- November 2013 -
Institute sponsored nutritionist educates patients in community clinics

Kelli Metzger, a registered dietician, joined the Women's Heart Center in 2013 to support the Institute's community outreach programs. Metzger has been engaged in promoting heart healthy diets. Metzger also: 

  • Provides nutrition counseling and education to patients with heart disease and diabetes referred from Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Internal Medicine clinics.
  • Offers nutrition information at local health fairs.   
  • Provides nutrition services at Bread for the City and Unity Congress Heights.
  • Plans to promote healthy Mediterranean Diet within the GW campus food services
  • Coordinates with GW School of Public Health professors and medical students to conduct research on affordability and adherence of Mediterranean Diet in lower socioeconomic communities. 
Cardiology fellow, David Cohen, MD, presents at American Heart Association's national meeting

Dr. Cohen traveled to Dallas in November to present "Epicardial NADH flourescense images correlate with lesion size and predict lesion depth after radiofrequency ablation," a research project sponsored by the GW Heart & Vascular Institute mentored by Dr. Marco Mercader. This study investigates methods to improve atrial fibrillation treatment and reduce the need for repeat ablation procedures.


Dr. Steven Framer joins GW Cardiology

Dr. Steven A. Farmer has joined the Division of Cardiology as Associate Professor of Medicine. He served as Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine since 2009, an Assistant Professor in the Kellogg School of Management, and since 2011 the Director of Quality & Policy at the Northwestern Center for Cardiovascular Innovation.


Dr. Farmer received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and his PhD in Health Services Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Farmer completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in General Cardiology and Noninvasive Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Farmer is an active investigator who brings with him to GW an R01 award studying, "Joint Effect of Malpractice Risk and Financial Incentive on Cardiac Testing". He is working to help develop the new Office of Clinical Practice Innovation. He has had other funded research from the American College of Cardiology and NHLBI. Dr. Farmer is a referee for numerous prestigious cardiology journals and serves on scientific committees for both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. He has published 20 articles or abstracts, 11 of which he is first author. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. 


Cheney and Reiner discuss heart disease with Michael Beschloss at the Smithsonian

On November 14, 2013, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Dr. Jonathan Reiner, his longtime cardiologist, were interviewed by award-winning presidential historian, Michael Beschloss at an education forum hosted by the Smithsonian Associates. Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, chronicles Cheney's forty year battle with heart disease. Dr. Reiner shares recorded history of the cutting-edge science that has radically changed the way heart disease is treated.


On December 3rd, the National Press Club is hosting a book discussion with Vice President Cheney and Dr. Reiner that will be followed by a private dinner for guests of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, co-sponsored by the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the GW Hospital, and Thoratec Corporation.