Heart Failure Success Series

Welcome to the Heart Success Series! Below, you will find podcast episodesreferencesguest experts and contributors, and so much more. Click the Topics Page button to see our other cardiovascular topics covered by the CardioNerds. 

This series was created in memory of Dr. David Taylor. We thank our partners at the Heart Failure Society of America which is a multidisciplinary organization working to improve and expand heart failure care through collaboration, education, research, innovation, and advocacy. Its members include physicians, scientists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. Learn more at hfsa.org.

Podcast Episodes

In conjunction with the 2020 Heart Failure Awareness Week, sponsored by the Heart Failure Society of America the CardioNerds are supporting the society’s efforts to promote heart failure awareness, patient education, and heart failure prevention by launching our Heart Failure Awareness CardioNerds Series. 

This series is a tribute to Dr. David Taylor. Dr. Taylor (aka “DOT”) was a heart failure attending at the Cleveland Clinic.  He died on Wednesday, February 5th 2020. We remember him for the legend he is. A passionate clinician, skilled educator, devoted mentor.  His legacy lives on within us. #foreverDOT

Colleagues and friends record their cherished memories, stories, and life lessons learned from Dr. Taylor.

Dan and Carine chat with cardiomyopathy expert Dr. Ed Kasper with regards to his approach to the new onset heart failure patient. This episode is dedicated to Dr. Kasper’s mentor and friend, Dr. Kenneth L. Baughman. 

See photos discussed in this episode and tribute to Dr. Baughman

Amit and co-fellow Dr. Kartik Telukuntla learn from Dr. Randall Starling, former president of the HFSA, about his approach to guideline-directed medical therapy in heart failure.

Amit and co-fellow Dr. Kartik Telukuntla discuss advanced heart failure therapies, or salvage therapies, with Dr. Jerry Estep, section head of heart failure at the Cleveland Clinic.

Carine and Dan delve into LVAD 101 with Dr. Steven Hsu, heart failure specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We get big picture, we get detail oriented and we hit the highlights for the psycho-social-and medical management of our LVAD patient population.

Vanderbilt fellows, Richa Gupta and Jessica Huston, interview past HFSA president Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld, Director of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Section at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute about the nuts and bolts of cardiac transplantation. Topics discussed include organ allocation, recipient selection, high risk donors, short and long term complications, and what non-transplant physicians should know about immunosuppressive medications. 

Duke cardiology fellow, Rahul Loungani, interviews Dr. Jonathan Piccini, director of the Electrophysiology Clinical Trials Program and Arrhythmia Core Laboratory at Duke University, about atrial fibrillation management in patients with heart failure. They discuss rate vs rhythm control and strategies for both, new onset AF in the context of critical illness, wearable devices in AF, escalation of therapy in AF, ideal patient for catheter ablation, and AF patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Structural interventions in heart failure are discussed by Dr. Jeffrey Moses, Director of Interventional Therapeutics at Columbia University Medical Center Director of Advanced Cardiac Interventions at St Francis Hospital and Heart Center in Roslyn, NY. CardioNerds hosts Amit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder are joined by Dr. Jackie Latina (Cardiology fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital). Topics discussed include percutaneous intervention and complex and high-risk coronary intervention (CHIP), treatment of functional mitral and tricuspid regurgitation, aortic stenosis, and the utility of interatrial shunt devices for the treatment congestive heart failure.

We discuss Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) with Dr. Kavita Sharma, director of the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program and interim director of Advanced Heart Failure Transplant section at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. CardioNerds hosts Carine Hamo and Daniel Ambinder are joined by Dr. Beth Feldman (resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital). Topics discussed include a definitionsdiagnosisphenotypic presentations, inpatient management of acute decompensated heart failure, role of dopamine, advanced therapies of HFpEF, and the Paraglide trial.

Dr. Robert Mentz, director of the Heart Failure section in the Duke Division of Cardiology, discusses diureticsanti-hyperglycemic therapies including SGLT2/GLP1 agents, angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitors (ARNi)iron as therapies for Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF). Additionally, study design and ongoing research in HFpEF is discussed. At the end of the episode Dr. Mentz provides an additional update that highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced clinical trials around the world. Special thanks to guest interviewers, Duke cardiology fellows, Dr. Kelly Arps and Dr. Rahul Loungani!

