OCTOBER 2015  -

Dr. Katz Presents at Patient Centered Outcomes Research Center Inaugural Meeting 
Dr. Richard Katz, Director, Division of Cardiology, presented an update on his research at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) inaugural meeting October 7th. Attended by more than 1000 medical professionals, Dr. Katz, GW community health worker Tim Mavritte, and GW patient-participant Anita Brown participated in the panel "The Transformative Effects of Technology in Healthcare Settings: Examples from the field." The GW PCORI study has randomized 166 Medicaid and Medicare patients with diabetes to assist with either 1) the Voxiva Care4Life diabetes cell phone "app", 2) a community health worker, or 3) both the Care4Life "app" and a community health worker. Preliminary data from our GW PCORI project showed that patient utilization of a cell phone "app" for diabetes self-management was enhanced by adding a community health worker to the care team. Final results of this study will be available in late 2016.

Dr. Antman Serves as 2015 Understein Memorial Visiting Professor of Cardiology 
Elliot Antman, MD visited GW this month as the 2015 Understein Memorial Visiting Professor of Cardiology. Dr. Antman is Professor of Medicine at the Harvard School of Medicine and Senior Physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He served as president of the American Heart Association from 2014-2015 and has been a leader in many clinical trials evaluating the treatment of acute and chronic cardiovascular disease. Dr. Antman presented Cardiology Grand Rounds discussing "Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Can we be more precise?", and Medical Grand Rounds lecturing on ""Clinical Research and the Development of Medical Theraputics: What does the future hold?" In addition, Dr. Antman met with GW cardiology fellows and faculty reviewing complex cardiac cases and providing insight on career development and new opportunities for clinical research. Attending the programs were Robert and Norman Understein, founders of this annual educational eventThe Understein Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1978 by the family of Jack Understein, in gratitude for the care provided at GW. 

Cardiology Fellows Present Case Studies at PCR London Valve Meeting in Berlin 
GW interventional cardiology fellow Bassel Hassouna presented on two challenging cases at the PCR London Valve meeting in Berlin September 21 and the Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in San Francisco October 13.
  • TAVI (Transcatheter aortic valve implantation), in combined mitral/aortic stenosis: A bridge to the future described a patient with multiple medical problems and severe narrowing of both aortic and mitral valves causing impairment of daily life. He was too sick for surgery. The GW medical team (Drs. Christian Nagy, Jonathan Reiner, Ramesh Mazhari, Farzad Najam, and Gregory Tracheotis) performed transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a newly implemented therapy at GW. The patient received a new heart valve implanted through a catheter procedure via a leg vessel avoiding open heart surgery.
  • Managing iatrogenesis imperfecta: percutaneous salvation of catastrophic coronary dissection described a young woman who presented to an outside hospital with a heart attack. She was flown to GW Hospital with a damaged heart artery (coronary artery dissection) after attempted stent placement. Rather than undergoing open heart surgery, GW interventional cardiologists (Drs. Reiner and Hassouna) repaired the coronary artery with three stents using ultrasound guidance.