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July 2018

GW Electrophysiologists Implant the World’s Smallest Pacemaker

GW Heart & Vascular Institute electrophysiologists, Drs. Marco Mercader, Cynthia Tracy, and Allen Solomon, have started implanting the world’s smallest pacemaker – Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) device – providing new state-of-the-art care for select patients at the George Washington University Hospital.

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June 2018

Drs. Tracy, Solomon, and Mercader Lead Discussions at the Heart Rhythm Society Conference

GW Electrophysiologists, Drs. Cynthia Tracy, Allen Solomon, and Marco Mercader participated in the Heart Rhythm Society’s 39th Annual Scientific Sessions, May 9-12, 2018, in Boston, MA. The HRS is the major US medical association for advances in treatment of heart rhythm disorders. This conference hosts the most prominent international clinicians, scientists, researchers and innovators in the field of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology.

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May 2018

GW Cardiology Fellowship Alumni Attend Annual P. Jacob Varghese Visiting Professorship Reception

Graduates of the GW Cardiology Fellowship Program joined current cardiology faculty and fellows for the Fourth Annual P. Jacob Varghese Visiting Professorship and GW Cardiology Alumni Reception on Wednesday, April 25th at the Westin Georgetown.

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April 2018

GW Cardiovascular Researchers Interest (CRI) Group Conference Launched

Beginning in November 2017, GW Cardiology faculty, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences basic scientists, and faculty from GW Biomedical Engineering meet monthly to promote awareness of cardiovascular related research activities on the GW campus and to stimulate future cross-disciplinary research.

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March 2018 Special Edition

GW Cardiology at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Sessions

GW Cardiology faculty had a major presence at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 67th Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, on March 10-12, 2018. The ACC’s annual meeting is the largest meeting of cardiology professionals in the US with nearly 13,000 participants. Six GW students, residents, and fellows and nine faculty co-authored presentations and chaired panels.

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February 2018

Top Heart-Healthy Apps in 2018 – Let’s Go Heart-Healthy for Heart Month!

For American Hearth Month, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s registered dietician, Kelli Metzger, identified top heart-healthy mobile phone apps to help patients reach their nutrition and lifestyle goals. Today’s best health and fitness apps allow patients to track and measure as many parameters as they choose in the palm of their hand. For some people these apps may be the motivation they need to reach their weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and dietary goals.

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January 2018

Community Health Workers and GW Cardiology – A Bridge to Better Cardiac Care

The 21 st century “Doctor-Patient Relationship” no longer just means your doctor. This modernized “relationship” comprises a team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists. The GW Heart & Vascular Institute is leading an innovative program expanding the medical team by adding community health workers (CHWs) to interface with our patients and their healthcare providers.

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December 2017

GW Cardiology Faculty Lead Fourth Annual Heart Failure Symposium

Drs. Marco Mercader and Gurusher Panjrath led the Institute’s Fourth Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Conference on December 9th at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. The symposium educates cardiovascular teams, as well as internists, with the newest advances and up-to-date clinical practice approaches for treatment of heart failure, arrhythmias, and structural ischemic and vascular issues. GW Cardiology Faculty – Drs. Katz, Borden, A. Choi, B. Choi, Lewis, Martin, Mazhari, Nagy, Najam, Reiner, Solomon, and Tracy – presented on best practices in cardiovascular care.

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November 2017

Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium

Four GW cardiology fellows presented their original research results at the Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapters of the American College of Cardiology…

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October 2017

Please Join Us to Celebrate the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s 8th Annual Medical Mission to Honduras

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute supported its Eighth Annual Med ical Mission to Honduras this September. The GW medical team led by Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Marco Mercader has become key to providing advanced care for patients with heart disease in Honduras, working in partnership with team members from Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras. Our team screens and identifies patients in need of life-saving pace makers and defibrillators. The GW Mission is promoted nationwide through newspaper, radio and TV. This year, more than 200 Hondurans traveled from all 18 regions of the country to see our medical team in Comayagua.

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September 2017

Fall 2017 GW Cardiology Lecture Series Launches with the Understein Visiting Professor

Rick Nishimura, MD, Professor in Cardiovascular Diseases, and Chair, Division of Structural Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic Rochester, was the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s 2017 Understein Memorial Visiting Professor on September 6th and 7th. Dr. Nishimura, delivered our GW Cardiology Grand Rounds on “Pericardial Disease: A New Look at an Old Disease” and Medical Grand Rounds on “Diastolic Heart Failure-A Practical Approach for Physicians” to more than 200 GW faculty and trainees.

