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Duke Heart Pulse: Week ending June 26th 2022

Highlights of the week:

Welcome New Cardiology Fellows; New CT Surgery Resident!

We are excited to welcome our new first-year cardiology fellows and a new resident for the cardiovascular and thoracic surgery I-6 training program this week. We are thrilled to have them join us! Please give a warm welcome to:

Cardiology Fellows:

Andrew Andreae, MD, completed residency at Duke; a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Michael Cosiano, MD, completed residency at Duke; a graduate of Weill Cornell Medicine.

David Elliott, MD, completed residency at Duke; a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Goodwin, MD, completed residency at Duke; a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine

 

Aman Kansal, MD, completed residency at Duke; a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine.

 

 

Allie Levin, MD, completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital; a graduate of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 

 

 

Anthony Lin, MD, completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco; a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine.

 

Paula Rambarat, MD, completed residency with Massachusetts General Hospital; a graduate of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 

Jessica Regan, MD, completed residency at Duke; a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

 

 

Belal Suleiman, MD, completed residency at University of Texas Southwestern; a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery resident:

Rebekah Boyd, MD, joins us from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 

Rymer Named John Bush Simpson Assistant Professor of Medicine

Jennifer Rymer, MD, has been named the John Bush Simpson Assistant Professor of Medicine.

Rymer joined the Duke Cardiology faculty in July, 2020 as an interventional cardiologist. She was a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Duke from 2014 to 2019 and did her internal medicine residency here from 2011 to 2014 following her graduation from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Jennifer Rymer

Rymer has 70 publications to her credit and serves on leadership and publication committees for the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Vascular Medicine and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. She is also the recipient of the Walter Floyd Award for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology, the DCRI Harrington Research Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the Women as One Research Award, the William Keating Career Development Award from the American College of Cardiology, and a Career Development Award from the American Heart Association.

The work she did during fellowship, particularly on the Inclusion and Diversity Task Force, led Rymer to devote some of her time to increasing the representation of representation in the field of cardiology. She was recently named the trainee liaison for the Department of Medicine’s Program for Women in Internal Medicine (PWIM) where she has helped create and facilitate programs tailored to the needs of women trainees.

She hopes to demonstrate, through her work with PWIM and elsewhere, that a career in cardiology is a fulfilling and rewarding choice for women. Rymer is also member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Congratulations, Jenn!

 

EP Fellows Celebrated at Year-End Dinner

Our graduating EP fellows were celebrated last weekend (Saturday, June 18) at The Roof restaurant on top of the Durham Hotel, which is an annual tradition for the EP section. A shout-out to Don Hegland, MD, EP Program Director, who continues to lead an outstanding fellowship program! Great work!

“Words cannot express how special these graduates are,” said Jon Piccini, MD, director of the electrophysiology section. “They are among the best fellows we have ever graduated from our program.”

Graduating fellows:

Adam Barnett, MD, is joining Prisma Health in Greenville, SC.

Eric Black-Maier, MD is joining Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME.

Zak Loring, MD, is joining the EP faculty here at Duke.

Mike Rehorn, MD, is joining Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists in Richmond, VA.

Shown in photos are:

Graduating fellows, L-R: Barnett, Black-Maier, Rehorn and Loring.

Graduating fellows with EP faculty.

Graduating fellows with their spouses and faculty.

Congratulations to all!

 

Latest AHA GWTG HF, CAD Awards for Duke Hospital Announced

We are pleased to announce the latest American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Awards for Duke University Hospital, announced earlier this week. We have achieved the following:

GWTG Heart Failure Award — Gold Plus with Heart Failure Honor Roll and Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

This is the highest recognition level by the American Heart Association.

GWTG Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)Mission: Lifeline Award: NSTEMI – Gold

GWTG CAD Mission Lifeline: STEMI Receiving Center — Gold Plus

These achievements are based upon participation in GWTG-CAD and meeting the required Mission: Lifeline recognition criteria for data submitted through the 2021 calendar year. This accomplishment signifies a commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement, not only on behalf of Duke University Hospital but for the entire STEMI System of Care.

Excellent teamwork!!! Congratulations to all!

 

Duke Heart at AAHFN 2022

Duke Heart was well represented at the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) 18th annual meeting held June 15-18, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Stephanie Barnes served as the Planning Chair for the meeting. Shelley Thompson, Robert Mentz, Marat Fudim and Joey Harrington were speakers at the conference. There were also many past Duke nurses and physicians who were speakers and in attendance.

We have it on great authority that planning committee chair Stephanie Barnes did an absolutely fantastic job.

“The conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn and network and the quality of presentations was outstanding,” said Shelley Thompson, a conference speaker and nurse practitioner with the Duke Heart Failure team.

Rob Mentz concurred, “The AAHFN meeting, that Steph helped lead, was a tremendous success. I had never been to the meeting before and was truly impressed by the engagement, high quality talks, and phenomenal community the society has built.”

Great work, Stephanie! Congratulations to all presenters!

 

Tcheng: Patient Safety Surrounding Medical Devices

Congrats to Jimmy Tcheng, MD and team. Their latest research article, Advancing Patient Safety Surrounding Medical Devices: Barriers, Strategies, and Next Steps in Health System Implementation of Unique Device Identifiers, was published this week in the journal Medical Devices: Evidence and Research. To check it out, visit: https://doi.org/10.2147/MDER.S364539

James Tcheng

Harrington Article to be Featured by ACC.org

Congratulations to cardiology fellow Josephine Harrington, MD — her recently published expert analysis piece (co-authored with Manesh Patel, MD), The Next Wave of Anticoagulation: Results of PACIFIC-AF and the Future Role of Factor XIa Inhibition in Atrial Fibrillation, which appears on ACC.org, was selected by Dr. Kim Eagle, Editor-in-Chief of ACC.org, to appear as a featured item on the ACC.org homepage. Starting on Tuesday, June 28 and running through the weekend, the article will be one of the three images cycling across the top of www.acc.org.

Well done!

 

Ohman, Newby Participating in International Golf Tournament

Magnus Ohman and Kristin Newby participated in the William Harvey Golf Tournament held this past week in Europe. The tournament, according to Ohman, was developed by Drs. Will Fennel (Ireland), Peter Sleight (UK), and Tom Ryan, Sr. (US) in 1999 to foster international academic camaraderie. Teams from Great Britain, Ireland, the EU, and the US compete for a trophy over 4 days in a Ryder Cup style format. Dr. Kristin Newby is leading the US team as captain at Lake Garda, Italy. The team includes past presidents from ACC and AHA and “will do their best to take home the trophy among stiff competition from similar leaders on the European continent,” Ohman added.

We look forward to learning the results!!

Duke Health’s Commitment to Addressing Workplace Violence

At Duke Health, the safety and security of our patients and team members are our highest priorities. With recent violent incidents in health care settings and elsewhere, we have redoubled efforts to provide a safe environment at our facilities. Among additional and expanded security measures, we are:

  • Evaluating and optimizing security presence at key hospital and clinic locations
  • Providing additional emergency alert resources and support to care teams, notably those tending patients with behavioral health concerns
  • Reviewing and revising the policies, procedures and training requirements for the management of security-related events
  • Making fewer entrances accessible to visitors

All entities of Duke Health are gun-free zones for patients, visitors, students, providers and staff. We are continuing to evaluate and implement additional measures that foster an environment of wellbeing and health.

Remain Vigilant with Spam, Cybersecurity Concerns

There has been a recent uptick in patients and team members receiving health-related scam phone calls. If an employee or a patient room receives a scam call, please report the number that that received the call and the number that made the call to the Duke Health Service Desk at 919-684-2243 immediately.

Reminder: Exterior Doors

As part of this overall effort, it is critical to keep exterior doors closed. Allowing them to be propped open presents a security risk to our patients and our team members. Please do not prop exterior doors. Thank you!

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

 

Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium

June 27 & 28. The Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium returns to Durham this year and is offered as a hybrid event. This symposium is sponsored by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel, Jr. Foundation.

Registration required. In person: Great Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Durham, NC. For those who wish to attend virtually, the event will offer live-streaming. The link will be emailed prior to the program. Registrants who choose the virtual live-streamed webinar option will be able to obtain CE credit for the course. For more information, contact Christy Darnell.

 

June 28: The Changing Landscape and Economics of Perfusion Technology. 2-3 p.m. Virtual. Part of The Alliance Conversation Series offered by The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance). Wendy Swafford, Sarah Casalinova & Amber Johnson of Duke will join Jeff Orlowski, LifeShare of Oklahoma as presenting speakers. Kevin Myer of LifeGift will serve as moderator.  Registration is required. The event is free. Event is geared toward transplant center, OPO, QI professionals and leadership.

 

June 30: Women in Cardiology. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. The WIC team has announced their next meeting will be at the home of Dr. Pamela Douglas. The theme of the event will be ‘Mentorship and Sponsorship’ with panelists Dr. Douglas, Dr. Jenn Rymer, Dr. Tracy Wang, and Dr. Camille Frazier-Mills. We are lucky to have such a group of incredibly accomplished women and we can’t wait to hear about their mentorship and sponsorship experiences and advice. Dinner will be provided. For more details, please contact cardiology fellow Karen Flores Rosario, MD.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Cardiology Grand Rounds has concluded and will resume in September.

 

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 21 — Peter Ubel (internal medicine)

MediQuality

Jury still out on vitamin, mineral supplements to prevent heart disease, cancer

https://duke.is/4cnp8

June 22 — Carol Krucoff (Duke Health & Wellness)

Yoga Journal

Ask the Teacher: Can I Practice Yoga with a Pacemaker?

https://duke.is/9rhyz

June 23 — Adrian Hernandez

Newsobserver.com

Coronavirus updates for June 23: Here’s what to know in North Carolina this week

https://duke.is/jksjr

June 23 — Jonathan Piccini

Courier-Gazette (Camden, ME)

Pen Bay Medical Center receives achievement award

https://duke.is/yqr29

June 23 — Richard Shannon and Beverly Gray (ob/gyn)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Sam on Roe…with Covid

https://duke.is/vgghp

June 23 — Karen Alexander

Salisbury Post

Clinical research programs aim to improve lives, recruit local participants at NCRC

https://duke.is/z5msh

Duke Heart – Week Ending June 19th 2022

Chief’s message: Remembering, celebrating, and working to improve our future.

Happy Father’s day to all the dads and dad-figures throughout our team and in each of our lives.

This year, the holiday happens to coincide with Juneteenth, providing an opportunity to reflect how we can be better. In his all-staff letter, Vincent E. Price, president of Duke University wrote, “As we mark Juneteenth, we are reminded that racial equity and justice are not end goals to be reached or achieved—they are ongoing institutional and personal principles that must guide all that we do as a university.” In a message to all DUHS team members, Dr. A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs at Duke, wrote, “At Duke Health, we honor the full spectrum of diversity, and we value the richness that our differences bring to us. We have pledged that equity is our goal, inclusion is our practice, and belonging is the desired result. This is how we build upon the gifts that each of us brings to our mission of advancing health together.”

Like a lot of academic programs, this week also marked our end of year celebrations for graduating fellows and residents.  We were reminded about the amazing accomplishments of our fellows, the efforts of our wonderful faculty to teach, and the ability to recognize truly outstanding contributions. We hope each of you has an opportunity to reflect upon year-end and to celebrate not only our dads and our graduates, but our individual and collective blessings.

Highlights of the week:

Duke Heart Celebrates Year-End Graduates

Each of our fellowship and residency training programs celebrated their graduating trainees this week. We are pleased to share updates and photos with you. Congratulations to each of our graduates and a big shout-out to all of our program directors and associate directors: Anna Lisa Chamis; Camille Frazier-Mills; Chris Holley; Rob Mentz; Neha Pagidipati; Schuyler Jones; Kevin Harrison; Donald Hegland; Ben Bryner; Betty Tong, and Jack Haney.

The Interventional Cardiology and Structural Fellowship programs held their year-end celebration on Thursday evening at The Roof restaurant on top of the Durham Hotel in downtown Durham. They celebrated four graduates: Zach Wegermann, Sipa Yankey and Kevin Friede from the interventional cardiology fellowship and John D. Serfas from the structural fellowship.

  • John D. Serfas, MD, has completed the Structural Heart fellowship and is entering Interventional Cardiology fellowship at Duke.
  • Kevin Friede, MD, is joining the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Zach Wegermann, MD, is entering the Advanced Training in Cardiology fellowship as the Structural Heart fellow at Duke.
  • Sipa Yankey, MD, is leaving Duke to enter the Structural Heart Fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill

The annual Gloria and Warren Newman Award, established in honor of Robert H. “Jess” Peter, MD, was presented to Zach Wegermann. Congratulations, Zach!

Our Cardiology Fellowship programs held their year-end appreciation event on Friday, June 17, at the Washington Duke Inn.

They celebrated the following graduates:

From the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship:

  • Amanda Coniglio, MD, our outgoing chief fellow, is joining the advanced heart failure faculty at Rochester Regional Hospital.
  • Jeff Dixson, MD, is going into general invasive cardiology practice with Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Michelle Kelsey, MD, is joining the cardiology faculty at Duke. She will be a part of our prevention team at Duke Heart.
  • Vanessa Blumer, MD, is heading to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation fellowship.
  • Lauren Truby, MD, is heading to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation fellowship.

From the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship:

  • Sarah Goldstein, MD, has accepted a position with the congenital heart disease team at Yale University.

The following graduates are transitioning to another training program within Duke:

  • Kelly Arps, MD, is entering Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Caitlin Drescher, MD, is entering Interventional Cardiology
  • Navid Nafissi, MD, is entering Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Vishal Rao, MD, is entering the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Toi Spates, MD, is entering the Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Francis Ugowe, MD, is entering Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

The following trainees have completed the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship:

  • Anthony Carnicelli, MD, has accepted a position with the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
  • Marc Samsky, MD, has accepted a position with Yale University.
  • Christopher Wrobel, MD, is returning to the Cardiovascular Disease fellowship program for his third year. He will serve as Duke’s chief cardiology fellow for 2022-2023.

Graduating from the Clinical Cardiology Electrophysiology Fellowship are:

  • Adam Barnett, MD, is joining Prisma Health in Greenville, SC.
  • Eric Black-Maier, MD is joining Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME.
  • Zak Loring, MD, is joining the cardiology faculty here at Duke. He will be on the electrophysiology team.
  • Mike Rehorn, MD, is joining Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists in Richmond, VA.

The following fellows are transitioning from the Cardiovascular Disease fellowship to Advanced Training in Cardiology: Jessica Duran, Josephine Harrington and Anthony Peters.

As is the custom at year-end, the following annual recognition awards were presented on Friday evening during the Cardiology Fellowship celebration:

Fellow-selected awards

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Emily Towery. This award is for a hospital staff member who demonstrates dedication and excellence in fellow education.

The Bashore Faculty Teaching Award was presented to Nishant Shah, MD. This award is given to a faculty member demonstrating dedication and excellence in teaching.

The Fellow Mentorship Award was presented to Neha Pagidipati, MD. This award is given to a faculty member demonstrating dedication and excellence in mentoring fellows’ careers.

Faculty-selected awards, which are made possible through the generosity of Duke philanthropic donors:

The Walter F. Floyd Award is a peer-selected award that goes to a fellow demonstrating the most outstanding clinical skills and acumen. This year’s recipient is Willard Applefield, MD.

The Joseph G. Greenfield Award is given to a fellow demonstrating excellence, dedication and contribution to research. This year’s recipient is Vishal Rao, MD, MPH.

The Cassell-Saperstein Award is given to a fellow demonstrating commitment to teaching and a passion for clinical education. This year’s recipient is Michelle Kelsey, MD.

The Brandt and Belinda Louie Award is given to a fellow demonstrating excellence in all three missions of Duke Heart: clinical, education, and research. This year’s recipient is Kelly Arps, MD.

The year-end celebration for our trainees in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery was celebrated as a virtual event on Friday, June 17.

Congratulations to the following:

  • Babatunde Yerokun, MD has taken a surgery position at Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery in Nashville, TN.
  • David Ranney, MD has taken a surgery position at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Doug Overbey, MD will remain at Duke as our very first trainee in the new Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship.

As you can see, it was a big week for trainees throughout Duke Heart – congratulations to all of you. Your hard work, commitment and excellence shines and we are so proud of all that you’ve accomplished!

Duke Heart at ASE 2022

Duke Heart was well represented at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Scientific Sessions held June 10-13 in Seattle, WA. Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MBBS, MMCi, FASE, Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Duke Anesthesiology, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University School of Medicine, served as the President of ASE from 2021-2022. By all accounts an amazing year of leadership and well represented the entire field and Duke Heart.  Dr. Pamela Douglas was honored during the ASE gala event.  A number of our faculty and staff spoke and presented research, including Pamela Douglas, MD; Anita M. Kelsey, MD; Joseph Kisslo, MD; David Adams, ACS; Alicia Armour, ACS; Colin Dunbar II, RDCS; Dallas Gardner, RDCS; Melissa Lefevre, RDCS, and Richard Palma, ACS. Cardiology fellow Manasi Tannu, MD, an ASE Foundation Top Investigator grant winner, also presented (see below “kudos”). Two students from our Cardiac Ultrasound Certificate Program received ASE Foundation student scholarships — Nick Medlock received the Waggoner Award and Daisy Chang received the Katanick Award.

Congratulations to all!

Kudos to Tannu

First-year cardiology fellow Manasi Tannu, MD, who was awarded an American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Foundation top investigator grant in early May, presented her work at the ASE scientific sessions in Seattle this past weekend. Her presentations included:

  1. Echocardiography based estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance and outcomes in patients with pulmonary hypertension.
  2. Prognostic value of right ventricular-pulmonary artery coupling in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Congratulations to Dr. Tannu and her co-authors!

DUHS AONL Nurse Leaders Advocate on Capitol Hill

Roughly 120 nurse leaders from 33 states – including several from Duke — met last week with state and federal representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the American Organization of Nursing Leadership’s (AONL) 2022 legislative priorities. This included national strategies to address the nursing shortage and support legislation that promotes safety from violence for healthcare employees. DUHS nursing leaders (shown in photos) met with the offices of Representative David Rouzer, Representative David Price, Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Richard Burr, and Representative Ted Budd.

Pictured below from left to right are Katrina Green (Administrative Director Clinical Education & Professional Development), Frank Demarco (Associate CNO Emergency Services), and Laura Dickerson (Clinical Operations Director Heart Services)

Great work – and thank you for representing Duke Health and North Carolina!

 

Duke Heart Grows by One

Congratulations to Emily and Mike Towery on the birth of their son, Amos. The family reported, “After 72 hours of labor, Amos Richard Towery came into the world weighing 7 lbs, 15 oz! We are so in love with him and we are all doing great!”

Emily, a cardiology device nurse, and Mike, a PA, are both members of our cardiology team. We are so excited for them and can’t wait to meet Amos!

Photos of the Week

In a move that surprised us all, Terry Fortin has traded in her flip phone for an iPhone. Congratulations, Terry!

Mike Sketch, Richard Stack, and Chris O’Connor ran into one another as they were out and about town this weekend. They first met in 1988 at Duke. They shared a photo with us – it’s always great to see friends and colleagues!

Duke Children’s Hospital #1 in NC

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center continues to rank as the No. 1 children’s hospital in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report, with nine pediatric specialties ranked among the best in the nation. Duke Children’s also retained a prominent position in the region and nationally – ranking fourth in the southeast and 27th in the nation in the magazine’s annual listing. Duke also received top marks in this year’s list for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, placing seventh nationally. To read the full news release, please visit: https://duke.is/zphv9. Congratulations to all!

Medicine Grand Rounds Update

The Department of Medicine announced last week that they are moving Medicine Grand Rounds to an 8 a.m. time slot in order to maximize in-person attendance, especially among trainees. The time change from noon to 8 a.m. went into effect on Friday, June 17. MGR will continue to be offered both in-person and virtually. All sessions are recorded and available for viewing on the Duke Medicine Grand Rounds website.

Reminder: Exterior Doors

It is critical to keep exterior doors closed. Allowing them to be propped open presents a security risk to our patients and our team members. Please do not prop exterior doors. Thank you!

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

AHA Aortic Stenosis Webinar features Vemulapalli

June 21: Undertreatment of Aortic Stenosis: A Conversation to Understand the Problem and Consider Solutions. Panelists include Sreekanth Vemulapalli, MD. 6-7 p.m. EDT. This national webinar is part of the American Heart Association’s Target: Aortic Stenosis initiative. For a full list of presenters and panelists or to register (registration is required), please visit: https://bit.ly/3OrktdS.

June 24: Be The Match Registry Drive. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Duke University Hospital outside of Atrium Café. If you’re between the ages of 18-35 years old, consider registering as a potential stem cell/bone marrow donor via Be The Match. Help support our cardiology team member and ALL survivor, Dayana Ramos.

Did you know that every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer? You can help be part of their cure. It’s quick and easy — with just a swab kit, it can be determined if your bone marrow or stem cells can save a patient’s life. Come to event to learn more or visit https://bethematch.org. Test kits are available through the registry website.

June 30: Women in Cardiology. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. The WIC team has announced their next meeting will be at the home of Dr. Pamela Douglas. The theme of the event will be ‘Mentorship and Sponsorship’ with panelists Dr. Douglas, Dr. Jenn Rymer, Dr. Tracy Wang, and Dr. Camille Frazier-Mills. We are lucky to have such a group of incredibly accomplished women and we can’t wait to hear about their mentorship and sponsorship experiences and advice. Dinner will be provided. For more details, please contact cardiology fellow Karen Flores Rosario, MD.

Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium

June 27 & 28. The Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium returns to Durham this year and is offered as a hybrid event. This symposium is sponsored by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel, Jr. Foundation.

Registration required. In person: Great Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Durham, NC. For those who wish to attend virtually, the event will offer live-streaming. The link will be emailed prior to the program. Registrants who choose the virtual live-streamed webinar option will be able to obtain CE credit for the course. For more information, contact Christy Darnell.

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Cardiology Grand Rounds has concluded and will resume in September.

