MCW Cardiovascular/Heart Disease/Cardiothoracic Surgery News

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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.” 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

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.

Drs. Tom Aufderheide, Michael Mitchell selected for 2015 Eureka Awards from Milwaukee Business Journal

May 29 - Tom Aufderheide, MD, professor of emergency medicine, and Michael Mitchell, MD, professor of surgery (cardiothoracic) and chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, were named winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal 2015 Eureka Award. Dr. Aufderheide was honored in the Lifetime Achievement category for being an international leader in methods of lifesaving resuscitation.

AHA Awards MCW $3.7 Million for National Hypertension Research Center

May 27 - The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded MCW a four-year, $3.7 million grant to create a Strategically Focused Hypertension Research Center. MCW is one of four research centers nationwide that will form the AHA’s national hypertension network. Waukesha Now

American Heart Association funds epigenetic hypertension research at MCW

May 19 - Diet and other lifestyle and environmental factors can change your genes, which could make you susceptible to high blood pressure, or hypertension, and could be inherited. Now, researchers and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are working to determine exactly how that happens—and why.

Drs. Malik and Widlansky Author Editorial on Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death among Firefighters

May 13 - Drs. Mobin Malik and Michael Widlansky authored an editorial in Vascular Medicine on studies that found that sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death among on-duty firefighters. Cardiac death accounts for 42 percent of the deaths of on-duty firefighters over the past five years. Science Daily

Director of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Meets with MCW Students, Faculty

May 13 - Dr. Gary Gibbons, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) met with students and faculty when he visited MCW on May 6 and delivered a lecture entitled, “Charting Our Future Together.” The NHLBI supports a significant number of cardiovascular research studies at MCW. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Seabrook Discusses Risk Factors for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

May 7 - Dr. Gary Seabrook (Surgery – Vascular) discussed risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysms at a public presentation on May 2 at Froedtert. AAAneurysm Outreach hosted the event which included free ultrasound screenings for at-risk individuals. More than one million Americans are living with undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms. If the aneurysm bursts, only 10-25 percent of victims will survive. Community Journal

No Difference Found in Heart Surgery Outcomes between Residents and Attending Surgeons

May 6 - In a presentation at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s annual meeting, Dr. G. Hossein Almassi (Surgery – Cardiothoracic) reported on a study he led that found that there is no difference in patient outcomes or graft patency between resident physicians and attending surgeons when it came to coronary artery bypass grafting. Science 20

Transplant Rejection Test, Brain Tumor Treatment Cited by BizTimes

Apr. 28 - Milwaukee BizTimes identifies “12 Big Ideas in Wisconsin Research” that includes two MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin studies. Dr. Michael Mitchell and Mats Hidestrand, PhD, (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) are pioneering a new, less invasive and more cost-efficient way to detect the possibility of transplant rejections. Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is utilizing infrared lasers to destroy malignant brain tumors in children. Biz Times

MCW researcher to investigate diabetic heart susceptibility to cardiac injury

Apr. 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the mechanisms responsible for the susceptibility of diabetic hearts to cardiac injury.

Researchers Partner on $8.5 Million NIH Grant to Wake Forest to Study Hormones

Apr. 20 - The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that MCW researchers will partner in an $8.5 million NIH grant to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The five-year award, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will continue research on how hormones might contribute to heart disease and irregular heartbeats. Milwaukee Business Journal

American Heart Assoc. Names MCW as One of Four Centers for $15 Million Hypertension Study

Apr. 20 - MCW is one of four institutions selected to study hypertension as part of the American Heart Association’s four-year, $15 million Strategically Focused Research Network on Hypertension. The three other centers are University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the University of Iowa. UAB News

Construction on Center for Advanced Care Scheduled for Fall Completion

Apr. 16 - The Milwaukee Business Journal provides a photo tour of the $140 million Froedtert & MCW Center for Advanced Care, an eight-story building that will house expanded facilities for heart, vascular, and transplant surgery programs. The facility is scheduled to be completed in the fall. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Marks Discusses Health Benefits, Risks of Wine Consumption

Apr. 14 - Dr. David Marks (Medicine – Cardiovascular; Radiology) provides expert comment to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that questions the health benefits of wine. Dr. Marks said that while there are cardiovascular benefits associated with moderate wine consumption, there are adverse health effects, including risks of accidental death, liver disease and alcoholism. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hospitals Named to Becker’s List of Nation’s Top 100 Heart Hospitals

Apr. 14 - Froedtert & MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are two of the four Wisconsin Hospital’s named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “100 Hospitals, Health Systems with Great Heart Programs.” Other Wisconsin hospitals named to the list are Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Steam Feed

MCW researchers to study medication to treat traumatic brain injury

Mar. 25 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will conduct a research study to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid (TXA), which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body.

FDA Approves ResQCPR Device for Cardiac Arrest; Dr. Aufderheide Led Clinical Trial

Mar. 23 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) was lead investigator for the clinical trial for the ResQCPR system. Health Canal and Waukesha Now

Dr. Kulinski Finds that Time Spent Sitting Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Mar. 10 - The Daily Mail (United Kingdom) reports on a study by Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski that found that for every hour that adults spend sitting, the levels of artery deposits are increased by 14 percent. Dr. Kulinski presented her research at an American College of Cardiology meeting. Daily Mail and Science Daily

MCW plays key role in federal approval of new CPR devices

Mar. 9 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on people whose hearts stop beating (cardiac arrest). The devices may improve the patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

Medical Student Authors Perspective on What It Means to be a Bone Marrow Donor Match

Mar. 4 - Jared Bozeman (M-3) authored a medical student perspective in the American College of Physicians’ newsletter on what it meant to him to be identified as a bone marrow donor match. American College of Physicians

Dr. Goldspink Discusses Research on Microstructures to Prevent Heart Failure

Mar. 3 - In an interview with Milwaukee BizTimes, Paul Goldspink, PhD, (Physiology) discusses his research to restore organ function by exploiting aspects of the chemical and physical environment of the heart. He has created biodegradable microstructures that are bioengineered to be the same size, shape and stiffness as adult heart muscle cells, which keeps the tissue from seeing the microstructures as foreign objects and rejecting them. The findings were recently published in the international science journal Biomaterials. Biz Times

Project Adam Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Mar. 3 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools celebrated the 10th anniversary of Project Adam; a campaign to place AEDs in schools. The campaign was founded by Dr. Stuart Berger who is now at the University of California – Davis. WISN, Fox6Now and Milwaukee Community Journal

Dr. Tweddell Named Co-Director of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Heart Institute

Mar. 2 - The Cincinnati Business Courier reports on Dr. James Tweddell’s (Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) appointment as Co-Director of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Gardiner Discusses How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Mar. 2 - Dr. Stacey Gardiner (Medicine – Cardiology) discusses how to keep your heart healthy in an interview aired on Wisconsin Public Radio. Dr. Gardiner also discussed how heart disease and heart attack symptoms differ between men and women. WPR

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