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March 2017

Friends of the Institute View Cardiology Collection at the National Museum of American History

Museum director John Gray hosted the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s cardiologists and invited guests for a special tour of the National Museum of American History’s Mending Broken Hearts, a display of 21 different artificial heart valves, documenting the development and evolution of one area of cardiac surgical innovation. Curators also provided a behind-the-scenes demonstration of selected artifacts from the Museum?s extensive medical collection. The Institute was grateful for this rare opportunity.

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March 2017 Special Edition

March 2017 Special Edition

GW Cardiology faculty had a major presence at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 66th Annual Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC, on March 17-19, 2017. The ACC’s annual meeting is the largest meeting of cardiology professionals in the US with more than 13,000 participants. The following faculty led presentations and chaired panels:

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December 2016

Dr. Mercader Research Extended with NIH Grant

Dr. Mercader and pharmacologist co-investigator Dr. Sarvazian were awarded $1,145,733 to extend their groundbreaking research to develop and test of catheters that enable cardiologists to “see inside the heart” while creating therapeutic ablation lesions. Using UV technology, this technique refines the ability to treat and prevent abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation. This small business development grant (STTR Phase 2) is funded by the NIH and in partnership with Luxcath.

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November 2016

Cardiology Faculty and Fellows Volunteer at Food & Friends

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s faculty, fellows, and their families donated their time on a Saturday morning preparing more than 200 packaged meals and groceries to support Food & Friends. Food & Friends provides over 1 million meals per year for people living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer in the DC region.

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October 2016

Dr. O’Gara Serves as Understein Visiting Professor

Patrick O’Gara, MD, MACC, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA and past president of the American College of Cardiology, was the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s 2016 Understein Memorial Visiting Professor on September 28th and 29th. Dr. O’Gara, a national leader in valvular heart disease, delivered cardiology grand rounds on “The Evolution of Management of Valvular Heart Disease” and medical grand rounds on “Decision-Making at the Interface between Cardiology and Internal Medicine: Case Examples from the In-patient Service” to more than 200 GW faculty and trainees..

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September 2016

Seventh Annual Honduras Medical Mission

This September, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute supported its Seventh Annual Medical Mission to Honduras. This annual brigade of GW medical professionals led by Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Marco Mercader has become key to providing advanced care for patients with heart disease in Honduras. The GW medical team annually evaluates patients and provides free pacemakers and defibrillators.

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August 2016

Community Health Workers Present at the Unity Conference in Atlanta

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute supports community health workers (CHWs) in Washington, DC, to monitor patients with chronic diseases to improve quality of life and reduce hospitalizations. This July the Institute sent three of our community health workers to the 14th Annual Unity Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi, this year’s conference focused on the role of CHWs in promoting healthy communities.

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July 2016

Institute Sponsors Medical Intern to Support Cardiac Clinic in Honduras

In an effort to create a sustainable cardiac clinic for the underserved people of Honduras, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute is sponsoring a Honduran medical graduate’s year-long medical internship at GW’s Division of Cardiology. Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Marco Mercader have traveled to Honduras for the past six years providing a free two-week cardiac clinic at Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital implanting free pacemakers and defibrillators in at-risk patients. Dorys Chavez, a native Honduran who loves classical music and ballet, graduated from National Autonomous University in Honduras with a medical degree last year.

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June 2016

GW Cardiology Fellows Graduate this June

This June, GW General Cardiology Fellows and Advanced Cardiology Fellows graduated and will move forward with their careers in medicine. Drs. Gurpreet Sodhi and Ju Kim completed their three-year GW general cardiology fellowship. Dr. Ali Bou-Shahri completed GW’s electrophysiology fellowship; and Drs. Bassel Hassouna and Aditya Sharma completed GW’s interventional cardiology fellowship.

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May 2016

Institute Hosts Event at Turkish Ambassador’s Residence

On May 18, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute hosted an evening of Turkish Delights at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC. Guests enjoyed a selection of Turkish specialty hors d’oeuvres prepared by the embassy’s chef. A performance by accomplished classical tango violinist, Machiko Ozawa, was the highlight of the evening held in the residence’s magnificent concert room. The benefit raised more than $20,000 to support the Institute’s programs in cardiovascular research, education and community outreach.