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 11 — Robert Mentz

CBS Mornings/Eye on America (Boston, MA)

Spirituality can improve outcomes for patients with heart failure

https://duke.is/pk2j9

June 12 — Adrian Hernandez

The New York Times

Ivermectin Has Little Effect on Recovery Time From Covid, Study Finds

https://duke.is/rbb7p

June 15 — Adrian Hernandez

Newsobserver.com

Ivermectin does not shorten COVID-19 illness, according to large Duke clinical trial

https://duke.is/yvrcu

June 16 — Christopher Granger

Medpage Today

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Impact on Long-term Survival

https://duke.is/cwnys

June 16 — Sunil Rao

tctMD

Risking COVID-19 for Professional Gain? Spring’s In-Person Meetings in Hindsight

https://duke.is/w5hg3

June 16 — Adrian Hernandez

Axios

Ivermectin doesn’t meaningfully aid COVID-19 recovery, study finds

https://duke.is/jcs27

June 17 — Renato Lopes

World Stock Market/CNN Vital Signs

CNN Vital Signs explains how to avoid thrombosis

https://duke.is/8qx3t

 

Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed June 9-15, 2022

Alexander KP. Meaningful Evidence for Anticoagulation in the Gray (Elder) Zone. JAMA Cardiol 2022 Jun 1;7(6):581-582. PM: 35416911.

Del Brutto VJ, Diener HC, Easton JD, Granger CB, Cronin L, Kleine E, Grauer C, Brueckmann M, Toyoda K, Schellinger PD, Lyrer P, Molina CA, Chutinet A, Bladin CF, Estol CJ, Sacco RL. Predictors of Recurrent Stroke After Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source in the RE-SPECT ESUS Trial. J Am Heart Assoc 2022 Jun 7;11(11):e023545. PM: 35656979.

Don CW, Zwischenberger BA, Kurlansky PA, Rao SV, Sharma G, Lawton JS, Tamis-Holland JE. 2021 ACC/AHA/SCAI Coronary Artery Revascularization Guidelines for Managing the Nonculprit Artery in STEMI. JACC Case Rep 2022 Apr 6;4(7):377-384. PM: 35693904.

Eikelboom J, Rangarajan S, Jolly SS, Belley-Cote EP, Whitlock R, Beresh H, Lewis G, Xu L, Chan N, Bangdiwala S, Diaz R, Orlandini A, Hassany M, Tarhuni WM, Yusufali AM, Sharma SK, Kontsevaya A, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Avezum A, Dans AL, Wasserman S, Felix C, et al. The Anti-Coronavirus Therapies (ACT) Trials: Design, Baseline Characteristics, and Challenges. CJC Open 2022 Jun;4(6):568-576. PM: 35252829.

Figtree GA, Redfors B, Kozor R, Vernon ST, Grieve SM, Mazhar J, Thiele H, Patel MR, Udelson JE, Selker HP, Ohman EM, Maehara A, Karmpaliotis D, Eitel I, Granger CB, Ben-Yehuda O, Stone GW, Kosmidou I. Clinical Outcomes in Patients With ST-Segment Elevation MI and No Standard Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factors. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2022 Jun 13;15(11):1167-1175. PM: 35680197.

Garg A, Rout A, Farhan S, Waxman S, Giustino G, Tayal R, Abbott JD, Huber K, Angiolillo DJ, Rao SV. Dual antiplatelet therapy duration after percutaneous coronary intervention using drug eluting stents in high bleeding risk patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am Heart J 2022 Aug;250:1-10. PM: 35436504.

Kern MJ, Applegate B, Bittl J, Block P, Butman S, Dehmer G, Garratt KN, Henry T, Hirshfeld J, Holmes DR, Kaplan A, King S, Klein LW, Krucoff MW, Kutcher MA, Naidu SS, Pichard A, Ruiz CE, Skelding KA, Tobis JM, Tommaso C, Weiner BH, White C. Conversations in cardiology: Late career transitions-Retool, retire, refocus. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2022 Jun;99(7):2136-2144. PM: 35446473.

Mann DL, Hernandez AF, Braunwald E. Could Neprilysin Be Already Inhibited by BNP in the LIFE Trial?-Reply. JAMA Cardiol 2022 Jun 1;7(6):657-658. PM: 35507336.

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Duke Heart Week Ending June 12th 2022

Chief’s message:

As we come to the end of the academic year, we are reminded of the amazing faculty, fellows, residents, administrative and clinical staff and colleagues we have.  The year end is punctuated with having to say goodbye to many of our graduating fellows (we have our end of year party this upcoming week), and unfortunately some departures of faculty (you will see the note around Tom Gehrig and Magnus Ohman below).  We also have a set of year end recognitions and awards (School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Resident awards).  These times of change are moments to reflect and hopefully we can all celebrate these amazing life accomplishments and recognitions along with appreciating those that are leaving Duke.  We intend to celebrate our entire community over these next few weeks and look forward to sharing in the Pulse.

Highlights of the week:

Gehrig Departs Duke; Heads to UVA Health

Dr. Thomas Gehrig, associate professor of medicine in cardiology, and an integral part of our team for 24 years, will be moving to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (UVA). His last day with Duke Heart will be June 15.

Tom is one of our most cherished and beloved clinician-educators, a true role model for all of us and someone adored by his huge patient population. To say he will be greatly missed by everyone at Duke is quite the understatement.

For those of you who are unaware of his background, Tom is a hard-core University of Florida Gator, having been born in central Florida. He completed both his undergraduate and medical school studies there (where he, by the way, graduated number one in his class in med school). He went on to internal medicine house staff training at the University of Virginia, staying on as their Chief Resident, before joining the Duke Cardiology program in 1995 to focus on interventional and structural heart disease. He has remained at Duke ever since as a member of the Duke Heart Physicians (DHP) clinical group. He was a star then and remains a star now. As a fellow he won the Floyd Award for Clinical Excellence and as a faculty member won the Bashore Teaching Award, the Waugh Educational Award, and the School of Medicine’s Tow Humanism Award.

Over the last 24 years Tom has had a major impact on all that is Duke cardiology. His incredible work ethic, his outstanding clinical and teaching skills, his photographic memory, his kindness, his ability to work with virtually anyone, his respect for the staff and coworkers, and his loyalty to medicine and to Duke are all just part of who he is. He never knows a stranger, and he is the first to offer a helping hand when there is a need. Tom will be an associate professor of medicine at UVA, and they are extraordinarily lucky to have him. Fortunately, he knows some of the folks there already, and they know him. We can all be honored and proud that we were able to be associated with him while he was at Duke.

Tom would like to continue to be connected with his friends and colleagues here. His email at UVA is TRG2Z@virginia.edu. He says his job description at UVA will be similar to what he does here at Duke with a little more time off. His wife, Dr. Paola Gehrig, will be the W. Norman Thornton Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Virginia.

We all wish Tom and Paola the very best, as they represent the very best.

The above background and the following photos from recent celebrations for Tom and Paola are courtesy of Tom Bashore, MD and Cary Ward, MD – many thanks!

Asked about his time at Duke and in Durham, Gehrig says it’s a bittersweet time for his family. They’ve loved raising their children here, have enjoyed the uniqueness of the Triangle area and being part of their respective healthcare teams (his wife Paola has been on the faculty at UNC School of Medicine/UNC Lineberger). He adds that he’s had fantastic mentors, particularly Kevin Harrison, Tom Bashore and Andrew Wang – but also a great career partnering with the rest of the cardiology faculty. He says he jokes about probably being the only general cardiologist at Duke because he “takes on whatever comes along, so to speak.”

“Duke has been a wonderful place to have a career where I could practice any type of cardiology I wanted to and have supportive people around me,” Gehrig says. “The camaraderie here has always been fantastic. I think it has been unmatched, really, the camaraderie among physicians in our division in particular, but also with the surgical division. And I’m going to miss the patients – the south is known for a lot of things, I suppose, but definitely for its kind, wonderful people. I’ve got 1400 patients I see on a regular basis that are going to be hard to walk away from.”

As he looks to the future in Charlottesville, it’s a circling back to where he and Paola both did residency and where they have a lot of good friendships already in place. The opportunity to return to Virginia was something they always thought they’d be interested in, he says, and it literally came up out of nowhere and everything just fell into place. He jokes that it’s Paola that UVA really wants, that he’s just the ‘baggage’ along for the ride.

We know otherwise, of course. UVA is getting an amazing clinician in Gehrig. He’s a clinician who considers his patients to be the very best population at Duke, and he’s a beloved colleague who will be missed on a daily basis.

In addition to Bashore and Ward, we asked others for their thoughts on Tom. Here is what they shared with us:

From Tom Povsic, MD:

“It has simply been an honor to be a fellow and faculty colleague of Tom’s. I can think of no one who exemplifies a “man for others” better than Tom. With Tom it is always about those around him: his colleagues, the fellows and students who have been lucky enough to learn from him, and most of all his patients. It is daunting to take care of or cath one of his patients, not only because of how they regard him, but because of the level of care he provides (I have it from reliable sources the he broke the curve for the rest of us taking cardiology boards) and the empathy and concern he imparts to them. Duke cardiology, our trainees, staff and Duke cardiology patients will sorely miss Tom. I can think of no one to whom I would rather entrust a family member or loved one’s care. We will find people to see his patients, but he will not be replaced.”

From Andrew Wang, MD:

“Dr. Tom Gehrig, over 24 years as a Duke Cardiology fellow and faculty member, was the epitome of a master clinician and educator. He had a keen sense of what the patient and learners needed in the moment and over time. His care of his patients and the trainees whom he taught were exemplary and highly respected by all. He is the cardiologist that you would want caring for your family or yourself. As a colleague, he was always willing and eager to lend a hand (or two), his sage advice and kind support. His daily contributions to our division will be greatly missed, and UVA is very fortunate to have him on their faculty.”

From Jimmy Tcheng, MD:

“I’ve had the privilege of having Tom as a friend, colleague, and confidant for nearly 25 years. I can recall as if just yesterday when he began his Duke cardiology fellowship in 1998 – inquisitive and eager to learn while already advanced beyond his years in clinical acumen. His humanistic qualities were readily apparent, his remarkable ability to relate to patients, to engender trust – all qualities that set him apart from day one. In the cath lab, he proved to be a “natural”, rapidly mastering the techniques and technologies of interventional cardiology. We have since shared many days shoulder to shoulder in the cath lab, with his facility to integrate clinical knowledge, patient characteristics, and technical command consistently providing the perspectives needed to chart the best possible course for our patients. His steadying influence and balanced approach have been consistent and remarkable qualities that we would all do well to emulate. And not only is he the “physician’s physician” – but a great teacher and educator as well. Tom will be deeply missed – his thoughtfulness, compassion, brilliance, perspectives and wit truly set him apart as the “Best of Duke”. I wish him the best in his future endeavors, he is leaving Duke a better place.”

From Schuyler Jones, MD:

“Tom has been a great teacher and partner for me over the last 20 years. He’s a consummate professional and a master clinician, but more than that, he’s a really great guy and someone I always felt I could reach out to for advice and guidance. Like the rest of the Duke cath lab, I’ll miss his sarcastic banter with the staff and fellows, and his total dedication to patient care and quality. Best of luck to Tom and Paola as they return to Charlottesville.”

From Manesh Patel, MD:

“It’s bittersweet to have someone like Tom Gehrig leave Duke.  Tom has been one of our best clinicians with a focus on teaching our fellows, delivering the highest quality care, but most of all just being a great friend and partner.  UVA is lucky to have him and I am sure he and Paola will enjoy the return.  We will miss someone that we could call at anytime about a patient and he would provide sage and thoughtful guidance, with compassion and understanding.  He is truly one of our best, and we wish him well and hope to continue to work together in the future.

Shown in photos are:

DHP GROUP:  From Left: Mike Sketch, Tom Bashore, Anita Kelsey, Tom Gehrig, Cary Ward, Andrew Wang, Kevin Harrison

The Gehrigs:  their son Joe Gehrig, Tom & Paola Gehrig

Gehrig and OP Staff: Michelle Johnson, Christine Beyer-McFarlane and Edana Christy with Tom

Gehrig and faculty:  From Left: Andrew Wang, Paul Rosenberg, Rob Mentz, Cary Ward, Tom

Best wishes, Tom!!

Magnus Ohman to retire from clinical medicine to become Vice-President of Global Development of Cardiometabolic therapeutics for Amgen

Magnus Ohman

Magnus came to Duke from Dublin, Ireland in 1987 to complete a cardiology fellowship and to build on his translational research work on beta-adrenergic receptors with Dr. Gary Stiles.  A meeting with Dr. Galen Wagner changed his trajectory.  Galen suggested that Magnus should connect with Dr. Robert Califf to see if Magnus may be some interest in working on clinical trials at Duke, given Magnus’ exposure to the Clinical Trials Unit at University of Oxford with Richard Peto and Rory Collins. Magnus became the 6th Duke Databank fellow and started working with Rob on the TAMI trials. He later became one of the founding members of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in 1996, with Dr. Chris Granger, Dr. Dan Mark, Dr. Chris O’Connor and Dr. Bob Harrington, among others.  The Duke Databank and later DCRI collaboration led to a fantastic opportunity to test new strategies in Acute Coronary Syndromes and cardiac devices.  Magnus led the first adequately sized randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a device, IABP, in STEMI in the early 1990s. His knowledge from the Oxford days also became helpful as Rob Califf and Chris Granger embarked on the GUSTO trials. Magnus continued to revolutionize clinical trials throughout his career. Some of these included trial designs assessing infarct size in STEMI with Dr Manesh Patel (JAMA); the first dedicated ACS trial for medical management with dual anti-platelet therapy with Dr Matt Roe (NEJM); and testing low-dose oral anti-coagulation with clopidogrel or ticagrelor in ACS without aspirin (Lancet).

One of the spin-offs (sub-study) led by Magnus was the GUSTO-II trial Troponin T study. The study was assessing the ECG, CK-MB, which was the gold standard for diagnosing MI at the time.  The new marker, Troponin T, was a potential new way of diagnosing MI. The GUSTO TnT study showed that this marker was better aligned with the cardiovascular risk of the patient and therefore a better marker for determining MI.  The first Universal Definition of MI meeting held jointly with ESC, AHA and ACC then led to redefinition of MI using troponin as the new standard.  Magnus continued the biomarker work with Dr. Kristin Newby, among others. They published several papers together using biomarkers for risk stratification and linking it to a therapeutic strategy.  Some of these have now become standard practice in ACS such as the early invasive strategy based on troponin positive non-STEMI patients.

In the late 1990s after several large RCTs in ACS had been completed, it became clear that there was a gap between the practice of ACS and the findings from the RCT trials.  Jointly with Drs Brian Gibler, Eric Peterson and Matt Roe, Magnus led the first large-scale Quality Improvement (QI) registry in ACS, called the CRUSADE program.  It evaluated over 250,000 patients from about 400 US hospitals over a 5-year period.  One of the most seminal papers from this registry written by Eric Peterson was able to link the better adherence to ACC/AHA guideline recommended therapies with improved survival.  This registry was later adopted by the ACC and now forms the basis for the NCDR ACTION registry.

Magnus has been a big advocate for the value of collaboration and mentorship not only within Duke, but across multiple institutions and continents.  This collaborative work has been richly rewarded with a large publication record of over 700 peer-reviewed articles, 47 book-chapters, and 3 books. Among these, Magnus authored 16 papers in NEJM, 14 in the Lancet and 15 in JAMA making him one of the top 1% cited researcher worldwide from 2001 to 2020 by Clarivate Analytics.

Because of his large clinical trial experience, Magnus has been a frequent advisor to the FDA.  He served on the Circulatory System Device Panel for 7 years and remains an ad-hoc member.  He was also a member of the ACCF/AHA Task Force for Practice Guidelines between 2010 and 2019, being one of their longest serving members that helped shape the ACC/AHA guidelines into their present format.

In 1991, Magnus finished his interventional training under Drs Richard Stack and Harry Phillips. Over the years his practice gravitated towards high-risk PCI.  This led him to explore innovative solutions to support patients needing PCI with reduced cardiac function.  In the late 1990s, he initiated a program at Duke for ECMO supported PCI.  This was followed by Impella supported PCI in the late 2000s.  His dedication towards the management of high-risk PCI led Magnus to be inducted into the International Andreas Gruentzig Society honoring the innovators of PCI. More recently he collaborated with Dr Tom Povsic on novel therapies for patients with Advanced Coronary Disease including gene therapy. Dr Chris O’Connor and Magnus formally proposed this program in the early 2010. Magnus became its first director with assistance of philanthropic support from the Rawson family.  It remains the only endowed Directorship at Duke Health.

In 2000, Magnus became the Chief of Division of Cardiology and the first Director of the UNC Heart Center.  While at UNC, Magnus was unaware that he remained a DCRI faculty member. It was therefore a big surprise after spending 5 rewarding years at UNC that he never left Duke! Drs Pam Douglas and Tom Ryan recruited Magnus back to focus on patients with Advanced Coronary Disease and help re-organize the Duke Heart out-patient clinics.  The latter included a new model that Magnus and Dr David Zaas (now CEO at MUSC Health) developed that added mid-level providers (NPs and PAs) and nurse-clinicians to facilitate new patients accessing Duke Cardiology.  The program continues on now and has created a team-care model that is now being replicated in other parts of Duke Health.

In 2012, Drs John Paat, Jim Kelly, and Magnus started Signature Care at Duke.  A concierge system of care within Duke Health; Magnus being the only cardiologist. It was the first concierge practice within an academic setting in the US and has now been replicated by other leading academic centers around the country.  The program accelerated philanthropic giving to Duke. Dr Mary Klotman made Magnus the Vice-Chair of Medicine for Development and Innovation (2014-20), where he, with Duke Alumni and Development officers, raised over $12 million over the period towards research programs in Duke Medicine and the Heart Center.  Several Cardiology fellows have subsequently benefitted from the Ernest Mario Family Foundation award and outside speakers for the Lynn Williams lecture in Cardiovascular Genetics.

Magnus has followed a large number of patients at Duke over several years.  “It has been an honor to be partner with so many wonderful patients.  It will be hard to leave them, but I am comforted that they will continue to have outstanding care at Duke by the many exceptional providers at Duke Heart.”

In his new role he hopes to continue to build on the relationship DCRI and Duke Heart has with industry and serve as a mentor to Duke faculty and fellows.  He will also help steer philanthropic gifts to Duke. “My journey at Duke over 35 years have been amazing and I am so grateful for all the support and collaboration that I have received from Duke.  Our three children were all born at Duke; as a family we will forever love Duke”.

Personally, I believe we will miss the tremendous impact that Magnus had on the way we think about clinical cardiology, interventional cardiology, and his continual desire to push us to innovate and improve how we thought about cardiovascular care.  We are sure that Amgen will benefit from his leadership, and look forward to continuing to partner with him on innovating cardiovascular care.

Duke DOM Recognizes Fortin, Shah with Faculty Awards

The Duke Department of Medicine presented their annual faculty awards during their Annual Celebration held on Thursday, June 9 at the University Club in Durham. Congratulations to Drs. Terry Fortin and Nishant Shah! Fortin received the 2022 Master Clinician Award and Shah received the 2022 Excellence in Education Award.

We are so proud of each of them. Well deserved!

Duke IM Chief Residents Award Rymer, Abraham & Loriaux

The Duke Internal Medicine chief residents — Jessica Regan, MD; Dennis Narcisse, MD, MS; Nancy Yang, MD, and Michael Burt, MD — presented the annual awards honoring excellence in the Department of Medicine’s education mission at Medicine Grand Rounds on Friday, June 10. The team recognizes medical students, residents, fellows and faculty for their service and excellence in teaching.

Several awards were given to team members in the division of cardiology:

  • Jennifer Rymer received the Greenfield Research Mentor Award
  • Dennis Abraham received the Eugene Stead Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Dan Loriaux received the Fellowship Teaching Award
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Incoming Duke IM chiefs include cardiology fellows Lonnie Sullivan, MD and Sara Coles, MD; rheumatology/immunology fellow Nathanial Harris, MD, PhD and internal medicine resident Ryan Duffy, MD.

Well deserved! Congratulations, Jenn, Dennis and Dan!

  

Thomas Looks to Lead SOM Toward a More Equitable Future & He’s Up for the Challenge

Kevin Thomas, MD, associate professor of medicine in cardiology, had little interest in cardiology when he first entered medical school, but it is difficult now to separate his journey toward becoming a cardiologist from his current work advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

In November 2021, Thomas, an electrophysiologist in Duke’s Division of Cardiology, was named the Duke University School of Medicine’s vice dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion by Dean Mary E. Klotman. The role is a first for the school, and was among the key action items outlined in the anti-racism and advancing equity strategic plan launched by the School of Medicine in June 2021.

“The creation of this critical new leadership role reflects the school’s commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion,” Klotman said. “We needed someone with great strategic vision, perspective, and dedication to lead this effort. Kevin Thomas embodies those qualities. We could not have made a better choice, and he is already making a difference.”

Thomas has been at Duke for more than 22 years, making a mark on health disparities research in the cardiology field. If it weren’t for a few notable encounters with the right people at the right time, Thomas said, he may not have ended up in either role.

An Unexpected Path

Choosing cardiology as a specialty at Duke almost felt clichéd, Thomas said, and he did his best to avoid it initially. As a visiting fourth-year medical student, he became attracted to gastroenterology after a rotation in the division and working under Mark Swaim, MD.

But after a few of his mentors in that discipline left to pursue positions at other institutions, he began to wonder if there was something else in store for him. “This is not coincidence,” he recalled thinking at the time.

Despite his initial resistance to cardiology, events and interactions kept steering him toward it. During Thomas’ first year of training at Duke, close friend Mark East, MD, who was a Duke cardiology fellow at the time told him outright that he was going to become a cardiologist and that he should embrace it. “He said, ‘Kevin, you know you’re going to do cardiology; I don’t know why you’re trying to run from it,’” Thomas said.

Ultimately, as a person of faith, Thomas decided he should pay attention to the signs. “There was this narrative that people kept telling me: ‘Oh, you have to do cardiology.’ Through all those experiences, I said I feel like God is speaking to me, and maybe I need to consider cardiology.”

So he did. Thomas became a cardiology fellow and chief resident at Duke. He has no doubt now that it was the right choice because it put him on the path to his other passion: equity, diversity, and inclusion work. His time as a fellow opened his eyes to health inequities, in cardiology in particular.

“I began to see people being treated differently based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status,” Thomas said. “There were things happening that were making me uncomfortable and made me want to see change. This is really when my passion and interest in health inequities and health disparities came about.”

The realization led Thomas to begin researching the topic, and he has never stopped.

