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MCW Cardiovascular/Heart Disease/Cardiothoracic Surgery News

Dr. Pfeifer Comments on Study about Post-Surgery Heart Risks Posed by Aspirin

Apr 8 - Dr. Kurt Pfeifer provides expert comment in a Health Day article also published in U.S. News & World Report on a New England Journal of Medicine study that found that aspirin may not protect the heart after non-cardiac surgeries, and also may significantly increase the risk of major bleeding. U.S. News HealthDay

Dr. Gupta Reports that Mortality is Up for Patients Receiving PCI after Cardiac Arrest

Apr 3 - Dr. Navdeep Gupta reports that patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention after cardiac arrest are more likely to have more complex lesions, cardiogenic shock, and higher mortality. Monthly Prescribing Reference

Clinical Trial Will Evaluate Effect of a Diabetic Medication on Blood Vessel Function

Mar 18 - MCW is enrolling Type 2 diabetes patients in a clinical trial conducted by Dr. Michael Widlansky. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patient Makes Lifestyle Changes to Qualify for New VAD Model

Mar 11 - Dr. Robert Love contributes to an NBC-TV/Channel 4 report on a Milwaukee man’s commitment to lifestyle changes so that he could become one of the nation’s first patients to be approved for a new model of a ventricular assist device. 620 WTMJ-AM

Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Newborn Cardiac Screening Test

Mar 11 - At a ceremony March 3rd conducted at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed legislation requiring all newborn babies to be tested for a critical congenital heart defect. MCW endorsed the legislation. Fox 6 News, CBS 58 News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, & Wisconsin Public Radio

Dr. Gupta Finds No Increased Odds of In-Hospital Mortality for Cocaine Users with MI

Mar 5 - In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Navdeep Gupta reports that cocaine users with myocardial infarction do not have increased odds of in-hospital mortality. MPR Publications

Cocaine Use Doesn’t Raise Inpatient Heart Attack Mortality Rate

Feb 27 - Navdeep Gupta, MD, studied the connection between myocardial infarction deaths in hospitals and cocaine use, and found that use of the drug did not impact mortality rates. HealthDay News

Health Systems Select Cardiac Surgery Partners

Feb 25 - Columbia St. Mary’s and ProHealth Care decided not to partner on finding an outside organization to provide cardiac surgery for both health systems. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal & BizTimes

More than 700 Runners, Walkers Raise Over $30,000 for Cardiovascular Research

Feb 25 - The Milwaukee Business Journal provides a slide show of the 18th annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run and Walk on February 15. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Second Part of Series on Heart Transplant Patient’s Saga

Feb 25 - In the second of a two-part series, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel follows patient Kathleen Shores from her diagnosis of heart failure, placement on an artificial heart machine, and heart transplant procedure. 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.

Cullen Heart Run and Walk Supports Dr. Broeckel’s Research on Ventricular Hypertrophy

Feb 18 - In a feature report in advance of the Steve Cullen Annual Healthy Heart Club Run and Walk, Dr. Ulrich Broeckel discusses his cardiovascular research studies with ABC-TV/Channel 12. WISN-TV

Change of Heart

Feb 17 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel followed a Froedtert & the Medical College patient with heart failure as she was first put on a total artificial heart, then a portable device, and then, months later, a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Berger Calls for State Regulations Mandating Pulse Oximetry Screening of Newborns

Feb 12 - Dr. Stuart Berger calls for state regulations requiring Pulse Oximetry Screening for all Wisconsin newborns. 620 WTMJ-AM

Blood Cells Transformed to Beating Heart Cells for Cardiovascular Research

Feb 12 - A WISN-TV news story profiles the work of Ulrich Broeckel, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute. WISN-TV

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.

Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk Supports Cardiovascular Research

Jan 21 - The 18th Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk will be held on February 15 at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center in Wauwatosa. WauwatosaNOW

Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk to benefit MCW cardiac research

Jan. 14 - The 18th Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk will be held on Saturday, Feb.15, at 10 a.m. at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa. The event supports heart research at the internationally recognized Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in which more than 170 faculty physicians and research scientists study the causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Dr. Johnstone Comments on Study on Gender Differences in Mild Coronary Artery Disease

Jan 10 - Dr. Candice Johnstone provides expert comment to Family Practice News on a study reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America that found that the mild coronary artery disease differences between men and women are not as great as earlier identified. Family Practice News

M Magazine Profiles Drs. Biblo, Ehlert and Toth in Best Doctors Edition

Jan 10 - M Magazine profiles Drs. Lee Biblo , Carey Ehlert and Heather Toth as part of the magazine’s article on the 2014 Best Doctors in America. M Magazine