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April 2016

GW Cardiology Faculty Present at American College of Cardiology

GW Cardiology faculty had major presence at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 65th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, April 2-4, 2016. The ACC’s annual meeting is the largest meeting of cardiology professions in the US with more than 13,000 participants. The following faculty led presentations and workshops this April:

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March 2016

GW Heart & Vascular Institute Shares Academic Achievements in FY15 Annual Report

Completing the Institute’s eighth year, we continue to expand our mission of community service, education, and research. In addition to our physicians’ high quality clinical care, the programs of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute represent our dedicated faculty’s commitment to academic excellence.

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February 2016

Q & A: Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020

February is American Heart Month. This month the GW Heart & Vascular Institute is discussing new dietary guidelines to improve overall eating patterns. Dr. Richard Katz sat down with the Institute’s registered dietician, Kelli Metzger, for a Q&A session on the recently published guidelines. Making healthy diet and lifestyle choices help in the fight against heart disease.

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December 2015

Dr. Jonathan Reiner Testifies at Congressional Hearing

Dr. Reiner testified on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled, “Examining Legislation to Improve Health Care and Treatment.” Dr. Reiner has been working with leaders of Congress for more than five years to enact legislation to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest. On December 2, 2015, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) introduced H.R. 4152, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, to expand immunity from civil liability related to the use of automated external defibrillator devices (AEDs), eliminating the threat of frivolous lawsuits.

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November 2015

Dr. Mercader’s Research Discussed in Hispanic Publication

Dr. Mercader was featured in Hispanic Executive magazine this month. The article described his groundbreaking research in developing a new catheter to treat atrial fibrillation. This technology, called LuxCath, has the potential to improve the outcome for patients being treated with catheter ablation to cure this common heart rhythm disorder.

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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

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September 2015

Dr. Tracy and GW Mission Perform Sixth Annual Medical Mission in Honduras

This September, Dr. Cynthia Tracy and cardiology fellow, Dr. Bianca Ummat, traveled to Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras, for the Institute’s sixth annual Medical Mission. During the two-week mission, the GW team evaluates heart failure and arrhythmia patients, implanting free pacemakers and defibrillators in at-risk patients of all ages.

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August 2015

Dr. Choi is winner of the Young Investigator Award at Society of Cardiovascular CT Annual Meeting

Dr. Andrew D. Choi, with support from the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, presented several papers at the 10th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Society of Cardiovascular CT (SCCT) in Las Vegas, NV. His paper, “Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring on 320 Detector Row CT Demonstrates Low Interscan Variability at Standard and 70% Reduced Radiation Dose” previously was a co-winner of the 9th Annual Toshiba Young Investigator Award.

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July 2015

Andrew D. Choi, MD, Joins GW Cardiology Faculty

Andrew D. Choi, MD, joins the cardiology faculty at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Radiology. His clinical and research leadership will include expanded use of novel imaging techniques including cardiac computed tomography (CT), cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and interventional echocardiography as well as nuclear cardiology. These techniques assist physicians in a wide spectrum of cardiovascular disorders including coronary artery disease, valvular and congenital heart disease, and cardiomyopathies.

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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.

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May 2015

Institute Launches 6th Annual Medical Mission to Honduras at The GW/Textile Museum

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute hosted an afternoon of exploring art and culture at the newly opened George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum on Sunday, May 3, 2015, to launch our 6th Annual Medical Mission to Honduras. Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Richard Katz presented the five-year history of the cardiac mission. Starting in 2010, Dr. Tracy and colleagues have traveled every summer to Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras.

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April 2015

GW Cardiology to Participate in NIH Clinical Trial

Dr. Lisa Martin is launching GW’s participation in a National Institutes of Health multicenter clinical trial for patients who have progressive coronary disease despite treatment with statins. The study is reviewing the potential benefits of adding methotrexate, an older drug, to reduce inflammation, the cause of coronary artery plaque, to arrest progression of atherosclerosis. Low-dose methotrexate will be used in this study. This low-dose therapy has been used for other inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis.

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March 2015

GW Cardiology Faculty and Fellows Present at American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego

The new federal “Sunshine Act” law requires medical industry manufacturers to report all payments to physicians. Dr. Brian Choi, Dr. Hani Alhamoud, an international graduate fellow, and Ramzi Dudum, a GW third-year medical student, gave a presentation on this issue entitled “Discrepancies Between Author Self-Disclosure and Pharmaceutical Company Reporting: An Analysis of ACC and AHA Guideline Authors.”

