Publications Archive

Connections is an informative bi-monthly publication for all the members of the Hospital Center Medical and Dental Staff. View current issue here

Center Scope  is news and information for friends of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, produced by the Public Affairs & Marketing Department. View current issue here

Cardiovascular Physician  is a publication of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. It is a forum to share clinical, research and teaching information in cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular care.


May/June 2019

Two-Way Communications: Our Way Forward As ONE TEAM
A "Mini" Procedure, A Maximum Effect
Time-Sensitive Diagnosis, Fast Intervention Saves Humanitarian Wife and Mom
MedStar House Call Program: An Update
Six Years, One Thousand Operations, and Countless Memories
Improving Patient Care: Collaborative Medicine Between Departments
The Current and Future State of MMG (MedStar Medical Group)
March Madness: Finding the Best and the Brightest
Upcoming CPE Conferences and Events
News and Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Kristen Midgley, MD
Spotlight: Kenneth L. Fan, MD
Physician's Perspective: From the Desk of... Pamela Randolph-Jackson, MD


March/April 2019MedStar Washington Hospital Center Connections March/April 2019

First Impression: We're Working Together, As One Team
Physician Wellness- A Priority for MedStar Health 
Dental Issue Leads to Cardiac Surgery For Former Hospital Associate
Viewpoint: Can Adopting New Standards on Inpatient Opioid Prescribing Result in Reduced Intravenous Opioid Exposure?
New Perioperative Services Team: Past the Crossroads, Progressing Ahead 
"Above & Beyond" Awards for Medical & Dental Staff
Chief Resident Profile- Colin Mizuo, DPM, Podiatric Surgery/ Joshua Dearing, MD, Vascular Surgery
Physican's Perspective: David Shocket, MD, Gastroenterology



Sept/Oct 2018<Connection Sept/Oct Cover Page

Several Points of Order, For the Good of the Whole
The Importance of Reporting Patient Safety Events
2018 Gold-Heading Care Award: Congratulations to Jayashree Krishnan, MD
For Physician Veterans Leadership is a Career-Long Assignment
3D Printing: The Future of Visualized Medicine Teaches Residents, Benefits Patients
New Physician Leaders Bring New Perspective, Energy to Department
Upcoming CPE Conferences
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Jonathan Watson, MD
Spotlight: Puja G. Khaitan, MD, FACS
Physician’s Perspective: George Obeid, DDS



July/August 2018<Connection July/August Cover Page

Upcoming CPE Conferences
One Team: Our Way Forward
“One Team: Our Way Forward” Guides New Hospital President
Paul Corso, MD: Pushing Through Boundaries to Create a New Cardiac Surgery Paradigm
from Advanced Practice Clinicians to Advanced Practice Providers
Chief Resident Profile: Mithun Devraj, MBBS
Spotlight: Matthew L. Pierce, MD
Physician’s Perspective: Stanley Chia, MD
Chief Resident Profile: Saher Sabri, MD




May/June 2018<Connection May/June Cover Page

Where We Are, Where We’re Going: One Team, Moving Forward Together
New Technique Expands Life Saving Use of TAVA
Doctors Treating Doctors: The Art of Practicing Medicine When Colleagues Are Patients
Former Residents: Where Did They Go, What Are They Doing?
Having the Difficult Conversation: When Should Compassionate Care Begin?
Fourth Year Surgical Resident Reflects on This Past Year
The Gap Busters: Reducing Risk, Improving Patient Safety
Upcoming CPE Conferences
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Mohamed Abdel Hakim, DDS
Spotlight: John Lazar, MD
Physician’s Perspective: Jonathan Hwang, MD



March/April 2018Connection March/April Cover Page

Prevent FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out: Use IMOC to Improve Patient Quality & Safety
“I Thought I’d Never Be Able to Work Again”: Neck Surgery Patient Praises New Procedure
The Radiology Operations Center: One Point of Access for All Physicians
A Life-Changing Procedure: Cochlear Implant Lets Her Hear “Happy Birthday” at Her Party
The Patient Experience, Up Close and Personal
A Life Truly in the Balance
Listen to the Music
Upcoming CPE Conferences
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Jacqui Weber, MD
Spotlight: Saher Sabri, MD
Physician’s Perspective: Stanley Chia, MD


January/ February 2018January/ February Cover Page

How You Can Help Ensure Safety at All Times
Two Knees, Two Successes
Facilitating Communications for All Clinicians
Why Providers Get the Second Degree: The Intersection Between Medicine and Business
Busy Residents Still Find Time to Volunteer
Brothers-In-Arms, and Legs and Joints
Upcoming CME Conferences: Lifelong Learning
Quick: Name Some Important Diseases
Chief Resident Profile: Meghan MacCleary, DO Obstetrics/Gynecology
Spotlight: Shannon Burton, MSN, ACNP, CCRN Stroke Center Nurse Practitioner
Physician's Perspective: From the Desk of… Stuart F. Seides, MD



