APRIL 2019
Former GW Cardiology Intern Honored by 
National Hispanic Medical Association

Drs. Dorys Chavez and Cynthia Tracy

Dr. Dorys Chavez, a Honduran physician who interned with the GW Division of Cardiology in 2017, received the 2019 Young Physician of the Year Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA). The award was presented during the NHMA's Hispanic Health Conference in Arlington, Virginia, at the Leadership Awards Gala & Dinner held on April 13th. Dr. Chavez was joined by Dr. Cynthia Tracy, Associate Director of Cardiology at GW and leader of the Institute's annual medical mission to Honduras. 
Dr. Chavez, a major participant in GW's medical mission to Honduras,  was selected from a competitive pool of candidates from across the United States. This award goes to individuals who have made a significant contribution to Hispanic health through their continued work as young physicians of NHMA. These Young Physicians have built lasting connections between patients, physicians and NHMA.

The National Hispanic Medical Association, established in 1994, is a nonprofit association representing 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the U.S. The association's mission is to empower Hispanic physicians and other health care professionals to improve the health of Hispanic populations with Hispanic medical societies, resident and me dical student organizations, and its public and private sector partners.
GW Cardiology Fellowship Alumni Attend Annual
P. Jacob Varghese Visiting Professorship Reception

Attendees at the Varghese Reception

Graduates of the GW Cardiology Fellowship Program joined current cardiology faculty and fellows for the Fifth Annual P. Jacob Varghese Visiting Professorship and GW Cardiology Alumni Reception on Wednesday, April 24th. Dr. Samuel J. Asirvatham, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Program Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, served as visiting professor at Cardiology Grand Rounds. The alumni reception was hosted at RIS restaurant.  
The Institute Sponsored GW Community Health Workers at National Unity Conference

For the past three years the GW Heart & Vascular Institute and GW Hospital have partnered on an innovative program utilizing community health workers (CHWs) to assist outpatients with heart failure. Our GW CHWs, supervised by our nurse practitioner Linda Bostrom, Dr. Gurusher Panjrath, and Dr. Richard Katz, have improved patient quality of life and greatly reduced rehospitalizations. This April, the Institute sponsored our two CHWs, Kimberly Desormeaux and Sawa Kamara, to present at the Unity Conference 2019: The 20th Anniversary of the National Conference for and about Community Health Workers held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Unity 2019 meeting addressed the role CHWs play in creating access to care, reducing care costs, and promoting healthy and happy communities. Our CHWs presented results of our GW team experience: "Integrating Community Health Workers into Home Based Heart Failure Care."

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