Member Updates


Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD Circulation Editors’ Choice – Moderator, Groundbreaking Studies in the Practice of Cardiovascular Medicine.

 Cardiovascular Seminar – From Prevention to Palliation. Presenter, “Stage D: Evolution of Advanced Therapies in Heart Failure.”

 From Precision to Population – Moderator: Optimizing Outcomes in HF.

 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials – Guiding the Momentum to Effect HF OutcomesIroning out the Wrinkles, Discussant of Trial results: “Transcatheter Interatrial Shunt Device Provides Sustained Clinical Benefit at One Year in Patients with Preserved or Mildly Reduced Ejection Fraction: The REDUCE LAP Heart Failure Trial.”

Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Discovery Project Awardee Review and Poster Session – Poster Presenter: “Large-Scale Discovery of Mechanistic and Predictive Biomarkers in Phenotypically Distinct Groups of Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction.”

Research Leaders Academy – Participated as a mentor for the mentoring sessions and as a member of the Clinical Cardiology Council, the Heart Failure and Transplant subcommittee, and a member and officer of the Association of Professors of Cardiology (a group of cardiology chiefs, chairs and leaders).

Regional Differences in Cardiac Biomarker Profile and Effect of Spironolactone in Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction Enrolled in the TOPCAT Trial – poster author and national leader of the TOPCAT Trial

Joseph Alpert, MD Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction and Myocardial Injury Task Force – meeting co-chair. The next version of this document will be published in late 2017 or early 2018.

Revascularization Dilemmas in Stable Ischemic Heart Disease Session – panel discussant.

Geriatric Cardiology Section Executive Committee meeting - member.

Late Breaking Trials session of the PIONEER randomized open label study of various anti-platelet strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation and acute ischemic heart disease - chairperson for the data monitoring committee of this trial and a co-author on the final report. 

Ankit Desai, MD

Poster Sessions - Established and Novel Therapies for Heart Failure – poster presenter: Beta-blocker Dose Stratifies Both Mortality Risk and Circulating Procollagen Levels in African-Americans with Heart Failure.

Right Ventricular Failure, Signaling Physiology and HFpEF – Poster coauthor: Hispanic Disparities in PAH: Multimodality Validation of Increased Susceptibility to Right Ventricular Dysfunction.

Exome Sequencing reveals a novel SNP in TRPC6 in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Senior scientist and coauthor.

Rajesh Janardhanan, MD Abstract Poster Session - Role of Late Gadolinium Enhancement in Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: A Meta-Analysis, poster co-author.

Karl B. Kern, MD, Kapil Lotun, MD, and Tam Truong, MD American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium - Mechanical Chest Compression or Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Devices Improve Survival In Cardiac Arrest in the Cath Lab, poster presenters.

Jason Karnes, PharmD, PhD Poster Session - Cost-Effectiveness of Anticoagulants for the Managementof Suspected Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia in the U.S., poster co-author.

Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD Cardiovascular Seminar: Mechanical Unloading and Myocardial Recovery – Stem Cells and Mechanical Support to Enhance Recovery, presenter.

Jagdesh Kandala, MD, Franz Rischard, DO, Mark J. Friedman, MD, Frank I. Marcus, MD The Response to Valsalva Maneuver Predicts Left Ventricular Filling Pressure in Patients With Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Cardiac Transplant Recipients, poster presentation.

Wilber Su, MD Etiology of Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence after Previous Successful Pulmonary Vein Isolation with Cryoablation; a Two-center Review of Redo AF Ablation Data, oral presentation.

Incidence of Atrial-Esophageal Fistula in Cryoballoon Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation is Dose Dependent, oral presentation.

AZ Multi-center Experience in Reduction of Phrenic Nerve Injury with Second Generation Cryoballoon Ablation Using the Proximal Seal Method, poster presentation.

Elimination of Inappropriate Subcutaneous ICD Shocks by using a Non-absorbable Pouch when Noninvasive Reprogramming Fails, poster presentation.

Time-to-Effect Based Cryoballoon Dosing to Achieve Permanent Pulmonary Vein Isolation - The First Chronic Study, oral presentation.

Different Types of EP Career Options. Transition from Ivory Tower to the Real World: The Practice of EP, faculty mentor.

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