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CVI Heartbeats

Study Seeks Coronary Artery Disease Patients

A team of Boston researchers, including BIDMC's Dr. Francine Welty , a cardiologist, and Dr. Melvin Clouse , a radiologist, is seeking CAD patients to participate in a national study to learn more about inflammation. The study will measure the impact of exercise, weight loss, nutrition counseling and an Omega-3 fatty acid supplement or salsalate, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, on the aorta and arteries of the heart. Learn more >>

Leadership Update

Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof Dr. Mark Zeidel

Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof began as BIDMC's surgeon-in-chief in August and, in a new arrangement, began shared oversight of the CardioVascular Institute (CVI) with Dr. Mark Zeidel , chief of medicine. Dr. Chaikof was previously chief of vascular surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Stanley M. Lewis remains the CVI's interim chief executive officer, and Marsha Maurer, RN, BIDMC's senior vice president of patient care services, is serving as interim director in the role vacated in June by Rick Markello when he became chief financial officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Our Own Drum

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the CVI are proud to announce that our 2010 Heart Walk team raised more than $45,000 for the American heart Association's research and education programs. The walk was especially enjoyable this year, taking place September 11 under sunny skies. (Last year, the team walked in a monsoon!) Led by the CVI, the BIDMC team swelled to 189 members, compared to 150 last year, and raised about $10,000 more than in 2009. Thank you to all who walked, donated and supported the Heart Walk!

Home-Run Hit

Jim Lonborg

Legendary Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg, a star of the celebrated 1967 Impossible Dream team, greeted walkers at the BIDMC Heart Walk tent on September 11. Dr. Lonborg - now a dentist in Hanover, MA - graciously signed autographs, posed for photos and held babies. His appearance concluded his stint as honorary chairman of the BIDMC Heart Walk team.

Affiliates Support Heart Walk

Several CVI affiliates joined the BIDMC Heart Walk team this year. Thank you to Cardiovascular Consultants of Cape Cod in Hyannis, Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare-Chelsea, Dr. Scott Bortman of CVI-Easton, Dr. Lilian Joventino of Associates in Internal Medicine of Norwood and CVI-Needham; and Dr. Joseph Kannam of CVI-Needham and Copley Square Cardiology.

Vascular Surgery Office Opens in Natick

Vascular Associates of MetroWest, a CVI affiliate, has opened a new office at 243 Union Street, Suite 203A, in Natick. Vascular surgeons Dr. Raul Landa, Dr. Magruder Donaldson and Dr. Hector Simosa will all see patients there. The practice also has locations in Framingham, Marlboro and Milford. For an appointment, call 508-383-VASC (8272).

Dr. Maisel Goes to Washington

Dr. William H. Maisel, a CVI electrophysiologist, has been tapped by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to head its new Center Science Council. The council, part of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will help policymakers make science-based decisions about new medical devices. At BIDMC, Dr. Maisel was director of the Medical Device Safety Institute as well as an active cardiologist.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted October 2010

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CardioVascular Institute at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215