CHSS Data Center Fall Work Weekend 2017


Eugene Blackstone
Eugene Blackstone, MD, is full-time head of Clinical Investigations at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, and staff member of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Quantitative Health Sciences and Transplant Center. Dr. Blackstone is board-certified as Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners and as a Fellow, American College of Cardiology.

At Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Blackstone heads a multidisciplinary clinical research team focused on ischemic and valvar heart diseases, heart rhythm disturbances, heart failure (including transplantation, ventricular assist devices and alternatives to transplantation), and benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus and lungs. The research team consists of nearly 50 individuals, while approximately 180 projects are ongoing at any given time. Since 1993, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and continuing at Cleveland Clinic, he has led a team of computer scientists in developing a novel semantic approach to data storage and use.

In addition to generating new knowledge from clinical experiences, his specialty interests include novel mathematical models for analysis of time-related and longitudinal clinical outcomes as well as novel algorithmic approaches, quasi-experimental study design, digital signal processing, mathematical process-control models of the circulatory system and semantic knowledge base/database technology.

Dr. Blackstone completed his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. Following medical school, he was awarded two concurrent fellowships from the University of Chicago in the Division of Thoracic Surgery in the School of Medicine. His postdoctoral studies continued under a fellowship from the U.S. Public Health Service and a research fellowship in mathematics, computer science and statistics from the Cardiopulmonary Surgical Research Laboratories at the University of Chicago, where he was a member of the Biological Sciences Computation Center.

Stemming from his signal processing work on pulmonary hypertension, Dr. Blackstone became one of a group of 100 scientists appointed to establish the field of digital signal processing. Dr. Blackstone completed his medical internship at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
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Jai Nahar
Dr. Nahar completed his Medical Education (MBBS and MD Pediatrics) from MGM Medical College Indore, India. After moving to United States, he finished pediatric residency including chief residency from Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Post residency, he practiced as a primary care pediatrician in Hagerstown, MD and subsequently completed pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center.

He is currently a faculty at Children’s National Medical Center, focusing on Ambulatory pediatric cardiology, and has helped in regional expansion and outreach (to complement the Telemedicine program) in Northwestern Maryland.

He finished Masters in Business Administration in Health Care Management from Hopkins Carey Business School, last year, and is a member of ACC’s Health Care Innovation workgroup focusing on innovative models to improve cardiovascular care at individual patient and population level.

He has strong interest in Artificial Intelligence applications to health care which would facilitate Augmented Intelligence for the physicians. He intends to work on Real time analytics to facilitate High risk patient identification (inpatient and ambulatory setting), and Error prevention at source; develop predictive models for complex diseases, personalized medicine solutions; and utilize mobile, AI partnered Patient centric digital solutions for behavioral modification and efficient chronic disease management.
Tara Karamlou
Tara Karamlou, MD, is a pediatric cardiac surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. She is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and in Congenital Cardiac Surgery.

Dr. Karamlou received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine, completed surgical residencies at Oregon Health Science University and the University of Michigan, and is finalizing her MSc in Biostatistics at the University of Toronto. She is a past recipient of the Nina Braunwald Fellowship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, the John Kirklin Fellowship with the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and the J. Maxwell Chamberlain Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Karamlou completed her pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and was on faculty there prior to her recruitment to UCSF in 2012.

Dr. Karamlou's research and clinical interests are directed at quality improvement and health policy directives in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery. She has focused on volume-outcomes relationships in congenital cardiac surgery and the use of large datasets to answer clinical questions. She has received multiple grants for her work in development of miniaturized circuitry for pediatric extracorporeal circuits and evaluation of long-term functional health status in single ventricle lesions. At UCSF, Dr. Karamlou has spearheaded a home monitoring program to improve outcomes for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, now in its third year, and developed a Standardized Clinical Care Algorithm to improve the efficiency and quality of care for ACHD patients. She is currently overseeing the creation of a statewide pediatric heart surgeons’ consortium to evaluate perioperative management and outcomes for neonates with complex congenital heart disease.

Dr. Karamlou is a member of the STS National Database’s Access and Publications Committee and its Linked Registry Proposals and Longitudinal Taskforce and is actively involved with multicenter studies with the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the field of pediatric cardiac surgery, is on the editorial boards of four journals, and has authored or co-authored 15 book chapters.
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Ismail Bouhout
Dr. Bouhout Ismail is a PGY-4 in cardiac surgery at the University of Montreal. He has completed his medical degree at the University of Montreal School of Medicine. During his medical school, he obtained a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences on the aortic valve replacement in young adults. He is currently completing his PhD on the Ross procedure. With a strong interest in congenital cardiac surgery, he is working on the long-term follow-up of the CHSS coarctation repair cohort under the supervision of Dr. Poirier.
Anusha Jegatheeswaran
Anusha Jegatheeswaran, MD, PhD is a clinical fellow in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Cardiac Surgery. She recently completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Jegatheeswaran received her MD from McMaster University, completed her surgical residency at the University of Toronto, and undertook her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology within the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. During her training she was part of the Surgeon Scientist Program, and completed the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Clinician Investigator Program. Among her awards, she was the recipient of a Junior Personnel Research Fellowship through the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and also received the American Association of Thoracic Surgery Marc de Leval Fellowship for congenital heart surgeons this year.

Dr. Jegatheeswaran has had a strong interest in clinical research and was the 5th John W. Kirklin/David A. Ashburn Fellow in the CHSS Data Center during the completion of her PhD. Her research interests have focused on studies pertaining to interrupted aortic arch, anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA), and atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD). She is currently actively involved in spearheading several CHSS initiatives related to AAOCA and AVSD.