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Duke Heart Pulse — June 16, 2024

Chief’s message:

Happy Father’s Day!

I hope this Father’s Day weekend you all get to spend some time with your father and your loved ones.   It takes a village to raise children, and we hope you got to reflect on the impact your family and father had on your life.  It’s notable in these changing times how these types of holidays have served as important moments to reflect and appreciate those in our lives.

Jim Valvano, the late great NC state coach famously said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”   This is one of the most important gifts that I believe parents and fathers can give their kids – a sense of security, grit, and belief that they can do anything they put their hearts and minds towards.  In fact, mixed with some humility, humor, and perseverance, my father made me believe that with consistent effort and work – you can do anything.  This was not just in words, but often actions and work that we could see would help our family and our community.  Now, we are blessed to have our kids get to spend time with grandparents and directly see and get these lessons.  So, hope you all have a Happy Father’s Day and celebrate all those in your life that loved you in this way.


ACSM 2024: Duke Highlights

Duke Health was very well-represented at the 2024 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, held May 28-31 in Boston. Several members of our Duke Health and Exercise Research Trials team, based at the Duke Center for Living campus and part of the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute (DMPI), gave a number of presentations and abstracts which resulted in a lively and highly engaging team experience. The Health & Exercise Research Trials team is led by Bill Kraus, MD, the Richard and Pat Johnson University Distinguished Professor and professor of medicine in cardiology, and Kim Huffman, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in rheumatology and immunology.

Cardiology faculty member Leanna Ross, PhD, and Katie Collins, PhD, a medical instructor in Population Health Sciences at Duke presented a session entitled, “Embracing Individual Variability to Optimize Precision Exercise Medicine – from Molecules to Behavior.” Ross was also an invited panelist for a session honoring the legacy of her late doctoral mentor and physical activity/exercise science pioneer, Dr. Steven Blair (University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and the Cooper Institute). 

Christopher Vann, PhD, postdoctoral scholar with DMPI, presented a session with Monica Hubal, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Indianapolis discussing, “Integrative Omics: Molecular Drivers of Exercise Benefits.”

Brian Coyne, M. Ed, associate in research with DMPI, participated in a panel discussion of “Clinical Exercise Physiologist Professionalization Efforts – Growth & Practice Area Perspectives.”

Brian Andonian, MD, assistant professor of medicine in rheumatology and immunology and member of DMPI, presented a poster on “Impaired Physical Function and Altered Muscle Biomechanical Properties in Patients with Early Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Group photo of members of Duke Health team attending ASCM 2024
L-R: Brian Coyne, Katie Collins. Leanna Ross, Garrett Moseley, Grace Kim, Bill Kraus, Alyssa Sudnick, and Johanna Johnson

Third-year medical student lab members, Anna-Maria Dagher, Grace Kim, and Garrett Moseley, did a wonderful job as first-time ACSM abstract presenters. All three students received Third-Year Dean’s Travel Awards from the Duke University School of Medicine.

The annual meeting culminated with an award ceremony on Friday, May 31.

Third-year medical student Grace Kim was selected as ACSM’s 2024 Lisa S. Krivickas Clinician/Scholar Travel Award winner while third-year medical student Garrett Moseley was awarded the ACSM 2024 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship. Outstanding!

Perhaps the most exciting highlight of the annual meeting — for the Duke team in particular — was when Bill Kraus, former president of the ACSM (2019-2020), was presented with the 2024 ACSM Citation Award, which recognizes distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to sports medicine and/or to the field of exercise sciences.

Dr. Virginia Kraus (center) attended the Citation Award ceremony at the 2024 ACSM. Joining her are colleagues and friends as Dr. William Kraus receives the 2024 ACSM Citation Award in Boston.
Bill Kraus received the 2024 ACSM Citation Award. Pictured with him, L-R, are the past and current presidents of the ACSM, Anastasia Fischer and Irene Davis, and President-Elect Stella Volpe.
Bill Kraus, MD, speaking to ACSM after receiving Citation Award
While accepting the Citation Award, Bill shared a treasured photo from the year he was named Fellow of the ACSM, which includes ACSM Past Presidents Drs. Toby Tate, Paul Thompson, Steven Blair, and Russell Pate.

As a Harvard University alum, receiving the award in Boston was extra special for Kraus. Twenty-five team members, colleagues, and friends from across the country gathered at one of his favorite Bostonian restaurants, Ye Olde Union Oyster House, to celebrate this wonderful career milestone!

*All professional event photos are by Kevin Trimmer Photo and courtesy of the ACSM.

Solid work by all and a hearty congratulations to Bill!


Mena Earns Great Catch Award

Nestor Mena, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist for DMP Cardiac MRI spotted and escalated an incidental finding. Nestor identified a saddle pulmonary embolism during an outpatient cardiac MRI to evaluate ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation. Had Nestor not been paying attention to all structures in the field of view (rather than focusing only on the study indication) this patient may not have been diagnosed and treated in time to prevent life-threatening complications from pulmonary embolism. Furthermore, it is worth noting the expertise needed to recognize that pathology on an MRI is extensive.

It is quite possible that Nestor saved a life that day, and his work is an incredible tribute to the skillset of our advanced imaging technologists.

Way to go, Nestor!!!

Many thanks to all those who helped recognize and support Nestor for his excellent work.


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!

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!


Barber to Serve as Interim Senior VP, DHIP, Starting July 1

Matthew Barber, MD, MHS, the W. Allen Addison, M.D. Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke, will serve as interim Senior Vice President of Duke Health Integrated Practice, effective July 1. Barber’s leadership will build on the successes of the past year and help to advance the operational and strategic work that is currently underway to fully integrate DHIP into Duke University Health System.

Barber has served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2017. During his interim role as SVP of DHIP, Brenna Hughes, MD, MSc, will serve as Executive Vice Chair for the Department of OBGYN.

A national search for the next SVP for DHIP will launch this summer. Barber is stepping into the role vacated by John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, who has accepted the role of Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

  • June is Pride Month


Cardiology Grand Rounds

Our CGR season has ended. We will resume in August/September.

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 18: EP Case Presentation with Seamus Hughes and DaMarcus Ingram. Noon, DN 2001 (in-person only).

June 21: Cardiology Fellows Lunch with Sean Van Diepen. 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., in-person only, DMP 2W96.

June 21: DHP Case Presentation with Ivan Nenadic Wood. 12:15-1 p.m., in-person only, DMP 2W96.

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 participant in throughout the course of 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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