The role of palliative care in the management of heart failure is discussed by palliative care expert, Dr. Rab Razzak, clinical associate professor and clinical director of palliative care at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center. CardioNerds host Amit Goyal is joined by special guest interviewer, Dr. Arsalan Derakhshan, Assistant Program director at Case Western Internal Medicine residency program and the head of the Global Health Pathway as well as co-host of the Clinical Problem Solvers podcast!

CardioNerds Amit GoalDaniel Ambinder, & Dr. Alex Pipilas (FIT, Boston University) discuss the clinical examination in patients with heart failure with Dr. Mark Drazner, professor of medicine, clinical chief of cardiology, and medical director of the LVAD and Cardiac Transplantation Program at UT Southwestern. In this pearl laden episode, they discuss how the exam can be used to non-invasively assess a patient’s hemodynamic status, risk stratify and inform prognosis, and guide management. They also discuss ways to master the evaluation of the JVP and categorize patients based on their RA:PCWP ratio.

CardioNerdsAmit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder, join Duke University CardioNerds Ambassador and CorrespondentDr. Kelly Arps for the diuretic showdown of a lifetime. Join us for this Cardiology vs. Nephrology discussion and respective approach to volume overload and diuretic strategies with Dr. Michael Felker (Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University School of Medicine), and Dr. Matt Sparks (Founding member of the Nephrology Social Medial Collective and #NephJC and Associate Professor of Medicine and Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Duke University School of Medicine). Episode introduction, audio editing and Approach to Diuretic Resistance infographic by Dr. Gurleen Kaur (Director of the CardioNerds Internship).

CardioNerds Heart Failure Episode Collection

A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of
Dr. David Taylor

  • Steve Nissen – 5:03
  • Sandy Galvin – 7:29
  • Mike Militello – 8:45
  • Andres Carmona – 9:26
  • Millie Pejnovic – 11:02
  • Kia Afshar – 11:38
  • Sanjeep (Sean) Bhattacharya – 13:40
  • Liane Porepa – 15:06
  • Bret Sperry – 16:04
  • Josef Stehlik – 17:12
  • Bill Wilke – 19:07
  • Paulino Alvarez – 20:39
  • Kay Kendall – 22:44
  • Mazen Hanna – 22:08
  • David Xu – 29:26
  • Ilke Sipahi – 30:40
  • Anupam Basuray – 31:54
  • Amanda Vest – 33:13
  • Paul Cremer – 34:40
  • Rebecca Reay – 37:45
  • Jerry Estep – 42:09
  • Venu Menon – 45:33
  • Wilson Tang – 48:51
  • Randall Starling – 50:22
Dr. Ken Baughman
Dr. Baughman and is wife, Cheryl. Photo courtesy of Roger S. Blumenthal, MD

In Memory of Dr. Ken Baughman

Dr. Ken Baughman served as director of the cardiology division at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., before being recruited to Brigham Hospital in 2002. 

He was such a hero in cardiology. Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, a cardiology great in his own right, called Dr. Baughman a physician’s physician, and an exemplar of how you can lead and teach as a model to others. His thousands of patients knew him and benefited from his great expertise and his care. Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president of Brigham Hospital at the time,  said His passion for his patients was woven into the fabric of our hospital,” He represented the very best in medicine … He cared so deeply for each and every person he touched. Not only was he an extraordinary clinician, but he was a respected and accomplished researcher and brilliant mentor to dozens of young men and women who benefited from his nurturance and wisdom.”

Learn more about Dr. Ken Baughman from a moving tribute authored by Dr. Roger Blumenthal. 

Bioptome #1 used by Dr. Baughman
Dr. Thomas Traill (L), Dr. Baughman (C), Dr. Stephen Achuff (R)
Dr. Kasper wearing Dr. Baughman's conductors cap gifted to him by a patient

Meet our experts and guest hosts!

Edward K. Kasper, MD

Dr. Edward K. Kasper, is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Natural Sciences. He earned his M.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His internship and residency in Internal Medicine and assistant chief of service (ACS) of the Thayer service as well as his fellowship in Cardiology, were completed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he then joined the faculty in 1993. He is currently the E. Cowles Andrus Professor of Cardiology and Director of Clinical Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

See photos discussed in this episode and tribute to Dr. Baughman

Randall Starling, MD

Dr. Starling obtained his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh and medical degree from Temple University. He went back to University of Pittsburgh for his internal medicine residency training and then went to Ohio State University for his cardiology fellowship. He stayed on as faculty at Ohio State until 1995 at which time he joined the Cleveland Clinic. He is the former section head of the Division of Heart Failure and former Vice Chairman of the Cardiovascular Medicine Department. Dr. Starling has been the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials and most recently completed his tenure as President of the Heart Failure Society of America.  