“I found research as a way to try to understand why these differences, disparities, and inequalities existed,” he said. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer particularly of African Americans. Cardiology was a great platform and a conduit for me to get into my equity, diversity, and inclusion work.”

Kevin’s story continues in Magnify. To continue reading, please click here.

 

Holley Team Secures Translational Research Grant

Congratulations to Chris Holley, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in cardiology. He and his team have recently secured

Christopher Holley

a translational research grant through the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for their proposal, “Silencing Small Nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) with Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASOs) for Treatment of Atherosclerosis”. Holley’s research lab is located within the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center. The research grant includes $110K in funding.

Exciting news, Chris — congratulations!

 

 

 

 

Duke Heart Team in Honduras

Our Duke Heart for Honduras team has been having a successful week – they provided photos of their welcome, first patient and an incredible cake that was provided by the Honduras-based team for Carmelo Milano’s birthday. Not only did our Duke team receive a warm celebration upon arrival, they also earned some positive news coverage while in Honduras – be sure to see below in our news section.

We look forward to hearing all about the trip when they return.

Duke Heart NP Plans ‘Be The Match’ Drive

Prior to June 2020 Dayana Ramos, a cardiology nurse practitioner at Duke University Hospital (DUH), was travelling throughout the world as often as she was able to do so. She had run a marathon, was spending time with friends and family, and was engrossed in a fulfilling nursing career. But that month, seemingly out of nowhere, the avid runner and walker started experiencing bouts of fatigue that she, at first, attributed to effects of the pandemic. Of her circle of friends, Ramos and others would tell you she was the most health-conscious and fit among them. Suddenly, going up a short flight of steps left her out of breath and she couldn’t complete an easy afternoon bike ride. Within weeks, Ramos received a diagnosis that stunned her family, friends and coworkers: acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She had just turned 37 and had no family history of blood cancer.

She began induction therapy treatment within days of her diagnosis, spending 35 days on 9100 at DUH. Despite two full courses of treatment, it wasn’t enough. She needed a stem cell transplant, but had no family matches. Seventy percent of patients with blood cancers or other disorders don’t have a blood stem cell donor match in their family.

Ramos and her care team turned to the Be The Match registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, and went through 6 or 7 potential matches before a good stem cell donor candidate was found. The transplant was successful and she is now back at work with our cardiology patients. She was away from work for a year and a half during the pandemic. With her family located in PA, northern VA and FL, she limited her contact to just a few close friends and several family members who could rotate through Durham to stay with and care for her during treatment.

She was really lucky. Dayana is Latina. Statistics show the odds of her finding a match based on her ethnic background were only 48 percent. For Blacks/African Americans, the disparity is even worse: 29 percent. For Caucasians, the chances are much higher at 79 percent. Patients are most likely to match with someone of their same ethnicity.

To increase awareness and do what she can to increase representation in the registry, Ramos is  holding a Be the Match registration drive at Duke University Hospital on Friday, June 24th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Atrium Café. Her goal is to increase understanding about blood cancers and the National Marrow Donor Registry and to increase the field of potential matches. Ideal registrants are between the ages of 18 and 35. She’d like to emphasize that registering is easy and that if a registrant ends up being a match, the costs associated with the donation process are covered and that donating, overall, is pretty easy. She encourages anyone who is interested to learn more.

Please consider stopping by the Be The Match drive on June 24 and supporting Dayana. She’s amazing and we are so glad she is doing well!

Shout-out to Khan!

A shout-out to cardiology fellow Shahzeb Khan, MD, who presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 82nd annual Scientific Sessions (held as a hybrid event from June 3-7 in New Orleans, LA). Khan presented on the socioeconomics of heart failure.

Way to represent Duke Heart, Shahzeb!

AHA Go Red Luncheon

The American Heart Association’s 15th Annual Triangle Go Red for Women luncheon was held on Friday, June 3 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The event included health and wellness breakout sessions on mindfulness and well-being, healthy nutrition tips, and heart disease/stroke prevention. A big shout-out to Neha Pagidipati, MD for her ‘Real Talk with a Doc’ session on prevention and what women most need to know. Excellent job, Neha!!

The luncheon included Margot Ridgeway’s moving stroke survivor story. Ridgeway, an NC State student and soccer player suffered a stroke at the beginning of the pandemic. Although she was displaying multiple signs of stroke, her condition went undiagnosed for several days. Now 21, Ridgeway–along with her mom– talked about her medical crisis and recovery. Both are now dedicated to raising awareness of stroke and heart disease among all ages. To read more about her story, visit: https://duke.is/j6bu9)

The Go Red luncheon included a heart disease survivor fashion show and recognition of local AHA ‘Women of Impact’ including Duke’s own Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer of Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us and help make this event a success!

 

 

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

June 30: Women in Cardiology. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. The WIC team has announced their next meeting will be at the home of Dr. Pamela Douglas. The theme of the event will be ‘Mentorship and Sponsorship’ with panelists Dr. Douglas, Dr. Jenn Rymer, Dr. Tracy Wang, and Dr. Camille Frazier-Mills. We are lucky to have such a group of incredibly accomplished women and we can’t wait to hear about their mentorship and sponsorship experiences and advice. Dinner will be provided. For more details, please contact cardiology fellow Karen Flores Rosario, MD.

June 24: Be The Match Registry Drive. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Duke University Hospital outside of Atrium Café. If you’re between the ages of 18-35 years old, consider registering as a potential stem cell/bone marrow donor via Be The Match. Help support our cardiology team member and ALL survivor, Dayana Ramos.

Did you know that every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer? You can help be part of their cure. It’s quick and easy — with just a swab kit, it can be determined if your bone marrow or stem cells can save a patient’s life. Come to event to learn more or visit https://bethematch.org. Test kits are available through the registry website.

Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium

June 27 & 28. The Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium returns to Durham this year and is offered as a hybrid event. This symposium is sponsored by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel, Jr. Foundation.

Registration required. In person: Great Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Durham, NC. For those who wish to attend virtually, the event will offer live-streaming. The link will be emailed prior to the program. Registrants who choose the virtual live-streamed webinar option will be able to obtain CE credit for the course. For more information, contact Christy Darnell.

 

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Cardiology Grand Rounds has concluded and will resume in September.

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 6 — William Kraus

CBS/The Today Show

Prescription exercise? How doctors are tailoring workout plans

https://duke.is/paaap

June 7 — Carmelo Milano, Alina Nicoara, Adam Williams & Alejandro Murillo

Hondudiario.com (Honduras)

Honduras Medical Center es sede de la Brigada Cardiovascular “Unidos por el Corazón, por una noble causa”

https://duke.is/jhfgm

June 8 — Carmelo Milano, Alina Nicoara, Adam Williams & Alejandro Murillo

El Pais.hn (Honduras)

El Hospital Honduras Medical Center es Sede de la Brigada Cardiovascular “Unidos por El Corazon”

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June 9 — Stephen Greene

Practical Cardiology

Don’t Miss a Beat: oHCM and Mavacamten, with Anjali Owens, MD

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Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed June 2-8, 2022

Allen LaPointe NM, Ali-Ahmed F, Dalgaard F, Kosinski AS, Schmidler GS, Al-Khatib SM. Outcomes of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy with Image-Guided Left Ventricular Lead Placement at the Site of Latest Mechanical Activation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Interv Cardiol 2022 May 20;2022:6285894. PM: 35655661

Collins KA, Huffman KM, Wolever RQ, Smith PJ, Siegler IC, Ross LM, Hauser ER, Jiang R, Jakicic JM, Costa PT, Kraus WE. Determinants of Dropout from and Variation in Adherence to an Exercise Intervention: The STRRIDE Randomized Trials. Transl J Am Coll Sports Med 2022 ;7(1):e000190. PM: 35669034.

Drozda JP, Graham J, Muhlestein JB, Tcheng JE, Roach J, Forsyth T, Knight S, McKinnon A, May H, Wilson NA, Berlin JA, Simard EP. Multi-institutional distributed data networks for real-world evidence about medical devices: building unique device identifiers into longitudinal data (BUILD). JAMIA Open 2022 May 25;5(2):ooac035. PM: 35663113.

Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Musani SK, Bertoni AG, Correa A, Fox ER, Mentz RJ. Patients phenotypes and cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes: the Jackson Heart Study. Cardiovasc Diabetol 2022 Jun 1;21(1):89. PM: 35650579.

Harrington J, Jones WS, Udell JA, Hannan K, Bhatt DL, Anker SD, Petrie MC, Vedin O, Butler J, Hernandez AF. Acute Decompensated Heart Failure in the Setting of Acute Coronary Syndrome. JACC Heart Fail 2022 Jun;10(6):404-414. PM: 35654525.

Jean-Charles PY, Rajiv V, Sarker S, Han S, Bai Y, Masoudi A, Shenoy SK. A single phenylalanine residue in β-arrestin2 critically regulates its binding to G protein-coupled receptors. J Biol Chem 2022 May;298(5):101837. PM: 35307348.

Lerman JB, Giamberardino SN, Hernandez AF, Felker GM, Shah SH, McGarrah RW. Plasma metabolites associated with functional and clinical outcomes in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction with and without type 2 diabetes. Sci Rep 2022 Jun 2;12(1):9183. PM: 35654972.

Petek BJ, Moulson N, Baggish AL, Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Klein CF, Kliethermes SA, Patel MR, Churchill TW. Electrocardiographic findings in young competitive athletes during acute SARS-CoV-2 infection. J Electrocardiol May-Jun 2022;72:13-15. PM: 35219112.

Pinsker BL, Serfas JD, Awerbach JD, Dizon S, Spector ZZ, Campbell MJ, Krasuski RA. Utility of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Predicting Atrial Arrhythmias in Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot. Am J Cardiol 2022 Jul 1;174:151-157. PM: 35473783.

Rao S, Hurst JH, Zhao C, Goldstein BA, Thomas L, Lang JE, Kelly MS. Asthma and the Risk of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics 2022 Jun 1;149(6):e2021056164. PM: 35274143.

Rymer JA, Bhatt DL, Angiolillo DJ, Diaz M, Garratt KN, Waksman R, Edwards L, Tasissa G, Salahuddin K, El-Sabae H, Dell’Anna C, Davidson-Ray L, Washam JB, Ohman EM, Wang TY. Cangrelor Use Patterns and Transition to Oral P2Y Inhibitors Among Patients With Myocardial Infarction: Initial Results From the CAMEO Registry. J Am Heart Assoc 2022 Jun 7;11(11):e024513. PM: 35621210.

Singh AK, Cizman B, Carroll K, McMurray JJV, Perkovic V, Jha V, Johansen KL, Lopes RD, Macdougall IC, Obrador GT, Waikar SS, Wanner C, Wheeler DC, Wiecek A, Stankus N, Strutz F, Blackorby A, Cobitz AR, Meadowcroft AM, Paul G, Ranganathan P, Sedani S, Solo. Efficacy and Safety of Daprodustat for Treatment of Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease in Incident Dialysis Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med 2022 Jun 1;182(6):592-602. PM: 35377393.

Szarek M, Hess C, Patel MR, Jones WS, Berger JS, Baumgartner I, Katona B, Mahaffey KW, Norgren L, Blomster J, Rockhold FW, Hsia J, Fowkes FGR, Bonaca MP. Total Cardiovascular and Limb Events and the Impact of Polyvascular Disease in Chronic Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease. J Am Heart Assoc 2022 Jun 7;11(11):e025504. PM: 35621222.

Venkatraman V, Ponder M, Gellad ZF, Lad SP, Christy E, Plichta R, Harrison JK, Hughes GC, Doberne J. Feasibility study of a novel digital health platform for patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement. J Card Surg 2022 Jul;37(7):2017-2022. PM: 35434823.

Wang YZ, Zhao W, Ammous F, Song Y, Du J, Shang L, Ratliff SM, Moore K, Kelly KM, Needham BL, Diez Roux AV, Liu Y, Butler KR, Kardia SLR, Mukherjee B, Zhou X, Smith JA. DNA Methylation Mediates the Association Between Individual and Neighborhood Social Disadvantage and Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Front Cardiovasc Med 2022 May 19;9:848768. PM: 35665255.

 

Duke Heart Week Ending June 5th 2022

Chief’s message:

In Memoriam: Robb Kociol, MD, former Cardiology Fellow

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Robb Kociol, MD, a 2011 graduate of our cardiology fellowship program.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Kociol came to Duke for fellowship from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was noted during fellowship for being caring, fun, smart, and often self-deprecating. He was passionate about advanced heart failure care and after training at Duke, returned to Boston and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a faculty member. He eventually became the director of their Transplant Program. Over the last few years, he transitioned to pharma – initially at Boehringer Ingelheim before going to Cytokinetics where he partnered with Duke faculty and company leadership for the omecamtiv mecarbil work.

He is survived by his wife Kristin, their two young daughters, and his parents.

Robb was a friend, gentle and thoughtful, and will be missed by all of us that knew him and by the larger cardiovascular community. His passing, like many of the events over the last few years, reminds us how precious life is and the bonds we have with each other.

At this time, service details have not been announced. We will remain in contact with the family to get details around his service, and ensure that the Duke community works to find any ways that we can support them.

As a start, below is a gofundme site that has been started to support his family.

We asked several Duke Heart team members to share their thoughts on Robb with us. Here is what they wrote:

From Adrian Hernandez, MD:

“Robb came to Duke as a cardiology fellow with the triple aim of excellence in clinical care, research, and education.  He achieved all of this plus more.  What we learned from Robb is there is a 4th aim- excellence in humanity. He cared about people- friends, family, and others. It showed every day. 

As we’ve learned about Robb’s passing, I know it brings up so many fond memories of him.  Some of my best experiences have been with and because of Robb.  At the beginning of his fellowship, I remember when he first met with me and asked if I could be his mentor in his own quirky style.  Along the way, I had the privilege to see things differently through his eyes when he had decisions to make, opportunities to consider and difficult times to confront.  Each time our conversation turned to what was best for the family and the people around him. He also had plenty of amusing stories to share in his self-deprecating way.

Just one example of his impact comes from several years ago when I had the pleasure of visiting Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. Robb had just started the advanced heart failure program with ventricular assist devices, and it was clearly on its way to success.    Every fellow noted how much of an impact Robb had on the place, their lives, and the lives of others.  I heard stories from the fellows about Robb and the amount of time he spent with them and the patients selflessly ensuring their success.  He led by example and all the fellows wanted to be like Robb.   He relentlessly dedicated himself to every patient for the best outcome possible whether on ECMO or getting a VAD or making a tough decision at the end of life.    He also wanted everyone to learn together and advance the field.  He was so committed and loved it. That was Robb—committed to others.   I was thankful Robb had ignored my advice on starting a VAD program- “Don’t do it. It’s impossibly hard, especially in Boston!” His reply, “I know, but its family.”

From Ravi Karra, MD:

“Robb was the best.  He was brilliant and led by modeling excellence with humility and a quirky charm that was infectious. No one left a chat, text, or email from Robb without a smile on their face. Robb was always dedicated to serving patients and taking care of his family. Robb loved doctoring more than anyone I have ever met, and Robb was a great doctor. As a new attending, he built up the heart transplant program at the BI, caring for his patients as soon as the cross-clamp came off.  He absolutely adored his wife, Kristin, and his girls, Sophia and Olivia. When catching up with Robb, he always gushed about what his girls were up to and always expressed his deep appreciation and love for Kristin. His sudden passing has been heart-breaking. My family has been privileged to know and grow with the Kociol’s – we sorely miss our dear friend.”

From Robert Mentz, MD:

“Robb lived an inspiring life. An exceptional clinician and researcher, he was a role model for many interested in improving care for patients with heart failure. He excelled during his training at Duke and the DCRI. Brilliant, hardworking and engaging, he helped lead a number of foundational projects in outcomes research and trials. Having trailed him at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Duke, I became used to being referred to as “Robb” – though his shoes would be impossible to fill. He paved the way for many of us and was a thoughtful mentor and friend.

Following his training, he returned to Boston where he went on to lead and expand the advanced heart failure program at Beth Israel. He worked so incredibly hard to provide the best possible care for his patients. He had a remarkable career as a clinician investigator but perhaps even more inspiring was his life as a husband, father and friend. He faced both personal and family health issues with grit, courage and resiliency. It was shocking to hear of his passing and our thoughts go out to his wife and kids in particular. May they find some peace in knowing the tremendous impact he has had on so many of his colleagues and patients’ lives.

We will explore the best ways to support his family and remember his legacy within the walls of Duke and beyond. Back in 2016, he published a thoughtful piece about the need to be a well-rounded clinician – his words extend beyond clinical medicine and truly reflect the well-rounded and caring man he was – he will be missed.”

From Jason Katz, MD:

“Robb was a brilliant cardiologist, but most importantly he was a compassionate, caring, and beautiful human being. He had overcome so many obstacles over the last several years, and yet remained steadfast to the important things in life – his family, friends, and his passion for innovation. I am glad I had the chance to speak with him just a few weeks ago and was able to tell him how lucky we all felt to work with him. He represented the Duke family in such amazing ways.”

 

Highlights of the week:

Jill Engel named Service Line VP, Heart & Vascular Services

Jill Engel, RN, DNP, FNP, ACNP, ANP, NEA-BC, FAANP, has been named Service Line Vice President – Heart & Vascular Services, Duke University Health System (DUHS), effective July 1, 2022. She holds a wealth of experience and expertise for our organization and was promoted to the role after an extensive and very competitive national search.

Jill is a health care leader specializing in operational care redesign and strategic planning; programmatic design, development and financial planning; and a strong track record of recruiting, retaining, coaching and mentoring diverse and highly functional teams.

As an accomplished Advanced Practice Provider (APP) and nursing leader with an expertise and passion for advancing the mission of the heart and vascular service line, Jill served as interim Service Line VP – Heart & Vascular Services, DUHS, for nearly 18 months. During this time, Jill demonstrated her capabilities to strategically collaborate with physicians and colleagues, improve operational effectiveness and develop people. Prior to this interim role, Jill served as the nursing leader for the heart and vascular service line.

Additionally, she has served since 2020 as Academic Program Advisory Board member for Duke University School of Nursing and the Duke University School of Medicine (School of Cardiac Sonography).

The announcement was made on Thursday, June 2 by Craig Albanese, MD, executive vice president and chief operating officer for DUHS.

Personally, I will just add that Jill’s has been a great partner to work with and we are inspired by her ability to understand the issues that our clinical teams face in our day to day activities, her drive to improve patient care, and her ability to communicate broadly to our teams.

Please join us in congratulating Jill on her new executive leadership role!

Duke CTSI Announces MURDOCK Biorepository Initiative for Investigators

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced a new opportunity for Duke investigators to obtain biospecimens from the MURDOCK Study for research. The MURDOCK study is a landmark longitudinal cohort of more than 12,000 diverse participants linked to clinical data and up to 14 years of outcomes data.

The MURDOCK Biorepository Transformation Initiative, led by the Duke Kannapolis Research group, will work with Duke investigators to convert samples into rich molecular datasets by facilitating access to these samples.

To make the MURDOCK samples easier to access, researchers will only incur costs for biospecimen retrieval and shipment.

“Through this science-forward initiative, we are making thousands of biospecimens and associated clinical and outcome data available to all Duke researchers,” said Svati Shah, MD, MHS, professor of medicine, associate dean for genomics, and director of Duke Kannapolis Research. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to share this powerful resource with more Duke collaborators, and we are incredibly grateful to the greater than 12,000 participants who contributed to one of the most unique biorepositories of its kind.”

The broad phenotypes included in the community-based MURDOCK cohort provide an excellent opportunity to study many different diseases and longitudinal outcomes, as well as serving as matched controls.

To read the full story, please visit: https://duke.is/2627y

Call for Heart Walk Captains, Walkers

Duke Health will once again participate in the Triangle Heart Walk and Dr. Rick Shannon has put out the call for team captains and walkers. Shannon is serving as the 2022 Heart Walk Campaign Chair.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s (AHA) premiere fundraising event that brings communities across the U.S. together to celebrate progress in the fight against heart disease and stroke, which remain the No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death in adult Americans.

In this year of renewal, we especially want to dedicate our efforts in remembrance of those members of the Duke family who have lost their lives or that of a loved one to heart disease and redouble our efforts to prevent these tragic losses.

After two years, the Triangle Heart Walk is planned as an in-person event this fall (date will be announced this summer). Our Duke Health theme is “We’re back—and together, we’re stronger than ever!” This will be a great opportunity to gather and celebrate one another and our efforts to reinvigorate heart-healthy lifestyles as well as raise lifesaving funds for the AHA.

We have set a goal of recruiting 350 team captains and 3,500 walkers to represent Duke Health, with a fundraising target of $350,000. Achieving this would make 2022 our most successful Heart Walk ever – and we can do this, together! Please consider becoming a team captain or committing to join a Duke Heart Walk team.

Registering as a team captain or walker is quick and easy.

  1. Visit https://www2.heart.org/site/TR/HeartWalk/GSA-GreaterSoutheastAffiliate?pg=entry&fr_id=7037
  2. Select the “Create new team” or the “Join a Team” button. Then complete the registration page.
  3. Personalize your page with a photo and send emails inviting others (co-workers, friends and family) to join the team and donate to your fundraiser.

If you have any questions, you can contact Sangeetha Menon, Development Director for the Triangle American Heart Association via email (sangeetha.menon@heart.org). She can help you get started.

Blumer Presents Final CGR of Season

Vanessa Blumer, MD, cardiology fellow, presented our final cardiology grand rounds of the season on Tuesday evening, May 31. Her topic was “Heart Failure Cardiogenic Shock and the Golden Circle.” Vanessa walked us through her “why” for this area of research and provided the current evidence around detection, management, and the working group on cardiogenic shock. Great job!

Duke Heart Team Heads to Honduras

A team from Duke Heart, comprised of cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, nurses, an engineer, a medical student and a surgery resident have left on a medical mission trip to Honduras. The team, part of an effort known as Duke Heart for Honduras, is headed to the country of approximately 10 million people which has almost no cardiac surgery practitioners or facilities, and a very high incidence of rheumatic valvular heart disease. The team will be in Honduras through June 12 to perform cardiac surgery at Honduras Medical Center in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. This is the second trip for Duke Heart for Honduras. The first trip was in 2019.

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

Cardiology Grand Rounds has concluded and will resume in September. Thanks for joining us – 2021-2022 has been a great year of presentations!

Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium

June 27 & 28. The Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium returns to Durham this year and is offered as a hybrid event. This symposium is sponsored by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel, Jr. Foundation.

Registration required. In person: Great Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Durham, NC. For those who wish to attend virtually, the event will offer live-streaming. The link will be emailed prior to the program. Registrants who choose the virtual live-streamed webinar option will be able to obtain CE credit for the course. For more information, contact Christy Darnell.

 

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.

 

Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed May 26 – June 1, 2022

Erickson ML, Wang W, Counts J, Redman LM, Parker D, Huebner JL, Dunn J, Kraus WE. Field-Based Assessments of Behavioral Patterns During Shiftwork in Police Academy Trainees Using Wearable Technology. J Biol Rhythms 2022 Jun;37(3):260-271. PM: 35416084.

Généreux P, Kirtane AJ, Kandzari DE, Armstrong EJ, Krucoff MW, Redfors B, Ben-Yehuda O, Lerew DR, Ali ZA, Maehara A, O’Neill WW, Stone GW. Randomized evaluation of vessel preparation with orbital atherectomy prior to drug-eluting stent implantation in severely calcified coronary artery lesions: Design and rationale of the ECLIPSE trial. Am Heart J 2022 Jul;249:1-11. PM: 35288105.

Jones WS, Wruck LM, Harrington RA, Hernandez AF. Iterative approaches to the use of electronic health records data for large pragmatic studies. Contemp Clin Trials 2022 Jun;117:106789. PM: 35545204.

Macedo AVS, de Barros E Silva PGM, de Paula TC, Moll-Bernardes RJ, Mendonça Dos Santos T, Mazza L, Feldman A, Arruda GDAS, de Albuquerque DC, de Sousa AS, de Souza OF, Gibson CM, Granger CB, Alexander JH, Lopes RD. Discontinuing vs continuing ACEIs and ARBs in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 according to disease severity: Insights from the BRACE CORONA trial. Am Heart J 2022 Jul;249:86-97. PM: 35405099.

Petek BJ, Moulson N, Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Kliethermes SA, Churchill TW, Patel MR, Baggish AL. Cardiovascular Outcomes in Collegiate Athletes After SARS-CoV-2 Infection: 1-Year Follow-Up From the Outcomes Registry for Cardiac Conditions in Athletes. Circulation 2022 May 31;145(22):1690-1692. PM: 35545946.

Pfeiffer CT, Paulo JA, Gygi SP, Rockman HA. Proximity labeling for investigating protein-protein interactions. Methods Cell Biol 2022 ;169:237-266. PM: 35623704.

Pokorney SD, Cocoros N, Al-Khalidi HR, Haynes K, Li S, Al-Khatib SM, Corrigan-Curay J, Driscoll MR, Garcia C, Calvert SB, Harkins T, Jin R, Knecht D, Levenson M, Lin ND, Martin D, McCall D, McMahill-Walraven C, Nair V, Parlett L, Petrone A, Temple R, Zhan. Effect of Mailing Educational Material to Patients With Atrial Fibrillation and Their Clinicians on Use of Oral Anticoagulants: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open 2022 May 2;5(5):e2214321. PM: 35639381.

Reading Turchioe M, Volodarskiy A, Pathak J, Wright DN, Tcheng JE, Slotwiner D. Systematic review of current natural language processing methods and applications in cardiology. Heart 2022 May 25;108(12):909-916. PM: 34711662.

Sandhu RK, Seiler A, Johnson CJ, Bunch TJ, Deering TF, Deneke T, Kirchhof P, Natale A, Piccini JP, Russo AM, Hills MT, Varosy PD, Araia A, Smith AM, Freeman J. Heart Rhythm Society Atrial Fibrillation Centers of Excellence Study: A survey analysis of stakeholder practices, needs, and barriers. Heart Rhythm 2022 Jun;19(6):1039-1048. PM: 35428582.

Shavadia JS, Alemayehu W, deFilippi C, Westerhout CM, Tromp J, Granger CB, Armstrong PW, van Diepen S. Novel multi-marker proteomics in phenotypically matched patients with ST-segment myocardial infarction: association with clinical outcomes. J Thromb Thrombolysis 2022 May;53(4):841-850. PM: 34708315.

Singer DE, Atlas SJ, Go AS, Lopes RD, Lubitz SA, McManus DD, Revkin JH, Mills D, Crosson LA, Lenane JC, Aronson RS. ReducinG stroke by screening for UndiAgnosed atRial fibrillation in elderly inDividuals (GUARD-AF): Rationale and design of the GUARD-AF randomized trial of screening for atrial fibrillation with a 14-day patch-based continuous ECG monitor. Am Heart J 2022 Jul;249:76-85. PM: 35472303.

Udell JA, Lu D, Bagai A, Dodson JA, Desai NR, Fonarow GC, Goyal A, Garratt KN, Lucas J, Weintraub WS, Forman DE, Roe MT, Alexander KP. Preexisting frailty and outcomes in older patients with acute myocardial infarction. Am Heart J 2022 Jul;249:34-44. PM: 35339451.

 

 

 

Duke Heart Pulse – week ending May 29th 2022

Memorial Day

This has been a difficult week for our country as we continue to struggle with the pattern of senseless gun violence and the safety of our communities. On behalf of the Duke Heart Leadership team, we’d like to wish all of you a very safe and peaceful Memorial Day weekend. As our nation takes time to remember all those who have been lost while serving in the U.S. military, we hope you’re able to spend some time in self-care, in reflection, and hopefully in the company of those most dear to you. Thank you for all that you do to make Duke Heart one of the very best places to work and care for others.

Duke Execs Kick-off Heart Walk Season

Cardiologist Rick Shannon, MD, Chief Quality Officer for Duke Health, is serving as the Triangle-area campaign chair for the 2022 Triangle Heart Walk. He recently hosted two Heart Walk kick-off events for senior leaders across Duke University Health System. The first was held May 12 at Duke University Hospital and the second was held on Thursday morning at Duke Raleigh.

Duke Heart’s leadership team shared highlights and successes of our ongoing partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) both locally and nationally, as well as personal accounts of why supporting fundraising efforts like the Heart Walk are important. Cardiovascular disease and stroke have impacted most members of our team in some way — and hearing team members share their “why” stories and our efforts toward research, care and prevention was deeply inspiring.

We’re looking forward to a successful Heart Walk this fall–be on the lookout for more information. We’d like to make this our biggest and most successful year, ever! The date of the walk will be announced this summer.

Speaking of our AHA partnership, congratulations to our colleagues in the Duke Stroke Center! Two of their teams from Duke Raleigh Hospital participated in the Triangle CycleNation event held by the AHA on May 17 at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills in Raleigh. The teams raised funds to help fight stroke and increase awareness around stroke prevention and warning signs. Good work!

Highlights: AATS 2022

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) 102nd annual meeting took place the weekend of May 14-17 in Boston.

Duke highlights included:

Presentations by thoracic surgeons Betty Tong and Matt Hartwig – they were each recognized during AATS 2022 with separate news briefs in the AATS Daily News on Monday, May 16 .

Betty Tong

Tong was highlighted for her AATS presentation, “Lung Cancer Screening in 2022” which she gave on Saturday, May 14. Tong discussed study findings that demonstrate roughly five percent of screen-eligible patients are getting low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans of their chest to screen for lung cancer. Fairly recently, the U.S. Preventative Services Taskforce expanded screening guidelines that make an even larger number of patients screen-eligible, but Tong says, “only time will tell if more people get LDCT scans.” In her interview with AATS Daily News, Tong stated, “Adherence to screening guidelines and follow-up is suboptimal right now.” She discussed accessibility, budget constraints, socio-economic issues and general misconceptions about lung cancer screenings as issues that all contribute to low screening rates. See story on p. 4: https://duke.is/855sp.

Hartwig was highlighted to preview his presentation on proposals for an AATS

Matthew Hartwig

consensus document, “The Use of Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) for Lung Transplantation” which took place on Monday, May 16. “The AATS believes it’s important to provide the latest

guidance on how to best use modern MCS to benefit our patients before, during, and after lung transplantation,” Hartwig says in the piece. “Establishing an expert consensus document would be the most appropriate way to meet our needs.” See story on p. 6: https://duke.is/855sp.

Jacob Schroder presented the AATS consensus statement on DCD heart transplantation,

Jacob Schroder

“Cardiac Transplantation Utilizing Donors Following Circulatory Death” on Saturday evening, May 15. The consensus statement will soon be published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Schroder and Carmelo Milano are the first and senior authors.

Early EXACT Trial Findings Presented as AATS Late Breaker

The Epicardial Delivery of XC001 Gene Therapy for Refractory Angina Coronary Treatment (EXACT) trial is a first-in-human clinical trial examining the safety and efficacy of using an adenoviral vector to more efficiently deliver human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) directly into the myocardium with the goal of stimulating angiogenesis in patients suffering from refractory angina due to advanced coronary artery disease (CAD). Readers may recall the trial launched at Duke last summer when study investigator and cardiothoracic surgeon Adam Williams performed the first procedure on one of our Duke study participants.

The preliminary findings in a small sample size of participants suggests a dose-response across several efficacy variables and supports continued investigation in the Phase 2 portion of the trial. Early clinical trial results were presented at AATS by Nahush Mokadam of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, one of the site investigators, on Sunday, May 15.

Additional Duke investigators on the trial include: Tom Povsic, Duke site and national PI, and executive committee member E. Magnus Ohman, who Povsic credits with getting this study to Duke.

  • Related EXACT news: Povsic presented the 6-month follow up data “Preliminary Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of Direct Epicardial Administration of Encoberminogene Rezmadenovec (XC001) to Ischemic Myocardium in Patients with Refractory Angina: Six Month Phase 1 Data for the EXACT Trial” at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy
    Magnus Ohman

    in Boston on May 18th.

Additional Duke presenters at AATS included faculty members: Thomas D’Amico, Jacob Klapper, David Harpole, Edward Chen and Chad Hughes, as well as the following members of Duke’s general surgery residency program: Vignesh Raman, Christopher Jensen, Kristen Rhodin and Samuel Kesseli.

Impressive work! Congratulations to all!

 

NCDR Announces 2022 Chest Pain-MI Awards

We are excited to share our latest performance achievement awards for the American College of Cardiology’s Chest Pain-MI Registry. This week we were notified by the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCRD) of our latest ratings across all three hospitals.

 

  • Duke Regional Hospital: Silver
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital: Platinum
  • Duke University Hospital: Platinum

More than 2,400 hospitals and over 8,500 outpatient providers worldwide participate in one or more of the ACC’s ten registries, such as Chest Pain-MI, forming a comprehensive network of cardiovascular care providers committed to ensuring evidence-based cardiovascular care, improving patient outcomes and lowering health care costs.

The Chest Pain-MI Registry is the most trusted source for outcomes-based, continuous quality improvement, according to the ACC. It is the go-to registry for hospitals and health systems applying ACC and American Heart Association clinical guideline recommendations.

Congratulations to all!

 

Shout-out to Haney & Ashley!

We received a terrific note this week from Lisa Clark Pickett, Chief Medical Officer for Duke University Hospital, regarding team members Jack Haney and Ciarra Ashley and wanted to share it with you. Pickett wrote:

“Good Morning, Jack and Ciarra,

While reading comments on our Patient Satisfaction Survey I was just delighted to read this lovely compliment about you and your team. Thank you for your continual dedication to patients, professionalism, and excellence!”

The survey note read: “Dr. Haney and his medical team were awesome! Nurses on the 6 East Floor were very attentive to my needs & took excellent care of me. This was the BEST hospital stay for me.” – a grateful patient

Great job!

Kudos to Loriaux, Pagidipati!

We’re also sharing some warm compliments we received regarding cardiology fellow Dan Loriaux and faculty member Neha Pagidipati via Duke Health’s StarCard feedback system.

Dr. Pagidipati is an exceptional doctor. Dr. Dan Loriaux, fellow at Duke, is a remarkable young man. If he continues with cardiology, there is no one better to add to the Duke team. Both (Dan and Neha) are uniquely gifted,” the patient wrote (names are withheld in StarCard).

Another wrote, “Excellent, compassionate care by Dr. Pagidipati. None better.”

Well done!

 

Latorre Nominated For Daisy Award

Amanda Latorre, one of our wonderful nurses on 7100, was recently nominated for a Daisy Award for providing compassionate care. She received the nomination from a patient’s daughter. The daughter had been present with her mother for the duration of the hospitalization as she was hesitant to leave and miss out on important information. Amanda put the daughter’s mind at ease with her excellent bedside manner and strong communication skills which allowed the daughter to leave for a night of good rest. Amanda also provided the patient with fresh toiletries and a moisturizing foot massage.

Thank you, Amanda, for the exceptional care you continue to provide for our Heart patients!

 

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

May 31: Heart Failure Cardiogenic Shock and the Golden Circle with Vanessa Blumer. 5 p.m., Webex.

Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium

June 27 & 28. The Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium returns to Durham this year and is offered as a hybrid event. This symposium is sponsored by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel, Jr. Foundation.

Registration required. In person: Great Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Durham, NC. For those who wish to attend virtually, the event will offer live-streaming. The link will be emailed prior to the program. Registrants who choose the virtual live-streamed webinar option will be able to obtain CE credit for the course. For more information, contact Christy Darnell.

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:

May 20 — Richard Shannon

Axios

Red states aren’t prepared for a post-Roe baby boom

https://duke.is/v4vqs

May 23 — Jennifer Rymer

tctMD

DISRUPT PAD III: Lithotripsy Prep Linked to Better PAD Patency at 1 Year

https://duke.is/ycwfv

May 24 — Sunil Rao

Healio

SCAI president discusses results of the DIPRA trial

https://duke.is/5n3s8

May 24 — Marat Fudim

Medscape

Paradigm-Challenging Heart Failure Treatment Strategy Hopeful in Early Trial

https://duke.is/jze4f

Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed May 19-25, 2022

Bier EA, Alenezi F, Lu J, Wang Z, Mammarappallil JG, O’Sullivan-Murphy B, Erkanli A, Driehuys B, Rajagopal S. Noninvasive diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension with hyperpolarised Xe magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. ERJ Open Res 2022 May 16;8(2):00035-2022. PM:35586448.

DeVore AD, Hellkamp AS, Thomas L, Albert NM, Butler J, Patterson JH, Spertus JA, Williams FB, Shen X, Hernandez AF, Fonarow GC. The association of improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction with outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction: data from CHAMP-HF. Eur J Heart Fail 2022 May;24(5):762-770. PM: 35293088.

Jawitz OK, Lawton JS, Thibault D, O’Brien S, Higgins RSD, Schena S, Vemulapalli S, Thomas KL, Zwischenberger BA. Sex Differences in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Techniques: A Society of Thoracic Surgeons Database Analysis. Ann Thorac Surg 2022 Jun;113(6):1979-1988. PM: 34280377.

Kelsey MD, Patrick-Lake B, Abdulai R, Broedl UC, Brown A, Cohn E, Curtis LH, Komelasky C, Mbagwu M, Mensah GA, Mentz RJ, Nyaku A, Omokaro SO, Sewards J, Whitlock K, Zhang X, Bloomfield GS. Inclusion and diversity in clinical trials: Actionable steps to drive lasting change. Contemp Clin Trials 2022 May;116:106740. PM: 35364292.

Kwapong YA, Boakye E, Obisesan OH, Shah LM, Ogunwole SM, Hays AG, Blumenthal RS, Creanga AA, Blaha MJ, Cainzos-Achirica M, Nasir K, Douglas PS, Wang X, Sharma G. Nativity-Related Disparities in Preterm Birth and Cardiovascular Risk in a Multiracial U.S. Cohort. Am J Prev Med 2022 Jun;62(6):885-894. PM: 35597568.

O’Brien EC, Sugarman J, Weinfurt KP, Larson EB, Heagerty PJ, Hernandez AF, Curtis LH. The impact of COVID-19 on pragmatic clinical trials: lessons learned from the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. Trials 2022 May 21;23(1):424. PM: 35597988.

Rosenberg P. VDAC2 as a novel target for heart failure: Ca at the sarcomere, mitochondria and SR. Cell Calcium 2022 Jun;104:102586. PM: 35429733.

Saldarriaga C, Atar D, Stebbins A, Lewis BS, Abidin IZ, Blaustein RO, Butler J, Ezekowitz JA, Hernandez AF, Lam CSP, O’Connor CM, Pieske B, Ponikowski P, Roessig L, Voors AA, Anstrom KJ, Armstrong PW. Vericiguat in patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Eur J Heart Fail 2022 May;24(5):782-790. PM: 35239245.

Sata SS, Spratt SE, Edmonston DL, Pagidipati N. Clinical progress note: Indications for and management of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors in hospitalized patients. J Hosp Med 2022 May;17(5):360-363. PM: 35535917.

Schocken DD. Registry Evidence for Modulation of the Acute Ischemic Heart Disease Pathway: Statins Prevent Heart Failure? J Am Coll Cardiol 2022 May 24;79(20):2034-2036. PM: 35589165.

Stacey RB, Hall ME, Leaverton PE, Schocken DD, Zgibor J. Relation of glycemic status with unrecognized MI and the subsequent risk of mortality: The Jackson Heart Study. Am J Prev Cardiol 2022 May 10;11:100348. PM: 35600110.

Udell JA, Jones WS, Petrie MC, Harrington J, Anker SD, Bhatt DL, Hernandez AF, Butler J. Sodium Glucose Cotransporter-2 Inhibition for Acute Myocardial Infarction: JACC Review Topic of the Week. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022 May 24;79(20):2058-2068. PM: 35589167.

Duke Heart Pulse week ending May 22nd 2022

Highlights of the week:

Rao Named President of SCAI

Sunil Rao, MD, professor of medicine in cardiology at Duke and section chief of cardiology at the Durham VA Health System, assumed the office of president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) on Saturday evening during the SCAI 2022 Scientific Sessions being held May 19-22 in Atlanta, GA. He gave the presidential address.

Rao graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and magna cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Medicine where he won the David Saylor Memorial Award for cardiology research. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. After his training, he joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center as an assistant professor of medicine and rose to become professor of medicine in 2017. In 2005, he became the director of the catheterization laboratories at the Durham VA Medical Center, and in 2014, he was appointed chief of cardiology at the Durham VA. Rao has won several awards as an attending physician including the W. Proctor Harvey Award from the American College of Cardiology (2011), and the Duke Cardiology Fellows’ Mentoring Award (2013, 2018), and the DCRI Robert M. Califf MD Award for Fellow Mentoring (2020).

As the VA’s chief of cardiology, Rao has overseen the expansion of the faculty to increase patient access, start new clinical programs, and leverage VA research funding. New clinical programs include a structural heart disease service, a same-day discharge after PCI program, and a transradial PCI program. Under his leadership, the Durham VA is the leading transradial PCI center in the VA system nationally.

In September, Rao will begin a new role as director of interventional cardiology for the NYU Langone Health System in New York. At the national level, Rao serves as Editor-in-Chief of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions and is a former chair of the SCAI Quality Improvement Committee and was the program chair for the SCAI 2019 Scientific Sessions.

“It is a tremendous honor to lead SCAI during the next year as we continue to make meaningful progress towards the organization’s priorities outlined in our strategic plan, as well as empower and educate our members who are the leaders of interventional cardiology,” Rao stated. “I look forward to working with our members in the year ahead to improve patient outcomes.”

Congratulations, Sunil!

Additional SCAI Highlights:

We had several current and former faculty and fellows present and moderate at SCAI. Raj Swaminathan was part of the SCAI program committee and former fellow Amit Vora (now at UPMC) was inducted into the Emerging Leader Mentorship program Congratulations, Raj and Amit!

Jennifer Rymer had two invited oral presentations: Managing bleeding in high risk ACS and Diversifying the Vascular Workforce and panel on cardiogenic shock. Great work, Jenn!

DCRI Fellows Graduation Reception Held

After three years without a formal Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) Fellows’ Graduation Reception, the DCRI team was able to get together in person at the University Club in Durham on Tuesday evening, May 17. There, the team celebrated the accomplishments of nine graduating fellows and wholeheartedly thanked all the mentors and DCRI faculty and staff who supported them.

Graduating trainees from the Heart Center included: Drs. Michelle Kelsey, Andrew Vekstein, Vishal Rao, Vanessa Blumer, and Kelly Arps. The event was attended by several DCRI members/cardiology faculty including Drs. Adrian Hernandez, Manesh Patel, Michael Felker, and Robert Mentz. Several individuals were awarded as follows:

  • The DCRI Fellows’ Citizenship Award was given to Andrew Vekstein, MD, resident in the CT Surgery Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Program. Mentor: John Alexander.
  • The Robert A. Harrington Excellence in Fellowship Award was given to Michelle D. Kelsey, MD. Begun in 2012, this award is designed to recognize a graduating DCRI research fellow who has contributed the most to the DCRI fellowship during his/her tenure and who has demonstrated excellence in academic accomplishments, in participation in clinical research operations, and in peer-to-peer mentoring. Fellows considered for this award are expected to have demonstrated the following key attributes during their DCRI tenure: a passionate pursuit of innovative clinical research, humility, inclusiveness, loyalty to colleagues, consensus-building, and selflessness. All graduating DCRI research fellows are eligible for this award.
  • The Eric D. Peterson Manuscript Award was given to Vishal N. Rao, MD. Rao won the Peterson award for his JACC paper In-Hospital Initiation of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter-2 Inhibitors for Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction. This award recognizes a DCRI fellow whose writing excellence is demonstrated in at least one impactful and novel medical article. Through this award, the fellowship program recognizes Dr. Eric D. Peterson, a former DCRI Director, and his contributions to the DCRI fellowship program.

In commenting on the event, Sana Al-Khatib, MD, DCRI Fellowship Program Director said, “Congratulations to all the graduating fellows! It was truly wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate them and to thank everyone who supported them in person. We are very proud of the amazing accomplishments of our trainees and look forward to seeing how they will shape the future and make a difference for patients and the world. We appreciate the tremendous commitment of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to support our mission to train the next generations.”

Congratulations, Michelle, Andrew, Vishal, Vanessa & Kelly! You are all amazing!

 

Fudim Presents LBCT at Heart Failure 2022

Marat Fudim, MD, MHS, presented data from the REBALANCE-HF trial this morning (May 22) as part of late-breakers at the Heart Failure 2022 & World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, the annual congress of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, being held this weekend in Madrid (May 21-24).

