- July 2014 -
The Institute Welcomes the Class of 2017 GW Cardiology Fellows

The GW Cardiology Fellowship program, under the leadership of Allen Solomon, MD, Professor of Medicine, is a three-year fellowship offered to recent graduates of internal medicine residency programs. This year we have three new fellows making the Class of 2017. Sam Karki, MD, Sanjay Shah, MD, Bianca Ummat, MD, were selected from a group of over 200 applicants to 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.  


Dr. Mercader and GW Researchers Awarded Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Marco Mercader, MD (GW Cardiology), Narine Sarvazyan, PhD (GW Pharmacology), and Matthew Kay, PhD (GW Bioengineering), in collaboration with Nocturnal Product Development in Cary, North Carolina, received the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award from NIH to research a new generation of catheters for treatment of atrial fibrillation. STTR is a highly competitive grant program for innovative programs to stimulate research and development that has the potential for commercialization.   

Institute supports Fifth Annual Medical Mission to Honduras


GW Heart & Vascular Institute Board of Director member, Peter Marino and his wife, Jan, opened their home on Sunday, July 13, 2014, to raise funds for the Institute's Fifth Annual Medical Mission to Honduras. The Institute raised more than $500,000 in donated pacemakers and implantable defibrillators from the medical device industry, as well as $15,000 from individual donors to support the mission team's travel and additional medical supplies. Dr. Cynthia Tracy and Dr. Marco Mercader will lead the annual Mission this September and will be joined by GW Electrophysiology technician, Fernando Najera. The Mission provides a free, two-week heart clinic identifying patients in need of heart pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators. Our annual trip to Honduras is the only medical mission in Honduras to address these acute cardiac needs. Indeed, our GW medical team implants more heart devices during this two-week period than are performed the entire rest of the year in all of Honduras. 


Since the first mission in 2010, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute Medical Mission team has evaluated more than 400 patients and implanted more than 130 donated heart pacemakers and defibrillators. To support this program in 2014, please Donate Now.


GW Cardiology Fellow Presents at American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Annual Meeting

Gupreet Sodhi, MD, GW Cardiology Fellow, presented: "Right Ventricular Strain by Speckle Tracking Imaging: Assessment in Stable Outpatient Hypertensive Patients" at ASE's 25th Annual Scientific Sessions in Portland, Oregon. The ASE convention is the premier meeting in the USA to showcase research advances in the field of cardiac ultrasound. This study demonstrated an innovative way to use echocardiography to better identify risk for complications for patients with hypertension. The study was conducted by GW fellows Bianca Ummat MD and Gupreet Sodhi MD, under the supervision of GW cardiology faculty Brian G. Choi MD, and Jannet F. Lewis MD.

Dr. Tracy Published in National
Academic Journal


Cynthia Tracy, MD, Director of GW Electrophysiology, and Ali Boushahri, MD, GW Cardiology Fellow, provided a chapter on "Managing Arrhythmias in the Intensive Care Unit" that was published in Cardiac Emergencies in the ICU.