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February 2015

Jannet Lewis, MD, Promotes Women’s Heart Health with ABC7 News On Your Side

To promote awareness of heart disease in women, ABC7 News On Your Side hosted a Women’s Heart Health Phone Bank on Wednesday, February 11th as part of American Heart Month. News reporter, Jennifer Donelan, survived a heart attack at age 36 due to quick action from her colleagues and receiving immediate medical treatment. Donelan hosted ABC7’s Women’s Heart Disease phone bank, with a team of heart health experts on hand to answer caller’s questions.

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January 2015

Mercader’s Research Presented at 20th Annual International Atrial Fibrillation Symposium in Orlando, FL.

Over the past 20 years, the annual international symposium on atrial fibrillation (AF) has become a major scientific forum at which health-care professionals have a unique opportunity to learn about advances in research and therapeutics directly from many of the most eminent investigators in the field. Advances have been made over the past decade to treat AF through a procedure called ablation. Cardiac ablation involves a long, flexible catheter tube inserted through the vein and threaded to the heart to map out and ablate or “knock out” the source of the arrhythmia. Dr. Mercader’s team has developed a unique imaging system that allows for more precisely identifying and destroying the heart tissue that causes AF, raising the potential for much greater treatment success and long-term outcomes.

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December 2014

Warm wishes and happy holidays from the GW Heart & Vascular Institute!

For the past seven years, the Institute has promoted its academic mission of advancing cardiovascular research, education, and community service in Washington, DC and beyond. This annual report is our way to share with you – our supporters – whose contributions are making an impact regionally, nationally, and internationally – the accomplishments and exciting developments from our productive 2013-2014 year. Thank you for trusting in our work and supporting our mission. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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November 2014

Dr. Jonathan Reiner joins Vice President Dick Cheney to Discuss Living with Heart Failure

Vice President Dick Cheney and Dr. Jonathan Reiner, co-authors of Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, participated in a live panel discussion “Living with Heart Failure: Patient, Physician, Surgeon and Nurse Perspectives,” at the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago. Cheney recounted nearly four decades of living with cardiovascular disease, crediting advances in heart treatment technologies and dedicated health care providers.

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October 2014

Zogbhi Serves as Understein Memorial Visiting Professor

William A. Zogbhi, MD, a national leader in cardiac imaging and past president of both the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology, was the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s 2014 Understein Memorial Visiting Professor. Dr. Zoghbi holds the William L. Winters Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center and is Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

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September 2014

Drs. Tracy and Mercader Perform Fifth Medical Mission to Honduras

This September, Cynthia Tracy, MD, and Marco Mercader, MD, traveled to Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras, to provide a free, two-week heart clinic identifying at-risk patients of all ages in need of heart pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators. This is the Institute’s fifth annual mission trip to Honduras and is the only medical mission in Honduras to address these acute cardiac needs.

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August 2014

Dr. Katz Discusses mHealth Challenges at American Association of Advancement of Sciences

Dr. Katz participated in a panel discussion at the American Association of Advancement of Sciences on “Exploring Legal Challenges to Fulfilling the Potential of mHealth in a Safe and Responsible Environment.” He discussed applications and challenges from a stakeholder perspective and presented the GW experience on the real world application of mobile health.

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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.

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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!

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May 2014

Institute Hosts First Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Symposium in Washington, DC

Marco Mercader, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Electrophysiology Research, and Gurusher Panjrath, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Heart Failure and Mechanical Support Program, co-chaired the First Annual Heart Failure and Arrhythmia Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC on May 17, 2014.

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April 2014

GW Cardiology Fellowship Alumni Reunite to Honor Dr. Jacob Varghese

Faculty, trainees, and alumni of the GW Cardiology fellowship program reunited at Poste Moderne Brasserie on March 30, 2014, on the occasion of the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC. The reception hosted more than 70 alumni, friends, and family who came from across the U.S. and as far away as Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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March 2014

Thank you for supporting Doctor’s Day on March 30, 2014

Every year on March 30, patients and their families have a special opportunity to thank those who are most responsible for their healthcare. National Doctor’s Day is an opportunity for physicians and patients to come together for the important cause of advancing medicine. A charitable gift to honor a physician at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute will empower them and give them the resources to continue their important work in research, community outreach, and education which is essential to our goal of improving the quality of life of individuals with heart disease.