November/ December 2017

Using Clear Communications to Improve the Patient Experience
Urologists Discuss Advanced Imaging versus Biomarkers
Shared Decision Making: North Carolina Military Parents Grateful to Labor & Delivery Team
Streamlining, Improving Education: MedStar Health Academic Consortium
Lowell Satler, MD Gold-Headed Cane Award Winner
Past is Prologue by Richard Goldberg, MD President, MedStar Medical
Changing of the Guard: First New Cardiac Surgery Chair in 20 Years
MedConnect III: One Electronic Health Record
Chief Resident Profile: Erika Page, MD Emergency Medicine
Spotlight: Rahul Bhat, MD Emergency Medicine
Physician's Perspective: From the Desk of Puja Gaur Khaitan, MD, FACS



Connections Sept-Oct Cover

September/ October 2017

Reach for the Stars
In Memoriam: Michael Pistole, MD
Taking A Stand Against Sepsis
What to Do When Injured on the Job
A Witch's Brew
Educating the Clinical Educator: The “Teaching Essentials” for Clinical Faculty
The Electrophysiology Pioneer Down the Hall
Upcoming CME Conferences
A New Paradigm for Advancing Health and Improving Care at MedStar
Chief Resident Profile: Michail Mavros, MD
Spotlight: Jason Chang, MD
Physicians’ Perspective: From the Desks of James Tozzi, MD and Oliver Tannous, MD


July/ August 2017

FY 18 Hospital Goals: Where YOU Can Make a Difference
Sound Treatment for a Sudden Hearing Loss
Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology Uses Creative Approach to Foster Teamwork
Expertise + Teamwork = Successful Outcome
Viewpoint: Should Birth Control Pills Be Offered Over-the-Counter?
Reflections of a Fourth Year Resident: Jason Chen
Fighting Antibiotic Resistance: An Effort for All Providers
Calling for the Wounded in a War Zone: Orthopedic Oncologist on a Mission
Upcoming CME Conferences
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Afnan Mossaad, MD
Spotlight: Saumil Doshi, MD
Physicians' Perspective: Edward Aulisi


May / June 2017

Promoting Well-Being from the Top
Should Statins Be Over-the-Counter Drugs?
Not in Our House: Drug Diversion Programs Seeks to Curb Risks, Enhance Awareness
Equal Treatment from Peers and Colleagues, or Micro-Aggressions and Man-Splaining?
David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS - Washington Regional Chief, Plastic Surgery
Upcoming CME Conferences
Being There... Again: Jayson Atves, MD
Chief Resident Profile: Jerry Chiu, MD
Spotlight: Louis Dainty, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery



March / April 2017

Best Practices for Communications
Upcoming CME Events 
A Strategy for Life: MedStar's Cancer Survivorship Program 
Vascular Cliffhanger with a Happy Ending 
Lifesaving Care, and the Generosity of Gratitude 
Difficult Decisions Helped by Clinical Ethicists 
TeleTriage in the ER: One-to-One, One to Many 
Chief Resident Profile: Bilal Yousufzai, MD, Ophthalmology 
Spotlight: Amanda Beirne, MSN, ACNP-BC, Cardiac Electrophysiology




Jan / Feb 2017

New Year, New Name - Gregory J. Argyros, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Limb Salvage Story Saves Diabetic Patient's Leg
The Collective Power of APCs: Rewriting Hospital Care
Language of Caring for Physicians
A Case History in Caring: Ziad Deeb, MD
Medication Misuse in the Elderly
Emergency Medicine Physicians: Volunteering at the Navajo Reservation
Augusto Pichard, MD - Cardiologist Facilitates "Gorgeous" Results
Retired Pathologist Funds Cytopathology Fellowship
Save the Date! Upcoming CME Conferences




Center Scope

Fall 2018

Navigating Near-Fatal Burn Patient into Safe Waters
Saving Failing Hearts from Surgery
After Procedure, Avid Runner and Cyclist Regains Stride
Calming Overactive Bladder: Modifying Your Behaviors Can Help
Belly Aches? MedStar Specialists Have the Answers to Common Complaints
Cochlear Implant Restores Hearing in 90 Year Old
Salivary Stones Can Be Painful, but are Treatable
Great Success and Accuracy with New Technology




Winter 2017

Everyday Miracles
Trauma by the Numbers
A Life Truly in the Balance
Supporting Trauma at the Center
Evolution of a Trauma Surgeon
ICU in the Air
Survivor Stories
Stop the Bleed




