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December 2023 Newsletter

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Cardiovascular Institute

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.

Cheers to all you do for our patients, our families, and each other throughout the year. Here's wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season, and the best of health and happiness in the new year.

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Ball Cardiology celebrates milestone for TAVR procedures

The IU Health Ball Cardiology team recently celebrated completing their 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve.

Patients Camile Peterson, 90, and Michael Brumback, 83, expressed their gratitude after undergoing this life improving procedure. Peterson was experiencing exhaustion and her primary care physician referred her to Dr. Mohammed Madmani and Dr. Michael Moran, to investigate abnormalities he observed. Brumback had similar experiences of exhaustion, after doing yard work.

"It was amazing to me how much better I felt right away," Peterson said, after undergoing TAVR. "I could breathe better, and my body felt better overall."

Brumback said he felt extremely weighed down, like he carried 5,000 pounds before the TAVR. Results from his echocardiogram indicated a calcified aortic valve, which was restricting blood flow.

"The entire team is amazing," Brumback said. "I feel really good since the procedure, clearer, not as tired."

Both Peterson and Brumback are now participating in cardiac rehabilitation services.

IUH Ball Cardiology TAVR team 

With a new heart and a new life waiting to unfold, #AmazingAva goes home

The long wait is finally over after Dr. Mark Turrentine procured a donor heart for 10-year old Ava Graham, also known as #AmazingAva. On Oct. 28, Dr. Mark Rodefeld and a full team of experts, successfully completed the transplant surgery.

Several Riley team members celebrated and lined the hallways as Ava left her hospital room for the last time after spending 579 days in the Heart Center at Riley Children's Health.

Read the full story

Ava Graham with her Riley care team 


IU Health recognized as a preferred health system for cardiology in the U.S.

Indiana University Health (Indianapolis) was among 107 health systems in the United States that received the WebMD patient choice award for cardiology, placing the hospital in the top 30% of patient preferences. The Choice Awards program is based upon the following procedures: angioplasty, coronary bypass, heart valve replacement, pacemaker or defibrillator placement and stent placement.

Fellowship Match Results

Following Fellowship Match Day on Nov. 29, we matched 5/5 openings for our General Cardiovascular Disease program and 1/1 for our Cardiac Electrophysiology program. The Cardiovascular Institute is excited to welcome a new group of physicians to our fellowship training program starting July 2024!

Cardiovascular Fellowship match results

Harvey Feigenbaum, MD

IU cardiovascular pioneer, Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, celebrates 90th birthday

We wish our colleague, Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, distinguished professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and a heart and vascular care specialist for IU Health Physicians Cardiology, a happy 90th birthday! Leaders of the world's major cardiovascular societies, including American College of Cardiology, World Heart Federation, American Heart Association, and the European Society of Cardiology share our sentiment with the recognition of Dr. Feigenbaum's special birthday congratulations.

Dr. Feigenbaum is a world-renowned physician scientist who introduced the most widely used cardiac imaging technique, echocardiography. He authored the first academic book on echocardiography in 1972 and developed the M-mode technique for measuring left ventricular dimension in 1968 and taught the first academic course dedicated to cardiac ultrasound here at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was the founder and past president of the American Society of Echocardiography and received several award distinctions, including the establishment of the "Feigenbaum Lecture" by the American Society of Echocardiography in 2004, the Pioneer Award form the Mayo Clinic and the Primio Mantevergine Award as the "Father of Modern Echocardiography" in Naples. Dr. Feigenbaum received his medical degree from IU School of Medicine and completed an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. He returned to IU for his residency and joined IU faculty, where he has served as the director of non-invasive diagnostic cardiac laboratories.

Learn more about IU's cardiovascular research history

James Dillon, MDJames Dillon, MD, leaves legacy of public service and cardiovascular health

It is with sadness that the Department of Medicine and the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine announce the passing of our colleague, James Christian Dillon, MD, former cardiologist and professor emeritus of medicine for the school, on Nov. 15, 2023. He was 83.

Learn more about Dr. Dillon's career at IU

Krannert Cardiovascular Research Center

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society classification of acute myocardial infarction (CCS-AMI)KCVRC co-leads first clinical classification of heart attacks

Researchers from the Ischemic Heart Disease Program of the Krannert Cardiovascular Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine helped formulate the world's first clinical classification of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) - or heart attack - based on heart tissue damage research. The four-stage classification was recently adopted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. KCVRC executive director, Rohan Dharmakumar, PhD, and immediate past chief of cardiology and physician scientist, Andreas Kumar, MD, from Northern Ontario School of Medicine, conceptualized the classification. The classification was presented during Vascular 2023 and published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Clinical classifications are reviewed and developed by medical societies to introduce and adopt new standards of care and guidelines. Knowing what level of tissue damage has occurred on the heart muscle can help cardiologists determine how best to redirect care to prevent a patient case from escalating, even with treatments available today.

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Welcome to Our Team

The Cardiovascular Institute is thrilled to welcome new team members to IU Health! These specialists will serve Avon, Carmel, Indianapolis and Muncie IU Health Campuses.

CVI Physician new hires


Division of Cardiovascular team members prepare for Indy's Monumental Marathon

Team members complete Indy's Monumental Marathon

On Oct. 28, a handful of cardiovascular team members joined the 16th running of the 2023 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. The marathon ranks among the 15th largest nationally and includes a half marathon and a 5k.

Julie Clary, MD, MBA, vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine and the interim service line leader for cardiovascular medicine, and Annie Cheek, MBA, MS, executive director of the Cardiovascular Institute, completed the full marathon in an impressive record-breaking time. With a Boston Qualifying time, Cheek will be running the 2025 Boston Marathon. We look forward to cheering her on as she completes the Boston Marathon in April 2025!

The half marathon runners included Adam Beach, Chris Corr and Michele Schlegelmilch with the Indiana University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Congratulations to all of our finishers! Your commitment, resiliency and positive energy inspire us all.

Do you have a story that reflects the strength of our statewide system for cardiovascular care? Please email OneIUCV so we can share with the team!

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Cardiovascular Institute

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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