Lecture: “Complex Open Aortic Surgery in the Endovascular Era”
1/28/2021 - New England Journal of Medicine
Letter to the Editor
Congratulations to the Leeper lab and colleagues for publishing in the NEJM the first human evidence that promoting “efferocytosis” (the phagocytic removal of diseased and dying cells) may have a beneficial effect on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Using PET/CT scans from an ongoing cancer trial, the investigators were able to retrospectively analyze vascular inflammation in the arteries of subjects before and after treatment with an anti-CD47 antibody. They found that blockade of this key so-called ‘don’t eat me’ molecule was associated with reduced inflammation in the carotid arteries. These findings are consistent with the groups previously published studies in mice (Nature, 2016), and may pave the way for prospective cardiovascular studies to determine if ‘macrophage checkpoint inhibition’ has the potential to become a new therapy to prevent heart attack and stroke.
1/22/2021 Dr. Lee VESS President
Congratulations to Dr. Jason Lee on his leadership position as president of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS).
1/18/2021 General Surgery Innovation Grant Rounds
Dr. Oliver Aalami
As part of the Stanford Surgery Innovation Council Grand Rounds presentation, Dr. Oliver Aalami, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, presented the challenges and successes designing and building Digital Health research studies at Stanford and most recently leveraging these learnings to work with the Society of Vascular Surgery to deploy a national SVS Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) Program for patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). To help others interested in remote patient monitoring studies and solutions, he co-founded the open-source framework CardinalKit to save research groups $120,000 and 12 months in development time. As director of Biodesign for Digital Health, Dr. Aalami teaches two courses, Biodesign for Digital Healthto teach best practices for digital health implementation and Building for Digital Health to actually build and deploy on-campus research projects using CardinalKit. This year a post-Kidney transplantation navigation program (PI: Dr. Marc Melcher) and a remote blood pressure monitoring program (PI: Dr. Paul Wang) are examples being built.
1/11 - Leeper Lab Paper Named Top 10 Manuscript for 2020 by Health innovations
Congratulations to Alyssa Flores for having her article named a Top 10 manuscript for 2020 by Healthinnovations.