Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

University Hospitals recruits talented geneticist to join Harrington Discovery Institute

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals has recruited Atul Chopra, MD, PhD, to join Harrington Discovery Institute—part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development—at University Hospitals.
 
Dr. Chopra will serve as Investigator, Harrington Discovery Institute and Associate Director of the Harrington Rare Disease Program, which seeks to advance breakthrough research into novel treatments for rare diseases. In the U.S., rare disease is defined as one that affects less than 200,000 people and very often has no meaningful treatment. Dr. Chopra also joins University Hospitals as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and Department of Genetics.
 
“Dr. Chopra is a young physician-scientist of great promise, having already made important discoveries in the field of genetics,” said Jonathan S. Stamler, MD, President, Harrington Discovery Institute. “Dr. Chopra will help us expand our rare disease program here and abroad so that we can support discoveries with greatest potential for impact in the fight against rare diseases.”


Thursday, March 22, 2018

University Hospitals valve and structural heart team performs first transcatheter mitral valve replacement in Ohio

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute officially opened the APOLLO trial today implanting the Intrepid transcatheter mitral valve replacement system on the first patient involved in the study.

Drs. Alan Markowitz and Guilherme F. Attizzani performed the first procedure in the state of Ohio.

As part of the APOLLO trial, UH patients with severe symptomatic mitral regurgitation will have the opportunity to be randomized to receive either conventional open-heart mitral valve replacement surgery or an investigational transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). In addition, patients who are not good surgical candidates could have the opportunity of being treated with TMVR.


Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 Harrington Prize Awarded to Dr. Helen Hobbs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

CLEVELAND – The fifth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine has been awarded to Helen H. Hobbs, MD, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
 
The Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, established in 2014 by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland, Ohio, and The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), honors physician-scientists who have moved science forward with achievements notable for innovation, creativity and potential for clinical application.


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

University Hospitals’ cardiologists advocate for superior treatment with drug-coated balloons in JACC article

CLEVELAND – Facts are stubborn but the desire to ignore them in the face of evidence should be inexcusable.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) cardiology interventionalists authored a new article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) entitled, “Public Health Impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Decision on Pass-Through Add-On Payments for Drug-Coated Balloons,” (embargoed until March 5, 2 p.m.) that is critical of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recent decision to not pay for drug-coated balloons despite their clinical superiority.
 
The CMS decided to end transitional pass through (TPT) add-on payment for drug-coated balloons at the first of the year without creating a new payment classification for the devices.
 
The outpatient hospital TPT add-on payment program is specifically designed to support patient access to new technologies that meet stringent criteria pertaining to clinical effectiveness.


Monday, March 05, 2018

University Hospitals researchers uncover link between heart attacks and inflammatory bowel disease

CLEVELAND – University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute researchers Muhammad Panhwar, MD, and Mahazarin Ginwalla, MD, recently concluded a study of more than 22 million patients that suggests a strong connection between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the development of heart disease and heart attacks.
 
The study, “Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Patient with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” was unveiled at this year’s American College of Cardiology meeting in Orlando, Fla. The study was one of five featured at the meeting.
 
Inflammation has long been recognized as playing a key role in the development of heart disease. IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract - Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 3 million Americans have IBD, with 70,000 new cases emerging every year. While studies have shown a clear increased risk of heart disease in other chronic inflammatory conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, this link is unclear in patients with IBD.


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