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Read the latest news for August 2021 from the IU Cardiovascular Institute.

August 2021 Newsletter

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We strive to be One, diverse academic health enterprise where people come to receive the highest quality heart and vascular care in their community while also enabling relentless innovation that fuels better health for Indiana and beyond. Read on to learn about recent advances in realizing this vision.


REGISTER NOW - CVI's 2nd Annual Summit on High Value Cardiovascular Care

2021 IUH/IUSM Cardiovascular Institute Summit on High Value Cardiovascular Care: Opioid-Related Valvular Heart Disease

The CV Institute is excited to announce its 2nd annual Summit on High Value Cardiovascular Care, focusing this year on Opioid-Related Valvular Heart Disease. This summit will highlight the current burden of caring for patients with valvular heart disease due to intravenous drug use. The program includes experts from cardiology, cardiac surgery, infectious disease, addiction medicine, nursing, ethics, and many more. The summit seeks to highlight solutions that clinical and community partners can use in helping Hoosiers affected by opioid-related valvular heart disease.

When: Friday, August 27, 2021

Time: Summit from 12:30pm-3:30pm

Virtual: Zoom Link:

Pre-Register Here


Top News

Wilbert and Peggy Hamstra make $1 Million Gift to IU School of Medicine for Cardiology Research

On July 27th, a luncheon was held to celebrate the establishment of the Wilbert and Peggy Hamstra Cardiology Research Fund at Indiana University, organized by the Development Director for the Department of Medicine, Kathryn Red, and her team within the Office of Gift Development.

William Hamstra, the son of first-generation Dutch immigrants, is a native of Jasper County, Indiana, where he still lives part of the year. He was raised to believe in hard work and service to the community. He founded and operated Hamstra Builders, a home and commercial construction company that has built structures across the county. Now the Hamstra Group, the company's success provided Mr. Hamstra with the means to say thank you

"God has blessed me immensely through our business financially, and I wanted to give back," Hamstra said. "I wanted to find a way to thank all the doctors, surgeons and staff, starting with Dr. Zipes, for the years of excellent care I have received from IU Health. I think they are the best in the world."

Dr. Subha Raman welcomed the creation of The Wilbert and Peggy Hamstra Cardiology Research Fund. She said it will play a vital role in the division's future. "Mr. Hamstra's inspirational life of building with purpose will help a long line of builders at IU - people who recognize where we can do better for people affected by heart and vascular disease, and who do something about it through their work," Dr. Raman said.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Hamstra

Dr. Elizabeth von der Lohe with Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Hamstra       Hamstra Luncheon

Story Reported by: Bobby King and Chelsea McClellan


Welcome to our Team

Myranda Cornwell, MBA joined the Cardiovascular Institute on July 6 as the Program Manager. Myranda comes to us with great experience in Supply Chain Operations and CV. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in May 2016 from Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University Indianapolis and her Masters of Business Administration degree in December 2020 from Western Governors University. She will be managing a number of initiatives by CVI.

Myranda Cornwell

Ashley Gutwein, MD joined IU School of Medicine, Vascular Surgery as an Assistant Professor of Surgery on July 1. Dr. Gutwein grew up in Nebraska where she attended medical school. She completed her training here in Indianapolis with the IU Health Vascular Surgery team. Her interests are aneurysm, carotid disease, peripheral arterial disease and dialysis access. Dr. Gutwein will be primarily located at IU Health North and Arnett.

Dr. Ashley Gutwein

Ryan Mallory, MD joined IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital on August 2 as an interventional cardiologist. Dr. Mallory received his medical education at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine, followed by his fellowship in Cardiology and his interventional fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Indiana State American College of Cardiology chapter. Dr. Mallory is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear medicine.

Dr. Ryan Mallory

Katsiaryna Tsarova, MD joined the Division of Cardiology in August 2021 as a non-invasive cardiologist. She earned her medical degree from the University of Florida in 2014, then completed her Internal Medicine residency at Emory University in 2017. This was followed by Cardiovascular Disease training at Indiana  University during 2017-2020 and a fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging in MR and CT at the University of Utah 2020-2021. Dr. Tsarova's academic interests include healthcare economics and medical education. She will be clinical based at IU Health West. Dr. Tsarova looks forward to joining the efforts to build a strong cardiac imaging program at IU Health.

Dr. Kate Tsarova



Required Training

Civility and Respect Training IU Health has been working to create a healthier organizational culture, based on the IU Health Way - the organization's vision, values and promise. While team members continue to learn how best to demonstrate the values of purpose, excellence, team and compassion with patients and each other, much work remains to be done.

An ongoing learning curriculum is being developed to ensure all team members understand and know how to practice civility, inclusiveness and anti-racism. The first module, "A Civil and Respectful Workplace: Building a Strong Affirmative Culture," is available now in eLMS and must be completed by the end of this year.

Additional modules will be introduced in September, December and early next year.

*Physicians can access the module via Center for Physician Education

Access eLMS



Honors and Recognitions

Through a rigorous peer-review process, Dr. Raghu Motaganahalli was recently selected into the prestigious Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Cheers to Dr. Noel Dasgupta for representing OneIUCV at the upcoming American College of Cardiology (ACC) Virtual Roundtable on Cardiac Amyloidosis: Clinical Gaps and Unmet Needs, October 25. Dr. Dasgupta is helping bring advanced treatments to help Hoosiers with this once deadly disease live longer, quality lives. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to improving survival and preventing irreversible organ damage.


