- April 2014 -
GW Cardiology Fellowship Alumni Reunite to Honor Dr. Jacob Varghese

Faculty, trainees, and alumni of the GW Cardiology fellowship program reunited at Poste Moderne Brasserie on March 30, 2014, on the occasion of the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC. The reception hosted more than 70 alumni, friends, and family who came from across the U.S. and as far away as Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Former fellows, students and faculty from as far back as the late 1970s were able to meet old friends and get to know current cardiology faculty, fellows and staff. Photos from the evening can be viewed on GW SMHS Facebook page


A highlight of the evening was the chance to celebrate Dr. Jacob Varghese's retirement after 35 years at GW. In honor of Dr. Varghese's many years of service, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute announced the establishment of the P. Jacob Varghese, M.D. Cardiology Fellows Fund. The Varghese Cardiology Fellows Fund will support an annual GW Cardiology Alumni Visiting Professorship. Alumni of the GW Cardiology fellowship and residency programs will be encouraged to attend the annual education event and participate in selection of visiting professors.


Please join us in further honoring Dr. Varghese through a contribution to the P. Jacob Varghese, M.D. Cardiology Fellows Fund by visiting: gwheartandvascular.org/VargheseFund.


Board Member Hosts Benefit to Support Institute's Heart Healthy Nutrition Education Outreach

Stasia Kelly, Board of Director member of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, hosted a wine and food tasting event at DLA Piper in Washington, DC on April 25th, to benefit the nutrition education programs provided by the GW Heart & Vascular Institute's Women's Heart Center. The evening highlighted the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet by featuring wines and fare from the region. David Hagedorn, food writer for the Washington Post, moderated the tasting. Kelli Metzger, our GW Heart & Vascular Institute dietician described how the Mediterranean Diet limits starches promoted by low fat diets, and focuses on moderate intake of olive oil, nuts, and vegetarian protein in addition to fruits and vegetables, fish, seafood, and white meat.


The Institute is providing free heart healthy nutrition educational sessions, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean Diet, at five community health clinics in Washington, DC. Our nutritionist, Kelli Metzger has been counseling 50 to 75 patients per month, with the goal to impact over 500 DC residents per year. In addition, Dr. Jannet Lewis, Director of the Women's Heart Center, and Metzger are conducting a study to assess the current dietary intake of the underserved DC female population in relation to the Mediterranean Diet with plans to offer nutrition education to study participants. Dr. Gurusher Panjrath, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Heart Failure Program, has proposed a joint program with Food & Friends to provide heart healthy meals to heart failure patients. Finally, we hope to initiate heart nutrition education programs for GW medical students, residents, and fellows.  

Second Annual Cherry Blossom Vascular Symposium Held
April 25-26

Richard Neville, MD, Chief, Vascular Surgery, and Anton Sidawy, MD, Lewis B. Saltz Chair, Surgery, hosted the 2014 Cherry Blossom Vascular Symposium, which featured nationally recognized specialists and surgeons discussing hot topics in vascular care. The two-day symposium attracted 85 medical professionals to George Washington University's campus. Jonathan Reiner, MD, Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories delivered the keynote address: "The Real Story Behind Innovations in Cardiovascular Medicine - Lessons to be Learned." 

First Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Symposium to Be Held May 17, 2014

Marco Mercader, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Electrophysiology Research, and Gurusher Panjrath, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Heart Failure and Mechanical Support Program, are hosting the First Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC on May 17, 2014, to educate clinicians involved in multidisciplinary cardiology care. The symposium will provide cardiologists, internal medicine physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and other health care professionals with the most clinically relevant information regarding heart failure, arrhythmias, and structural, ischemic and vascular issues. To attend, please register online