Jerry Estep, MD

Dr. Jerry Estep earned his bachelor of arts at the University of Texas, Austin and subsequently received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and went back to Baylor for his cardiology and heart failure fellowship training. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2018 as our section head for the division of heart failure and transplant, Dr. Estep was the Section Head of Heart Failure at Methodist DeBakey in Houston, Texas. Dr. Estep has been involved in numerous clinical trials and co-authored over a 100 peer reviewed articles. He has a special interest in mechanical circulatory support devices and has published heavily on the percutaneous placement of intra-aortic balloon pump in the axillary artery as a long-term  support option to bridge patients to transplant. 

Steven Hsu, MD

Dr. Steven Hsu received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did his medical training on the Osler Medical Service, during which he also served as an Assistant Chief of Service. He then completed cardiology and advanced cardiomyopathy training at Hopkins. Dr. Hsu takes care of patients with advanced cardiomyopathies, LVADs, and heart transplants. He serves as the medical director of the MCS program. He is also funded by an NIH/NHLBI K23 and leads a translational research effort studying the physiologic and molecular characteristics of right ventricular failure in the setting of pulmonary hypertension.

Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld discusses myocarditis and heart failure

JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD

Dr. JoAnn Lindenfeld, is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation Section at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.  She is the past president of the Heart Failure Society of America and serves on editorial boards of numerous journals including JACC, JACC Heart Failure and JHLT.  She is also a member of the AHA/ACC/HFSA heart failure guideline writing committee and was previously chair of the HFSA practice guidelines for the 2006 and 2010 guidelines. In addition to this she’s been an investigator in multiple large-scale clinical trials including the COAPT trial and has served on numerous steering committees, end point committees and data and safety monitoring committees. She is the author of a more than 300 original papers, reviews, and book chapters in the field of heart failure and heart transplantation.   

Jonathan Paul Piccini, MD

Jonathan Paul Piccini, MD

Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Clinical Research Institute. His research interests include the conduct of clinical trials and the assessment of cardiovascular therapeutics for the care of patients with heart rhythm disorders. At present, he is the Director of the EP Clinical Trials Program and Arrhythmia Core Laboratory at Duke University. He also serves on the Clinical Working Group of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Atrial fibrillation (GWTG-Afib) registry program. He is an associate editor for the American Heart Journal and serves on the editorial board of Heart Rhythm, the European Heart Journal, and the Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is the Principal Investigator of the data and coordinating center for ORBIT AF, a 25,000 patient registry focused on quality of care and improving outcomes in patients with atrial fibrillation. He is also the PI of the GENETIC AF clinical trial, the first clinical trial to study genotype-directed rhythm control therapy for atrial fibrillation. He also serves on the steering committees of multiple international randomized trials focused on the treatment of atrial fibrillation.  Dr. Piccini has more than 175 publications in the field of heart rhythm medicine. Clinically, his focus is on the care of patients with atrial fibrillation and complex arrhythmias, with particular emphasis on catheter ablation and lead extraction.

Jeffrey W. Moses, MD discusses interventional cardiology with congestive heart failure

Jeffrey W. Moses, MD

Dr. Jeffrey W. Moses completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his internship, residency and fellowship in Cardiology at the Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He currently serves as Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics at Columbia University Medical Center and as Director of Advanced Cardiac Interventions at St Francis Hospital and Heart Center in Roslyn, NY. Dr. Moses is an Associate Director of the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. He has served as lead investigator for numerous national and international clinical studies and he has made important contributions in the areas of clinical research and educational activities in interventional vascular therapy. He is also a pioneer in developing approaches involving minimally invasive surgery, angioplasty, gene therapy, novel imaging technologies and various support devices that allow for wider application of interventional cardiovascular procedures.

