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A major contributor to the enhancement of a scholarly attitude is active participation in one or more research projects, ideally followed by presentation of the work at a national meeting and publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

At AHN, we’re committed to providing our cardiology fellows with rewarding research experiences. We encourage fellows to present at national meetings and submit manuscripts for publication in leading journals. In recent years, several fellows have published peer-reviewed journal articles and have presented numerous abstracts, posters, and oral presentations at local, regional, national and international meetings such as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Program faculty members mentor fellows in a wide range of research interests. We support projects in quality improvement and patient safety. Fellows are allotted one month of research during the first and second years. We urge fellows to initiate projects during this time with completion occurring during the remainder of the training period. All fellows must present their research or quality improvement projects at the end of the year to all faculty.

A unique aspect of research at AHN is the collaborative opportunities available with research scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. Fellows may participate in ongoing projects or initiate new ones in cardiovascular disease.

The Division of Cardiology vigorously supports applications for American Heart Association (AHA) fellowship research grants, as well as funding from other local agencies. Opportunities in basic cardiovascular research are also available at the Cardiovascular Research Institute should any of the trainees be interested.

ACC Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, LA; March 2019

Jayshiv Badlani
Session Title: FIT Clinical Decision Making: Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thrombo-Embolic Disease 2
Presentation Title: Strange Returns-Concomitant Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return and Missing Pulmonary Artery: Root Cause For Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Sheng Fu
Session Title: FIT Clinical Decision Making: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies 5
Presentation Title: Right Heart Failure from a Missed Anomalous Pulmonary Vein Connection: Back for More

Adnan Khalif
Session Title: FIT Clinical Decision Making: Interventional Cardiology 3
Presentation Title: An Unusual Case of Left Ventricular Aneurysm Due to Myocardial Bridging

Siddharth Reddy
Session Title: Non Invasive Imaging: CT/Multimodality, Angiography, and Non-CT Angiography 5
Presentation Title: Aortic Valve Calcium Score: A Strong Predictor of Severity of Aortic Stenosis in Patients with Low Flow, Low Gradient Reduced Ejection Fraction Population

Siddharth Reddy
Session Title: FIT Clinical Decision Making: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP1
Presentation Title: An Unusual Presentation of Ventricular Tachycardia Due to Dofetilide ToxicityColin Slemenda/Manik Veer
Session Title: Interventional Cardiology: Aortic Valve Disease 4
Presentation Title: Systolic Blood Pressure Post Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Predicts Mortality

Sarumathi Thangavel
Session Title: FIT Clinical Decision Making: Vascular Medicine 3
Presentation Title: Challenges in Management of Coronary Artery Aneurysms

Am J Cardiovasc Dis. 2018 Apr 5;8(2):14-18. eCollection 2018.
Vitamin D deficiency and degree of coronary artery luminal stenosis in women undergoing coronary angiography: a prospective observational study.

Clinical Utility of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Pericardial Diseases
Aldweib N, Farah V, Biederman RWW.
Curr Cardiol Rev. 2018;14(3):200-212. doi: 10.2174/1573403X14666180619104515. Review.

Management of an asymptomatic patient with the apical variant of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Trojan MKB, Biederman RW.
Echocardiography. 2017 Jul;34(7):1092-1095. doi: 10.1111/echo.13567. Epub 2017 May 30.

Mitral valve repair is an effective treatment for ventricular arrhythmias in mitral valve prolapse syndrome
Abbadi DR, Purbey R, Poornima IG.
Int J Cardiol. 2014 Nov 15;177(1):e16-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.07.174. Epub 2014 Aug 15. No abstract available.

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