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Cardiology News 2014 | Issue 2

June 2014

Shear Stent Clinical Trial Emory is leading an international clinical trial to compare how blood vessels respond to two commonly-used, FDA-approved stents. The Shear Stent study is comparing the Resolute速 Integrity stent and the XIENCE Xpedition速 stent to determine if stents designed with struts aligned in an axial direction to the blood flow have an advantage over stents with struts aligned perpendicular to the direction of blood flow.

3-Dimensional reconstruction of a stented coronary segment with wall shear stress magnitude assessment.

3-Dimensional reconstruction of a virtually deployed stent with velocity streamlines and wall shear stress evaluation.



1 Shear Stent 2 Georgia ACC Leadership 2 Research Symposium 2 EUH Goes Red 3 Graduating Fellows 3 Division Service Awards 4 News & Notables 4 Upcoming Events 4 Recent Publications

Professor of Medicine, Habib Samady, MD, is the Principal Investigator of this study which is being conducted at 15 sites in seven countries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Samady is also the Director of Interventional Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Emory University Hospital. Co-PIs are Marco Costa, MD, PhD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Bon-Kwon Koo, MD, at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. Using intravascular coronary ultrasound (IVUS) and intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT), and angiographic velocity-derived data, Samady and his team will assess blood flow and plaque both immediately after stent deployment and again one year later in 126 patients undergoing medically necessary cardiac catheterization. Emory faculty collaborators include Aloke Finn, MD, Kreton Mavromatis, MD, Henry Liberman, MD, Michael McDaniel, MD, Gautam Kumar, MD, and Cardiology Fellow, Girum Mekonnen, MD, MPH. 1

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2014 Georgia ACC Leadership The Division of Cardiology is well-represented in the Georgia American College of Cardiology (ACC) leadership for 2014. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Gina Lundberg, MD, was elected as a council member for the Atlanta District of the Georgia Chapter. Associate Professor, Syed Tanveer Rab, MD, will serve as an At-Large council member. Fellow, Matthew Certain, MD, was named the Emory Delegate for Fellows-in-Training (FIT), while George Nicholson, MD, will serve as the Alternate Delegate. In addition, Associate Professor, Jerre Lutz, MD, will serve on both the Program and Advocacy Committees for the Georgia Chapter in 2014.

Cardiology Research Symposium - June 13, 2014 Participation was strong as we had close to 100 people attend and participate in this year’s Symposium. All of the oral and poster presentations were very high quality and demonstrative of the devotion that our trainees feel towards their work. Congratulations to our top presenters who won $500 travel awards and certificates! Basic Science Research Oral Presentation: 1. Farshad Forouzandeh 2. Chanwoo Kim

Clinical Research Oral Presentation: 1. Jonathan Kim 2. Nima Ghasemzadeh

Basic Science Research Poster Presentation: 1. Alejandra Valdivia Cortes 2. Masakazu Fujii 3. Anita Saraf

Clinical Research Poster Presentation 1. Amanda James 2. Greg Hartlage 3. Neal Bhatia and Danny Eapen

EUH Goes Red!

Emory Women’s Heart Center presented another “Go Red” event to raise awareness of heart disease in women. These photos are from the May 9th “Mother’s Day” weekend event at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

2014 Graduating Fellows


Congratulations to our graduating Fellows and best of luck with your new endeavours! Roy E. Abrahamian, MD Interventional Fellowship, Emory University Kartik Agusala, MD University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Jennifer R. Brown, MD MS Director, Heart Failure Program - Anne Arrundel Medical Center Matthew E. Certain, MD Private Practice: Strickland, Certain and Jones Ryan K Crisel, MD Piedmont Fayette, Interventional Cardiology Danny J. Eapen, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Emory University Chetan V Hampole, MD Mercy Regional Medical Center

Mazen K Khalil, MD Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Emory University Jonathan Ho-Youn Kim, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Emory University Rebecca Levit, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Emory University Joshua Lovelock, MD Private Practice Faisal M. Merchant, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Emory University James L. Perrien, MD Private Practice Paulraj Samuel, MD, MPH Kingwood Medical Center

Gregory Hartlage, MD University of South Florida/Memorial Hospital Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship

Fadi Sawaya, MD Interventional Fellowship, Emory Hospital

Camden Hebson, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Emory University

Alexander Smolensky, MD Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine and Mid-Georgia Heart & Vascular Center

Mihir Kanitkar, MD The Heart Center Inc., Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville AL

Ramal Majintha Weragoda, MD PhD Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, Emory University

Division Service Award Honorees Three division employees were honored at the annual University Service Awards luncheon in April. At the ceremony, Administrative Assistant, C. Jeanette Zahler was recognized for her 35 years service while Administrative Manager, Deborah (Dee) Anderson and Clinical Research Nurse Supervisor, Theresa Sanders were honored for 25 years of service. The Division of Cardiology would like to express sincere thanks for the hard work and years of service our honorees have contributed to Emory.

C. Jeanette Zahler

Deborah Anderson

Theresa Sanders

News and Notables Cardiology Postdoc Kiyoko Takemiyo, MD, PhD, won the 2014 ACCF/ Herman K. Gold Young Investigators Award in Molecular and Cellular Cardiology at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. The Young Investigator Awards competition encourages and recognizes young scientific investigators of promise, upon whom progress in the field of cardiology is dependent. Dr. Takemiyo was honored for her work in Dr. Robert Taylor’s lab titled “A Novel Imaging Probe for the Detection of Subclinical Bacterial Infections Involving Cardiac Devices.”

Young sup Yoon, MD, PhD, was accepted as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). The ASCI is an honor society of physician-scientists, who translate findings in the laboratory to the advancement of clinical practice.

Kreton Mavromatis, MD, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine. Alexy Tamas, MD, PhD, received 2nd place for Research Excellence from the Physiological Genomics Group at the 2014 Experimental Biology conference. Bill (Vasileios) D. Gogas, MD, PhD, F.A.C.C., was elected Fellow of the American College of Cardiology last March during the ACC convocation ceremony 2014. This June Gogas became Ph.D in Interventional Cardiology after defending his thesis at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Nanette K. Wenger, MD, received the 2014 Joseph Stokes Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. The Grady Heart Failure Management Program was recently awarded the Bronze Achievement Award by the American Heart Association for its achievement in the Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure program, and was also selected as the recipient of the 2013 National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) Gage Award, recognizing outstanding work to improve quality.

Upcoming Events • June 20, 2014 - Cardiology Graduation Banquet • August 16, 2014 - Women and Heart Disease • October 2-4, 2014 - Cardiology in Primary Care

Recent Publications Recently published journal articles by cardiology faculty are posted on the Faculty Publications webpage. If you would like to have an article listed on this page, please email the citation to

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