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CVI Heartbeats

Heart Walk Home Run

With the help of legendary Red Sox leftfielder Jim Rice, the BIDMC Heart Walk team hit a home run for cardiovascular research on September 10 at the Boston Heart Walk. Jim was on hand in the BIDMC tent at the annual event to meet, greet and thank walkers for supporting the American Heart Association (AHA). Some 164 BIDMC walkers on 23 teams, spearheaded by the CardioVascular Institute, raised more than $44,000 for the AHA's research and education programs. The Boston Herald covered the event by running this photo of Rice saying, "I want you for the Heart Walk!"

Videos Help Guide Patient Experiences

Videos designed to help electrophysiology and cardiac catheterization patients know what to expect when they have procedures at the CVI have been posted on the Cardiovascular Medicine web page. The easy-to-understand videos feature Mark Josephson, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Donald Cutlip, MD, director of the catheterization lab, respectively. Videos are currently being produced for cardiac surgery and vascular surgery patients.

Cardiac Surgery Chief Honored

Kamal Khabbaz, MD, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, was recently elected to the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery. The AATS is an international organization of more than 1,200 of the world's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons representing 35 countries. Members are surgeons with a proven record of distinction within the international cardiothoracic surgical field and have made meritorious contributions to the knowledge base about cardiothoracic disease and its surgical treatment.

Electrophysiologist to See Patients in Needham

Distinguished electrophysiologist Alfred E. Buxton, MD, Director of the CVI Electrophysiology Laboratory and of the BIDMC Electrophysiology Fellowship Program, will begin seeing patients at the CVI-Needham in October. He came to the CVI-Boston last spring from the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and from Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals, where he was Director of Cardiology. He will work closely with Gretchen Boucher, NP, who performs pacer checks for EP patients. In other news, CVI Vascular Surgeon Mark Wyers, MD, recently added a second weekly session in Needham. For an appointment at the CVI-Needham, call 781-453-5238.

Electrophysiologist Joins CVI

Elad Anter, MD, has joined the Division of Cardiology as a cardiac electrophysiologist and Harvard Medical School instructor. Dr. Anter's main focus is complex ablations including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and premature ventricular contractions. He is particularly interested in the study and treatment of these arrhythmias in the heart failure population. Dr. Anter also specializes in implantable devices including cardiac resynchronization therapies.

Dr. Kalin Joins Hyannis Affiliate

John A. Kalin, MD, has joined Cardiovascular Consultants of Cape Cod, the CVI's Hyannis affiliate, as a staff cardiologist. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he completed a fellowship in clinical electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease and a residency in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center. For an appointment at Cardiovascular Consultants of Cape Cod, call 508-778-8818.

Contact Information

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