Fall 2017

A Year in the Hospital and a Second Chance at Life with a New Heart
Meet Vinod Thourani, MD - New Cardiac Surgery Chair Aims High
Young Athlete Nearly Loses Leg in Rare Condition
Reconstructive Foot Surgery Gives Dad Back his Quality of Life
Neck Surgery Patient Praises New Procedure
Two Knees, Two Needs, Two Successes
Healthy Living in Our Community
Cancer Prevention in the Neighborhood
Kidney Stones: Don't Let Tiny Stones Cause Big Problems
Generosity and Gratitude
What's New? MedStar Trauma & Pathway Designation




Fall 2016

Springing Back From Obesity: A Whole New Life After Bariatric Surgery and Body Contouring
Relieving the Burden of Obesity
CPR and Quadruple Bypass: A Lifesaving Combination
In My Own Backyard: A Patient Story
Viruses: What You Need to Know
Drill, Baby, Drill: Emergency Preparedness 
Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Repairs Prolapse: You Don't Have to Live with Bladder Problems
Save a Life! Learn CPR!





Summer 2016

Dedication of the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital
Heart Hospital Firsts
The Future of Cardiovascular Care
Timely News You Can Use







Spring 2016

Bernie Holland Keeps Moving While a Tiny Device Keeps His Heart Pumping
Tips for Women's Health From Our Experts
Lighting the Way: J.D. and Genevieve Murphy are Growing the Philanthropy that Grows The Hospital Center
Timely News You Can Use






 Winter 2016

Beating an Uncommon Cancer
Fast, Efficient Outpatient Options for Varicose Veins
Wide Range of Expertise at MedStar Pituitary Center 
What's New at the Hospital Center






Fall 2015

New ACL Repair Surgery Gets Athletes Back in the Game 
Full Sail for Patient with 24-year Artery Blockage
Surgeons Visit Class to Explain Rare Throat Disorder
Medical Advice: When Should You Follow It?
Curb Your Appetite with vBloc Alternative Innovations in Bariatric Surgery

Summer 2015
Spring 2015




Cardiovascular Physician

Summer 2019

The Balancing Act of Medicine
Heart-Brain Team Collaborates for PFO-Related Stroke Prevention
MHVI Proving Ground for WATCHMAN, Next Generation LAA Occluder Devices
4 Heart Transplants in 3 Days
Countdown to a New Heart: 4-hour Ischemic Window
New Iliac Branch Device Avoids Occlusion of Internal Iliac Artery in Repairing Aneurysm
His Bundle Pacing: Improving Outcomes for Pacemaker Patients
The Sun Doesn't Set on Great Care
Updates, News, and Notes from MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute




Spring 2019

One Program Across our Geographic Footprint
Advanced Heart Failure: Two Cities, One Program
Short-and Long-Term Support for AHF Patients With Subclavian Artery Access Balloon Pump
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic 
Study Suggests TAVR Extends Benefits to Low Surgical Risk Patients
A Tribute to Paul Corso, MD
Nurses at the Heart of Cardiovascular Care
Updates, News, and Notes from MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute    




Summer 2018

From the desk of Stuart F. Seides, MD - Thanks to the Dreamers
AFib: Expanding the Options
MHVI Tests First-of-a-Kind Occluder Device for Transcaval TAVR
Flexible Expertise
Endovascular Revascularization: Critical Limb Ischemia
Case Study - An Effective Treatment for Challenging Congestive Heart Failure Cases
Suddath Named New Cardiology Chair and Medical Director of Cath Lab
UPDATES: Quality Ratings and New Leadership Changes
News & Notes




Cardiovascular Physician Spring 2018 Cover PageSpring 2018

Drilling Down, Branching Out - Stuard F. Seides, MD
Can Smart Phones and Fitness Trackers Assist Cardiologists?
Infiltrative Cardiomyopathies - New MHVI Program Improves Diagnosis and Management
Chronic Total Occlusion - Conquering the Last Frontier in Coronary Intervention
Sports and Performance Cardiologist Ankit Shah, MD, Joins MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
New Technique Expands Life Saving Use of TAVR
How Handheld Ultrasound Is Changing Clinical Cardiology
New Version of CodeHeart Debuts
Case Study: A Minimally Invasive Approach to Treating Carotid Artery Stenosis - TCAR
CRT 2018 - Latest Research in Structural Abnormalities Highlighted



Winter 2018

A Powerful Union for Improved Care
Coordinated Care for Complicated Conditions
Meet Vinod Thourani, MD
Worley Brings Groundbreaking Cardiac Treatment Expertise to MHVI
CRT '18 - Celebrating Four Decades of PCI Innovation
VADs: The Heart of the Deal
Doctors Seeking FAME (not Fame!)
UPDATES from MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
Transitions Clinic for Newly Diagnosed Cardiovascular Patients
News and Notes



