JUNE 2015  -

Institute Hosts Second Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Symposium


Drs. Marco Mercader and Gurusher Panjrath co-chaired the Second Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Symposium at the Westin Georgetown Hotel in Washington, DC on May 30, 2015. The symposium attracted more than 100 medical professionals involved in heart failure, arrhythmias, and structural, ischemic and vascular issues to educate clinicians involved in multidisciplinary cardiology care. GW Cardiology faculty presenters included Drs. William Borden, Brian Choi, Shashank Desai, Richard Katz, Jannet Lewis, Lisa Martin, Ramesh Mazhari, Christian Nagy, Farzad Najam, Jonathan Reiner, Scott Shapiro, Gregory Trachiotis, and Cynthia Tracy. 


Dr. Katz Presents at American Diabetes Association's 75th Anniversary Scientific Sessions


Dr. Richard Katz, Director of the GW Heart and Vascular Institute, and GW colleagues Drs. Joshua Cohen (Endocrinology), Anne Cioletti (Internal Medicine), and Samir Patel (Renal and Hypertension) presented three papers on their work using cell phone apps (mHealth) to assist patients with diabetes and hypertension at the 75th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston June 6-9th.  The papers are entitled: 

  • "Making mHealth work to manage diabetes: Integrating mHealth with Community Health Workers"
  • "Enhancing Diabetes and Hypertension Self-Management: A Randomized Trial of a mHealth Strategy in a Community Setting"
  • "Engagement with a Mobile Health Diabetes Self-Management Program"
These presentations reported on the potential benefit of text messaging, smart phone communication and the added benefit of community health workers in patient management of chronic disease.

GW Cardiology Fellows to Graduate this June


This June, GW General Cardiology Fellows and Advanced Cardiology Fellows will graduate and move forward with their careers in medicine. Drs. Ali Bou-Shahri, Bassel Hassouna, Aditya Sharma completed their three-year GW general cardiology fellowship. Dr. David Cohen completed GW's electrophysiology fellowship; and Drs. Omid Fatemi and Edward Howard completed GW's interventional cardiology fellowship.


Dr. Bou-Shahri will continue at GW as an electrophysiology fellow training under Drs. Tracy, Solomon, Mercader, and Shapiro. Drs. Sharma and Hassouna, will continue at GW as interventional cardiology fellows training under Drs. Mazhari, Reiner, and Nagy. Drs. Cohen and Fatemi will be joining cardiology practices in California, and Dr. Howard will be practicing in Northern Virginia. We wish our graduates the best of luck in their careers!
Bloedorn Foundation Awards $12,000 to Institute's Community Health Programs


The Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation's $12,000 donation will support a novel community based heart failure program to reduce hospital readmission and improve patient outcomes. This program, led by Dr. Gurusher Panjrath, Director of GW Heart Failure services, combines community health workers and a user-friendly smartphone application to monitor vulnerable heart failure patients. Preliminary data from the pilot phase assisting more than 100 patients have shown a reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions from 25% to less than 10%. This innovative system has the potential to improve the health of DC residents and serve as a model for other medical teams nationwide. We thank the Bloedorn Foundation for their generous support of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute over the past eight years providing funding for our professional and public education programs.

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


The Dr. Cyrus Katzen Foundation has been an annual supporter of the cardiovascular research initiatives at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute. With these funds, 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 is grateful to the Dr. Cyrus Katzen Foundation for its continued support.