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Duke Heart Pulse – June 23, 2024

Highlights of the week:

Cardiology Fellows Celebrated at Year-End Gathering

Our Cardiovascular Disease (CD) Fellowship program year-end dinner was held on Saturday evening, June 22 at the

Dr. Paula Rambarat

University Club in Durham. The evening celebrated all those wrapping up their CD Fellowship training, including our outgoing chief fellow, Dr. Joe Lerman

Our incoming chief fellow, Dr. Paula Rambarat, was celebrated as well.

Graduating CD Fellows include:

Willard N. Applefeld, MD, is joining the Duke Heart faculty in Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, Echocardiography, and Pulmonary Vascular Disease.

Mohammad Shahzeb Khan, MBBS, MSc, is heading to Baylor Scott and White Research Institute and Baylor Heart Hospital Plano & Dallas, TX.

Joseph Lerman, MD, is moving into Duke’s Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship.

Dan Loriaux, MD, is moving into Duke’s Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Dennis Narcisse, MD, MS, is moving into Duke’s Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Balim Senman, MD, is moving into Duke’s Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, which will be followed by Interventional Cardiology Fellowship.

Ilya Y. Shadrin, MD, PhD, is moving into Duke’s Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship.

Sara Snow, MD, MS, is joining the Duke Heart faculty — she’ll specialize in Cardio-obstetrics, Imaging, and General Cardiology

Congrats to each of you (photos below!)!

The evening also included the annual presentation of the 2024 Cardiology Awards. Our Fellows select the winners in several award and recognition categories, including:

The Outstanding Service Award is given to hospital staff who demonstrate dedication to and excellence in fellow education. The co-recipients this year are Monique Conway, Pharm D, and Jody Holm, RN, BSN.






The Bashore Faculty Teaching Award is given to a faculty member demonstrating dedication and excellence in teaching. This year, the award was presented to Anita Kelsey, MD, MBA.

Anita Kelsey
Dr. Thomas Bashore








The Fellow Mentorship Award is given to a faculty member demonstrating dedication and excellence in mentoring fellows’ careers. This year, the awardee is Schuyler Jones, MD, MHS.

Dr. W. Schuyler Jones and Dr. Dennis Narcisse

The Walter F. Floyd Award is presented to a fellow demonstrating the most outstanding clinical skills and acumen. This year, the fellows selected Belal Suleiman, MD.

Dr. Belal Suleiman

The following awards are made possible through the generosity of Duke philanthropic donors:

The Joseph G. Greenfield Award is annually awarded to a fellow demonstrating excellence, dedication, and contributions to research. This year’s awardee is Joe Lerman, MD.

Dr. Joe Lerman

The Cassell-Saperstein Award is presented to a fellow demonstrating a commitment to teaching and a passion for clinical education. This year’s awardee is Sarah Snow, MD, MS.

Dr. Cary Ward and Dr. Sarah Snow

The Brandt and Belinda Louie Award is awarded to a fellow demonstrating excellence in all three missions of Duke Heart (clinical, education, and research). This year’s awardee is Willard Applefeld, MD.

Dr. Willard Applefeld

The fellows also recognized a perennial favorite —  interventionalist Dr. Mike Sketch.


Additional year-end dinners are being held to celebrate our graduating Electrophysiology, Structural, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Interventional, and Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellows, and our completing trainees in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. We will celebrate all of them in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all of our incredible fellows – all 44 of you – for a terrific year. You’re a big part of what makes our team special and it is a pleasure to watch you develop as clinicians, educators, and researchers during your training at Duke!

Once again, congrats to our graduating CD fellows:


Shout-out to Upadhya!

Bharathi Upadhya

Anna Lisa Chamis shared the following message this week from one of our cardiology fellows regarding cardiology faculty member, Bharathi Upadhya.

