- July 2012 -
Institute raises nearly $11,000 to support the 2012 Medical Mission to Honduras

On Sunday, July 22nd, guests of the Institute, along with Honduran Ambassador to the U.S. Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro, gathered at the home of Board of Directors member, Harris Miller and his wife Deborah Kahn to raise funds for the Institute's third annual medical mission to Honduras. Mr. Miller and Ms. Kahn opened their home to 40 guests to listen to Dr. Cynthia Tracy share stories of past trips to Honduras. The mission, led by Dr. Tracy and Dr. Mercader, has evaluated more than 200 heart patients in the last two years and implanted more than 40 cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers in patients who otherwise would not be able to afford them. Watch this video highlighting the 2011 trip.


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Streamlining care with wireless transmissions of EKGs

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute procured a $100,000 grant from the CTIA Wireless Foundation to enhance emergency medical services and improve cardiac care in Washington, DC. The initiative provides DC ambulances with wireless technology that will enable rapid transmissions of EKGs to three local hospital emergency departments - GW Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Howard University - as well as directly to the cell phones of on-call physicians. The goal of the program is to save more lives by providing accelerated care for patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack, reducing the time from onset of chest pain to treatment.

GW provides leadership in advancing mHealth (mobile health)

Richard Katz, MD, director of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, presented at three national mHealth meetings this summer. mHealth is a growing field of medical and public health practice using mobile devices to manage care. Dr Katz participated in the following as:  

  • Panelist at the FCC mHealth Summit on June 6th. The summit included a group of 20 executives from medical and telecommunication companies, along with non-profits and leaders across government, to discuss what can be done to foster mHealth innovation while also lowering costs and improving patient care.
  • Keynote speaker at the American College of Cardiology Professional and Corporate Consortium Meeting on Medication Adherence at the ACC Heart House in Washington, DC on June 20th. His topic was "Mobilizing your meds: The potential of cell phones to enhance medication adherence."
  • Presenter at mHealth World Congress in Boston on July 25th to discuss challenges in developing a mobile health system for patients with diabetes and hypertension.
The Institute welcomes the class of 2015 GW Cardiology Fellows

The GW Cardiology Fellowship program is a three-year fellowship offered to recent graduates of internal medicine residency programs. This year all three fellows joining the program are graduates of GW's residency program. Drs. Ali Boushahri, Aditya Sharma, and Bassel Hassuna, will train under the cardiology faculty for the next three years and have opportunities to lead academic research studies through the Institute's annual research awards.