet – providing a link and memory to the times and people that have helped make Duke Heart what it is today – and inspiring many of those present to carry on the mission of teaching the next generation, caring for our community, and discovering the future therapies and solutions to improve heatlh.

Highlights of the week:

Celebrating the Career of Tom Bashore, MD

Thomas Bashore


We had a wonderful gathering on Friday evening to celebrate the forty-year career of retiring cardiologist Dr. Tom Bashore. Thank you to all who joined us at the University Club as we toasted and roasted our dear colleague, friend, and mentor, especially those who traveled from across the U.S. to help us celebrate. We particularly enjoyed having Dr. and Mrs. Bashore’s children and grandchildren in attendance, and the many photos they supplied for our display. Their presence heightened the festivities!

Speakers included Manesh Patel, Svati Shah, Howard Rockman, John Warner of Wexner Medical Center in Ohio, and Chris O’Connor of Inova Heart & Vascular, who each provided personal stories, anecdotes, and accolades — and of course, Tom Bashore, with a review of his truly inspiring career and memorable moments.

It’s much too difficult to say here what Dr. Bashore has meant to all of you – our faculty, staff, fellows – or Duke and our patients — over these many years. We’re glad he won’t be too far away for visits!

Please enjoy some photos from the evening and submissions from across the years:

Congratulations, Tom!
























Harry Phillips, MD, Departing Duke Health in June

Duke cardiologist and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Duke Network Services, Harry Phillips III, MD, will be leaving Duke Health on June 30, 2024. After more than 40 years of devoted service, Phillips has accepted a role outside the health system where he will focus on applying artificial intelligence to real world data to improve outcomes in oncology and cardiometabolic diseases. The announcement was made on Friday, May 31 by Donna Peter, interim Vice President of Duke Network Services.

Phillips, a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, has been a dedicated and visionary leader who significantly contributed to Duke Health. After completing internal medicine and cardiology training in the Harvard-affiliated program at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the early 1980s, Phillips began his career at Duke. He was part of the team that founded the Interventional Cardiology Program and subsequently the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. Phillips has been a productive clinical investigator, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He also played a key role in developing Duke’s cardiovascular outreach strategies.

In 2007, Phillips assumed the role of CMO of Duke Network Services. He provided physician leadership in developing and sustaining affiliated clinical programs in multiple specialties. His efforts helped enhance local access to high-quality cardiovascular, cancer, and stroke care. Phillips was instrumental in founding Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture with LifePoint Health that supports hospitals in non-urban communities with the necessary resources to ensure access to high-quality healthcare locally.

Since 2017, Phillips has also served as CMO of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, with a focus on quality improvement, strategic planning and fostering collaboration with hospital leaders for the 14-hospital network. He has worked closely with the Duke Quality Network to enhance safety and quality at the hospitals, and served as the interim Chair of the Quality Oversight Committee, to which all hospitals report.

In recognition of his achievements as a Duke Faculty Member and his contributions to enhancing local healthcare for rural communities, Phillips was awarded the 2017 Health Care Hero Lifetime Achievement Award by the Triangle Business Journal. In 2019, he was also honored with a Duke University School of Medicine Excellence in Professionalism Award.

Over his four decades at Duke, Phillips has made valuable contributions to cardiovascular care at Duke, and he has played a vital role in developing Duke- affiliated clinical programs which have improved community health by enhancing access  to high-quality local health care. His presence will be greatly missed.

Please join us in extending our sincere appreciation to Harry for his dedication and service to Duke Health, Duke Network Services, Duke Heart, and our patients!


Duke Heart Earns MVRR Center Award

We learned this week that Duke University Hospital has earned the 2024 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award. For the fifth year in a row, Duke is one of only 22 mitral repair centers recognized by the Mitral Foundation as having the volume and outcomes needed to qualify for the honor. Congrats to Drs. Don Glower, Jeff Gaca, Andrew Wang, and their team members for the outstanding work they are doing for all of our mitral patients.

Way to go!


Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health has launched our official call for Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8!

Join Manesh Patel’s team: Duke Heart and Sole or start your own team under “Duke Heart & Vascular”. We want to have a huge squad representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate the AHA’s Centennial and Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

“Dear friends,

I am participating in and leading a team supporting the American Heart Association. If you join my team, we will literally save lives together. Yes, literally. In the past, funds raised from the Heart Walk have led to scientific breakthroughs like pacemakers, cardiac stents, and artificial heart valves that keep people alive longer. There is still time to be a part of all the FUN. Register for my team today – you won’t regret it!

Sincerely, Manesh”

In case you haven’t yet seen the Duke Health call for Coaches & Walkers, here are the details:

Dear Duke Health Colleagues,

We remain truly grateful to each and every one of you who participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk last year. Your commitment and dedication to this life-saving mission are truly commendable.

As both Duke University and the AHA have Centennial celebrations this year, we are excited to announce that the 2024 Heart Walk is going to be even bigger! This is an important milestone for the American Heart Association, with 100 years of improving heart and brain health through research and advocacy.