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February 2014

Dr. Shapiro and Cardiac Researchers Find Gene Therapy a Promising Tool for Cardiac Regeneration

After a heart attack, there is often permanent damage to a portion of the heart. This happens, in part, because cardiac muscle cells cannot regrow or regenerate after blood flow is blocked off to the heart. This heart muscle scar can lead to heart failure and death. George Washington University (GW) researcher Scott Shapiro, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and his co-authors, conducted a study to stimulate damaged heart muscle to regrow using gene therapy.

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January 2014

Dr. Panjrath Discovers New Way to Predict Prognosis in Patients with Heart Failure

Researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified a new method to determine whether a patient’s heart will fail, which in the future may help physicians better treat patients and tailor therapeutic interventions. Gurusher Panjrath, MD, director of Heart Failure and Mechanical Support Program and assistant professor of medicine at GW, and his colleagues measured energy metabolism in 58 heart failure patients using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

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December 2013

Cheney and Reiner book event at National Press Club raises $60,000 for the Institute

Vice President Dick Cheney and his cardiologist and co-author, Dr. Jonathan Reiner discussed their book, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, with moderator Barbara Cochran at a National Press Club Book Rap, December 3, 2013 to a sold out audience. The discussion was followed by a fundraising dinner with donors of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute. The event co-sponsored by Thoratec Corporation, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and GW Hospital raised more than $60,000 for the Institute.

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November 2013

Institute sponsored nutritionist educates patients in community clinics

Kelli Metzger, a registered dietician, joined the Women’s Heart Center in 2013 to support the Institute’s community outreach programs. Metzger has been engaged in promoting heart healthy diets.

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October 2013

Vice President Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, MD to discuss Heart: An American Medical Odyssey at the National Press Club, December 3rd

Vice President Cheney and his longtime GW cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, joined on a national press circuit this month to promote their book on heart disease. The book chronicles the fascinating story of Cheney’s thirty-five-year battle with heart disease – providing insight into the incredible medical breakthroughs that have changed cardiac care over the last four decades.

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October 16, 2013

Vice President Cheney and Dr. Jonathan Reiner’s book on heart disease featured in The New York Times

Heart: An American Medical Odyssey coauthored by former Vice President Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, MD, a professor of medicine GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Board of Director of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, receives book review in The New York Times. Mr. Cheney and Dr. Reiner will appear on 60 Minutes on CBS this Sunday, October 20, 2013, in an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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October 18, 2013

Watch GW cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner and former Vice President Cheney this Sunday, October 20th on 60 Minutes

Former Vice President Cheney shares his 35-year battle with heart disease accompanied by his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Board of Director of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, in a frank discussion with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on 60 Minutes. Here’s a preview of Sunday’s interview on CBS.

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October 20, 2013

Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Vice President Cheney and GW cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Reiner on 60 Minutes

Former Vice President Cheney has been the beneficiary of nearly every medical breakthrough to combat heart disease over the last 35 years, including a heart transplant at the age of 71. In his new book, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, Cheney and his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Board of Director of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, highlight many of those innovations that came just in time to save his life.

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October 21, 2013

Dr. Jonathan Reiner quoted in USA Today on former Vice President Cheney’s 35 year history of heart disease

Jonathan S. Reiner, MD, professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the GW Hospital, and board member of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, was quoted in USA Today on former Vice President Cheney’s heart condition. Cheney shares with USA Today: “it’s the only disease I’m [Cheney] aware of that you live with it for 35 years and it gets progressively worse; you get weaker and weaker, and the day comes that you do a transplant, and all that stuff goes away: the old heart, the LVAD (left ventricular assist device) – the pump that kept me going for 20 months, the stent, the implantable defibrillator, all that stuff.”

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September 2013

Dr. Reiner and former Vice President Cheney to appear on 60 Minutes Oct. 20th

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 20, 2013, to watch Dr. Reiner and former Vice President Cheney appear on 60 Minutes in an interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss heart disease. Jonathan S. Reiner, MD, professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the GW Hospital, has co-authored a book on heart disease with former Vice President Dick Cheney that will be released on October 22, 2013. The book, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, tells the story of Cheney’s thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, providing insight into the incredible medical breakthroughs that have changed cardiac care over the last four decades.

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September 12, 2013

Richard Katz, MD awarded $1.9 million by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for three-year project

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2013) – Richard Katz, MD, Bloedorn Professor of Cardiology, director of the Division of Cardiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), and director of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, has been awarded $1.9 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a three-year project to study the combined use of mobile phones and community health workers to enhance patient management of chronic disease.

