Cardiology Fellows Graduation, 2020

Succeeding Paul Lindower, MD, as program director for the cardiology fellowships, Ferhaan Ahmad, MD, PhD, might have hoped for a less dramatic year but the pandemic had other plans. Adapting procedures to the presence of the coronavirus, all while ensuring that trainees satisfied their education requirements meant a lot of creative and quick steering from […]

Sabharwal finds sexual differences in murine cardiomyopathies

Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, research assistant professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, received a four-year, $2.1M R01 from the NIH for her project “Stress-induced cardiovascular dysfunction in dilated cardiomyopathy.” With this funding, Sabharwal will investigate the central mechanisms and neural circuitry of emotional stress-mediated sudden death in dilated cardiomyopathy. With more than 200,000 cases a year in the […]

London leads team studying cancer treatment’s cardiac impact

Barry London, MD, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, received a four-year, $1.8 million R01 grant from the NIH to investigate the effects of radiation on the heart. Treatment for lung and esophageal cancer exposes the heart to radiation, which can eventually cause abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death. “We will use […]

Harland elected to FACET leadership

Every year the Fellowship Administrators in Cardiovascular Education and Training (FACET) schedules their meeting to coincide with the American College of Cardiology (ACC). While a sizable contingent of Hawkeyes logged on to the virtual ACC meeting, one member of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine was signed in to FACET’s meeting. Cari Harland, Cardiology Fellowship Coordinator, has […]

ACC conference among the first to go digital

The pressure was on for Giselle Statz, MD, second-year resident, as she attempted to “stump the professor” during her oral presentation at the American College of Cardiology 2020 and World Congress Cardiology Virtual Conference. During their session, “Stump the Professor: A 31-Year-Old Man with Angina,” Statz and her mentor, Milena Gebska, MD, clinical associate professor […]

Kumar examines SUMOs’ role in endothelial dysfunction

Santosh Kumar, PhD, associate in Cardiovascular Medicine, received a five-year, $2M grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project “SUMO2-p66shc axis in vascular endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis.” With this R01, he will investigate the expression of the gene SUMO2 in the lining of arteries and veins, the correlation between SUMO2ylation […]

Post-TAVR risks examined in large cohort analysis

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure replaces a narrow aortic valve that obstructs normal blood flow with a catheter. Three years ago an estimated 300,000 TAVRs had been performed. That number has climbed dramatically since and will continue with the recent FDA approval for expansion of TAVR procedures to even low-risk patients with severe […]

Heistad earns Distinguished Mentor Award

From his first day as a cardiovascular fellow at the University of Iowa, Donald Heistad, MD, now a professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, hit the ground running, immersing himself in the research community and absorbing the opportunities Iowa offered him. Over the next 40 years as a faculty member, he used those lessons […]

Cardiovascular Medicine holiday party, 1/24/20

Although last Friday evening was far enough away from the holiday season for the Iowa River Power Restaurant to have already taken down its decorations, the members of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine—staff, researchers, faculty, and fellows alike—were still in a celebratory mood. Unlike last year, the snow was not falling at a steady clip […]

Rasmussen receives AHA seed grant

Tyler Rasmussen, MD, PhD, Cardiology fellow, received the American Heart Association’s Young Investigator Database Seed Grant to research in-hospital cardiac arrests in Medicare recipients. This grant provides Rasmussen access to the Get with the Guidelines (GWTG) database, a cardiovascular health database partially focused on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) data. While in-hospital cardiac arrests are common and […]