Marat Fudim

The REBALANCE-HF trial is examining the safety and efficacy of a splanchic nerve ablation in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Fudim reported on the first 18 patients with HFpEF to have been enrolled into the roll-in, open-label arm of the study. The findings were simultaneously published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.

The preliminary open-label results support the safety and efficacy of splanchnic ablation for volume management (SAVM) in HFpEF. The findings require confirmation in the ongoing randomized, sham-controlled portion of the trial.

In addition to Fudim, Manesh Patel is a co-author. Additional authors from other institutions include Peter S. Fail, Sheldon E. Litwin, Tamaz Shaburishvili, Parag Goyal, Scott Hummel, Barry A. Borlaug, Rajeev C. Mohan, Ravi B. Patel, Sumeet S. Mitter, Liviu Klein, Krishna Rocha-Singh, Vivek Y. Reddy, Daniel Burkhoff and Sanjiv J. Shah.

Congratulations, Marat!

 

Milano Named Beard Distinguished Professor

Carmelo Milano

Congratulations to Carmelo Milano, MD, professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He has been named the Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Distinguished Professor of Experimental Surgery effective July 1.

Distinguished professorships are awarded to faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing science and improving human health. Milano is one of 16 faculty members in the Duke School of Medicine to be awarded a distinguished professorship this year. David Harpole is another; his distinguished professorship was mentioned in a Pulse post last month. The SOM officially announced all professorship on May 19.

To read about each of the 2022 distinguished professorships, please visit: https://medschool.duke.edu/news/meet-school-medicines-2022-distinguished-professors.

Congratulations, Carmelo!

Kelsey on CV Prevention at CGR

Michelle Kelsey presented an engaging cardiology grand rounds on Tuesday, May 17. In CV Prevention: Taking Flight, Kelsey discussed a range of factors impacting cardiovascular disease prevention, including BP guideline variance and too few specialists available to efficiently monitor the 34.2 million people with type 2 diabetes. She stressed the importance of teamwork, comparing it to that of the Wright brothers’ whose partnership made the first successful aircraft flight possible.

Great presentation, Michelle!

2022 FON Excellence Award Winners Celebrated        

The 33rd Duke Friends of Nursing (FON) Annual Gala was held last weekend at the Durham Convention Center. Thirty-seven Duke nurses were recognized with Excellence Awards; all 216 nominees and the contributions of Duke nurses across Duke University Health System were celebrated. Each winner was recognized individually with a Friends of Nursing pin, a certificate, an engraved trophy, and a $1,000 education stipend. To watch a replay of the entire celebration from last weekend, click here.

The following Duke Heart team members were recognized with Excellence Awards:

  • Ciarra Ashley
  • Jo Nocito
  • Gilbert Thomas Rutledge
  • Diane M. Sauro
  • Dustin Tart
  • Mutya Valente
  • Melissa Williams

FON was launched in 1988 thanks to the vision of Martha White Blalock and Dan S. Blalock Jr., grateful patients who sought a way to thank the nurses who were caring for them during Martha’s hospitalization at Duke. Following Martha’s death, Dan collaborated with others to establish the Friends of Nursing program. He remained closely involved until his passing in 2017. Through the Daniel S. Blalock Jr. Charitable Foundation, Dan continues to make a difference at Duke.

During the 2022 nomination cycle, FON received nominations across all settings of care, with many nurses receiving multiple submissions. The nominations came from patients and their loved ones, and from other nurses and interprofessional colleagues.

“My sincere thanks to those who nominated a colleague,” said Mary Ann Fuchs, vice president of patient care and system chief nurse executive for Duke University Health System. “When you take the time to submit a nomination, you enhance the person’s sense of purpose and well-being, and you help to build a supportive work culture.”

Friends of Nursing nominations are open year-round. To learn more or to nominate a colleague, please visit: https://dukefriendsofnursing.org/nominate-a-nurse.

Congratulations, Ciarra, Jo, Gilbert, Diane, Dustin, Mutya and Melissa! We are so happy for you!

 

 

 

 

ICYMI: CardioNerds launches AF Series with Arps as Co-Chair

Our friends at CardioNerds have launched a new series on Atrial Fibrillation. Duke cardiology fellow Kelly Arps co-chairs the series with Colin Blumenthal, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. The series launched this week with episode #208, featuring Larry Jackson. Arps and Blumenthal were joined by Dinu-Valentin Balanescu, rising internal medicine chief resident at Beaumont Hospital, to interview Jackson. The topic is Atrial Fibrillation: Epidemiology, Health Equity, & The Double Paradox with Dr. Larry Jackson. Not to be missed – this will be a terrific series!

Great job, Kelly and Larry!

 

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

May 24: Global Cardiovascular Health in the Peri-Pandemic Era with Mark Huffman of Washington University School of Medicine. 5 p.m. Webex.

May 31: Heart Failure Cardiogenic Shock and the Golden Circle with Vanessa Blumer. 5 p.m., Webex. (Link not yet available.)

 

Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium

June 27 & 28. The Duke-Stanford Cardiovascular Research Symposium returns to Durham this year and is offered as a hybrid event. This symposium is sponsored by the Edna and Fred L. Mandel, Jr. Foundation.

Registration required. In person: Great Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Durham, NC. For those who wish to attend virtually, the event will offer live-streaming. The link will be emailed prior to the program. Registrants who choose the virtual live-streamed webinar option will be able to obtain CE credit for the course. For more information, contact Christy Darnell.

 

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:

May 12 — Duke Heart

El Heraldo (Honduras)

Brigada regresa al país para aliviar corazones de personas sin recursos

https://duke.is/jtkus

May 15 — Robert Mentz

CBS Mornings

Spirituality can improve outcomes for patients with heart failure (*clip begins @ 01:52:52)

https://duke.is/ykwk3

May 17 — Salim Idriss

Applied Clinical Trials

The Need For Pediatric Clinical Trials and Data

https://duke.is/468ja

May 19 — Sunil Rao

Medpage Today

Distal Radial Artery PCI Access Doesn’t Hurt the Hand

https://duke.is/gw6wg

May 20 — Kelly Arps and Larry Jackson

CardioNerds (#208)

Atrial Fibrillation: Epidemiology, Health Equity, & The Double Paradox with Dr. Larry Jackson

https://duke.is/v3vf8

Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed May 12-18, 2022

Asher WB, Terry DS, Gregorio GGA, Kahsai AW, Borgia A, Xie B, Modak A, Zhu Y, Jang W, Govindaraju A, Huang LY, Inoue A, Lambert NA, Gurevich VV, Shi L, Lefkowitz RJ, Blanchard SC, Javitch JA. GPCR-mediated β-arrestin activation deconvoluted with single-molecule precision. Cell 2022 May 12;185(10):1661-1675.e16. PM: 35483373.

Bhatt AS, Fonarow GC, Greene SJ. Prioritizing prevention of de novo and worsening chronic heart failure. Eur J Heart Fail 2022 Apr;24(4):653-656. PM: 35218135.

Campbell MM, Benjamin DK, Mann T, Fist A, Kim H, Edwards L, Rak Z, Brookhart MA, Anstrom K, Moore Z, Tilson EC, Kalu IC, Boutzoukas AE, Moorthy GS, Uthappa D, Scott Z, Weber DJ, Shane AL, Bryant KA, Zimmerman KO. Test-to-Stay After Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools. Pediatrics 2022 May 1;149(5):e2021056045. PM: 35437593.

DeFilippis EM, Blumer V, Mentz RJ, Agarwal R, Haythe JH, Kittleson M. In-Hospital Outcomes in Pregnancy After Heart Transplantation. Am J Cardiol 2022 Jun 1;172:68-72. PM: 35331474.

Eiger DS, Smith J, Shi T, Stepniewski TM, Honeycutt C, Boldizsar N, Gardner J, Tsai CF, Nicora C, Moghieb A, Kawakami K, Choi I, Smith R, Inoue A, Selent J, Jacobs J, Rajagopal S. Phosphorylation barcode ensembles encoded by biased CXCR3 agonists direct non-redundant chemokine signaling. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.0R486. PM: 35554623.

Fordyce CB, Hill CL, Mark DB, Alhanti B, Pellikka PA, Hoffmann U, Patel MR, Douglas PS. Physician judgement in predicting obstructive coronary artery disease and adverse events in chest pain patients. Heart 2022 May 12;108(11):860-867. PM: 35110385.

Gardner J, Eiger D, Boldizsar N, Honeycutt CC, Kirchner S, Hicks C, Choi I, Zheng K, Warman A, Smith J, Zhang J, Rajagopal S. Location Bias Contributes to Functionally Selective Responses of Biased CXCR3 Agonists to Regulate Inflammation. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.0R865. PM: 35555971.

Harrington J, Tseliou E, Shah S, Shah KS. Paying Homage to the Power of Proteomics: Insights Into Obesity and Heart Failure From the HOMAGE Trial. J Card Fail 2022 May;28(5):787-788. PM: 35304349.

Hicks CN, Eiger D, Gardner J, Boldizsar N, Honeycutt C, Choi I, Rajagopal S. Location Bias of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinases Promotes Biased Signaling at CXCR3. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.R2182. PM: 35554028.

Kohlmann T, Lee C, Rajagopal S. Determining the Requirements for Gαi:β-arrestin Complex Formation at G Protein-Coupled Receptors. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.R5812. PM: 35554641.

Krychtiuk KA, Granger CB. In older persons at risk for dementia, a multidomain approach reduced stroke and transient ischemic attack. Ann Intern Med 2022 May;175(5):JC55. PM: 35500268.

Krychtiuk KA, Newby LK. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was linked to myocarditis or myopericarditis at 28 d (4.2 events/100 000 persons). Ann Intern Med 2022 May;175(5):JC58. PM: 35500266.

Lala A, Lopes RD, Mentz RJ. International Collaborations in Heart Failure: JCF in Latin America. J Card Fail 2022 May;28(5):695-696. PM: 35559918.

Lee C, Kohlmann T, Xiong X, Rajagopal S. Regulation of Endothelial Cell function by Integration of Gαi and β-arrestin signaling at Atypical Chemokine Receptor 3. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.R6324. PM: 35554058.

Lewis GD, Docherty KF, Voors AA, Cohen-Solal A, Metra M, Whellan DJ, Ezekowitz JA, Ponikowski P, Böhm M, Teerlink JR, Heitner SB, Kupfer S, Malik FI, Meng L, Felker GM. Developments in Exercise Capacity Assessment in Heart Failure Clinical Trials and the Rationale for the Design of METEORIC-HF. Circ Heart Fail 2022 May;15(5):e008970. PM: 35236099.

Li A, Liu S, Huang R, Ahn S, Lefkowitz RJ. Loss of Biased Signaling Specificity of the Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor in Overexpressed Systems. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.R2797. PM: 35555965.

Lowenstern A, Alexander KP, Pagidipati NJ, Hill CL, Pellikka PA, Cooper LS, Alhanti B, Hoffmann U, Mark DB, Douglas PS. Presenting Symptoms in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Disease Evaluation: Association With Noninvasive Test Results and Clinical Outcomes in the PROMISE Trial. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2022 May;15(5):e008298. PM: 35369715.

Minhas AMK, Ijaz SH, Jamal S, Dani SS, Khan MS, Greene SJ, Fudim M, Warraich HJ, Shapiro MD, Virani SS, Nasir K, Khan SU. Trends in Characteristics and Outcomes in Primary Heart Failure Hospitalizations Among Older Population in the United States, 2004 to 2018. Circ Heart Fail 2022 May;15(5):e008943. PM: 35078346.

Mullens W, Martens P, Testani JM, Tang WHW, Skouri H, Verbrugge FH, Fudim M, Iacoviello M, Franke J, Flammer AJ, Palazzuoli A, Barragan PM, Thum T, Marcos MC, Miró Ò, Rossignol P, Metra M, Lassus J, Orso F, Jankowska EA, Chioncel O, Milicic D, Hill L et al. Renal effects of guideline-directed medical therapies in heart failure: a consensus document from the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. Eur J Heart Fail 2022 Apr;24(4):603-619. PM: 35239201.

Patel JN, Abramov D, Fudim M, Okwuosa IS, Rabkin DG, Chung JS. The heart transplant allocation change attenuates but does not eliminate blood group O waitlist outcome disadvantage. Clin Transplant 2022 May;36(5):e14620. PM: 35213753.

Pham U, Chundi A, Rajagopal S. Distinct Spatial Conformations and Trafficking Patterns of β-arrestin Isoforms in AT1R Signaling. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.L7742. PM: 35559563.

Price MJ, Valderrábano M, Zimmerman S, Friedman DJ, Kar S, Curtis JP, Masoudi FA, Freeman JV. Periprocedural Pericardial Effusion Complicating Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion: A Report From the NCDR LAAO Registry. Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2022 May;15(5):e011718. PM: 35369701.

Razaghizad A, Oulousian E, Randhawa VK, Ferreira JP, Brophy JM, Greene SJ, Guida J, Felker GM, Fudim M, Tsoukas M, Peters TM, Mavrakanas TA, Giannetti N, Ezekowitz J, Sharma A. Clinical Prediction Models for Heart Failure Hospitalization in Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Heart Assoc 2022 May 17;11(10):e024833. PM: 35574959.

Remillard TC, Cronley AC, Pilch NA, Dubay DA, Willner IR, Houston BA, Jackson GR, Inampudi C, Ramu B, Kilic A, Fudim M, Wright SP, Hajj ME, Tedford RJ. Hemodynamic and Clinical Determinants of Left Atrial Enlargement in Liver Transplant Candidates. Am J Cardiol 2022 Jun 1;172:121-129. PM: 35341576.

Van Belle E, Patel M, Davies J. Fractional Flow Reserve-Guided PCI as Compared with Coronary Bypass Surgery. N Engl J Med 2022 May 12;386(19):1863-1864. PM: 35544399.

Yaranov DM, Jefferies JL, Silver MA, Burkhoff D, Rao VN, Fudim M. Discordance of Pressure and Volume: Potential Implications for Pressure-Guided Remote Monitoring in Heart Failure. J Card Fail 2022 May;28(5):870-872. PM: 35158025.

Zeitouni M, Marquis-Gravel G, Smilowitz NR, Zakroysky P, Wojdyla DM, Amit AP, Rao SV, Wang TY. Prophylactic Mechanical Circulatory Support Use in Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Patients With Stable Coronary Artery Disease. Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2022 May;15(5):e011534. PM: 35580202.

Zhang Y, Kontos CD, Annex BH, Popel AS. Endothelial Regulation of Microvascular Growth and Stability by Ang-Tie and VEGF Signaling Pathways: A Mechanistic Computational Systems Biology Model. FASEB J 2022 May;36 Suppl 1:10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.R2072. PM: 35560284.

Zhu H, Yin X, Holley CL, Meyer KD. Improved Methods for Deamination-Based mA Detection. Front Cell Dev Biol 2022 Apr 27;10:888279. PM: 35573664.

Duke Heart Pulse – week ending May 15th 2022

Highlights of the week:

Wang Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at QCOR22

Tracy Yu-Ping Wang

Congratulations to Tracy Y. Wang, MD, professor of medicine in cardiology, director of Health Services & Outcomes Research, and Duke Clinical Research Institute member, has received the American Heart Association’s Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) 2022 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award! The award was presented earlier this weekend during the QCOR Scientific Sessions (May 13-14) in Reston, VA. Wang gave the keynote address.

The QCOR lifetime achievement award is presented to a QCOR council member for their significant long-term contributions to outcomes research and the improvement of cardiovascular care. Candidates are selected annually by QCOR’s nominating committee and the winner is selected by their leadership committee.

“Well, I guess this award makes me officially old now,” said Wang ahead of the award presentation. “Duke has such a unique environment that has allowed me to explore my interests and grow in delightfully unexpected ways. I’ve benefited from incredible mentorship, and am rejuvenated daily working alongside creative younger minds who want to make a difference in how we take care of patients.”

She received a number of accolades on Twitter, including:

“There’s no smarter researcher, more supportive mentor, or better human being in cardiology.” – Alex Fanaroff, MD, former Duke cardiology fellow.

“She is a brilliant physician scientist, and more importantly a truly wonderful person. Well deserved. Just wondering what she’ll do with the second half of her life???” — Women as One

“Exceptional clinician, researcher, educator, leader, sponsor, mentor, and friend.” — Vanessa Blumer, MD, Duke cardiology fellow.

“Such a well-deserved honor. Had to travel to Reston VA to see her IRL!”– Rob Mentz, MD

In addition to Wang, a number of current and former Duke faculty and fellows presented at QCOR including Emily O’Brien, Lesley Curtis, Alex Fanaroff, Mike Nanna, Jenn Rymer, Ajar Kochar, Rob Mentz, Vanessa Blumer, and Stephen Greene.

A perspective piece by Wang – “Mentorship and the Leaky Pipeline in Academic Cardiology” — was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes during her award speech on Friday. A link to it can be found here: https://duke.is/yy65w.

Congratulations, Tracy! We are so proud of you – way to go!

 

Update: High-Sensitivity Troponin I (hsTnI), Effective 5/17 at DUH

Beginning May 17, 2022, High-Sensitivity Troponin I (hsTnI) will replace the current High-Sensitivity Troponin T test at Duke University Hospital. There will be no fundamental changes to the hsTn algorithm, results/interpretations reporting, or ordering. The hsTnI numerical thresholds are nearly identical to those for hsTnT, and the interpretations and disposition guidance that go with them will be available as currently and are unchanged.

Additional information is available through the following links:

High Sensitivity Troponin I for Providers: https://intranet.dh.duke.edu/sites/MaestroCare/Maestro%20Care%20Training%20Supplements/High%20Sensitivity%20Troponin%20I%20for%20Providers.pdf

Troponin I Smarttext tipsheet (PPT): https://intranet.dh.duke.edu/sites/MaestroCare/Maestro%20Care%20Training%20Supplements/Troponin%20I%20Smarttext%20tipsheet.pptx?d=wb2ba5706a7da4939bd620ddc971b5d21

 

SOM Faculty Awards Dinner Honors 2020-2022 Awardees

The Duke School of Medicine annual faculty awards dinner was held this week at the Sarah Duke Gardens. A number of Duke Heart faculty members were in attendance, including Cary Ward, Carmelo Milano and Manesh Patel – our 2022 awardees. Due to the pandemic, the awards dinner had not been held in person for two years. Awardees for 2020 or 2021 were invited to join the festivities. A recap of our current and past awardees:

Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration
Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ward and Milano were co-winners of the 2022 Palumbo award which recognizes dedication to compassionate patient care and excellence in the teaching and mentoring of young physicians.
  • Manesh Patel received the 2022 Career Mentoring Award in Clinical Research/Population Health.
  • 2021: Kevin Thomas was the recipient of the Excellence in Professionalism Award, which recognizes the importance of promoting ethical and professional behavior in our community.
  • 2021: Robert Mentz received the Early Career Research Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science.
  • 2021: Terry Fortin received the Master Clinician/Teacher Award, which honors individuals with superlative accomplishment and service in the areas of clinical care and teaching
  • 2020: Larry Crawford received the Excellence in Professionalism Award. As noted above, the award is given to a faculty member that exemplifies ethical and professional behavior in our community. Recipients represent Duke’s guiding principles of respect, trustworthiness, diversity, teamwork, and learning.
  • 2020: Mike Sketch received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
  • 2020: Tracy Wang received the Early Career Mentoring Award in Clinical/Population Health Science.

We are so proud of each one of you. Congratulations!

Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration
Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration
Duke School of Medicine Spring Faculty Celebration

2022 AATS Underway in Boston

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s 102nd annual meeting is underway in Boston (May 14-17) and we’re giving a shout-out to all Duke team members in attendance!

A very special congratulations to Jeff Gaca, MD and Jacob Klapper, MD – both surgeons were elected to AATS and officially inducted this weekend. Such great news! Founded in 1917, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), is comprised of more than 1,500 of the world’s foremost cardiothoracic surgeons from 46 countries. We are excited for both of them.

We’ll have coverage of key Duke presentations next weekend.

Arlene Martin Departs Fellowship Program

We are saddened to have said goodbye to one of our long-term Duke Heart team members this week. Arlene Martin, our wonderful GME program coordinator for the Cardiovascular Disease fellowship, the Advanced Training in Cardiology fellowship, and the Clinical Investigator Pathway-Cardiovascular Disease fellowship has left Duke in order to focus on family needs. Her last day with us was May 11.

Arlene has worked closely with the fellowship program for more than a decade — and it’s hard to imagine the fellowship program without her. She has done an incredible job for us and for our fellows!

From Anna Lisa Chamis, MD, current program director:

“Arlene has diligently served as program coordinator for multiple Division of Cardiology fellowships since 2011. During that time, she supported 9 program directors and ~140 trainees.  Notably, she helped launch 2 new ACGME fellowship programs at Duke and spearheaded the initial site accreditation for those programs. Arlene also worked tirelessly to help us apply for grants/ external funding to support our fellowship programs, assisting in the acquisition of $2.3 million in salary and benefits for our fellowship programs during her tenure. Not surprisingly, she was awarded the 2015-2016 Fellows’ staff service award. Personally, Arlene has taught me so much about the administrative regulations and policies surrounding our programs, and I am grateful to have benefitted from her vast knowledge and experience.”

From Andrew Wang, MD:

“Arlene actually began her work at Duke as my administrative assistant, but helped with tasks for the previous program coordinator too.  When the program coordinator role became available, she expressed her interest, applied, and was clearly the most qualified candidate (even with little knowledge of ACGME requirements at that time).  In nearly 10 years of working with her as our program coordinator, she was dedicated to improving our program as well as the experience and environment for our fellows. She made important and lasting improvements in our fellowship program. She brought our program from the “paper chart” era to the electronic era. She took on new responsibilities and learned new skills, including grant-writing to support our fellows, with rapid adeptness and competency. In all of her work, she demonstrates a strong sense of ownership, conscientiousness, timeliness, and high quality. I wish her the best in her future endeavors and thank her for her support and contributions to our fellowship program.”

From Svati Shah, MD:

“Arlene has done an incredible job as the Cardiology Fellowship Program Director! I had the honor of being an Associate Program Director with Arlene for many years. She has balanced the intense responsibilities of this job beautifully. She did so much work quietly behind the scenes to make sure we had a robust (and compliant!) fellowship. I am so grateful for how much she taught me and helped me grow as an APD.  She will be greatly missed.”