Mandatory Newborn Heart Test Legislation Stalled in State Committees

Dec 27 - Dr. Stuart Berger tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that, “Early detection (of heart disease) saves lives.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Mahr Discusses VAD as Bridge to Heart Transplantation

Nov 12 - Dr. Claudius Mahr provides expert information on ventricular assist devices as a bridge to heart transplantation story on a patient who has made positive lifestyle changes as he awaits a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Patient changed his life to save his heart

Nov 12 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed a man who received a ventricular assist device, or VAD, to pump blood through his body while he awaits a heart transplant. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Gutterman Calls for Additional Research on Possible Risks Related to Beta Blockers

Nov 8 - Dr. David Gutterman notes that additional research is needed to confirm a study reported in CHEST that found that the perioperative administration of beta-blockers during non-cardiac surgery may put patients at risk of acute heart problems. MedPage Today

Bradley Tech Students Don Hard Hats at Froedtert & the Medical College

Oct 18 - Local high school students are participating in a pilot internship program called “Tech Terns,” in which the students learn about construction, architecture and project development. Milwaukee Business Journal

MCW Joins with University of Minnesota to Study Ways to Lessen CPR Injuries

Oct 8 - Drs. Matthias Riess and Tom Aufderheide and Martin Bienengraeber, PhD, are co-recipients of a five-year, $5.4 million NIH grant to investigate new ways to lessen injuries after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Improving CPR: MCW Researchers Receive Prestigious NIH Grant

Oct 1 - Matthias Riess, MD, PhD, Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, and Martin Bienengraeber, PhD, are co-investigators of an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award that has just been announced. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Improving CPR: MCW part of collaborative team to develop new life-saving strategies

Oct. 02 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin are co-recipients of a five-year, $5.4 million NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to investigate new strategies to minimize cardiac and neurologic injury after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Dr. Cowley Receives $9.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Links between Peroxide and Hypertension

Sept 30 - Allen Cowley, Jr., PhD, received a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the role of hydrogen peroxide in the development of salt-sensitive hypertension. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Pavlov Receives NIH Grant to Study Link between Kidney Inflammation and Hypertension

Sept 24 - Tengis Pavlov, PhD, received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how kidney inflammation is related to the development of hypertension. WauwatosaNOW

The kidneys and salt: researcher to study mechanisms of hypertension

Sept. 19 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how kidney inflammation is related to the development of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Dr. Choi Questions Hypertension Treatment that Blasts Kidney Nerves

Sept 17 - Dr. Bill Choi expressed concern about the possible long-term negative consequences of blasting nerves in the kidneys with high frequency energy to treat uncontrolled hypertension. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Mahr Interviewed on WUWM-FM

Sept 17 - Claudius Mahr, DO, discussed advances in treating heart failure on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM FM

Dr. Malmsten Recognized by National Medical Association

Sept 17 - Dr. Catharine Malmsten was named one of the nation’s 40 “Top Health Professional s under 40” at the National Medical Association’s annual meeting. WauwatosaNOW

Heart Patient Has Bridge-to-Transplant Device Implanted at Children’s

Sept 17 - An NBC/Channel 4 special report focuses on a small-framed, congestive heart failure patient at Froedtert who had a Berlin Heart bridge-to-transplant device implanted at Children’s. Claudius Mahr, DO, provides expert comment. Today's TMJ4

Surgeon Cuts Out Heart, So Patient can Live

Sept 12 - Robert Love, MD, discusses his first “total artificial heart transplant,” which allowed the patient to leave the hospital while she awaits a heart transplant from a human donor. WUWM FM

Taking the Pulse of Heart Failure

Sept 12 - Claudius Mahr, DO, discusses heart failure and ventricular assist devices on WUWM’s Lake Effect program. WUWM FM

Dr. Catharine Malmsten named Top Healthcare Professional Under 40

Sept. 12 - Catharine Malmsten, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was named a “Top Healthcare Professional Under 40” at the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual conference. Dr. Malmsten is one of 40 physicians nationwide to receive this honor.

Dr. Berger Discusses Side-Effects of Anti-Arrhythmic Drugs

Aug 28 - Dr. Marcie Berger discusses side-effects of anti-arrhythmic drugs in Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Everyday Health

How the brain regulates breathing

Aug 26 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes supporting research investigating the neural control of respiration.