On Sunday, September 8, join us as we walk alongside our colleagues, family members, friends, and many of our cardiovascular patients to celebrate our community at the 2024 Triangle Heart Walk.

We are currently seeking people to step up and lead a team as a Heart Walk Coach – leaders like you! As a Coach, you’ll take charge of leading a team of co-workers to spread the word, recruit, and raise money for life-saving research. You don’t have to spend a lot of time to make a difference, by contributing just a few minutes each week, you can be a successful Coach. As your team reaches fundraising milestones, you’ll unlock additional rewards for Coach gifts!

Register Here!

Anyone who registers to be a Team Coach by Monday, June 10 will receive an exclusive, limited-edition Heart Walk Coach jersey. To sign up as a Coach, click the button above and on the AHA site, choose the red “Create a Team” button. Walkers can also sign up and join teams on the same site by clicking the red “Join a Team” button.


Let’s come together to make this our best year yet and demonstrate our unwavering dedication to cardiovascular health. Together, we can make a significant impact and pave the way for a healthier future.

The 2024 Heart Walk will be a terrific event and a wonderful way to support our cardiovascular patients. We’ll be talking about Heart Walk all summer with lots of opportunities to join in the fun. Thank you for your ongoing support!


ICYMI: Klotman’s Friday Message

In her May 31st Friday Message, Dean Mary Klotman and Chris Beyrer, PhD, director of the Duke Global Health Institute discuss Duke’s global health programs and opportunities. One of the highlights includes work that is currently led by Duke cardiologists Drs. Jerry Bloomfield and Titus Ng’eno in Eldoret, Kenya in global cardiovascular health. As many of you are aware, many Duke Heart faculty have visited and participated in the care delivery and teaching in Eldoret over the years. This is well worth checking out!

To watch a video of their conversation, please visit: https://duke.is/z/zh4h.


Kudos to Duke’s Multi-D Sarcoid Team!

Johana Fajardo

Congratulations to Johana Fajardo, advanced heart failure and transplant nurse practitioner and director, Precision Cardiomyopathy Clinical Services at Duke and the entire multidisciplinary sarcoidosis team at Duke. The team recently offered their first Duke Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting via Zoom and had close to 50 patients in attendance!

Jay Doss, MD presented informative content and answered patient questions while a number of other sarcoid team members were online to introduce themselves and welcome patients to the event. The discussion was lively and our patients were appreciative.

According to Fajardo, the event was geared to patients being managed at Duke for multi-organ sarcoidosis, and the team plans to host virtual support groups twice per year, once in spring and again in fall. She says they are planning a similar support group for patients with amyloidosis and hope to have that ready to launch in September, 2024.

Great work, Johana & team – support makes a huge difference to our patients and their family members!


Shout-out to Elliott!

We were forwarded a terrific note of recognition last week by cardiology fellowship program director, Anna Lisa Chamis, MD regarding cardiology fellow David Elliott:

“Just wanted to give our cardiology fellow David Elliott a little shout out for doing such a great job on Friday (May 24) with a very anxious device patient. His bedside manner was fantastic, and he was extremely comforting with our patient to help him understand what to expect with his stress test, and how we could make him feel as comfortable as possible during the exam. He did such a wonderful job answering all of the patient’s questions and the patient ended up doing an amazing job with his stress. Not only that, David stayed late with Amanda and I while we waited for transport to arrive to bring the patient.  Additionally, David spent time with the patient in the bay while we waited for transport and continued to build rapport and comfort our patient. None of this is expected by anyone, let alone our cards fellow, so I greatly appreciated the care he gave our patient. Thank you, David!!!”Shreeya Basnyat


Kudos to Ausburn, Coffield & Grisson!

Congratulations to Angela Ausburn, Latia Coffield, and Temetrice Grisson — three of our outstanding cardiology medical assistants with Duke Cardiology Arringdon. All three have recently moved up their clinical ladder to MA III.

Congratulations to all!


Upcoming Events & Opportunities


Cardiology Grand Rounds

June 4: The Science and Community of Critical Care Cardiology with Balim Senman. 5 p.m., DN2002 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

June 5: Journal Club with TBD. Noon, DMP 2W96 (in-person only).

June 7: Intro to Cardiac MRI with Han Kim. Noon, Zoom only.


Duke/Duke NUS Virtual Symposium

June 6: Virtual Symposium with Lightning Talks on AI-Related Health Projects, 8-10 a.m., EDT

Open to all Duke-affiliated team members! Registration is required.



DCRI Research Forum Series

June 11: The Duke Clinical Research Institute is excited to welcome Duke Football Coach Manny Diaz as their June guest for the next DCRI Research Forum, which will close out the 2023-2024 series.

What: A Fireside Chat with Coach Manny Diaz

When: Tuesday, June 11, from Noon-1 p.m. ET

Where: DCRI Research Forum: A Fireside Chat with Manny Diaz via Zoom

We hope you’ll consider joining this virtual event!


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.


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May 30 — Senthil Selvaraj

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