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.

Bloedorn Foundation Awards $15,000 to the GW Heart & Vascular Institute
The Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation awarded the Institute $15,000 to support a new cardiac lecture series for the GW medical community. Under the leadership of Dr. Allen S olomon, director of the G W cardiology fellowship program, we will invite outside speakers to discuss advances in cross disciplinary topics including: heart and vascular, heart and cancer, heart and diabetes, and others. The goal of this educational series is to enhance both our cardiology knowledge and create a forum to better integrate colleagues across GW. We thank the Bloedorn Foundation for their generous support of the GW Heart & Vascular Institute over the past nine years providing funding for our professional and public education programs. 

Tracy and Mercader Present at Heart Rhythm Society Annual Scientific Sessions
The Heart Rhythm Society, a leading specialty organization for electrophysiology professionals , held its 37th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA, on May 4-7, 2016.
  • Dr. Cynthia Tracy presented "Updates on Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy" and "Impact of Honduras Medical Mission." 
  • Dr. Marco Mercader presented two papers on the progress with his atrial fibrillation ablation system: "Optical Tissue Interrogation for Assessment of Catheter-Tissue Contact and Lesion Progression during Linear Lesion Formation," and "Orientation Independent Optical tissue Interrogation for Assessment of Catheter-Tissue Contact and RF Lesion Progression." 


Katz and Robie Volunteer at Community Health Fair
On Saturday, May 21, Dr. Richard Katz and physician assistant Stephen Robie, volunteered at the Temple of Praise community food bank and health fair providing free blood pressure screenings and consults. More than 100 people from the Anacostia neighborhood in Washington, DC attended.


Women's Heart Center Hosts Cooking Demonstration at CulinAerie
Dr. Jannet Lewis, cardiology nurse practitioner Helma Parikh, and registered dietician Kelli Metzger, hosted heart-healthy cooking classes at CulinAerie in Washington, DC for at-risk female patients.  The two-part cooking series held May 5th and May 12th focused on components of the Mediterranean diet, which has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.