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August 2013

Institute Sponsors Fourth Annual Mission to Honduras, Implants 42 Devices

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute hosted its fourth annual medical mission to Honduras in August 2013. The Institute’s medical mission team led by GW cardiologists Cynthia Tracy, MD, and Marco Mercader, MD, traveled to Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras, to provide free treatment of heart rhythm disorders to patients who cannot afford specialty healthcare. The four person team, which included Fernando Najera and John Naylor, implanted a total of 42 devices during the eleven day trip.

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August 6, 2013

Jonathan S. Reiner, MD interviewed about Former President George W. Bush’s recent heart procedure

Jonathan S. Reiner, MD, professor of medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the GW Hospital, was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room about Former President George W. Bush’s recent heart procedure…

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August 22, 2013

Jonathan Reiner, MD quoted in WPTV News Channel 5, supporting public access to AEDs

WASHINGTON, DC – Jonathan Reiner, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at GW Hospital, board of director at GW Heart & Vascular Institute and professor of medicine at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was quoted in WPTV News Channel 5, supporting public access to AEDs.

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July 2013

International Medical Graduates receive mentorship from GW Cardiology Faculty

The George Washington University’s Office of International Medicine Programs hosts foreign medical graduates to participate in a year-long academic program with the goal of exposing them to U.S. healthcare and preparing trainees for U.S. medical residency programs. This year, three medical graduates visiting from Saudi Arabia will be mentored by cardiology faculty working on research projects supported by the GW Heart & Vascular Institute.

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June 2013

Bloedorn Foundation awards $10,000 to Institute’s nutrition education programs

The Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation’s $10,000 donation will support the Women’s Heart Center’s nutrition education programs. With a vision to promote nutrition advice and education, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute hired a registered dietitian, Kelli M. Metzger, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, to join our team.

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May 2013

The Institute supports Good Samaritan AED Bill introduced by Congressman Olson

Dr. Jonathan Reiner has been a tireless advocate for this legislation – from his involvement in the drafting of the bill to going to the Hill to lobby Members of Congress to support it. Introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) on May 23, 2013, H.R. 2135, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, will help increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by eliminating the threat of frivolous lawsuits through development of a nationally uniform baseline of protection for persons who use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) while attempting to save a life during a medical emergency.

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April 2013

The Institute sponsors training of two Honduran physicians for pacemaker evaluation clinic

GW cardiologists, Dr. Cynthia Tracy and Dr. Marco Mercader, along with team members Fernando Najera and John Naylor, have traveled to rural Honduras for the last three years on an annual medical mission sponsored by the GW Heart & Vascular Institute. The Institute’s medical mission provides a free, two week heart failure and arrhythmia clinic at Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua to patients living in poverty who cannot afford specialty healthcare. Since the first mission to Honduras in 2010, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute medical mission team has evaluated more than 300 heart patients and donated and implanted a total of 88 heart pacemakers and defibrillators.

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March 2013

Please support Doctor’s Day on March 30, 2013

Every year on March 30, patients and their families have a special opportunity to thank those who are most responsible for their healthcare. National Doctor’s Day is an opportunity for physicians and patients to come together for the important cause of advancing medicine. A charitable gift to honor a physician at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute will empower them and give them the resources to continue their important work in research, community outreach, and education which is essential to our goal of improving the quality of life of individuals with heart disease. To make a donation, please visit: https://my.gwu.edu/mod/heartandvascular/

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February 2013

Jannet Lewis, MD, leads education series at Sister to Sister’s 10th Annual Capitol Hill Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program

On February 7 and February 14, Jannet F. Lewis, MD, director of the Women’s Heart Center at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute led a heart-healthy education series at Sister to Sister’s cardiovascular disease screening event on Capitol Hill. Since 2002, Sister to Sister has provided over 3,000 cardiovascular disease screenings to legislators, staff members and employees. The screenings provide an increased awareness of heart disease, as well as a reduction in the risk factors for heart disease for the screening participants.

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January 2013

Division of Cardiology adds specialty in heart failure services at the GW Medical Faculty Associates

Gurusher Panjrath, MD will join the cardiology faculty at the GW Heart & Vascular Institute as the new director of Advanced Heart Failure Services for GW Medical Faculty Associates, initiating the left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) program. Dr. Panjrath completed his general cardiology and heart failure transplantation fellowships at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Panjrath’s research interests include heart muscle metabolism and energetics. He is a young investigators award finalist for the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Panjrath has authored and co-authored over fifty manuscripts, books, chapters and abstracts.