Dr. Suparna Clasen has been selected for a three-year IU Health Values Research Grant entitled: Detection of late subclinical cardiovascular disease in testicular cancer survivors exposed to high-dose platinum chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant . This study prospectively looks at testicular cancer survivors (TCS) who are affected by late atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events after platinum-based chemotherapy regimens. The goal of the study is to develop effective strategies to prevent ASCVD in TCS using clinical characteristics, biomarkers, and novel imaging studies. She also just received notice of a prestigious National Institutes of Health LRP Award - congratulations, Dr. Clasen!

Dr. Gabriel Gruionu was selected as a 2021 Elevate Nexus Higher-Education recipient for his grant entitled: The Fast-In Catheter, A Novel Peripheral Intravenous Catheter for Easier Vein Access and Faster Infusion of Resuscitation Fluids in Critically Ill Cardiovascular Patients. Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation (PIVC) is the most common invasive medical procedure anywhere in the world with the purpose of collecting blood and administering nutrients and medicine to patients intravenously. Emergent PIVC, especially during resuscitation, is particularly difficult to perform in patients with small veins or in those who are critically ill or hypotensive. Dr. Gruionu's Fast-In Catheter (FIC) combines the small needle size of existing PIV catheters for less trauma and easier access to the vein, and a large bore catheter for faster resuscitation. They intend to translate this novel solution to medical practice and, in the future, develop a portfolio of a point of care applications for blood testing at bed side.

Gastric electrical stimulation has been shown to be an effective treatment of nausea and vomiting in patients with Gastroparesis, a common chronic disorder in which gastric emptying is delayed in the absence of an anatomical obstruction. It is theorized that gastric electrical stimulation improves symptoms of gastroparesis by influencing vagal outflow. Dr. Thomas Everett and his co-PIs will be investigating the mechanisms of vagal nerve activity on mediating the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, and if effecting the vagal outflow by gastric electrical stimulation also affects heart rate and cardiac function during their final year of funding for their NIH SPARC3 award. They will also be investigating the effects on Long-Haul COVID on vagal nerve activity and cardiovascular function.

Cheers to our five recent Dr. Charles Fisch Awardee recipients! The objective of this award is to support cardiovascular research for young investigators or more senior investigators, embarking on a new research direction.

• Dr. Yinan Shi - Project entitled: GALNT1 and GALNT13 as Novel O-GalNAc Glycosylation Mediators of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Dr. Suparna Clasen - Project entitled: Radiation-induced Coronary Microvascular Disease in Racially Diverse Breast Cancer Patients

Dr. Samisubhu Naidu - Project entitled: Targeting autocrine and paracine roles of endothelial CD38 in PAH

Dr. Gabriel Gruionu - Project entitled: The Fast-In Catheter, A Novel Peripheral Intravenous Catheter for Easier Vein Access and Faster Infusion of Resuscitation Fluids in Critically Ill Cardiovascular Patients

Dr. Kyle Frick - Project entitled: IU Biobank and Registry of Cardiovascular Disease Associated with End-Stage Liver Disease and Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy.

In the Media

Dr. Richard Kovacs has been fighting at the statehouse for education about sudden cardiac arrest and heart issues in student athletes. In this WRTV interview, Governor Holcomb signed a bill requiring all Indiana high schools provide educational materials about sudden cardiac arrest to all student athletes, parents and coaches.


Team Selfie of the Month

Electrophysiology Team - Methodist Hospital   Dr. Antonio Navarrete

Pictured are some of our Cardiac Electrophysiology faculty members. From left to right: Dr. Mithilesh Das, Dr. Tanyana Tanawuttiwat, Dr. John Miller, Dr. Mohammed Homsi, Dr. Takeki Suzuki and Dr. Antonio Navarrete

Our EP Team is focused on a better patient experience with individualized treatment of patients with the entire array of heart rhythm disorders. The team has a total of 8 highly experienced electrophysiologist and 2 advance providers. They aim to improve access to the outpatient evaluation visits, provide hassle-free and efficient testing to arrive at correct diagnoses of rhythm problems that directly leads to personalized treatment strategies - medication, device, ablation, or observation, as appropriate. They routinely perform cardiac implantable device procedures, which include pacemakers, ICDs, biventricular ICDs, subcutaneous ICDs, his-bundle pacing, left bundle pacing and leadless pacemaker implants. Ablations are performed with no or minimum X-ray exposure. The team also performs hybrid procedures for the management of atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmia.

The EP faculty are actively involved in clinical research and in investigator initiated clinical research, publishing routinely and participating in multicenter trials. They are an ACGME certified clinical cardiac electrophysiology training program.

The team strives to be the go-to resource for difficult heart rhythm management problems in the state, having the equipment and skills to safely, effectively, and efficiently handle whatever may come their way.

Please send a selfie of your team to with a short caption of how you help achieve our Vision so we can share with the world!


Exciting Opportunity within #OneIUCV

IU Health Physicians and IU School of Medicine is seeking a patient-focused Medical Director for the Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit (CVCC) to collaborate with our highly skilled teams in Indianapolis. To apply, visit the IU Health Career's page


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Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide—and in Indiana. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than the next three leading causes combined. To meet this challenge, the Cardiovascular Institute brings together highly skilled caregivers, researchers, and educators into close collaboration to improve the health of patients and communities across Indiana.

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