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Northwestern Medicine at AHA's Scientific Sessions

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November 12, 2010

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During the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2010, Northwestern Medicine physicians are available to talk about their research. Experts from the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute can provide interviews on various cardiology and cardiac surgery topics. Below you will find information about when and what a few of our experts are presenting, as well as the best methods of contacting them.

Northwestern Medicine’s Media Relations contacts:
Kris Lathan: Office (312)926-2963, klathan@nmh.org

Megan McCann: Office (312)926-5900, memccann@nmh.org  

Angela Salerno: Office (312)926-8327, asalerno@nmh.org  

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Hot Topics at Scientific Sessions:

Sunday, November 14, 10:00 a.m.

“Chronic Kidney Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Is there something special about risk, treatment and outcomes?”

Presenter: Rod S. Passman, MD, medical director for the Program for Atrial Fibrillation at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an associate professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Passman will explore why dialysis patients are at a heightened risk for sudden cardiac death and why this growing population must be studied.
CONTACT DR. PASSMAN: Megan McCann, (312)926-5900

4:07 p.m. “Results of the ADVANCE Bridge to Transplant Trial”
Multiple presenter session includes:
Edwin C. McGee, Jr., MD, surgical director, and William G. Cotts, MD, medical director, for the Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. These physicians were instrumental in implanting the first biventricular configuration (two devices implanted in a single patient) of the HeartWare™ ventricular assist device.
CONTACT DRS. MCGEE OR COTTS: Kris Lathan, (312)926-2963

Monday, November 15

9:15 a.m. “Differences in Atrial Fibrillation Characteristics between Normal and Heart Failure Atria”
Multiple presenter session includes:
Richard Lee, MD, surgical director for the Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and associate professor of Surgery at Feinberg and Jeffrey J. Goldberger, MD, director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Research and professor of Medicine at Feinberg. Physicians will discuss the remodeling of the atria in heart failure and how it differs from normal atria in atrial fibrillation suggesting different ablation approaches that may be necessary in the heart failure population.
CONTACT DRS. LEE AND GOLDBERGER: Angela Salerno, (312)926-8327

Tuesday, November 16

2:45 p.m. “Aortic Valve Replacement is Associated with Increased Survival in Asymptomatic Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis”
Multiple presenter session includes: S. Chris Malaisrie, MD, co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and assistant professor of Surgery at Feinberg, Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern Memorial, director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery at Feinberg, and other physicians from the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Physicians will discuss how the medical management of asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis results in worse overall survival compared to those with surgical management suggesting early surgical management may be warranted in this population.
CONTACT DRS. MALAISRIE OR MCCARTHY: Kris Lathan, (312)926-2963

Wednesday, November 17

3:45 p.m. “Trial of Autologous CD34+ Cell Therapy for Critical Limb Ischemia: 1 Year Results”
Douglas W. Losordo, MD, director of the Program in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial, director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, and the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research at Feinberg, is revolutionizing treatment of cardiovascular disease by utilizing patients’ own stem cells to regenerate heart and vascular tissue.
CONTACT DR. LOSORDO: Megan McCann, (312)926-5900

Northwestern Medicine experts will be in attendance at the conference and available to speak on any of the multidisciplinary cardiovascular areas*:

  • Catheter-based and surgical interventions
  • Cardiovascular imaging
  • Epidemiology and prevention
  • Genetics, genomics, and congenital cardiovascular disorders
  • Heart-rhythm disorders and resuscitation science
  • Myocardium function and failure
  • Vascular disease biology and clinical science
  • Epidemiology and prevention

*Contact Media Relations to arrange interviews

Media Contact:

Kris Lathan, Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Media Contact:

Megan McCann

Media Contact:

Angela Salerno
Senior Associate
Media Relations

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Media Relations

Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011