Rab Razzak, MD

Dr. Rab Razzak went to medical school at Bangledesh Medical College and internal medicine residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Patterson, NJ. He worked initially as a hospitalist at Cedars Sinai and was grandfathered into palliative care.  He moved to Maryland to work at Johns Hopkins, where he practiced for 4.5 years. He is now a clinical associate professor and clinical director of palliative care at University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center. He is also a devoted husband, dedicated father, and a stand-up comedian! 

Kavita Sharma, MD

Dr. Kavita Sharma graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency and served as the assistant chief of service, cardiology fellowship and advanced heart failure fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program and is currently the interim director of Advanced Heart Failure Transplant section at Hopkins. She has a specialized interest in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), and directs one of the largest programs in the country dedicated to caring for patients with this condition. She is the principal investigator of numerous clinical and translational trials in HFpEF and leads a team of nurses, research coordinators, and fellows-in-training in this multifaceted program. She is an invited speaker at national meetings in topic areas covering advanced heart failure and HFpEF.

Robert Metz, MD

Dr. Robert Mentz completed internal medicine training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and cardiology fellowship followed by advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology training at Duke University Hospital and the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is the new director of the Heart Failure section in the Duke Division of Cardiology. His areas of clinical and research focus include treating comorbid diseases in heart failure patients, use of biomarkers and surrogate and non-fatal outcomes in heart failure trials, and novel therapeutic approaches to heart failure. Dr. Mentz is heavily involved in many clinical trials and serves as the associate editor at Circulation: Heart Failure. In addition to his clinical and research endeavors, Dr. Mentz is heavily invested in the cardiology fellowship where he serves as associated program director and renown mentor for which he has won many fellow-nominated awards. Finally, as former director of the Duke University Cooperative Cardiovascular Society, he expanded the network of current and former Duke trainees to be a leading enroller in clinical trials.

Dr. Mark Drazner

Mark Drazner, MD

Mark Drazner, M.D., brings nearly 20 years of advanced training and experience to bear on treating patients with cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure, including those who undergo a heart transplant or implantation of a ventricular assist device to help a weakened heart pump blood. He currently is Medical Director of the Heart Failure, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), and Cardiac Transplant Program at UT Southwestern. In June 2016 he also assumed the role of Clinical Chief of Cardiology.

Dr. Drazner has been at the forefront of research in the arena of heart failure and cardiac transplantation and was one of the first physicians in North Texas to be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the new subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

He received his initial medical training at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern, where he was Chief Resident. He then completed fellowships in cardiology at Duke University, and in heart failure/cardiac transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Drazner also received a Master of Science in Epidemiology degree from Harvard University School of Public Health.

He is a member of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, among other professional organizations.

Dr. Milton Packer

Milton Packer, MD

Dr. Milton Packer is a Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He has had a long, illustrious career in research, clinical care, and mentorship. He is considered to be the “Father of the Neurohormonal Hypothesis of Heart Failure.” Prior to the development of the Neurohormonal hypothesis, Heart Failure was thought to be a syndrome that should primarily be managed by altering hemodynamics. However, in 1992, following years of research, Dr. Packer published a landmark paper that made an astute observation – that improving hemodynamics in patients with heart failure did not seem to translate to improved outcomes– and posited that “HF progresses because endogenous neurohormonal systems that are activated by the initial injury to the heart exert a deleterious effect on the circulation.” Since then, Dr. Packer has been the leading investigator for numerous landmark studies, taking a key role in establishing carvedilol, sacubitril-valsartan, and empagliflozin as the foundation of GDMT. He has been one of the most influential figures in modern Cardiology.

Dr. Michael Felker

Dr. Michael Felker

Dr. Michael Felker is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Duke University and head of Cardiovascular Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Felker obtained his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, completed internal medicine residency training at the Johns Hopkins Osler program where he served as ACS, and finally cardiology fellowship at Duke University where he remained for an illustrious career including having served as Chief of the Heart Failure Section and numerous other roles.

Dr. Matt Sparks

Dr. Matt Sparks

Dr. Matt Sparks is the Nephrology Fellowship Program and Director of medical student research at Duke University. In addition to clinical, research, and educational roles locally at Duke University, Dr. Sparks is internationally recognized as a founding member of the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) and the widely popular nephrology journal club (#NephJC) with the goals of leveraging social media to enhance free online medical education. In addition to the NephJC, they’ve created several impactful education projects including the AJKD nephrology blog, NephMadness, the Renal Fellow Network.

