Clinical Education

One of the primary goals of the New York Cardiac Center (NYCC) is to provide a vehicle for cardiologists to keep up with the latest information available in their specialty. To accomplish this goal, we provide, in association with the New York Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and the New York Cardiological Society, a series of programs for Continuing Medical Education in the cardiological specialties. Surveying developments in the medical sciences allows for the identification of those areas, which have particular relevance to cardiovascular disease. This information is then used as a basis for programs that emphasize advances in medical science and practice.

Accreditation for these programs is by the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY). Physicians who attend these programs can receive credit towards the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award (AMA/PRA).

According to Peter F. Cohn, M.D., Past President of the New York Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, their association with the NYCC… “is crucial to our ability to provide practicing physicians and surgeons … with the most current information on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. … The first in a series of this year’s presentations, The 88th Annual Scientific Session of the New York Cardiological Society was held on October 7-8th, 2016 at the Hotel Eventi in New York City.  The theme of this year’s presentation was Aging in the Field of Cardiovascular Care.

The Twentieth Annual New York Cardiac Center Lecture,  MACRA: A Paradigm Shift in How CMS Will Pay Clinicians was held on December 7th, 2016 at the Weill-Cornell Campus. The speakers were Paul N Casale, MD, MPH, FACC and Michael Wolk, MD, FACC.

The 40th Annual Arvilla Berger Lecture was held in Rochester, New York on March 8, 2016 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  The speaker was Elliott Antman, MD,  Professor of  Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Dean Clinical and Translational Research, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.   His talk was entitled Clinical Research and the Development of Medical Therapeutics: What Does the Future Hold?

The Fifteen Annual Cardiology at the Ranch was held on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, NY.  It included  morning lectures by Erica Jones, MD of Weill-Cornell Medicine whose topic was Emergence of Nonobstructive Coronary Disease: A Woman’s Problem; Richard Steingart, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY who spoke on The Cardio-Oncology Patient: Care of the Cardiac Patient with Cancer and Christian Ruff, MD, Harvard Medical School who spoke on Antidotes for the New Oral Anticoagulants: Do We Really Need Them? Afternoon lectures were by Didier Loulmet, MD, New York University School of Medicine, I Robot: Robotic Cardiac Surgery ; Michael Blaha, MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Fine Tuning the New Cardiac Risk Estimator: Role of the Calcium Score and Muhamed Saric, MD, New York University School of Medicine, Stump the Expert -Interesting/Challenging Case Studies.

The Ninth Annual Cardio-Vascular Team Symposium 2016 was held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South in New York City. This full day program provides a unique academic opportunity.  It is designed to enhance current knowledge about the etiology, prevention, intervention and management of cardiovascular disease.  The target audience includes all members of the Cardiac Care team.  Participation has exceeded two hundred healthcare professionals.

The New York Cardiac Center thanks Timothy J. Malins, MD,  President of the New York State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, William Lawson, MD, President of  The New York Cardiological Society, Inc. and Mary L. Patterson, MA, MSA Executive Director, for their tireless work in securing the speakers and in conducting these presentations.

 

New Programs in the Education of Research Scientists

The New York Cardiac Center has funded a series of grants in cooperation with New York Metropolitan Area Medical Schools.  The purpose of these grants is to encourage junior faculty at these institutions to establish careers in academic medicine and research.  A call for research proposals was issued  early in 2005 and the response was exhilarating.  Although only one grant was initially planned to be funded, the final scoring by the grants evaluation committee resulted in a tie for first place between two of the proposals.  The Board of Governors decided to fund both of these investigations.  The winners were Harmony R. Reynolds, MD of NYU School of Medicine, whose proposal was entitled Carotid Ultrasound to Determine the Etiology of Heart Failure and Rakesh K. Mishra, MD of Weill-Cornell Medical College, whose proposal was entitled Echocardiographic Predictors of Response to Biventricular Pacing in Patients with Heart Failure and Right Ventricular Pacemakers.

The second in this series of grants went to Gila Perk, MD of New York University School of Medicine for her proposal known as Non Doppler Two Dimensional Strain Imaging for Evaluation of Left Ventricular Dyssynchrony. 

Harmony R. Reynolds, MD of NYU School of Medicine won a grant in 2010 for a study entitled Trends in Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors and Mortality Rates among Young Women in New York City.

Grant recipients for 2011-2012 are Lionel Christaien, PhD, NYU, for a study titled Whole Genome Transcription Profiling of Heart Precursor Cells; Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MS, FAHA, FACC, NYU Langone Medical Center for the study of Platelet Activity during the Perioperative Period;  David Khalil, Transimmunization Research Fellow, Yale School of Medicine for Optimizing the Antigen Delivery System to Improve the Treatment of Solid Tumors; Fay Y Lin, MD Weill Cornell Medical Center titled Noninvasive Investigation of the Mechanism of Coronary Artery Disease-Associated Heart Failure with Normal Ejection Fraction; Jim Cheung, MD, FACC for his investigation into Surface Electrocardiogram-Guided Optimization of Atrioventricular and Ventricular-ventricular Delay in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Patients.

The NYCC Board of Governors wishes to thankall of the investigators who submitted proposals and sends its special congratulations to the winners.