MCW Cardiovascular/Heart Disease/Cardiothoracic Surgery News

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Attention all motorcycle riders!

May 25 - You are invited to participate on a Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin team for the Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 11 to benefit the Cardiovascular Center. The team will gather at the MCW Visitor's Lot at 9 a.m. and depart together at 9:30 a.m., guided by a team captain to the start line at Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville.

Dr. D. Woodrow Benson, Jr. receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society

May 16 - D. Woodrow Benson, Jr., MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and chief of pediatric cardiology, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society. Dr. Benson received the award in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in children.

MCW receives $2.8 million in grants to investigate kidney disease

Apr. 6 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received two grants totaling $2.8 million to investigate treatments for diseases of the kidney. The first grant is a 5-year, $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to investigate the development of a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

MCW receives grant to research intricacies of blood-clotting process

Apr. 5 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to research the relationship between von Willebrand factor (VWF), a protein that helps blood clot, and collagen, one of the major structural components of blood vessel walls.

MCW receives grant to determine role of diabetes as a precursor to cardiovascular disease

Apr. 1 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the risk factors of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), where the muscle wall of the heart’s main pumping chamber becomes enlarged and thickens at a cellular level.

MCW professor receives grant to continue research on blood flow and cardiovascular health

Mar. 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood to continue funding a study focused on how health of the cells lining the inner wall of blood vessels impact the vessels’ reaction to an increase in blood flow.

MCW to host renowned nutrition expert at heart health conference

Feb. 4 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will host Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease heart health conference on Monday, March 14, 2016 featuring nutrition expert, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and his wife and author, Ann Crile Esselstyn.

MCW Cardiovascular Center Receives Grant from A. O. Smith Foundation to Create Fellowship Scholars Program Grant

Jan. 28 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cardiovascular Center is the recipient of a grant from the A. O. Smith Foundation which will support the creation of the A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program Grant

Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk to Benefit Cardiac Research at MCW

Jan. 25 - The 20th Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa. The event supports heart research at the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in which more than 200 faculty physicians and research scientists study the causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease.

CPR should be in all Wisconsin schools

Jan. 20 - An op-ed by John R. Raymond, MD, president of the American Heart Association Metro Milwaukee Board of Directors and president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin and J. Carter Ralphe is president of the American Heart Association Madison Board of Directors and division chief of pediatric cardiology at UW Health in Madison supports the a bill that has been introduced in the Capitol that will substantially increase the number of CPR-trained individuals in Wisconsin communities by incorporating basic, compression-only CPR training into the high school curriculum statewide. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Partnering for lifelong heart care

Adults who were born with congenital heart disease find highly specialized, lifelong care at the Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a partnership of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

Dr. Gutterman Receives College Medalist Award from CHEST

Nov. 12 - WauwatosaNow reports that David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and Senior Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the 2015 College Medalist Award from the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) during its annual meeting in Montreal in October. The award honors meritorious service in furthering work in chest medicine. Wauwatosa Now

MCW collaborates in the investigation of age-related macular degeneration prevention

Nov. 10 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, the University of Miami, and Marshfield Clinic, have found that a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease helps to delay or prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of blindness among older Americans.

Dr. David Gutterman receives 2015 College Medalist Award from American College of Chest Physicians

Nov. 5 - David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and Senior Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the 2015 College Medalist Award from the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) during its annual meeting in Montreal in October. The award honors meritorious service in furthering work in chest medicine.

Vascular Access Symposium planned for Oct. 22

Oct. 15 - The 5th annual Vascular Access Symposium is planned for Thursday, Oct. 22, in the MCW Kerrigan Auditorium. The event runs from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

MCW receives grant to identify cholesterol-lowering therapies

Sept. 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a 4-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to fund research that aims to identify novel strategies to eliminate excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and prevent heart attacks caused by the build-up of plaque in the arteries.

Dr. Aufderheide Describes Cardiac Arrest as a Major National Public Health Problem

Sept. 14 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) discusses the importance of addressing cardiac arrest as a major national public health problem in Today’s Geriatric Medicine. Today's Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Geurts is First Recipient of Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award

Aug. 12 - Aron Geurts, PhD is the first recipient of the $25,000 Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award. Dr. Geurts will use the scholarship funds in his accelerated efforts to model genetic variation in human stem cells which will lead to a better understanding of cardiovascular disease and new avenues for specific therapeutic approaches. The award is funded by proceeds from the annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run/Walk. Lake Country Now

Drs. Aoy Tomita-Mitchell and Michael Mitchell Cited for Launching Start-Up Companies