Dr. Berger Discusses Atrial Fibrillation

Aug 2 - Dr. Marcie Berger provides expert comment on atrial fibrillation in Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, posted on EverydayHealth.com. Everyday Health

The Importance of Newborn Screening for Heart Defects

Aug 2 - Dr. Stuart Berger discusses the importance of a proposed bill that would mandate newborn screening in Wisconsin for congenital heart disease in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Repairs Donated Lungs for Transplantation

July 26 - Dr. Robert Love describes the importance to transplant surgery of ex vivo lung perfusion in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel front-page article. Dr. Love recently received an ex vivo perfusion system for research use. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

$117 Million Facility Named the Center for Advanced Care

June 17 - Froedtert announced that it will name its new $117 million facility the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Advanced Care. Milwaukee Business Journal

05.04 - Dr. Ravi Misra named Dean of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Medical College of Wisconsin has named Ravi P. Misra, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry at the Medical College, as Dean of the College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Misra’s appointment was announced by T. Michael Bolger, JD, President and CEO. Dr. Misra assumed his new position on May 1.

A.O. Smith Foundation plants the seeds of cardiovascular research with major donation

June 03 - The A.O. Smith Foundation has made a substantial donation to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) that will be invested in the encouraging research of young investigators in the Cardiovascular Center (CVC). The CVC will use this gift as a source of seed funding, so called because it cultivates the growth of scientific projects beginning in their earliest and most critical stages.

American Heart Association President Presents at Cardiology Grand Rounds

April 23 - Donna K. Arnett, PhD, MSPH, President of the American Heart Association, presented at MCW’s cardiology grand rounds on April 17. WauwatosaNOW

Beating Heart Cells

Beating Heart Cells - Induced pluripotent stem cells from adults, not embryos, are converted into beating heart cells and used for research at The Medical College of Wisconsin by John Lough, Ph.D. and Ulrich Broeckel, M.D.

Cullen Run/Walk warms winter hearts

May 30 - The 17th annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run/Walk raised a record $36,000 for heart disease research on Feb. 16. With 900 people lacing up to participate, the Run/Walk continued its promotion of heart-healthy lifestyles and its support of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center.

Dr. Baker’s Research Explores Links between Gut Bacteria and Heart Attacks

June 24 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article focuses on research by John Baker, PhD, in which antibiotics are used to balance bacteria in the guts of rats. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Berger and the American Heart Association Press for Newborn Pulse Oximetry Testing

April 8 - Working with the American Heart Association, Dr. Stuart Berger is encouraging states – including Wisconsin – to enact legislation mandating a pulse oximetry test for every newborn, a non-invasive, inexpensive test that can help detect heart defects. Public News Service & WisPolitics

Dr. Marks Discusses Sudden Heart Attacks

June 17 - Dr. David Marks provides expert comment on sudden heart attacks in an ABC/Channel 12 report on the death of actor James Gandolfini. WISN-TV

Dr. Silverstein Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Link between Protein and Thrombosis

June 24 - Dr. Roy Silverstein received a four year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study a protein associated with thrombosis. WauwatosaNOW

Medical College researcher to study immune cell role in hypertension and kidney disease

June 05 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to fund an investigation of the role of immune cells in the development of hypertension and kidney disease.

Medical Students Help Train Teens on CPR in New Project ADAM Initiative

June 24 - Fox/Channel 6 reports that MCW medical students from the Urban and Community Health Pathway program and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin staff are training teens on CPR as part of Project ADAM’s READY (Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth) Team. Fox 6 Now

Project ADAM celebrates 70 and 71 lives saved during National CPR & AED Awareness Week

Jun 11 - Project ADAM™ (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) announced that 71 lives have been saved since it was founded in 1999. Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. Stuart Berger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is Medical Director of the program.

Project ADAM Program Trains Teens in CPR

June 17 - MCW medical students from the Urban and Community Health Pathway program and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin staff are training teens on CPR as part of Project ADAM’s READY Team. Wisconsin Health News

Project ADAM, R.E.A.D.Y. Team up to Provide CPR Training

June 24 - Project ADAM is launching a new partnership with Bay View Community Center’s R.E.A.D.Y. (Responding to Emergencies and Disasters with Youth) Team to increase the number of bystanders with CPR training. Fox 6

Research featured on cover of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

Jun 27 - Roy Silverstein, MD, and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, are conducting research to identify how two proteins (thrombospondin-1 TSR and CD36 CLESH) that inhibit angiogenesis interact on a molecular level. This work, including a cover picture of a molecular model of the interaction, was published online ahead of the July 2013 issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Survival Takes Guts: Bacteria There Might Affect Heart Attack

June 25 - John Baker, PhD, discusses his research linking the gut’s microbiome with heart attack risk and severity in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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