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Cardiac Critical Care Page

Cardionerds - A Cardiology Podcast:

Welcome to the CardioNerds Cardiac Critical Care Series Page! 

The modern Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) has evolved considerably since its inception in the 1960s. Once solely dedicated to the care and convalescence of patients who suffered acute myocardial infarctions, CICUs now include diverse demographics and pathology (including many non-cardiac conditions). Similarly, our critical care armamentarium has expanded, while older tools at our disposal may have new indications. Join us for the Cardiac Critical Care Series as we learn about the wide breadth of disease and treatment options – from hemodynamics to mechanical circulatory support to ventilation strategies – in the modern CICU.

This series is multi-institutional collaboration is made possible by contributions of stellar fellow leads and expert faculty from several programs, led by series co-chairs, Dr. Mark BelkinDr. Eunice DuganDr. Karan Desai, and Dr. Yoav Karpenshif.


The CardioNerds are thrilled to launch The Cardiac Critical Care Series! The series Co-Chairs – Dr. Mark Belkin (Advanced Heart Failure FIT, U Chicago), Dr. Yoav Karpenshif (FIT, U Penn), Dr. Eunice Dugan (CardioNerds Academy Chief Fellow and FIT, Cleveland Clinic), and Dr. Karan Desai (CardioNerds Academy Editor and FIT, U Maryland) – join CardioNerds Co-Founders, Amit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder to delve into high-yield topics in critical care cardiology.

We kickstart this series with one of the early pioneers and national leaders in cardiac critical care – Dr. Jason Katz, Director of Cardiovascular Critical Care and Co-Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and the CICU at Duke University Medical Center.

In this episode, we learn about Dr. Katz’s career path and what motivated him to train in Critical Care Cardiology. He shares early struggles, notable changes in this field’s nascent period, and ongoing challenges in training and practice. We discuss collaboration with other cardiac and non-cardiac specialties and their importance in comprehensive care. Furthermore, we discuss how to advance critical care research, including the Critical Care Cardiology Trials Network and future randomized controlled trials to inform our practice and develop standardized protocols. In this small but rapidly growing field, we learn there is much to discover together. Audio editing by CardioNerds Academy InternHirsh Elhence.

CardioNerds CCC Collection (Includes all CCC episodes)

Cardiac Critical Care Disease Series Co-Chairs!

Dr. Mark Belkin

Dr. Mark Belkin

University of Chicago

Mark Belkin is a Advanced Heart Failure Fellow at the University of Chicago. He attended Tulane University for his undergraduate degree before returning to his home town for medical school at Rush University in Chicago. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago before staying on for General Cardiology Fellowship. He is excited to start his Advanced Heart Failure & Transplantation Fellowship at University of Chicago in the upcoming academic year. Mark has been involved in the Critical Care Cardiology groups in both the AHA and ACC. His research interests include identifying invasive hemodynamic markers in cardiogenic shock that may help guide individualized treatment decisions and help inform the prognosis for myocardial recovery. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with this wife, Anna, and their rescue pup, Buster Bluth Belkin.

Eunice Dugan, MD

Eunice Dugan

Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Eunice Dugan is a cardiology fellow at Cleveland Clinic. She is a graduate of the Osler Medical Residency program at Johns Hopkins. She majored in Vocal Performance and Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Eunice plans to purse a career in Critical Care Cardiology with research interests in intensive care unit outcomes. She is passionate about clinical teaching and innovations in cardiology medical education. Outside of the hospital, Eunice enjoys hikes with her husband and two dogs, listening to choral music, playing volleyball, and planning her next travel adventure. 

Karan Desai, MD is a cardiology fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and he has teamed up with the Cardionerds Cardiology Podcast to help produce the Case Report Series

Dr. Karan Desai

University of Maryland

Dr. Karan Desai is a cardiology fellow at the University of Maryland. He completed his medical school at Albany Medical College and went on to residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he also served as Assistant Chief of Service. He is passionate about medical education and clinical reasoning and has been recognized with clinical teaching awards in both residency and fellowship. Karan’s clinical and research interests include critical care cardiology, mechanical circulatory support and structural imaging.

When not in the hospital, Karan is spending time exploring DC with his wife (@NeenaJubeDesai) and rooting on the 76ers as a #trusttheprocess diehard.

Dr. Yoav Karpenshif

Dr. Yoav Karpenshif

University of Pennsylvania

Yoav Karpenshif is a cardiology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before doing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Yoav is passionate about the intersection of medical education, technology, and healthcare quality. He is interested in echocardiography and critical care in cardiology. You can often find him in front of a whiteboard teaching all things cardiology. Outside of the hospital he enjoys a good cup of coffee, all things Philadelphia, and time with his family.