From Amanda Coniglio, MD, (outgoing chief cardiology fellow)

“Arlene has always gone above and beyond to make sure the fellows and program were supported. She has paid meticulous attention to detail and has always been quick to help when needed. She will be greatly missed!”

From Christopher Wrobel, MD (incoming chief cardiology fellow):

“Arlene has been an invaluable asset to the fellowship. She has superhuman organizational prowess that I hope to have a fraction of some day. She has always been understanding of my (occasional) lapses, and gently guided me on the road to full compliance. I know I and all of the other fellows will remain greatly indebted to Arlene for all of her work over the years. We will miss you greatly Arlene!”

She truly has been a behind-the-scenes person helping make “all the things” happen. Thank you so much for all you’ve done for us, Arlene! We wish you all the best!

 

ICYMI: Frazier-Mills Interviewed by HeartRhythm TV

Camille Frazier-Mills, MD appears in a recent episode of the Women in EP – Mentorship Series on HeartRhythm TV (YouTube). The topic last weekend was Heart Rhythm Society DEI Council: Inclusion Series, Closing the Sex Gap. She was interviewed along with Annabelle Volgman of Rush University Medical Center. Among other factors, Frazier Mills says early exposure and mentorship are key to getting more women to specialize in electrophysiology. This is definitely worth watching! Check it out here: https://duke.is/ru8mb.

D’Amico Named Associate Editor, Annals of Surgery

Congratulations to Thomas D’Amico, MD, the Gary Hock Endowed Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He was recently named associate editor for thoracic surgery for the journal Annals of Surgery. D’Amico is currently serving a two-year term as medical director of the AATS.

 

 

 

 

 

Dresher & Rao Presented CGR

We had two terrific cardiology grand rounds presentations this past week. On Tuesday, cardiology fellow Caitlin Dresher presented on coronary CTOs and cardiac MRI, and on Thursday, cardiology fellow Vishal Rao presented on gaps in care delivery and phenotyping across the spectrum of heart failure along with strategies for improvement. Nicely done!

Nurses Week 2022: Our 1st Daisy Award!

We want to close out Nurses Week with another round of thanks to all our terrific Duke Heart nurses! We hope you enjoyed some of the special events that were held to celebrate you this past week. Shown here are Duke Heart CVSSU RNs enjoying mid-morning Coffee Cart with Mary Lindsay and Joe Kelly!

In other great news this week, we learned that Zac Snell, RN on 6East has received the first DAISY Award for the Heart Center! The awards are given by the Daisy Foundation, which is an international foundation that was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away due to complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care that Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family; they launched the Foundation in his memory. Nurses who demonstrate extraordinary and compassionate care are nominated by patients and family members.

Zac is pictured below with 6E team members, Heart Center leadership, and leadership from DUH. Great job, Zac! Well done.

The week culminated with the annual Friends of Nursing Gala, which was held last night. We will have coverage of all Duke Heart winners and photos next weekend!

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

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Duke Heart in the News:

May 10 — Duke Hospital, Duke Regional, Duke Raleigh

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NC claims top spot for nation’s safest hospitals. See how Triangle hospitals rank

https://duke.is/n7dts

May 10 — Richard Shannon and Beverly Gray

CBS17.com

Duke Health doctors worry about abortion ban impacts

https://duke.is/5pv96

May 12 — Michelle Kelsey

CBS17.com/WNCN

How you brew coffee could impact your cholesterol, research shows

https://duke.is/bjdvy

Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed April 28 – May 11, 2022

Ahmed F, Abid M, Maniya T, Usman MS, Fudim M.Incidence and prognosis of COVID-19 amongst heart transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2022;29(6):e224-e226. PM: 34757386.

Alenezi F, Covington TA, Mukherjee M, Mathai SC, Yu PB, Rajagopal S. Novel Approaches to Imaging the Pulmonary Vasculature and Right Heart. Circ Res 2022;130(9):1445-1465. PM: 35482838.

Anand SS, Hiatt W, Dyal L, Bauersachs R, Berkowitz SD, Branch KRH, Debus S, Fox KAA, Liang Y, Muehlhofer E, Nehler M, Haskell LP, Patel M, Szarek M, Yusuf S, Eikelboom J, Bonaca MP. Low-dose rivaroxaban and aspirin among patients with peripheral artery disease: a meta-analysis of the COMPASS and VOYAGER trials. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2022;29(5):e181-e189. PM: 34463737.

Andonian BJ, Koss A, Koves TR, Hauser ER, Hubal MJ, Pober DM, Lord JM, MacIver NJ, St Clair EW, Muoio DM, Kraus WE, Bartlett DB, Huffman KM. Rheumatoid arthritis T cell and muscle oxidative metabolism associate with exercise-induced changes in cardiorespiratory fitness. Sci Rep 2022;12(1):7450. PM: 35523821.

Assimon MM, Pun PH, Al-Khatib SM, Brookhart MA, Gaynes BN, Winkelmayer WC, Flythe JE. Proton pump inhibitors may enhance the risk of citalopram- and escitalopram-associated sudden cardiac death among patients receiving hemodialysis. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2022;31(6):670-679. PM: 35285107.

Bachour K, Dodge SE, Kearing S, Douglas PS, Wong S, Coylewright M. Predicting When Women Will Achieve Equitable Representation in Four Specialties: The WHEN Study. Am J Med 2022;135(5):650-653. PM: 35134367.

Baggish AL, Chang CJ, Drezner JA, Harmon KG, Kraus WE, Matuszak J, Wasfy MM. ACSM-AMSSM Call to Action: Adapting Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Curr Sports Med Rep 2022;21(5):159-162. PM: 35522440.

Bernstein E, Wang TY. Point-of-Care Ultrasonography: Clearly More Than a Pretty Picture-Reply. JAMA Intern Med 2022;182(5):568. PM: 35285852.

Blankstein R, Shaw LJ, Gulati M, Atalay MK, Bax J, Calnon DA, Dyke CK, Ferencik M, Heitner JF, Henry TD, Hung J, Knuuti J, Lindner JR, Phillips LM, Raman SV, Rao SV, Rybicki FJ, Saraste A, Stainback RF, Thompson RC, Williamson E, Nieman K, Tremmel JA, et al. Implications of the 2021 AHA/ACC/ASE/CHEST/SAEM/SCCT/SCMR Chest Pain Guideline for Cardiovascular Imaging: A Multisociety Viewpoint. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging 2022;15(5):912-926. PM: 35512960.

De Caterina R, Patti G, Westerbergh J, Horowitz J, Ezekowitz JA, Lewis BS, Lopes RD, McMurray JJV, Atar D, Bahit MC, Keltai M, López-Sendón JL, Ruzyllo W, Granger CB, Alexander JH, Wallentin L. Heterogeneity of diabetes as a risk factor for major adverse cardiovascular events in anticoagulated patients with atrial fibrillation: an analysis of the ARISTOTLE trial. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Pharmacother 2022;8(3):227-235. PM: 33367487.

Frankel DS, Dechert-Crooks BE, Campbell K, DeSimone CV, Etheridge S, Harvey M, Lampert R, Nayak HM, Saliba WI, Shea J, Thomas J, Zado E, Daubert JP. 2021 HRS Educational Framework for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Heart Rhythm O2 2022 Apr 15;3(2):120-132. PM: 35496459.

Freeman JV, Higgins AY, Wang Y, Du C, Friedman DJ, Daimee UA, Minges KE, Pereira L, Goldsweig AM, Price MJ, Reddy VY, Gibson D, Doshi SK, Varosy PD, Masoudi FA, Curtis JP. Antithrombotic Therapy After Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022;79(18):1785-1798. PM: 35512858.

Friedman DJ, Du C, Wang Y, Agarwal V, Varosy PD, Masoudi FA, Holmes DR, Reddy VY, Price MJ, Curtis JP, Freeman JV. Patient-Level Analysis of Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion in Practice Versus Clinical Trials. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2022;15(9):950-961. PM: 35512918.

Fudim M, Kaye DM, Borlaug BA, Shah SJ, Rich S, Kapur NK, Costanzo MR, Brener MI, Sunagawa K, Burkhoff D. Venous Tone and Stressed Blood Volume in Heart Failure: JACC Review Topic of the Week. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022;79(18):1858-1869. PM: 35512865.

Goldberg LR, Jorbenadze A, Shaburishvilli T, Mirro MJ, Fudim M, Zuber M, Stämpfli SF, Tanner FC, Erne P, Cleland JG. Synchronized diaphragmatic stimulation: a case report of a novel extra-cardiac intervention for chronic heart failure. ESC Heart Fail 2022;9(3):1677-1681. PM: 35297198.

Harskamp RE, Lucassen WAM, Lopes RD, Himmelreich JCL, Parati G, Weert HCPMV. Risk of stroke and bleeding in relation to hypertension in anticoagulated patients with atrial fibrillation: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Acta Cardiol 2022;77(3):191-195. PM: 33685380.

Jain V, Minhas AMK, Khan SU, Greene SJ, Pandey A, Van Spall HGC, Fonarow GC, Mentz RJ, Butler J, Khan MS. Trends in HF Hospitalizations Among Young Adults in the United States From 2004 to 2018. JACC Heart Fail 2022;10(5):350-362. PM: 35483798.

Jimenez Contreras F, Mendiola Pla M, Schroder J, Bryner B, Agarwal R, Russell SD, Mirza J, Daneshmand MA, Milano C. Progression of aortic valve insufficiency during centrifugal versus axial flow left ventricular assist device support. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2022;61(5):1188-1196. PM: 35167677.

Kelsey MD, Nelson AJ, Green JB, Granger CB, Peterson ED, McGuire DK, Pagidipati NJ. Guidelines for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: JACC Guideline Comparison. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022;79(18):1849-1857. PM: 35512864.

Malenka DJ, Bhatt DL, Bradley SM, Shahian DM, Draoui J, Segawa CA, Koutras C, Abbott JD, Blankenship JC, Vincent R, Windle J, Tsai TT, Curtis J, Roe M, Masoudi FA. The National Cardiovascular Data Registry Data Quality Program 2020: JACC State-of-the-Art Review. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022;79(17):1704-1712. PM: 35483759.

Manichaikul A, Lin H, Kang C, Yang C, Rich SS, Taylor KD, Guo X, Rotter JI, Craig Johnson W, Cornell E, Tracy RP, Peter Durda J, Liu Y, Vasan RS, Adrienne Cupples L, Gerszten RE, Clish CB, Jain D, Conomos MP, Blackwell T, Papanicolaou GJ, Rodriguez A. Lymphocyte activation gene-3-associated protein networks are associated with HDL-cholesterol and mortality in the Trans-omics for Precision Medicine program. Commun Biol 2022;5(1):362. PM: 35501457.

Muiruri C, Corneli A, Cooper L, Dombeck C, Gray S, Longenecker CT, Meissner EG, Okeke NL, Pettit AC, Swezey T, Vicini J, Bloomfield GS. Perspectives of HIV specialists and cardiologists on the specialty referral process for people living with HIV: a qualitative descriptive study. BMC Health Serv Res 2022;22(1):623. PM: 35534889.

Narcisse DI, Katzenberger DR, Gutierrez JA. Contemporary Medical Therapies for Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease and Concomitant Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a Review of Current Evidence. Curr Cardiol Rep 2022;24(5):567-576. PM: 35201560.

Nelson AJ, Haynes K, Shambhu S, Eapen Z, Cziraky MJ, Nanna MG, Calvert SB, Gallagher K, Pagidipati NJ, Granger CB      . High-Intensity Statin Use Among Patients With Atherosclerosis in the U.S. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022;79(18):1802-1813. PM: 35512860.

Piccini JP, Arps K. Sacubitril/Valsartan Therapy for AF and HFpEF: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? JACC Heart Fail 2022;10(5):347-349. PM: 35483797.

Roselli C, Yu M, Nauffal V, Georges A, Yang Q, Love K, Weng LC, Delling FN, Maurya SR, Schrölkamp M, Tfelt-Hansen J, Hagège A, Jeunemaitre X, Debette S, Amouyel P, Guan W, Muehlschlegel JD, Body SC, Shah S, Samad Z, Kyryachenko S, Haynes C, Rienstra M, et al. Genome-wide association study reveals novel genetic loci: a new polygenic risk score for mitral valve prolapse. Eur Heart J 2022;43(17):1668-1680. PM: 35245370.

Rymer JA, Gutierrez JA. Challenges in Peripheral Artery Disease Clinical Trial Implementation and Design. Can J Cardiol 2022;38(5):699-702. PM: 35074414.

Salah HM, Levin AP, Fudim M. Updates from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions: cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Pharmacother 2022;8(3):E4-E6. PM: 34864960.

Selvaraj S, Margulies KB, Dugyala S, Schubert E, Tierney A, Arany Z, Pryma DA, Shah SH, Rame JE, Kelly DP, Bravo PE. Comparison of Exogenous Ketone Administration Versus Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction on Myocardial Glucose Suppression: A Crossover Clinical Trial. J Nucl Med 2022;63(5):770-776. PM: 34675108.

Sidhu MS, Alexander KP, Huang Z, O’Brien SM, Chaitman BR, Stone GW, Newman JD, Boden WE, Maggioni AP, Steg PG, Ferguson TB, Demkow M, Peteiro J, Wander GS, Phaneuf DC, De Belder MA, Doerr R, Alexanderson-Rosas E, Polanczyk CA, Henriksen PA, Conway DSG, et al. Causes of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular death in the ISCHEMIA trial. Am Heart J 2022;248:72-83. PM: 35149037.

Smith PJ, Sherwood A, Hinderliter AL, Mabe S, Tyson C, Avorgbedor F, Watkins LL, Lin PH, Kraus WE, Blumenthal JA. Cerebrovascular Function, Vascular Risk, and Lifestyle Patterns in Resistant Hypertension. J Alzheimers Dis 2022;87(1):345-357. PM: 35275539.

Spertus JA, Mack MJ, Ohman EM. Improving the National Cardiovascular Data Registry’s Value to Elevate the Quality of Cardiovascular Care. J Am Coll Cardiol 2022;79(17):1713-1716. PM: 35483760.

Spitzer E, Fanaroff AC, Gibson CM, Seltzer J, McFadden E, Ali M, Wilson M, Menon V, Mehran R, Held C, Mahaffey KW, Lopes RD. Independence of clinical events committees: A consensus statement from clinical research organizations. Am Heart J 2022;248:120-129. PM: 35296411.

Tanaka A, Hebert AM, Smith-Washington A, Hoffstaetter T, Goldenberg R, Vemulapalli S, Del Río-Solá L, Arnaoutakis GJ, Mussa F, Ota T. Knowledge gaps in surgical management for aortic dissection. Semin Vasc Surg 2022;35(1):35-42. PM: 35501039.

Verma S, Rathwell S, Fremes S, Zheng Y, Mehta R, Lopes RD, Alexander JH, Goodman SG, Diepen SV. Associated factors and clinical outcomes in mechanical circulatory support use in patients undergoing high risk on-pump cardiac surgery: Insights from the LEVO-CTS trial. Am Heart J 2022;248:35-41. PM: 35263653.

Wang A, Fosbøl EL. Current recommendations and uncertainties for surgical treatment of infective endocarditis: a comparison of American and European cardiovascular guidelines. Eur Heart J 2022;43(17):1617-1625. PM: 35029274.

Wegermann ZK, Mack MJ, Arnold SV, Thompson CA, Ryan M, Gunnarsson C, Strong S, Cohen DJ, Alexander KP, Brennan JM. Anxiety and Depression Following Aortic Valve Replacement. J Am Heart Assoc 2022;11(9):e024377. PM: 35470691.

Wilson BS, Tucci DL, Moses DA, Chang EF, Young NM, Zeng FG, Lesica NA, Bur AM, Kavookjian H, Mussatto C, Penn J, Goodwin S, Kraft S, Wang G, Cohen JM, Ginsburg GS, Dawson G, Francis HW. Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence in Otolaryngology and the Communication Sciences. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol 2022;23(3):319-349. PM: 35441936.

Duke Heart Pulse – Week Ending May 8th 2022 – Mother’s Day

Chief’s message:

Mother’s Day and appreciating the Moms in our Lives!

Mother’s Day around Duke and UNC is also noted for college, medical school, and post-graduate degree graduations.  It is a good tradition allowing family’s to relish an important milestone and provide the opportunity to consider the influence mothers have on our lives.We hope that you all got to spend some time with the ones you love appreciate all the moms out in the Duke Heart community and the lessons of love, kindness, and selfless devotion they have on us all. Mothers come in many iterations – to those we are blessed to have among us, and those who have passed before us — we hope this has been a wonderful weekend for all!

Highlights of the Week.

Harrington gives Medicine Grand Rounds as Joseph C. Greenfield Visiting Professor

We welcomed Robert Harrington, chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford, back to campus this week as the Joseph C. Greenfield Visiting Professor. His lecture, Cardiovascular Medicine as a Data Science was presented during Medicine Grand Rounds on Friday.  It was great to see so many residents, faculty and fellows that could attend. Bob Harrington was able to provide an amazing over-arching view of not only how medicine has become a data science field, but more importantly providing many examples of how clinicians and data scientists are interacting to do clinical research, engage patients, and deliver care.  It was a fun to have Bob revisit the cath lab, the clinical wards, work with our residents and fellows to discuss how we can continue to improve medicine.  The innovation on getting data science and information at the point of care at Stanford Medicine was quite impressive.

Nafissi Grand Rounds Presentations

Navid Nafissi gave an excellent presentation this week during Cardiology Grand Rounds on Tuesday evening. His topic was Precision Medicine in Arrhythmias: Not Your Daddy’s Long QT”. In keeping with the data science theme – Navid highlighted how our understanding of arrhythmias and the genetic and clinical correlates is exploding requiring a broad set of skills for clinicians in this area.

Nurses Week 2022

It’s Nurses Week, 2022 (May 6-12)! On behalf of Duke Heart, we would like to recognize each of our nurses for their professional accomplishments and contributions in caring for Duke Heart patients over the past year. This year continues to be challenging with the ongoing COVID pandemic and more patients than ever in need of the highly specialized care that only the Duke Heart team can provide.

Duke Heart Nurses are foundational to Duke’s ability to provide best-in-class heart care. Each of our nurses have been a part of many firsts in the U.S. and at Duke. These firsts include caring for patients and partnering with our cardiology and cardiac surgery providers in landmark clinical trials including the TransMedics DCD trials and the implant of the first-in-U.S. Carmat total artificial heart last summer. At Duke University Hospital, Duke Heart Nurses supported bed and tower expansion, growth of CICU and cardiology beds and grew the emergency response teams including the addition of a Behavioral Response team. Our outpatient teams continued to support our patients and families using new technologies and approaches, including enhanced telehealth and mobile cardiac rehabilitation. None of these accomplishments would be possible without the amazing care across our outpatient, rehabilitation, procedural, and diagnostic teams and the inpatient cardiology and surgical units.

In the midst of a busy clinical year, each of them continued to show tremendous compassion for not only Duke patients and families but also each other and our community. The Duke Heart Nursing team possesses unmatched talent, dedication and teamwork that exemplifies living the Duke Values.

Kudos and Thank you!

Celebrating Perfusionists!

Our Duke Perfusion team, one of the largest in the country, has a scope of practice inclusive of cardiopulmonary bypass, extracorporeal support, mechanical circulatory support, and autotransfusion for adult and pediatric patients. Areas of expertise include major aortic surgery, advanced heart failure, heart and lung transplantation, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, blood conservation, surgical oncology, and complex congenital surgery. Our team has been involved in multiple groundbreaking innovations including Transmedics OCS heart procurements, cutting-edge mechanical support and laboratory research.  Duke perfusionists are nationally recognized leaders in the field and serve as clinical instructors for four perfusion schools.

The Duke Perfusion team is devoted to our community and engages in multiple outreach and service initiatives each year. To celebrate Perfusion Week (May 1-7), the team volunteered with Habitat Build.

An outstanding group in any year, this team has put in an incredible effort during the pandemic and we are extremely proud of them. Great job!!!

 

Kudos to Hughes & Burkett

We received the following note this week via Press Ganey in regard to care provided to a patient by

Melissa Burkett

Chad Hughes and Melissa Burkett:

“I would like to comment on Dr. Hughes first, then his assistant Melissa. I doubt anything I say hasn’t been said before about Dr. Hughes or Melissa, but perhaps substantiates comments made by others. I found both of these professionals to be world class. Dr. Hughes reminds me of a military special operator or fighter pilot I have met and worked with in my career. I know the personality well. Dr. Hughes is laser focused, precise, and highly motivated. He’s EXACTLY what you would want in a surgeon. The bonus is he puts you at ease immediately. Perhaps it’s his demeanor or level of confidence, but make no mistake you know when talking with him he knows his craft very well. He’s obviously highly trained and skilled. I would venture to guess if medicine had not called him, he would have been a Green Beret, Navy SEAL, or fighter pilot. And if you were going into an operation, you would want him on your TEAM.  He’s on point, and will get the job done better than probably 99.9% of surgeons in the world (that’s my after-action report). Generally, you cannot help but like the guy. And his assistant, Melissa, who must work a crazy schedule, always manages to follow up with every question or concern you may have. I am not sure what anyone would expect or want in a medical care TEAM. Perhaps Dr. Hughes and Melissa are the special forces of Duke Medical.” — A grateful patient, name withheld for confidentiality

“THANK YOU for the great things you are doing for our patients every day!” — Jamie Hilton, Nurse Manager, Operations

Well done, Chad & Melissa!

ACC Leadership Academy Held

The ACC Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy was held May 1-3 at Heart House in Washington, DC. Four invited participants had ties to Duke Heart. Here they are together, shown L-R are:  Tony Gutierrez, Lauren Cooper, cardiology fellow from 2012-2016; Kristen Campbell, clinical pharmacist with Duke EP, and Kelly Schlendorf, advanced heart failure fellow, 2011 – 2012. Congrats to all of you and a hat tip to Kristen Campbell for the photo!

Tannu Recognized by ASE Foundation

We are pleased to share that Manasi Tannu, a first-year cardiology fellow, has been recognized by the ASE Foundation with a Top Investigator Travel Grant.