Fall 2017

The Inevitability of Change 
Mitral Valve Disease: Building a New Construct 
Pursuing Surgery-like Results for Non-Surgical Patients  
Revolutionary Approach to Mitral Regurgitation Under Study 
Spotting Subtleties and Solutions- Imaging: The Devil is in the Details 
A Career of Firsts: Augusto Pichard, MD 
Advanced Heart Failure: Collaboration throughout MedStar Health  
Updates from MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute




Summer 2017

Interconnectivity Brings High Level of Expertise to Far-Reaching Population
CRT17: Celebrating 20 Years of Advancing Cardiovascular Care
Connecting MHVI Throughout the Region
Complex Aortic Pathologies
Case Study: Popliteal Artery Entrapment
FDA Approves PFO Occluder for Stroke Prevention
Cardiac CT Now Available at Franklin Square
Dedicated Vascular Access Clinics Opens at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Electrophysiology Clinic Opens in Manassas






Fall 2016

The Body Politic of Cardiovascular Care
New Program Features Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Aorta Pathology
Innovative Design: Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CV ICU)
Intimacy & Advanced Heart Failure: Simple Tool Assesses Sexuality Concerns
TAVR Approved For Intermediate Risk Patients: MHVI Research Contributed to FDA Design
Regionalization of Cardiac Imaging Benefits Patients and Physicians
MHVI Experts Avert Catastrophic Outcome From Aortic Dissection 
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute OffersFully Dissolving Heart Stent  
News and Notes
Updates From MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute 
CRT 2017
Augusto Prichard,  MD: Globe-Trotting Cardiologist Facilitates "Gorgeous" Results



Summer 2016

Heart & Vascular Hospital Marries High Tech and Hospitality 
Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital Dedication at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Heart Hospital Firsts
The Future of Cardiovascular Care
Cardiogenetics: Determining the Genetic Cause of Heart Diseases
Cath Lab Introduces Two Innovative Software Programs
Profile: Chris Barnett, MD
Spotlight: Jose Vargas, MD, PhD 
Welcome to the Newest Fellows




Spring 2016

Meeting the Demand for Safety and Quality Despite Crisis
Taking Science to the Heart: Selma Mohammaed, MD, PhD, Bring Scientific Research Interest to Her Clinical Practice in Heart Failure 
An Innovative Solution to a Complex Problem
Transradial Caths Gain Traction With Interventional Cardiologists
CRT 2016 Brings Innovation to Practice
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Launches National Clinical Study of TAVR's Use in Low Risk Patients
New Hope For Treating Heart Failure
Palliative Care and Heart Failure Team Partnership Flourishes 
New Service, Staff and Space for Venous Disorders at MedStar Chevy Chase
News and Notes



Winter 2016

Next Steps for Cardiac Stem Cells
Connecting Cardiologists to Chagas Disease
Profile: Margaret Bell Fischer, MD
ACA Appoints Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC, Chair of New Cardio-Oncology Program

Fall 2015
Summer 2015
Spring 2015
Winter 2015




September/October 2016

Regulatory Radiness is Right on Target
Breathing New Life for Patients: Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator 
Setting the Trend: Critical Care Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Complexities of Managing Med/Psych Patients in Aging Population
When Size is Everything: Adapting to the Challenges of Patient Obesity
New Emerging Viruses: Keeping Everyone Safe
Cleaning Up the Scrubs Policy: Eliminating Latrogenic Infections
A Success for All Provider Participants: MedStar Physician Leadership Development Program 
Upcoming CME Conferences
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Taryn Travis, MD
Spotlight: Hyun J. Band, MD
Physician's Perspective



July/August 2016

“Stay On, Stay Here” Please Don’t Share Your Skin Squames
Urogynecologic Surgery Returns Patient’s Quality of Life
Dedication of the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital
Where Did they Go? 2016 House Staff Graduation
New Physician Leadership: Nationally Renowned Thoracic Surgeon Leads Integrated Surgical Service
Intimacy and Advanced Heart Failure
Overnight Radiologists Provide Life-Saving Services
Devastating Medical Errors Need Not Devastate the Provider
Upcoming CME Conferences
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: Jiger Patel, MD, Internal Medicine
Spotlight: James Robinson, Obstetrics and Gynecology 
Physician's Perspective: Jennifer Ayscue 




May/June 2016

A Cancer Free-Free Diagnosis, Following Extensive Limb-Salvage Surgery
MedStar Medical Group: For Providers, By Providers 
MedStar Pituitary Center Offers Comprehensive Care
The Next Step for Three Residents Who Have Shared Their Stories
Balancing Risk, Benefit is Key: Multiple New Options for Multiple Sclerosis 
News & Notes
Chief Resident Profile: David Engorn, DPM, Podiatric Surgery
Spotlight: Lambros Stamatakis, MD, Urology





July/August 2016

March/April 2016
January/February 2016
November/December 2015
September/October 2015
July/August 2015 
May/June 2015