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. The Understein Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1978 by the family of Jack Understein, in gratitude for the care provided at GW. The Institute is grateful to the Understein family for their generous contribution that makes this annual lectureship and tribute to their father possible. Jack Understein's sons, Norman Understein, Robert Understein and Gary Understein, attended the lecture and joined Dr. O'Gara and GW's cardiology fellows for dinner following the event.

Cardiology Grand Rounds was recorded live and offered as a webinar via WebEx to regional cardiologists and alumni of the GW cardiology fellowship program. The Web series is sponsored by a generous donation from Dr. Azita Moalemi, a GW Cardiology Fellowship alum.

Dr. Mercader Gives Keynote at USDA National Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Dr. Marco Mercader served as Keynote Speaker at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2016 National Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Dr. Mercader was selected for his achievements in the field of cardiovascular medicine, contributions to patients, students, and colleagues, and his many charitable works. The event was held at the USDA Whitten Building on September 21, 2016.
Institute to Host Event to Celebrate GW's Seventh Annual Medical Mission to Honduras

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute's fundraiser to support our Seventh Annual Medical Mission to Honduras will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. The museum's newest exhibition, Bingata! Only in Okinawa, features textile treasures and contemporary works by Okinawan artists and fashion designers. Dr. Cynthia Tracy will present the seven-year history of the Institute's annual cardiac mission. This year was a record breaking effort, with 45 device implants, more than 200 consultations, and more than 100 echoes performed in just nine days. For more information on attending this event and how you can support this mission, please contact Jessica Johnson at jjohnson@mfa.gwu.edu.

Photo Credit: Dujin (inner robe) with cranes, pine, plum blossoms, and chrysanthemums on a multi-color ground.  Shuri, Okinawa, 19th century. Okinawa Churashima Foundation.

Dr. Borden Leads National Health Policy and Heart Disease Quality Efforts
  • Dr. William Borden served on the Advisory Committee for the Academy Health Concordium 2016 Conference, which convenes experts working with health data to integrate evidence, practice, and policy in the delivery system setting. Dr. Borden moderated discussions on transforming health systems.
  • Dr. Borden participated in the American College of Cardiology's Innovation Summit 2016: Getting Beyond the Hype of Precision Medicine, Big Data and Digital Health in Cardiovascular Care: A Roadmap for Innovation.
  • Dr. Borden was also named Associate Editor for the American Heart Association's Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Journal.

Dr. Farmer Published in National Health Policy Journals
  • Dr. Steven Farmer was lead author on "Patient, Caregiver, and Physician Work in Heart Failure Disease Management: A Qualitative Study of Issues that Undermine Wellness," published in the August 2016 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. This paper reviewed the many factors why patients are re-hospitalized for heart failure.
  • Dr. Farmer co-authored "Medicaid Expansion in 2014 Did Not Increase Emergency Department Use but Did Change Insurance Payer Mix," published in the August 2016 issue of Health Affairs. This study found that the Affordable Care Act's expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income residents did not significantly affect emergency department use as predicted by policy analysts.