- June 2014 -
Three GW Cardiology Fellows to Graduate this June

This June three GW Cardiology Fellows will graduate and move forward with their careers in medicine. We would like to congratulate Bernard Ashby, MD, Miriam Fishman, MD, and David Cohen, MD, on this great accomplishment! Dr. Ashby will join the cardiology team at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. Dr. Fishman will join a cardiology practice group in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dr. Cohen will continue at GW as an electrophysiology fellow training under Drs. Tracy, Solomon, Mercader, and Shapiro. We wish our graduates the best of luck in their careers!

Dr. Mercader Presents Research at the European Society of Cardiology's Conference in Nice, France

Marco Mercader, MD, was a featured presenter at the at the CARDIOSTIM-EHRA EUROPACE 2014 conference in Nice, France this June. He presented groundbreaking research on the treatment of atrial fibrillation, titled: "Considerations in the Development of a Transvenous Real-Time NADH Fluorescence Imaging Catherter. LuxCath, A Novel Imaging System for Evaluation of Ablation Lesions, Gaps and the Physiology of Ablation Lesion."

Bloedorn Foundation Awards $25,000 to Institute's Nutrition Education Programs

The Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation's $25,000 donation will support the Women's Heart Center's nutrition education programs. The GW Heart & Vascular Institute's registered dietitian, Kelli M. Metzger, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, leads the following activities to promote nutrition advice and education:  

  • Individual and group nutrition counseling for patients
  • Nutrition workshops offered at area community clinics
  • GW Student, resident, cardiology fellow, and faculty nutrition lectures
  • Research addressing access to healthy foods in underserved areas and affordability and adoptability of the Mediterranean Diet in culturally and economically diverse communities. 

Thank you to the Bloedorn Foundation for their generous support of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute over the past seven years providing funding for various professional and public education programs.


Katzen Foundation Donates $25,000 to Institute's Annual Research Awards

The Dr. Cyrus Katzen Foundation has been a supporter of cardiovascular research initiatives at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute for many years. The Institute provides an annual research award to young cardiology faculty and fellows-in-training as seed money to initiate their research. These grants allow researchers to produce initial data with which they can apply for other competitive grants for further investigation and project expansion. The Institute has awarded over $500,000 for research programs resulting in multiple national presentations, awards and publications. The Institute is grateful to the Dr. Cyrus Katzen Foundation for their continued support. This gift of $25,000 will stimulate new ideas in advancing cardiac care.

Fund Established to Honor Dr. Varghese's Dedication to Cardiology Education


After 35 years of dedicated service, P. Jacob Varghese, MD, is retiring July 1st 2014. In honor of Dr. Varghese's many years of commitment to GW the Institute established the P. Jacob Varghese, M.D. Cardiology Fellows Fund. This fund will provide an annual GW Cardiology Alumni Visiting Professorship beginning in the spring of 2015. The 2015 cardiology fellows alumni committee members: Drs. Reza Senai, Narian Rajan, and Hamid Taheri, will assist the Institute's cardiology fellowship program director Allen Solomon in selecting a speaker. The Institute is very excited to establish this tradition honoring Dr. Varghese that engages our current fellows and alumni. Please consider making a gift to the P. Jacob Varghese, M.D. Cardiology Fellows Education Fund today: Donate Now.