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Duke Heart Pulse — June 9, 2024

Duke Heart Pulse – June 9, 2024

Highlights of the week:

Douglas Honored with DOM Career Achievement Award

Pamela Douglas, MD, is one of four Department of Medicine faculty members to receive the 2024 Department of Medicine Career Achievement Award recognizing their extraordinary impact on one of the department’s three core missions: education, research, and clinical medicine.

In addition to Douglas, awardees include Drs. James Abbruzzese, distinguished professor of medical oncology; Neil MacIntyre, professor of medicine in pulmonary, allergy, and critical care medicine, and Diana McNeill, professor of medicine in endocrinology, metabolism, and nutrition. Recipients were selected for modeling Duke’s values of Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, and Innovation and have created sustained legacies that have shaped the institution.

Each of the four was highlighted in the June 4 issue of This Week in Medicine.

Pamela Douglas, MD

Ursula Geller Distinguished Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiologist Dr. Pamela Douglas represents the “best of our outstanding Duke DOM faculty,” who has had a profound impact in many areas, noted Cardiology Division Chief, Dr. Manesh Patel, in his nomination of Douglas, who serves as director of the Multimodality Imaging Program at Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

The two areas where she has had the greatest influence are her work in cardiac imaging and diversity, equity and inclusion in research, clinical care, and the workforce, both locally and at the national level.   

“Guided by a relentless focus on patient outcomes and innovative research, Dr. Douglas led the creation of novel concepts in imaging care quality, which were accepted nationally,” Patel said.

“Dr. Douglas’s thought leadership, scholarship, and relentless translation to the bedside have dramatically improved the rigor of imaging science and meaningfully enhanced patient-centered clinical care.” 

During her more than 30 years in the medical field, Dr. Douglas has led several landmark multicenter government studies and pivotal industry clinical trials along with outcomes research studies.  She is renowned for her scientific and policy work in improving the quality and appropriateness of imaging in clinical care, clinical trials, and registries and through the development and dissemination of national standards for imaging utilization, informatics, and analysis. 

Dr. Douglas is also a longstanding champion of diversity and equity in research, clinical care, and the workforce, locally and at the national level, Patel added. As the founding director of the American College of Cardiology’s diversity and inclusion initiative, Dr. Douglas was the architect of its strategic efforts to increase the representation of women and minoritized populations among cardiovascular physicians and researchers.

“Dr. Douglas has been a mentor and example to me personally, countless other faculty and Duke and around the world,” Patel said. “Put simply, she has been a north star for the field of cardiovascular medicine, a leader who continues to move our science, care, and training forward.” 

Congratulations, Pam!

To read summaries for the other winners, please visit: https://duke.is/2/qd5d


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 team representing Duke Heart this year to celebrate not only the AHA’s Centennial but Duke University’s 100th birthday. Please join us!

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!


Monday: DUH Transitioning to Purell® Products

To continuously enhance patient experience, ensure a safe work environment, and maintain fiscal responsibility, Duke University Health System (DUHS) is partnering with GOJO, the creators of PURELL® hand sanitizer products, to replace and update hand sanitizer stations throughout the health system. DUH will begin the transition to PURELL® products starting Monday, June 10.

The installation team will be recruited through an extensive credentialing process by Supply Chain. The team will be identifiable by contractor badges on their uniforms. Disruption to patient care will be at a minimum during the installation process.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • June is Pride Month
  • Save the Date: June 12, 4-5 p.m., State of the School Address (SOM)


Cardiology Grand Rounds

June 11: TBD. 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!


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!


Duke Caregiver Community Event 2024

Sept. 5: The Duke Caregiver Community Event, a much-anticipated gathering for caregivers and professionals, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703.

Recognizing the need for support, Duke Health has organized this event to provide caregivers with insights from experts, connections to services, and the support systems necessary to navigate their journey.

Whether you’re a caregiver for a loved one or a professional seeking to enhance your skills, this event is for you.

Registration required. Family caregivers are welcome and can attend for $15 (lunch and all event day activities included) or for $10 if they opt to have lunch on their own.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts, connect with support programs and services, and find answers and resources to help you navigate this journey.

The event will feature six concurrent educational sessions throughout the day, for general attendees, as well as a special track of educational sessions for professionals. There will also be many new and experiential activities to participate in throughout the event including a health clinic, art gallery, pop-up mini sessions, and demonstration area.

For professionals, there is a track that is just for you! You will have the opportunity to attend four sessions geared toward sharpening your skills. To receive CE you must attend the professional track of sessions.

Registration cost for professionals is $75. You may opt to attend any of the general sessions as well as participate in all of the event activities that take place during the day. Professionals also receive complimentary admission to the networking reception that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 4.  from 3-6 p.m. Registration for the networking reception only is $25.

To learn more and/or to register: https://duke.is/w/6vzf

In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team. The designation was based upon the quality of the educational activity and its compliance with the standards and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Total Credits: 6.0 for all except IACET which is 0.6

Credit types: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s), ANCC, Attendance, IACET CEU, JA Credit – AH


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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