Aug. 12 - Urban Milwaukee columnist John Torinus, Chairman of Serigraph, Inc., notes that MCW is increasingly on the forefront of creating start-up companies. He reports on the success of Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, and Dr. Michael Mitchell (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic), whose start-up company Ariosa Diagnostic, Inc., was recently sold to Roche for between $400 - $600 million. The couple’s new company – Tai, Inc. – will be located on UWM’s Innovation Campus. Urban Milwaukee

Low-Dose CT Scans Find Early Lung Cancers in 30 Pack-Year Cigarette Smokers

Aug. 12 - In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Dr. David Johnstone (Surgery – Cardiothoracic) discusses a low-dose CT scan used at all Froedtert & MCW hospitals to determine if individuals who have smoked 30 pack-years show early signs of lung cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MCW cardiovascular researcher wins Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award

Aug. 6 - Aron Geurts, PhD, associate professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), is the recipient of the $25,000 Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award. This first ever award was developed to identify and honor a junior or mid-career MCW scientist involved in cutting-edge cardiovascular research.

Identical twins needed to study effects of genes and environment on blood pressure

July 29 - Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are recruiting identical twins for a clinical study that will determine what kind of modifications to one’s genetic code would lead to higher blood pressures. Mingyu Liang, PhD, professor of Physiology, and Srividya Kidambi MD, assistant professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, are the lead investigators for the study.

MCW Researchers Launch Company for Blood Test to Determine Heart Transplant Rejection

July 27 - In a front page article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on plans by Dr. Michael Mitchell and Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, (both Surgery – Cardiothoracic Pediatrics) to house their new company – Tai Diagnostics, Inc. - in the UWM Innovation Accelerator. At Tai Diagnostics, the Mitchells are developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Woman Diagnosed with Rare Disorder Receives Lung Transplant

July 28 - Dr. George Haasler comments to Fox-TV/Channel 6 on the case of a woman who successfully received a lung transplant at Froedtert Hospital. Before the transplant, the woman was dying of a rare lung disorder known as Ideopathic Pleural-parenchymal Fibroelastosis. Fox 6 Now

Woman Battles Rare Lung Disease at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

July 24 - Ashley Kleiber was dying of a rare lung disease called Idiopathic Pleural-parenchymal Fibroelastosis. A transplant is the only known cure for her disease. Fox 6 News

CVC Golf Challenge raises more than $81,000 for MCW cardiovascular research

July 23 - The 17th annual CVC Golf Challenge was held July 13 at Chenequa Country Club. Preliminary results show the outing raised more than $81,000 for MCW Cardiovascular Center research.

Heart & Vascular Center Selected to Participate in SMARTCare Program

July 20 - Froedtert & MCW’s Heart & Vascular Center is among the first sites selected to participate in the American College of Cardiology SMARTCare Program. The innovative pilot program is designed to support physicians and stable ischemic heart disease patients in making decisions together about care based on the patient's unique history and the latest treatment criteria. Biz Times

Dr. Aufderheide Discusses the Need for Public Involvement with CPR, Defibrillation

July 7 - More than 100 media outlets nationwide reported on an Institute of Medicine report calling for more research funding and public awareness of cardiac arrest, the third leading cause of death among Americans. Dr. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine), one of the report’s authors, said, “Any CPR and any defibrillation delivered by the public are better than no care at all.” Philly.com and WPR

Dr. Tom Aufderheide part of national panel addressing cardiac arrest

July 1 - The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on cardiac arrest, the third biggest killer of Americans. The panel found many people do not understand cardiac arrest, and many are unwilling to intervene through the use of CPR and defibrillators. Tom Aufderheide, professor of emergency medicine and a member of the IOM, was on the panel who created the study and participated in a national news conference releasing the results.Philly.com

Dr. Malmsten Describes Cardiovascular Risks for Overweight Black Women

June 24 - Dr. Catharine Malmsten (Medicine – Cardiology) tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that 80% of black women are either overweight or obese, factors that contribute to worse outcomes from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nine Centers Nationwide Designated as Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers

June 15 - The Froedtert & MCW Pulmonary Hypertension Service is one of nine centers nationwide to be designated a Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. The status recognizes excellence and specialization in the treatment of patients with pulmonary hypertension. There are now 26 designated centers nationwide. Pulmonary Hypertension News

Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride Supports MCW’s Cardiovascular Center

June 11 - The Suburban Milwaukee H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) Chapter and Suburban Motors Harley Davidson in Thiensville will host the 7th annual Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on June 13. Proceeds from the event benefit MCW’s Cardiovascular Center. Wauwatosa Now

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ranks among the nation’s best according to U.S. News & World Report

June 9 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in nine specialties in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This ranking is just one of a number of awards that recognizes Children’s as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation.

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