We received a message from Fawaz Alenezi this week that read, “Our Duke echo lab abstracts that are led by our phenomenal fellow Manasi Tannu have been recognized as the ASE Foundation Top Investigators and will receive $1000 to support travel to attend the ASE meeting. The selected abstracts are:

  • Echocardiography based estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance and outcomes in patients with pulmonary hypertension.
  • Prognostic value of right ventricular-pulmonary artery coupling in patients with pulmonary hypertension.

The ASE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Echocardiography. Each year, the ASE Foundation works with the ASE Scientific Sessions Abstract Chairs to identify meritorious early career abstract presenters. The selected presenters are recognized as the ASE Foundation Top Investigators and each receives a travel grant in the amount of $1,000 (U.S. currency) to support their travel to attend the ASE meeting and present their accepted abstract(s).

In the announcement letter to Tannu, Andrea M. Van Hoever, Deputy Director of the ASE Foundation wrote, “Young investigators such as yourself are the scientific heart and future of ASE’s annual meeting. We are honored to be able to support your attendance and look forward to seeing you in Seattle.”

Way to go, Manasi!

 

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

May 10: Coronary CTOs and Cardiac MRI: The Duke Experience with Caitlin Dresher. 5 p.m., Webex.

May 12: Mind the Gaps: Novel Strategies for Care Delivery and Phenotyping Across the Spectrum of Heart Failure with Vishal Rao. 5 p.m., Webex link coming soon.

 

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 28 — Manesh Patel

Healio/Cardiology

Asundexian confers lower bleeding rates vs. apixaban for stroke prevention in AF

https://duke.is/wjqbn

April 29 — Manesh Patel

HCP Live

Overview of Polyvascular Disease and Coronary Artery Disease

https://duke.is/pu7nq

April 29 — Jonathan Piccini

Cardiac Rhythm News

New data from STROKE AF trial shared at HRS 2022

https://duke.is/r8t5u

May 1 — Jonathan Piccini

Cardiovascular Business

STROKE AF study shows insertable cardiac monitors detect 4 times more AFib than Holter monitoring

https://duke.is/6tmma

May 1 — James Daubert

MedpageToday

Menstrual Cycles Point to Link Between Sex Hormones and Long QT

https://duke.is/5yp7j

May 1 — Joseph Turek

WCBS-NY (Radio)

Breakthrough could mean end of anti-rejection drugs for transplant patients

https://duke.is/nhtkd

May 2 — Sana Al-Khatib

Medscape

Apple Watch ECG App, Still Experimental, Reveals Asymptomatic Low LVEF

https://duke.is/cnyvt

May 3 — Daniel Friedman

tctMD

NCDR Analyses Offer Insights Into First-Generation Watchman Outcomes

https://duke.is/yqt4m

May 5 — Sana Al-Khatib

Healio

Apple Watch app, using AI, identifies left ventricular dysfunction

https://duke.is/pfkp6

May 5 — Sana Al-Khatib

Medscape (en español)

Aplicación experimental de electrocardiograma revela una fracción de eyección ventricular izquierda baja asintomática

https://duke.is/rg6xf

Duke Heart Pulse – week ending May 1st 2022

Chief’s message:

Hope everyone had a good week and some time for rest.  This was a busy week for Duke Heart with the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) national meeting with several faculty and fellow presentations, the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Boston with several important presentations from our Duke Heart Faculty and fellows including several clinical practice changing studies, the first in-person Heart Center Leadership Council meeting to review our progress in three years, and the Duke ACTIV-3 clinical research team, led by our own Peter K. Smith, MD — the team was presented with a Duke University Presidential Award.  This all happened while we kept working hard to provide our patients the best opportunity for heart care – something that was again evident this weekend on the wards and in the cath lab.  Our Heart Center Leadership council Chair – Bob Keegan wanted to make sure that on behalf of the Heart Center Leadership council we include a tremendous thanks to all employees across Duke Heart on their behalf of the council in this weekend’s issue of Pulse Appreciate the support Bob!

Hopefully as we approach the end of the academic year we will have an opportunity to celebrate our fellows, faculty and staff at some of our end of year events.

Highlights of the week:

ACTIV-3, Global Efforts, Transplant Nurses & Perfusion Week

We have so much to celebrate! First, happy May Day, traditionally the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. With spring well underway here in NC, today also kicks off Perfusion Week 2022, May 1-7, so be sure to thank our amazing perfusionists when you see them!

Several cardiologists and their global efforts were featured in a new Magnify article out this week; our ACTIV-3 team received the prized Duke University Presidential Award (see below), we wrapped up Patient Experience Week (April 25-29), National Donate Life month (April) and Transplant Nurses Week runs through tomorrow, May 2. Duke is blessed with one of the best transplant teams in the world, and our nurses are a big part of that! We especially thank the nurses supporting our lung and heart transplant surgical teams and all those caring for our transplant patients pre- and post-surgery. We could not do this without you!

Speaking of transplant teams…

Duke Heart Shines at ISHLT 2022

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions were held April 27-30 in Boston.

ICYMI, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week granted premarket approval to TransMedics for its OCS Heart System for use with organs from donors after circulatory death (DCD). The TransMedics OCS Heart System is now approved with the extended clinical indication for ex vivo reanimation, functional monitoring, and beating-heart preservation of DCD hearts. This indication is based on the results of the OCS DCD Heart Trial and the associated Continued Access Protocol (EXPAND trial) which were presented by Jacob Schroder, MD, on Friday, April 29 at ISHLT.

“The FDA’s approval of the OCS for DCD donor hearts is the natural progression from the prior approval of the device for extended criteria brain dead donors, supported by the excellent results from the U.S. DCD trial,” said Schroder, surgical director of heart transplantation at Duke University Health System and the principal investigator for the OCS DCD Heart Trial. “The use of OCS is actively expanding the donor pool, as I expected. It is time we stop considering heart transplant as a severely supply limited resource. With OCS we will be able to expand access to this life saving therapy to more end-stage heart failure patients.”

Schroder presented clinical trial results on Friday morning. The multicenter, randomized, U.S. Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) trial utilized direct procurement and perfusion (DPP) with the Organ Care System (OCS). In this trial, patients awaiting heart transplantation were randomized in a three to one manner to a donation after circulatory death (DCD) eligible arm versus donation after brain death (DBD) only. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were pre-established both with regards to the recipient and donor characteristics but also with regards to the DCD management; for example, a functional warm ischemia time less than 30 minutes was defined and served as part of the trial protocol. This resulted in comparison of 80 DCD transplants versus 86 DBD cases, which were treated as randomized and per protocol. The DCD transplant cohort displayed significantly younger donor and recipient age. Furthermore, duration of wait list time was less for the DCD cohort. The primary effectiveness endpoint was patient survival at 6 months and did not differ between the two groups (95% DCD versus 89% DBD). Overall patient and graft survival at 2 years was significantly better in the DCD cohort (93%) versus the DBD control (83%). The incidence of moderate or severe LV or RV PGD was greater for the DCD group (22.5%) versus the DBD (9.5%).

This U.S. DCD trial was the first of its kind in that a randomized control group, deemed as DCD ineligible, was utilized and there were predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria. The team concludes that despite higher rates of primary graft dysfunction, heart transplantation with DCD achieves intermediate survival outcomes equivalent to those achieved with DBD. Of note: Duke was the first and leading enroller in the trial.

In a note from Schroder to members of leadership this weekend, he reflected on the work:

“I am heading back from ISHLT in Boston after presenting the 2-year EXPAND heart and US DCD trials yesterday. Both ground breaking trials with results that have moved the needle in heart transplant. The DCD trial is probably the most meaningful thing to happen in heart transplant in the U.S. in many decades. 

Now we, and anyone who is even remotely familiar with either trial, knows THAT THESE WERE REALLY DUKE TRIALS. We, as a team, made this happen out of sheer collective willpower.

Each and every team member should feel really great about this. Not only about the patients we helped along the way. But the countless more that will be helped in the future from our hard work.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your efforts to continue to get the absolute best for Duke patients. And a special thanks to Sarah Casalinova who, for 6 years, has been the cornerstone to everything we have done with OCS.”

These results – the clinical trial findings, the FDA approval, the ISHLT presentations, and lives saved — stem from an incredible effort put forth over many years by members of this team. Their commitment to advanced heart failure patients with extremely limited options as well as their dedication to one another is truly inspiring. Congratulations!

And there is even more to celebrate from ISHLT:

Duke Cardiology fellow Lauren Truby gave an excellent oral scientific presentation on “Proteomic profiling of cold storage preservation solution to identify signatures of primary graft dysfunction following heart transplantation.” This work helped to identify a set of novel biomarkers associated with primary graft dysfunction following heart transplantation; she also gave an excellent talk entitled, “Bridge to transplant with durable left ventricular assist device is associated with primary graft dysfunction: a report from the International Consortium on Primary Graft Dysfunction” and gave an invited presentation entitled “The rise of the machines: PGD risk scoring systems in the MCS bridge-to-transplant populations.” In summary: her work is helping to identify important clinical and biochemical risk factors for the development of primary graft dysfunction after heart transplantation.

Way to go, Lauren!

Duke cardiology fellow Vanessa Blumer was the only fellow invited to participate in and present during the first-ever, multi-national, ISHLT-endorsed Shock Consensus Conference. The focus was on identifying key areas of consensus for the care of patients with non-ischemic cardiogenic shock. She was asked to present a talk entitled, “How to proceed? Tools to quantify non-AMI cardiogenic shock severity and establish goals for treatment.”

In summary: her contribution will hopefully lead to several consensus documents helping to identify priority areas for investigation focusing on the care of patients with cardiogenic shock unrelated to acute myocardial infarction.

ICYMI, Vanessa is co-author on a new perspectives piece Women Empowering Women in Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support that appears online (article in-press) in the Journal of Cardiac Failure.

Nicely done, Vanessa!

Chet Patel chaired a session entitled “Will you be mine? Choosing donors and recipients for heart transplantation” – Way to represent Duke Heart, Chet!

Integrated thoracic surgery resident Julie Doberne presented on heart transplant in HIV-positive recipients and compared results with other solid organ transplants in same population. In a post to Twitter she credited Chet Patel and Carmelo Milano for being instrumental in the research and stated that HIV is no longer a death sentence.

Great work, Julie!

Comments from team members related to work presented at ISHLT include:

  • “I’m extremely proud of all team member efforts leading the care of patients with cardiogenic shock, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplantation.” – Jason Katz, Duke’s Director of Cardiovascular Critical Care; Co-Director, Duke Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, and Co-Director, Duke Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • “Every day I am so thankful to have trained in HF at Duke but I’m especially proud today” – Amanda Coniglio via Twitter regarding Schroder presentations.
  • “This is what it’s all about. JNS and our surgical team are the most fantastic surgeons out there-tireless, brilliant, committed, bringing real change to the field.” — Richa Agarwal via Twitter during Schroder presentations.

Heart Rhythm Society 2022, San Francisco

On the west coast this weekend, many of our Duke Heart faculty and fellows are attending and presenting during the Heart Rhythm Society 2022 annual meeting (April 29-May 1) in San Francisco.

Earlier today, Jon Piccini presented 4-fold Higher Rate Of Atrial Fibrillation Detection After Stroke Of Presumed Known Etiology With Continuous Versus Intermittent Monitoring: Results From The Stroke AF Study:

Despite progress in the prevention of stroke, it remains the fifth most common cause of death in the U.S. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke five-fold and is a common cause of stroke, especially in older individuals. Stroke often leads to permanent disability or death and identifying the cause of a stroke is an important step in preventing future or recurrent stroke.

Prior work has shown that between 20 and 30% of patients with stroke of undetermined cause (often referred to as cryptogenic stroke) have atrial fibrillation. Thus, patients with stroke of undetermined cause often undergo intensified heart rhythm monitoring in order to diagnose (and treat) atrial fibrillation as a potential cause of stroke. However, a recent analysis from the STROKE AF study suggests that looking for atrial fibrillation may be very important in patients whose stroke was not caused by atrial fibrillation and how we look for atrial fibrillation has important implications for providers and patients.

The STROKE AF study compared heart rhythm monitoring with an implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) versus standard approaches to intermittent heart rhythm monitoring in patients with stroke attributed to large artery atherosclerosis or small vessel occlusion. In patients whose stroke did not appear to be due to an abnormal heart rhythm, the study found that 1 in 8 patients had atrial fibrillation detected by an ICM by 12 months.

At today’s Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting, Piccini and colleagues reported on an additional analysis of the STROKE AF data.

In their analysis, they examined how the type of heart rhythm monitoring may impact the ability of monitoring to identify atrial fibrillation in these patients. As one might expect, they said, when comparing continuous monitoring with an ICM versus intermittent heart rhythm monitoring, continuous monitoring identified more instances of atrial fibrillation. However, and perhaps more importantly, even the most aggressive intermittent monitoring strategy would have missed 77% of patients with episodes of atrial fibrillation lasting an hour or more.

According to Piccini and team, these findings are important because after someone experiences a stroke, an important goal of care is to avoid another episode of stroke, no matter what caused the first. Individuals who have atrial fibrillation and a history of stroke have a Class I guideline recommendation for oral anticoagulation to prevent future stroke. The results from the STROKE AF investigators suggests that even with the most aggressive forms of intermittent monitoring, a large proportion of patients with atrial fibrillation would not be diagnosed and may go untreated.

“Traditionally, we have focused our efforts with AF screening in persons who had no clear cause of their stroke,” Dr. Jonathan Piccini, director of cardiac electrophysiology at Duke emphasized. “STROKE AF highlights the importance of diagnosing atrial fibrillation even in persons whose stroke appeared to be due to atherosclerosis or small vessel ischemia. Moreover, these data add to the growing evidence that highlight the importance of continuous cardiac monitoring in some patients who are at-risk for atrial fibrillation, regardless of what may have caused their first stroke.”

Great work, Jon!

Additional presentations during HRS included:

Duke cardiology fellow Kelly Arps presented Use Of Ripple Mapping To Enhance Localization And Ablation Of Outflow Tract Premature Ventricular Contractions on Friday as well as a poster presentation Temporal Relationship Of Atrial Arrhythmias With The Diagnosis Of Cardiac Sarcoidosis.

Jon Piccini presented Bridging the Gap in Guideline-driven Care for CIED Infections – We Must Do Better and Understanding the Clinical Utility of Anti-Tachycardia Pacing.

Marat Fudim presented Barostim: Patient Identification and Real World Experience during a session on Friday and Splanchnic Nerve Block in Heart Failure: Rationale and Clinical Application on Saturday.

Kevin Thomas co-chaired the Saturday session on Disparities or Differences in ICD/CRTD Utilization and earlier today co-chaired a session with Sana Al-Khatib on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Clinical Electrophysiology.

Al-Khatib also served as a session commentator for Artificial Intelligence To Identify Left Ventricular Dysfunction From An Apple Watch ECG: A Prospective, Decentralized International Pragmatic Study and presented Clinical Trials: Where does the Evidence Lie for Prevention of Pacing Induced Cardiomyopathy?

Jim Daubert presented ICDs are No Longer Indicated for Primary Prevention in Patients with Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Sean Pokorney presented Successes and Failures in Rhythm Control: Is it Time for a Hybrid Approach to Cardioversion, Ablation and AADs?

Impressive work by our Duke EP team. Way to go!!

ACTIV-3 Research Team Celebrated with Presidential Award

We are pleased to celebrate the Duke ACTIV-3 clinical research team, led by Peter K. Smith, MD — the team was presented with a Duke University Presidential Award for their continuing efforts in COVID-19 research on Wednesday, April 27 during a ceremony at Page Auditorium.

2022 Duke University Presidential Award presented to Peter K. Smith, MD for Duke’s ACTIV-3 clinical research team

When Duke decided to halt all unnecessary clinical research activity at the start of the pandemic, Smith, the site PI for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSN), recognized that the CTSN could be redirected for COVID-19 clinical trials due to how they were structured as well as their prior experience in the study of stem cells. The NIH quickly selected the CTSN to serve as one of four research platforms for the government’s unified response to COVID-19 – becoming the ACTIV-3 network. By mid-April 2020, Smith had not only gathered experts from throughout Duke Health to serve on the Duke-based ACTIV-3 clinical research team, the team had drafted the first clinical trial protocol using stem cell therapy for COVID-19 ICU patients.

With unprecedented speed and efficiency – the team created new infrastructure and established new systems to conduct COVID-19 research. Team members screened and consented patients 24/7/365, with staff working overtime, putting themselves and their families at potential risk at a time when very little was known about the virus. Multidisciplinary team capabilities were expanded, including pulmonary critical care physicians, infectious disease specialists, residents, and expansion from 4 to 32 clinical research staff dedicated to the project. Data and biospecimens were collected with an efficiency that far surpassed any that had previously been achieved in a clinical trial setting.

After completing the first stem cell study, the team then successfully helped to complete accrual to 5 other monoclonal antibody studies, one of which was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The ACTIV-3 team currently has 2 other studies which are actively enrolling, including studies with new classes of promising therapeutics for the most critically ill patients. Almost 40% of patients enrolled at Duke have been African American, providing proportional representation of those most affected by COVID-19 in our community, which is something the ACTIV-3 team is especially proud of.

2022 Duke University Presidential Award presented to Duke’s ACTIV-3 clinical research team

“We often don’t do a good job of enrolling the full breadth of our Duke patient population into clinical trials — meaning geographically, racially, ethnically and from a socio-economic standpoint, said Tom Holland, MD, a faculty member in infectious diseases. “The fact that we presented this to everybody, and we were willing to do the kinds of things to go to where patients were for follow up, for labs and visits to make it so that any patient who wanted to enroll, and was able to do so, could. We truly enrolled a population that looks a whole lot like the general population that we’ve taken care of for COVID.”

In 18 months, the ACTIV-3 international network enrolled more than 3000 patients across 139 sites, 422 of which have been accrued from Duke as the leading enrolling site, earning a special commendation from the Director of the NIH.

“This remarkable achievement is a testament to the commitment and dedication of the ACTIV-3 team which has shown single-minded purpose to save the lives of current and future patients most critically affected by the pandemic by enrolling them to clinical trials. We nominate the ACTIV-3 team for their courage and for serving as an inspiring example of what can be achieved through extraordinary teamwork,” states the team’s nomination letter.

“The surgery research group was very generous with their resources, making sure that we had clinical research coordinators and nurses to help get this going,” added Christina Barkauskas, MD, Duke faculty member in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. “From the beginning we had a robust team that was willing to work hard, especially at the beginning of the pandemic when we felt like we had something different, novel and special to offer these patients – we wanted to give them the best chance we could, so we offered it to as many patients as we possibly could.”

Speaking to Smith’s leadership of the ACTIV-3 team, Holland and Barkauskas were equally effusive.

“It was really fun to be able to experience his commitment to a project and to a mission and a scientific question — he has pretty remarkable drive,” Barkauskas said. “We knew what we wanted to do, and he would be persistent in finding a way to make it happen, and I think we all appreciated his constant presence to support the team. We screened patients every single day for two years. And getting this award is a nice testament to how hard we worked and how committed we all were. Sometimes it just feels good to get a little bit of recognition, even though we already felt good about what we were doing.”

Holland concurred, “Peter has been our captain and driving force for ACTIV-3 the whole time. He tends to deflect credit for this, but around the clock he was keeping an eye on who was coming into the hospital and who might be eligible for our trials. He was on every one of the calls multiple times a day to review what was going on. We would not have been able to keep up the pace of enrollment or maintain the motivation and vision to keep going as quickly as we did without his passion or his vision.”

Leading and working with the ACTIV-3 team has been refreshing, Smith says. “Seeing the capability of a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, experts from infectious disease, critical care, and the hospitalist program come together in this way has been exhilarating. This team created a potent research engine and it broke down a lot of the silos that can prevent certain kinds of research from thriving. I’m optimistic that we can branch out and potentially replicate this for further disease states.”

We are thrilled for the ACTIV-3 team – congratulations to all. The Presidential Award is well-deserved!

HCLC Sends Kudos to Duke Heart Team

The Spring Meeting of the Duke Heart Center Leadership Council (HCLC) took place on Friday, April 29 at the J.B. Duke Hotel & Conference Center in Durham.

The HCLC is led by Bob Keegan, who serves as Chair. The group heard overall highlights and updates from Manesh Patel and Ed Chen, co-directors of Duke Heart. Patel and Chen led a panel discussion, Focus on Discovery Science and Innovation with presentations by Chris Holley, Jennifer Rymer, Sreekanth Vemulapalli and Brittany Zwischenberger. Jill Engel presented an update on the efforts of our nursing and hospital-based teams during the pandemic as well as an update on cardiac nursing research.

The HCLC was truly impressed with the efforts reported on — particularly the care and dedication each and every Duke Heart team member exhibited during the pandemic.

Keegan and the HCLC requested that we specifically include a tremendous thanks to all employees across Duke Heart on their behalf in this weekend’s issue of Pulse. They asked us to send their profuse thanks for the incredible care we gave to patients coming to Duke Heart during the pandemic, for the advances we have been able to make despite the extreme challenges we faced because of the pandemic, the dedication all of us have shown by sticking together and standing by Duke Health, and for the care each of us takes in our respective positions — be they administrative, educational, research-focused, at the bench or at the bedside, they thank all of us for our work.

GREAT JOB, EVERYONE!

Shout-out to Duke Heart Administrative Professionals

A huge shout-out to our Duke Heart Administrative Professionals — they are some of the unsung heroes of healthcare, working behind the scenes to manage schedules, patient inquiries, appointments, paperwork — all “the things” (countless, really) that need doing to keep our faculty, fellows and other staff members organized and productive. Administrative Professionals Day was Wednesday, April 27, but it’s never too late to acknowledge their efforts and celebrate all they do.

Shout out to Holley

Christopher Holley

Our Ventricular Assist Device team wrote to us this week to recognize Chris Holley, MD, for the great rounding attending experience for their team during Patient Experience Week. Holley, often recognized for his research efforts as part of the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center, demonstrated his clinical excellence this week while leading the VAD clinical team for the LVAD service.

Comments from inpatient and outpatient APPs, fellows, pharmacists, nurses and patients recognize “his thoughtful attention and thorough evaluation of each issue with timely teaching moments for our fellows and other clinicians. His conversations with each patient and clinician on primary, outpatient and consult services represents the wisdom and kindness we hoped to inspire this week. Thanks Dr. Holley!”

Great job, Chris!