“I wanted to give a shout-out to Bharathi Upadhya for being a great teacher to interns and fellows, for the love and compassion she shows to patients at the bedside, and for creating a comfortable learning environment. We need more Bharathi’s in this world.”Ivan Nenadic Wood

She is a shining light! Way to go, Bharathi!




Online Safety Update: ‘Microsoft Report’ Replacing ‘Report Phish’ Button

Duke OIT has announced that the “Report Phish to Duke” button we use in Outlook to thwart phishing attacks will no longer be available starting tomorrow, Monday, June 24, 2024.

The button is being replaced in Outlook with a somewhat obscure-looking button for “Microsoft Report.” Going forward, all members of the Duke community can report phishing and junk email by using this new button in any Outlook client (PC, Mac, web, or mobile).

Thousands of malicious emails are sent daily to Duke accounts so all of us need to be aware of this change in our email platform, as reporting phishing attempts is crucial to protecting Duke community members from online attacks.

Expect to see an email tomorrow about this change. To learn more please visit https://duke.is/j/c7zn.


Copilot for Microsoft 365 Licenses Available

Duke Health is wrapping up the early assessment phase of Copilot for Microsoft 365. Thank you to all who participated in testing and helping to evaluate the potential of generative AI in the work we do. 

Copilot licenses are now available for Duke Health team members at $27 per user per month, with all purchases requiring a fund code. Please note that those who participated in the early assessment phase must purchase their Copilot licenses by July 12, 2024, to retain access.


Seeking Coaches & Walkers: Heart Walk 2024

Duke Health’s recruitment of Coaches and Walkers for the 2024 American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, is well underway, but we are not yet at our goal! Won’t you join us?

Manesh Patel

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!


Thank you for Culture Pulse Participation

Drs. Craig Albanese and Mary E. Klotman shared a message with Duke Health team members this week regarding Culture Pulse:

“Thank you for sharing your voices through our Culture Pulse survey – we are pleased to have heard from more than 63 percent of you. Culture Pulse surveys are one of the listening strategies we have employed throughout Duke Health to help us identify areas of opportunity and celebrate the positive momentum we’ve made as an organization and within our teams.

First, we want to note our progress in creating a culture of respect and belonging throughout Duke Health. The freedom to be our authentic selves and to connect with colleagues about shared life experiences are key to our culture of belonging. This work will continue throughout our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives, including affinity/employee resource groups and focused work on inclusive leadership training.

We also saw collective improvements in the commitment our colleagues feel when it comes to working at Duke Health.  We learned that our culture is enhancing team members’ feelings about Duke Health as a workplace, including feeling safe when they come to work. Each one of us contributes to our culture, and we celebrate that a majority of respondents would like to be working at Duke Health three years from now.

The survey also showed us which areas we need to tackle. Many of our colleagues are experiencing some level of burnout in the years since the pandemic began. We also learned that communication breakdowns are common when work units interact with other work units. We will work together to focus on meeting these challenges.

What does this mean for you, as a Duke Health employee? Leaders across each of our entities – Health System, School of Medicine and School of Nursing – are reviewing the results and will work collaboratively to identify opportunities and align improvements with work that is already happening day-to-day. Please share your ideas with your leaders so we can create change together.

Your voice matters. These survey results will shape the work we’re doing together over the coming year. We would like to conduct another survey in six months to see if we are on the right track. We hope you will continue to share your voice as we work together to Put People First, Be Clear and Empower, and Adapt to Improve.”

On behalf of Duke Heart leadership, thank you to all team members who took time to respond to this survey. It makes a difference!

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 26: Returning Fellow Orientation with Anna Lisa Chamis. Noon, Zoom only.

June 28: No Core Curriculum Conference.

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:

June 18 — Adrian Hernandez

Circulation/CV Quality and Outcomes

Everything, Everywhere All at Once: Evidence Generation and Implementation in the Digital Age

June 20 — Jennifer Green (Endocrinology/DCRI)

Healio/Cardiology Today

Liraglutide better at preventing heart outcomes vs. three other glucose-lowering therapies

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