- June 2012 -
Cardiovascular Institute adds focus on vascular disease

The GW Cardiovascular Institute's Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the Cardiovascular Institute's mission to include a focus on vascular disease. With the addition of renowned faculty in vascular surgery, and natural alignment of cardiac and vascular disease prevention and treatment, the combined faculty initiatives will produce collaborative research, public and professional education, and community outreach focused on heart and vascular disease to better serve the Washington, DC region. The Institute will be rebranded as the GW Heart & Vascular Institute. Richard Neville, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery, will serve as Co-Director of the Institute. The Women's Heart Center, ReStart DC program, and the Cheney Center for Cardiovascular Health will operate under the umbrella of the GW Heart and Vascular Institute.

Three GW Cardiology Fellows to graduate this June

This June three cardiology fellows will graduate and move forward with their careers in cardiology. We would like to congratulate Monica Mukherjee, MD; Palak Shah, MD; and Benjamin Yang, MD, on this great accomplishment! Dr. Mukherjee will join Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's cardiology faculty at Bayview Medical Center as a noninvasive cardiac attending. Dr. Mukherjee will present results from a GW Heart & Vascular Institute funded research project at the American Society of Echocardiography's annual meeting culminating her fellowship at GW. Dr. Shah will begin an advanced heart failure fellowship at the University of Michigan later this summer. Of note, Dr. Shah presented a scientific paper at the 2012 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation annual meeting in Prague last month. Dr. Yang will continue at GW as an interventional cardiology fellow training under Dr. Jonathan Reiner and Dr. Ramesh Mazhari. We wish our graduates the best of luck in their careers!

Women's Heart Center provides free nutrition workshops in June

In June, the Women's Heart Center provided a free Nutrition Education Series led by nutritionists Gloria Stables, Ph.D., R.D., of the National Institutes of Health and Joyanne Murphy, Ph.D., R.D. The one-hour workshops took place the first three Tuesdays in June and included information about general nutrition, energy balance, shopping smart at the grocery store, eating out and being healthy, and portion control. The nutritionists also provided cooking demonstrations and taste tests. 
World renowned cardiologist, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, visits GW

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Cardiovascular Institute served as the 2012 Frontiers in Health Research Visiting Professor at GW on Thursday, May 24th. Dr. Fuster was president of the American Heart Association and is recognized as a world leader in cardiovascular research and education. He presented lectures on coronary artery disease at medical grand rounds and cardiology grand rounds to 200 medical professionals and led cardiology fellows during hospital rounds.
Support the 2012 Medical Mission to Honduras on Sunday, July 22nd

Please join us on Sunday, July 22nd at the home of Harris Miller and Deborah Kahn to raise funds for the 2012 Medical Mission to Honduras. This is the third consecutive year that Dr. Cynthia Tracy will lead a team of GW cardiologists, fellows and technicians to rural Honduras. The two-week medical mission provides specialized care to heart failure patients in need of implantable cardiac pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators. Since 2010, the team has evaluated more than 250 patients and implanted more than 60 medial devices. Your support is needed in 2012 to fund this life-saving mission. For more information, please contact Jessica Johnson: jjohnson@mfa.gwu.edu, or call 202-741-3057.