Saman Nematollahi, MD

Saman Nematollahi, MD 

Saman grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He completed his undergrad at the University of Arizona with dual degrees in Physiology and Spanish Literature. He spent some time after undergrad working in a neuroscience lab before starting med school at the University of Arizona. He then moved to NYC where he completed residency at Columbia. His clinical interests include management of immunocompromised hosts, and his research interest is in medical education. He loves to play soccer with his wife and son. He is master educator, appeared on and has authored many important tweetorials (links below). He has also appeared on the hit medical podcast, The Clinical Problem Solvers. 

Kartik Telukuntla, MD

Dr. Kartik Telukuntla completed medical school in the University of Miami and internal medicine residency at University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a general cardiology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic and is slated to continue on for advanced heart failure fellowship.

Dr. Richa Gupta

Richa Gupta, MD, MPH

Dr. Richa Gupta completed medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and stayed on for internal medicine training in the Osler Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  She is currently a third-year cardiology fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she will also be pursuing fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology next year.  Her current interests include post-transplant outcomes, the genetics of tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy, the sequelae of mechanical circulatory support and applications of cardiac MRI. She also loves teaching the housestaff and medical students and getting them excited about all things heart failure.  Outside of the hospital she loves horror movies, food, travel and good exercise.

Jessica Huston, MD

Jessica Huston, MD

Dr. Jessica Huston is an Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she also completed her Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship and served as chief fellow. Prior to her time at Vanderbilt she completed residency at the University of Utah. Her clinical and research interests include pulmonary vascular remodeling in heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular failure. Outside the hospital she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her son.  

Rahul Loungani, MD

Rahul Loungani, MD

Dr. Rahul Loungani completed medical school at the medical university of SC and then traveled to Baltimore for internal medicine training in the Osler Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Here he fell in love with the management and hemodynamics of critically ill patients. He is currently a third-year cardiology fellow at Duke University Medical Center where he will also be pursuing fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology next year.  

His current interests are in Cardiac amyloid, In particular its arrhythmic manifestations, early diagnosis, and novel therapeutics. He also loves teaching the housestaff and was awarded the Cassell-Saperstein award at Duke,  recognizing the fellow who most demonstrates a commitment to teaching and passion for clinical education. Outside of the hospital loves being a new dad to baby Arya

Jacqueline Latina, MD

Jacqueline Latina, MD

Dr. Jacqueline Latina was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, MA, but fortunately escaped without a Boston accent. She is a graduate of Princeton University with an A.B. in chemistry. She earned her M.D. at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her internship and internal medicine residency were completed at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she stayed on for an American Heart Association postdoctoral research fellowship. She completed an M.S. in clinical research methods at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health during that time. She is currently a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and plans to start interventional cardiology fellowship in June 2020.  She chuckles if you ask “Are you Latina?”


Beth Feldman, MD

Dr. Beth Feldman graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and is currently on the Longcope Firm on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Before pursuing a career in medicine, she worked in health care consulting focusing in health systems. She is passionate about health policy and health systems research. She is hoping to pursue a career in cardiology, with a particular interest in critical care.

Kelly Arps, MD

Dr. Kelly Arps completed medical school at Emory University school of medicine and internal medicine training in the Osler Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is currently is pursuing her cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. 

Arsalan Derakhshan, MD

Arsalan was born in Iran and moved to Atlanta, Georgia as a young child. He loves to travel and considers himself a global citizen. After graduating from Emory University, he attended the Medical College of Georgia and completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He spends his time attending on inpatient team, staffing resident clinic, and working as the global health track director. He enjoys working with medical students and interns to help them discover their passions. His primary interests include clinical reasoning, global health,  and medical innovations. He co-hosts one of the most popular medicine podcast, The Clinical Problem Solvers and has been incredibly instrumental in the launch of The CardioNerds!

Dr. Alexandra Pipilas - CardioNerds

Alexandra Pipilas, MD

Alexandra Pipilas (@apipilasMD) is a cardiology fellow at Boston Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate training at Boston University before leaving for a short stint in Chicago for medical school. She then returned to Boston for internal medicine residency and chief residency at Boston Medical Center. Outside of the hospital, she is enjoys attempting to climb the peloton leaderboard and spending time with friends and family.