CardioNerds Cardiology Case Reports

Welcome to the Cardionerds Cardiology Case Reports (CNCR) Page which features high quality educational case reports featured in podcast episodes!

The CardioNerds Cardiology Case Reports series shines light on the hidden curriculum of medical storytelling. We learn together while discussing fascinating cases in this fun, engaging, and educational format. Each episode ends with an “Expert CardioNerd Perspectives & Review” (E-CPR) for a nuanced teaching from a content expert. We truly believe that hearing about a patient is the singular theme that unifies everyone at every level, from the student to the professor emeritus.Click the Topics Page button to see our other cardiovascular topics covered by the CardioNerds.

We are teaming up with the ACC FIT Section to use the #CNCR episodes to showcase CV education across the country in the era of virtual recruitment. As part of the recruitment series, each episode features fellows from a given program discussing and teaching about an interesting case as well as sharing what makes their hearts flutter about their fellowship training. The case discussion is followed by both an E-CPR segment and a message from the program director.

The #CNCR Recruitment Episodes help us Democratize CV Education with three key goals:
1) Showcase CV Education with Cases across the Country
2) Promote Diversity & Inclusion within CV Training
3) Introduce Residents to Fellowship Programs

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Case Report Episodes

Meet our guest experts!

Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC, Editor-in-Chief of JACC: Case Reports

Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC

Dr. Julia Grapsa serves as the Editor-in-Chief of JACC: Case Reports. Dr. Grapsa worked for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and then she moved to UK as a a consultant cardiologist for Barts Heart Center. In March 2020, Dr. Grapsa started working as consultant cardiologist at Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust. Within the UK’s leading structural valve disease group, Dr. Grapsa is responsible for the valvular heart disease network and echocardiography, a position previously held by Professor John Chambers. Dr. Grapsa has served as chair of the young community for multimodality imaging for the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and as a member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) education committee, leading the ESC clinical case gallery. She was responsible for ESC social media, since its birth and she has been a member of imaging and online education committees of Heart Failure Association. Prior to her role as JACC: Case Reports editor-in-chief, Dr. Grapsa served as an editorial consultant for JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. She is a fellow of the ACC, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Society of Cardiology.

Nosheen Reza, MD

Nosheen Reza, MD, FACC

Dr. Nosheen Reza is a cardiologist and translational researcher at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology and cardiovascular genetics, genomics, and phenomics. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2012 and completed her internal medicine residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2015. She then completed her Cardiovascular Disease fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and served as 2017-2018 Chief Fellow. At Penn, Dr. Reza pursued additional scholarship in genomic medicine as an NIH T32-funded postdoctoral fellow and in healthcare quality as a Penn Benjamin & Mary Siddons Measey Fellow in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She completed her final year of clinical training at Penn in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology and joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2020. Dr. Reza is passionate about medical education and has won many distinctions in the field throughout her training. She serves as an editorial board member for JACC: Case Reports, JACCCardioOncology, and Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. Dr. Reza is an active leader in the Heart Failure Society of America, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology at the local and national levels and volunteers on multiple leadership councils and steering committees within these organizations.

Meet our CNCR Production Team!

Colin Blumenthal, MD

Colin Blumenthal, MD

Dr. Colin Blumenthal is a third year internal medicine resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He went to The Ohio State University and got a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering before going to medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. After residency, Colin hopes to pursue a career in Cardiology, specifically Electrophysiology. In his free time Colin spends most of his time with his wife, young son, and their dog. He loves ice cream and enjoys nature and wildlife photography.
Tommy Das, MD

Tommy Das, MD

Dr. Tommy Das is an internal medicine resident in the Osler Program at Johns Hopkins. He is a native of Houston, TX, and completed medical school at UT Southwestern School of Medicine. He is part of the inaugural Medical Education Pathway for IM Residents at Johns Hopkins, and is passionate about the interplay between MedEd and Cardiology.  His interests range from teaching hands-on bedside skills to interventional cardiology research to the pursuit of perfect pecan pie. 

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

Karan Desai, MD

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.

Eunice Dugan, MD

Eunice Dugan, MD

Dr. Eunice Dugan is a third year internal medicine resident 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. 

Rick Ferraro, MD

Rick Ferraro, MD

Midwest raised, spent two years as a Teach For America Corps member teaching science in Milwaukee before heading to medical school at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC.  Current senior resident at the Osler Medical Residency program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and completed intern year under the incredible leadership of Dr. Amit Goyal.  Big fan of the 90’s Bulls and Chicago sports in general (See Chicago Cubs tie in photo). 

Evelyn Song, MD

Dr. Evelyn Song is a third year internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins. She majored in Biology at MIT and went to medical school at Penn State. After residency, Evelyn plans to pursue a career in Cardiology and is interested in Heart Failure and Cardio-Oncology. When Evelyn is not in the hospital, you can find her playing with her two dogs, trying out new restaurants and new recipes, and traveling. 

Bibin Varghese, MD

Bibin Varghese, MD

Dr. Bibin Varghese graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a 3rd year Internal Medicine resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His clinical interests include cardiovascular prevention and medical education. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, baking, exercising and spending time with his wife and co-resident Dr. Erin Chew.