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December 2012

Happy Holidays from the GW Heart & Vascular Institute!

We thank you for your support of our mission to promote heart and vascular health through collaborative research, public and professional education, and community outreach. It’s been an exciting year with many accomplishments highlighted below. As 2012 comes to an end, please consider making a charitable contribution to the Institute so that we can continue our efforts to improve heart and vascular health in the Washington, DC region.

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November 2012

Partnership to Reduce Time from Onset of Chest Pain to Treatment

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute, CTIA-The Wireless Foundation, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and D.C.-area hospitals, partnered to improve cardiac care in the nation’s capital by equipping DC ambulances with technology that enables rapid, wireless transmissions of EKGs to both the on-call physician’s wireless device and tertiary care hospitals, including The George Washington University Hospital, Howard University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. This technology helps to streamline patient care for those who have suspected acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and reduce time from onset of chest pain to treatment.

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September 2012

GW Cardiologists serve a record number of heart patients in Honduras

GW Cardiologists, Dr. Cynthia Tracy and Dr. Marco Mercader, along with team members Fernando Najera and John Naylor, implanted a record 42 heart pacemakers and defibrillators on the GW Heart & Vascular Institute’s third annual medical mission to Honduras. During the first two-weeks of September, the Institute’s medical mission team traveled to rural Honduras to provide a free heart failure and arrhythmia clinic to patients who cannot afford specialty healthcare. Prior to the team’s arrival, Honduran-based physicians and social workers identified at-risk patients of all ages from throughout the country, who were then transported to the Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua for evaluation and care. The Institute’s medical mission team evaluated more than 100 patients during their two-week visit to determine which patients would receive one of the 42 medical devices available.

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August 2012

GW Cardiologists volunteer time and technology to screen student athletes for heart conditions

Drs. Allen Solomon, Brian Choi, and Miriam Fishman, screened nearly 100 high school student athletes on August 16, 2012 at Albert Einstein High School in Silver Spring, MD. The heart screenings were performed using an innovative handheld ultrasound machine, called GE’s V-scan. This advanced screening using portable technology to allow physicians to view an individual’s heart image on site in one or two minutes provided a more accurate method to determine if young athletes can safely participate in sports.

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July 2012

Institute raises nearly $11,000 to support the 2012 Medical Mission to Honduras

On Sunday, July 22nd, guests of the Institute, along with Honduran Ambassador to the U.S. Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro, gathered at the home of Board of Directors member, Harris Miller and his wife Deborah Kahn to raise funds for the Institute’s third annual medical mission to Honduras. Mr. Miller and Ms. Kahn opened their home to 40 guests to listen to Dr. Cynthia Tracy share stories of past trips to Honduras. The mission, led by Dr. Tracy and Dr. Mercader, has evaluated more than 200 heart patients in the last two years and implanted more than 40 cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers in patients who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

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June 2012

Cardiovascular Institute adds focus on vascular disease

The GW Cardiovascular Institute’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the Cardiovascular Institute’s mission to include a focus on vascular disease. With the addition of renowned faculty in vascular surgery, and natural alignment of cardiac and vascular disease prevention and treatment, the combined faculty initiatives will produce collaborative research, public and professional education, and community outreach focused on heart and vascular disease to better serve the Washington, DC region. The Institute will be rebranded as the GW Heart & Vascular Institute. Richard Neville, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery, will serve as Co-Director of the Institute. The Women’s Heart Center, ReStart DC program, and the Cheney Center for Cardiovascular Health will operate under the umbrella of the GW Heart and Vascular Institute.

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May 2012

The Institute supports Food & Friends

GW Cardiovascular Institute faculty, fellows and board members donated their time to the organization Food and Friends, on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The group prepared meals for people living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. The volunteer day was organized by cardiology fellow, Monica Muhkerjee, MD, and executive director, Jessica Johnson.

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April 2012

Dr. Jannet Lewis and Chef Ris Lacoste Promote Women’s Heart Health

Dr. Jannet Lewis and chef Ris Lacoste were interviewed on WTOP-AM (1490AM) radio show “Foodie & The Beast” on Sunday April, 1, 2012. Chef Ris Lacoste, who kicked off Ris Walk 60, a walking program to encourage an active lifestyle for heart health, has set a personal goal to lose weight and walk for sixty minutes everyday. Proceeds from Ris’s walk campaign will benefit the Women’s Heart Center at the GW Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Lewis shared with the foodie audience information on heart health and the importance of practicing healthy eating habits and exercise.