 

Duke Heart Global Efforts Celebrated in Magnify

Three of our terrific Duke Heart faculty members, Gerald Bloomfield, Waseem Akhter and Titus Ng’eno are featured in the current issue of Magnify, the Duke University School of Medicine magazine. The article, ‘A Pandemic in Slow Motion’: Duke Cardiologists Call for a New Approach to Prevent a Looming Global Crisis in Heart Health is a great way to learn more about the important work they are doing to advance access to cardiovascular care across the world. Inspiring!

Chen Featured in STS Podcast

Dr. Edward P. Chen, chief of the division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is the featured guest in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons April 28 podcast (#133: Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Ed Chen).

This is well worth a listen. Well done!

In Passing: Marc Caron, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Medicine

We were saddened earlier this week by the passing of our long-time Duke colleague, Marc Caron, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology, Professor of Neurobiology and Professor of Medicine in Cardiology. Dr. Caron, 75, also was a member of the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.

In a joint message from Mary Klotman, MD, Dean, Duke School of Medicine and Scott Soderling, PhD, Chair of the department of Cell Biology, they wrote:

An authoritative and prolific scientist, Dr. Caron spent all but two of his 47-year career at Duke. He studied the mechanisms of action and regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters and how they might underlie brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders and addiction. Among his many achievements, Dr. Caron and his colleagues engineered and characterized a large number of genetically modified mouse models to analyze the foundations of these various brain disorders. In a groundbreaking study, his team identified a novel mode of signaling for the brain’s dopamine D2 receptors, which are principal targets of antipsychotic medications. Dr. Caron also contributed to the discovery of how receptor signaling is regulated by kinases and arrestins, and he defined the molecular signals for their endocytosis and recycling as functional entities. His genetic gain and loss-of-function models provided evidence for the importance of GPCR regulation through kinases and arrestins and identified one of the first in vivo examples of G protein- versus arrestin-mediated GPCR signaling. Dr. Caron mentored many trainees, and followed them through their own careers with encouragement and advice.

Among his many honors, Dr. Caron was an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1992 to 2004, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2005, he received the Julius Axelrod Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Dr. Caron authored more than 650 publications and served as editor or editorial board member of several leading journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Caron received his BSc in Chemistry from Laval University and his PhD from the University of Miami. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University. He joined the faculty of Laval University School of Medicine as an assistant professor in 1975, and then returned to join Duke’s faculty in 1977.

His funeral mass was held yesterday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham. An online obituary can be found here.

Our deep condolences go out to Dr. Caron’s family, friends and his colleagues throughout the world.

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

May 3: Precision Medicine in Arrhythmias: Not Your Daddy’s Long QT with Navid Nafissi. 5 p.m. Webex.

May 10: Coronary CTOs and Cardiac MRI: The Duke Experience with Caitlin Dresher. 5 p.m., Webex.

MDEpiNet Spring 2022 Virtual Mini-Think Tank

May 5: MDEpiNet Spring 2022 Virtual Mini-Think Tank. Noon – 5:30 p.m., ET

MDEpiNet Predictable And SuStainable Implementation Of National CardioVascular Registries (PASSION CVR) Registry-Supported Prospective Clinical Trials

Join and invite your colleagues to join for updates from, and dialogues across our Registry-supported Prospective Trials Working Groups:

  • Data Governance & Access
  • Operational Roles & Responsibilities
  • Global Regulatory Acceptance
  • Use Cases:
    • Aortic Intervention
    • Heart Valves
    • Mechanical Circulatory Support
    • Peripheral Arterial Intervention

Registration now open: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2f6JBD6WfaF9jBc.

Evening with Heart Raleigh

An Evening with Heart Raleigh, which has been rescheduled from earlier this year, will benefit Marfan families as well as those with Loeys-Dietz (LDS), Vascular Ehlers-Danlos (VEDS), and related conditions.

May 5, 2022

The Maxwell

7-10 p.m.

Cocktail attire

Tickets for the event include open bar, taco bar, heavy appetizers, dessert, silent auction, DJ, and a fun photo booth. For those unable to attend in person but who would like to participate, the silent auction items can be bid on online from anywhere. Lots of cool items have been donated so far! For tickets, more information or silent auction viewing and bidding, please visit: https://marfan.ejoinme.org/raleigh22.

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 25 — Stuart Knechtle (transplant surgery)

CBS17.com

NC mom, daughter share organ transplant journey during National Donate Life Month

https://duke.is/m4tqy

April 26 — Gerald Bloomfield

Poz.com

More Cardiac Abnormalities Seen in People Living With HIV

https://duke.is/2byb2

April 27 — Duke University Health System

Becker’s Hospital Review

36 hospitals on Forbes list of best employers for diversity

https://duke.is/gyqpy

April 27 — Joe Turek

CBS News/CBS Mornings

First-of-its-kind heart transplant in infant could possibly prevent organ rejection

https://duke.is/zfek5

April 28 — Manesh Patel

Healio/Cardiology

Asundexian confers lower bleeding rates vs. apixaban for stroke prevention in AF

https://duke.is/vkcuv

 

Division of Cardiology Publications Indexed in PubMed April 21-27, 2022

Ani C, Shavlik D, Knutsen S, Abudayyeh I, Banta J, O’Brien E, Mentz RJ, Bertoni AG, Fraser G. Glycemic status, non-traditional risk and left ventricular structure and function in the Jackson Heart Study. BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2022 Apr 21;22(1):186. PM: 35448969.

Berkowitz SD, Bauersachs RM, Szarek M, Nehler MR, Debus ES, Patel MR, Anand SS, Capell WH, Hess CN, Hsia J, Leeper NJ, Brasil D, Mátyás L, Diaz R, Brodmann M, Muehlhofer E, Haskell LP, Bonaca MP. Prevention of arterial and venous thrombotic events in symptomatic peripheral arterial disease patients after lower extremity revascularization in the VOYAGER PAD trial: Dual anticoagulant/antiplatelet regimen vs antiplatelet therapy alone. J Thromb Haemost 2022 May;20(5):1193-1205. PM: 35170216.

Coniglio AC, Mentz RJ. Sleep Breathing Disorders in Heart Failure. Cardiol Clin 2022 May;40(2):183-189. PM: 35465892.

Cooper-DeHoff RM, Niemi M, Ramsey LB, Luzum JA, Tarkiainen EK, Straka RJ, Gong L, Tuteja S, Wilke RA, Wadelius M, Larson EA, Roden DM, Klein TE, Yee SW, Krauss RM, Turner RM, Palaniappan L, Gaedigk A, Giacomini KM, Caudle KE, Voora D. The Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium Guideline for SLCO1B1, ABCG2, and CYP2C9 genotypes and Statin-Associated Musculoskeletal Symptoms. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2022 May;111(5):1007-1021. PM: 35152405.

Goodney P, Shah S, Hu YD, Suckow B, Kinlay S, Armstrong DG, Geraghty P, Patterson M, Menard M, Patel MR, Conte MS. A systematic review of patient-reported outcome measures patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia. J Vasc Surg 2022 May;75(5):1762-1775. PM: 35085747.

Greene SJ, Tan X, Yeh YC, Bernauer M, Zaidi O, Yang M, Butler J. Factors associated with non-use and sub-target dosing of medical therapy for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Heart Fail Rev 2022 May;27(3):741-753. PM: 33471236.

Mark DB, Spertus JA, Bigelow R, Anderson S, Daniels MR, Anstrom KJ, Baloch KN, Cohen DJ, Held C, Goodman SG, Bangalore S, Cyr D, Reynolds HR, Alexander KP, Rosenberg Y, Stone GW, Maron DJ, Hochman JS. Comprehensive Quality-of-Life Outcomes With Invasive Versus Conservative Management of Chronic Coronary Disease in ISCHEMIA. Circulation 2022 Apr 26;145(17):1294-1307. PM: 35259918.

Minhas AMK, Salah HM, Khan MS, Rao VN, Tedford RJ, Reddy YNV, Caughey MC, Savarese G, Greene SJ, Michos ED, Fudim M. Most Common Causes of Hospitalization Associated with Inpatient Mortality in the United States Between 2005-2018. Am J Med Sci 2022 May;363(5):459-461. PM: 35090870.

Simonato M, Vemulapalli S, Ben-Yehuda O, Wu C, Wood L, Popma J, Feldman T, Krohn C, Hardy KM, Guibone K, Christensen B, Alu MC, Chen S, Ng VG, Chau KH, Shahim B, Vincent F, MacMahon J, James S, Mack M, Leon MB, Thourani VH, Carroll J, Krucoff M. Minimum Core Data Elements for Evaluation of TAVR: A Scientific Statement by PASSION CV, HVC, and TVT Registry. Ann Thorac Surg 2022 May;113(5):1730-1742. PM: 35367049.

Singh AK, Blackorby A, Cizman B, Carroll K, Cobitz AR, Davies R, Jha V, Johansen KL, Lopes RD, Kler L, Macdougall IC, McMurray JJV, Meadowcroft AM, Obrador GT, Perkovic V, Solomon S, Wanner C, Waikar SS, Wheeler DC, Wiecek A. Study design and baseline characteristics of patients on dialysis in the ASCEND-D trial. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2022 Apr 25;37(5):960-972. PM: 33744933.

Smilowitz NR, Cornwell M, Offerman EJ, Rockman CB, Shah SH, Newman JD, Ruggles K, Voora D, Berger JS. Risk factors, transcriptomics, and outcomes of myocardial injury following lower extremity revascularization. Sci Rep 2022 Apr 25;12(1):6718. PM: 35468922.

Voora D, Baye J, McDermaid A, Narayana Gowda S, Wilke RA, Nicole Myrmoe A, Hajek C, Larson EA. SLCO1B1*5 Allele Is Associated With Atorvastatin Discontinuation and Adverse Muscle Symptoms in the Context of Routine Care. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2022 May;111(5):1075-1083. PM: 35034348.

White HD, Schwartz GG, Szarek M, Bhatt DL, Bittner VA, Chiang CE, Diaz R, Goodman SG, Jukema JW, Loy M, Pagidipati N, Pordy R, Ristić AD, Zeiher AM, Wojdyla DM, Steg PG. Alirocumab after acute coronary syndrome in patients with a history of heart failure. Eur Heart J 2022 Apr 19;43(16):1554-1565. PM: 34922353.

 

 

Duke Heart Pulse – Updates from the week ending April 24th 2022

Sunil Rao, MD to take New Role Leading Interventional Cardiology at NYU Langone

It is bittersweet that we announce that Sunil Rao has accepted the position of Director of Interventional Cardiology for the NYU Langone Health System where he will work to facilitate coordination, program development, uniform quality standards, operational efficiency, financial goals and best practices across the NYULH System Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories.

We are extremely excited for Sunil and thrilled that he will be taking on this important leadership opportunity to continue to innovate the care of patients undergoing invasive procedures, and certain his impact and skill will be immediately felt across the NYU Langone cath labs.

He will be missed at Duke where he has been a friend, trusted colleague, mentor, teacher, and consummate interventionalist over the last 26 years.  Sunil came to Duke after completing medical school at The Ohio State University and did his medical residency and cardiology, and interventional fellowship at Duke.  Since coming on Faculty, he has been a north star for our invasive labs – studying, teaching, and ushering in radial procedures, best cath practices, and playing an instrumental role in how we think about and train the next generation of leaders in cardiology.  His impact can be seen based on the number of fellows, trainees, and colleagues that look to work with him. He has been the repeatedly been the recipient of fellowship mentorship and teaching awards. Academically, he is an internationally recognized clinical investigator involved in many of the seminal trials in interventional cardiology around management of patients undergoing invasive procedures, including devices, access site, and treatment strategies.

He is also the current Chief of Cardiology at the Durham VA where is has helped transform the cardiovascular care of our veterans while supporting the faculty. He is currently the editor of Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions and will be the President of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI) in May 2022.  He is the true triple threat.

Personally, what I will miss most is the camaraderie, fun, and drive for excellence that Sunil brought to Duke every day.

Reflecting on his time at Duke, Sunil said, “Duke has been my home for 26 years and I consider the Cardiology division my family. The mentorship, collaborations, and friendships over the years have been integral to my personal and professional life. Although I will be leaving Duke, Duke will always be part of who I am. It’s really been a privilege to be part of Duke Heart.”

Congratulations Sunil – you will certainly be missed and we look forward to collaborating in the future.

Duncan Recognized for 36 Years of Service in Heart

Lisa Duncan will be retiring on May 2, 2022 after more than 36 years of service. Lisa has worked in the Heart Center since 1987 in varying roles including professional nursing assistant, nursing assistant, staff nurse, assistant head nurse and, since the 1990’s, as 7100 Nurse Manager of Operations. Throughout her time at Duke, she served on many task forces and committees.

She received the highly esteemed Mary Ann Peter Friends of Nursing Award for excellence.  Lisa is known for her approachability, fair and consistent practice, and patient/staff advocacy.

On behalf of the entire Duke Heart Center Leadership team, we thank Lisa for her loyalty and dedication to our patients, the faculty and staff of Duke Heart, as well as to Duke University Hospital.

Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement!

 

Heart Transplant Team Celebrates Donate Life Month

April is Donate Life Month and members of our heart transplant team were overjoyed to celebrate in person this year by attending the NC Gift of Life Gala which was held Thursday, April 21 at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. There, they enjoyed interacting as a team, bidding on artwork by local artists, hearing from organ recipients, and enjoying the delicious dinner and the silent auction.

The theme of the Gala this year was the HeART of the Matter, marking the use of the red heart on NC state drivers’ licenses for all those who promise to give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor. The team asks if you are not a registered organ donor, please consider becoming one!

Shown here are (L to R): Rotunda Kearney, Melissa Shreve, Tia Thompson, Emily Schneidewind, Sam Murari, Kris Barnes, Cathy Alligood and Sonia Leon.

Rotunda is a program specialist for the heart transplant team. Sonia and Sam are pre-heart transplant coordinators. Tia, Emily, Melissa, Kris and Cathy are post-heart transplant coordinators.

Special thanks to Chet Patel and Adam DeVore for giving their team the opportunity to attend and represent Duke Heart Transplant.

NC Organ Donation Fast Fact: In 2019, when North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law SB 210 Organ and Tissue Donation/Heart Heroes, it brought North Carolina into parity with the rest of the nation by including tissue for transplantation along with organs and eyes when one says “Yes” to donation at the DMV. Today, anyone who says “Yes” to donation at the NCDMV will be making a legal first-person authorization to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor upon death. Those who had the heart symbol placed on their drivers’ license or ID card before October 1, 2019 must take an extra step to add tissue donation to their registry status by visiting DonateLifeNC.org. Changes to your donor registration status can be made at any time by visiting the same site.

Shout-Out to Duke’s HF Guidelines Contributors

A big shout-out to Duke Heart team members who served as authors, reviewers or ACC/AHA/HFSA Joint Committee Members for the recently published 2022 AHA/ACC/HFSA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines. We are deeply grateful for the effort each of you have put into this effort – your work helps educate others and saves lives. Well done, Adrian Hernandez, Carmelo Milano, Sana Al-Khatib, Schuyler Jones and Dan Mark!

Kudos to Senman!

We are always pleased to hear about the great work our fellows are doing. This week, we heard about Balim Senman from Corey Fry, our APP Team Lead in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit via a note to Anna Lisa Chamis:

“I’d like to take a moment to recognize Dr. Balim Senman for the exceptional work she’s doing in CICU. Dr. Senman has been a leader, communicator, and positive source of support in CICU through the changes we’ve faced as a team over the past year.

“The CICU runs smoothly when Dr. Senman is working …and APP’s feel supported and heard. Her solution-based focus has made her a valuable partner in addressing workflow processes with the APP group…  I appreciate her input and feedback. She’s an exceptional fellow with a bright future and I’m glad to have opportunity to work with her.”

Nicely done, Balim!!

 

Kudos to Lin!

Shu Lin was recently commended by Andrea Carpenter, president of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) and Matthew Romano, the In-Training Exam Cardiac Subcommittee Chair of the TSDA, for his contributions to the TSDA’s 2022 In-Training Exam and for his work as a member of the ITE Cardiac Subcommittee. Great work Shu! Thank you for representing Duke Heart!

Cybersecurity Advisory Alert

A critical message was issued to all employees on Thursday by Jeff Ferranti, MD, chief digital officer and senior vice president for DUHS and Randy Arvay, PhD, chief information security officer for DUHS.

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center and Health-ISAC has issued a joint advisory for credible cybersecurity threats to U.S. critical infrastructure sectors.

Duke Health has been responsive and continues to expand our defense strategies. Initial actions prioritized leveraging our strong vendor partnerships and intelligence feeds to monitor for indicators of threats.  But, we still need all Duke Health employees to remain vigilant and assist in protecting our systems and resources.

How to Safeguard Against Cyber Threats

We have seen an increase in suspicious email, phone calls, and text messaging to Duke staff, including some that have spoofed/faked prominent Duke leader names.

At this time, we feel that it is important to remind all staff of key steps that you can take, including:

  • Staying vigilant around the potential for social engineering and phishing via email, phone (vishing), text (smishing) and social media. Do not click links or attachments or give out personal or sensitive information. Always independently verify that requests are coming from a known, trusted source.
  • Using strong, unique passwords and multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all accounts. Duke offers a free password manager to all staff (oit.duke.edu/what-we-do/services/1password) and encourages staff to set their MFA preference to “Always” (idms-mfa.oit.duke.edu).
  • Patching/Updating all software and running current Antivirus on personal devices.
  • Avoiding use of free or untrusted Wi-Fi.
  • Report all suspicious emails using ReportPhish in Outlook or other concerning activity or by contacting security@duke.edu.

Each of us, working together, can do our part to ensure the safety of our patients, their loved ones and each other.

Thank you for your continued vigilance!

NC Walk for Victory Raises $50K

Duke Heart was very proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of the NC Walk for Victory held yesterday at Laurel Hills Park in Raleigh. The NC Walk for Victory raises much needed funding to support patients with Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz, VEDS and related conditions. We had a really great day – and the teams exceeded their $50K fundraising goal — a testament to their dedication to research, programming and services offered by the Marfan Foundation

Chad Hughes served as the medical director for the event. Hughes, Melissa Burkett and their team have done an incredible job of welcoming more patients and their families to Duke and providing access to treatment and support not readily available elsewhere. Great job!

Thanks to all who donated and walked to support our patients and their families!

 

Sports Cardiology & Sudden Death in Athletes CME

James Daubert

The Duke Sports Cardiology & Sudden Death in Athletes Symposium was held yesterday, April 23 with course directors Jim Daubert and Bill Kraus. The virtual event drew just over 160 registrants. Guest speakers included Duke faculty members Igor Klem, Howard Rockman, Jeff Bytomski, Hap Zarzour, Al Sun and Kenzie Johnston along with Aaron Baggish (Mass General) and Norbert Guettler (Central Military Hospital, Koblenz, Germany). Shout-out to Christy Darnell for terrific planning! The CME was free to attend; enduring material can be accessed for up to two years by registering and obtaining the link. To do so, please visit https://duke.is/gkffw.

 

Reves Lecture

Mark F. Newman, MD, Executive Vice President of Health Affairs at the University of Kentucky, former president of the Duke PDC and former chair of Duke Anesthesiology delivered Cardiology Grand Rounds on Tuesday evening and the Reves Lecture/Anesthesiology Grand Rounds on Wednesday morning. It was great to have Mark back on campus! (Pictured are Joe Mathew and Newman.) If you were unable to attend the Reves Lecture, it can be viewed here: https://dukemed.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/bd690445bc724c8488afab4226b6891a1d. Note, the main presentation begins approximately 17 minutes into the video.

 

COVID-19 Update

All the latest Clinical Operations updates related to COVID can be found at https://covid-19.dukehealth.org. Patient-facing resources on DukeHealth.org can be found here: https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/resources. Duke University maintains a resource page as well, which can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.duke.edu/updates/for-staff.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Cardiology Grand Rounds

April 26: Clinicopathologic Conference with Francis Ugowe. 5 p.m. via Webex.

May 3: Topic TBA with Navid Nafissi. Details forthcoming.

May 10: Topic TBA with Caitlin Dresher. Details forthcoming.

MDEpiNet Spring 2022 Virtual Mini-Think Tank

May 5: MDEpiNet Spring 2022 Virtual Mini-Think Tank. Noon – 5:30 p.m., ET

MDEpiNet Predictable And SuStainable Implementation Of National CardioVascular Registries (PASSION CVR) Registry-Supported Prospective Clinical Trials

Join and invite your colleagues to join for updates from, and dialogues across our Registry-supported Prospective Trials Working Groups:

  • Data Governance & Access
  • Operational Roles & Responsibilities
  • Global Regulatory Acceptance
  • Use Cases:
    • Aortic Intervention
    • Heart Valves
    • Mechanical Circulatory Support
    • Peripheral Arterial Intervention

Registration now open: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2f6JBD6WfaF9jBc.

Evening with Heart Raleigh

An Evening with Heart Raleigh, which has been rescheduled from earlier this year, will benefit Marfan families as well as those with Loeys-Dietz (LDS), Vascular Ehlers-Danlos (VEDS), and related conditions.

May 5, 2022

The Maxwell

7-10 p.m.

Cocktail attire

Tickets for the event include open bar, taco bar, heavy appetizers, dessert, silent auction, DJ, and a fun photo booth. For those unable to attend in person but who would like to participate, the silent auction items can be bid on online from anywhere. Lots of cool items have been donated so far! For tickets, more information or silent auction viewing and bidding, please visit: https://marfan.ejoinme.org/raleigh22.

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 15 — Richard Shannon

WNCN, CBS-17

Annual campaign aims to improve maternal health outcomes for Black women

https://duke.is/zwp56

April 15 — Jonathan Piccini

DotMed/HealthCareBusiness News

Patients with infected cardiac implants should have them removed

https://duke.is/nmm2j

April 16 — Robert Mentz

Healio/Cardiology Today

Editors of HF journal question use of the word ‘candidate’

https://duke.is/b67cp

April 21 — Kevin Oeffinger (Duke Cancer Institute)

Healio/Hematology-Oncology

Cardiovascular care of pediatric cancer survivors: Mitigating a lifelong risk

https://duke.is/whpd9

April 22 — Sean Pokorney

Cardiology Advisor

ACC: Infected CV Implantable Electronic Devices Often Not Removed

https://duke.is/jvyyc