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March 2012

The Institute takes part in a Women’s Health Symposium

On March 10th, Dr. Jannet Lewis was the keynote speaker for the Second Annual Women’s Heath Symposium sponsored by the Women’s Board of GW Hospital. The symposium provided a free day of health workshops, education and health screenings to more than 150 women. The Women’s Heart Center at the GW Cardiovascular Institute participated in the expo providing information on risk factors, prevention, and exercise.

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January 24, 2012

Marleny Oyela-Herrera has hole in heart fixed

Marleny Oyela-Herrera doesn’t speak English. But the tears that fell when she thought of dying and losing her children needed no translation…

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December 9, 2011

Where We Live – NPR Podcast

Jonathan Reiner, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at GW Hospital, board director at GW Cardiovascular Institute and professor of medicine at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was a guest on NPR’s Hartford, Connecticut broadcast of Where We Live

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November 30, 2011

Olson Introduces Bill to Save Lives & Protect Good Samaritans

Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today introduced legislation to save lives and protect citizens who use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in emergencies. AEDs are used to assist victims of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA)…

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May 12, 2011

GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Donates Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators to All D.C. Public Library Branches

DC Public Library users and employees are the recipients of improved emergency services with a donation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all 25 locations…

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July 12, 2010

From texting to apps, using cell phones for health

What if my blood sugar’s too high today? Is it time for my blood pressure pill? With nagging text messages or more customized two-way interactions, researchers are trying to harness the power of cell phones to help fight chronic diseases…

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June 21, 2010

Chris Chiames Appointed Executive Director to Lead the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute

Chris Chiames brings more than 25 years of experience and success in corporate, government, and non-profit management to The GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute. Chiames will start his new role at GW on June 21, 2010…

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June 11, 2009

GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Launches ReStart DC, A Life-Saving Public Access Defibrillation Program

In an effort to save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute will launch the ReStart DC program on June 11…

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September 22, 2009

To Inspect the Heart, Some Doctors Now Start at the Wrist

David Longnecker lay on a table in the cardiac catheterization lab of George Washington University Hospital, steeling himself for a procedure that would reveal the cause of the bout of crushing chest pain that had triggered the ambulance trip from his Dupont Circle office…

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November 1, 2008

Division of Cardiology holds Heart Health Screening in Anacostia

The GW Division of Cardiology holds a Heart Health Screening in Anacostia at The Gatepost Community Center, sponsored by the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute…

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April 3, 2008

Mary Cheney joins the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Board of Directors

The GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute today announced that Mary Cheney has joined the Institute’s Board of Directors. As a director, she will help to form…

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March 27, 2008

Mary Matalin and John Ray join the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Board of Directors

The Cheney Cardiovascular Institute today announced that Mary Matalin and John Ray have joined the Institute’s Board of Directors. As directors, they will help shape strategic direction for the Institute…

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September 4, 2007

GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute and McCormick Genomics Center to host cutting edge symposium, Personalized Medicine: The Genomic Revolution in Cardiac Care

The Cheney Cardiovascular Institute and The Catharine Birch McCormick Genomics Center at the George Washington University host cutting edge Symposium to examine the issues and implications around the growing forces of genomics and personalized medicine in cardiology…

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July 30, 2007

Vice President and Mrs. Cheney Cut Ribbon to Inaugurate Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University

Today, Vice President Richard Cheney and his wife Lynne participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University…

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April 2, 2007

GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Announces Education Program Targeting Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute will hold an educational program on April 14, 2007, in Washington, DC. The program’s focus is on helping healthcare providers to implement new guidelines aimed at preventing sudden cardiac arrest, a condition responsible for 250,000–450,000 deaths every year in the United States…

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October 4, 2006

Lisa Olson, PhD, Appointed Executive Director of the GW Cheney Cardiovascular Institute

Dr. Olson will be responsible for its day-to-day management, board expansion and fundraising to support the Institute’s mission to advance research, education, and the clinical care of cardiovascular diseases …

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March 20, 2006

The Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute Established

The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) and School of Medicine and Health Sciences are pleased to announce a $2.7 million dollar charitable contribution made by Vice President Richard B. Cheney and Mrs. Lynne V. Cheney…

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