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Research and Publications

Cardiovascular Research Review Committee (CVRRC) of the Baylor Scott & White Health System (North Texas Division) is currently accepting applications for funding investigator initiated cardiovascular research. Applications for well-constructed research projects (not otherwise funded) conducted at Baylor Scott & White Health facilities with the goal of improving clinical care and/or knowledge in all fields of cardiology and vascular medicine are welcome. Nursing and cardiac rehabilitation applications are encouraged as well.

Principal Investigators must attend to present their research proposals (no exceptions. You may submit more than one proposal. Maximum award for a grant is $80,000.

For a current application or further information, please contact Amanda Gonzalez at (214) 820-0650 or email

2016 CVRRC Dates to Remember with deadlines
Please note new schedule.

  • 2nd Quarter CVRRC Meeting:
    Application Deadline – June 7th
    CVRRC Meeting – June 28th
  • 3rd Quarter CVRRC Meeting:
    Applications Deadline – September 6th
    CVRRC Meeting – September 27th
  • 4th Quarter CVRRC Meeting:
    Applications Deadline – November 29th
    CVRRC Meeting – December 20th

William C. Roberts, MD, honored by American College of Cardiology with a Lifetime Achievement Award, prestigious recognition from the American College of Cardiology on Monday, April 4, 2016, in Chicago.
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For a listing of Dr. Roberts' books:

1. Roberts WC, editor in chief. From-the-Editor Columns Published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1982-2015. Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2016:623.
2. Roberts WC, editor in chief, Interviews Published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1982 – 2015, Volume 1:A-K. Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2016:684.
3. Roberts WC, editor in chief. Interviews Published in The American Journal of Cardiology 1982 – 2015, Volume 2: L-Z. Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2016:571.
4. Roberts WC, interviewer and Editor. Collected Interviews of Baylor University Medical Center Physicians and Administrators Published in Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 1995 – 2015, Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2015:951.
5. Roberts WC, editor in chief. Facts and Ideas from Anywhere: From-the-Editor Columns Published in Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 2011 – 2015, Dallas: Baylor Scott & White Health 2015:509.
6. Roberts WC, interviewer and editor. Collected Interviews of Some Visiting Professors

Baylor Heart and Vascular welcomes Dr. Packer

DALLAS December 3, 2015 — Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas announces the appointment of Milton Packer, M.D., as the new Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Science. Dr. Packer's recent study findings now published in latest New England Journal of Medicine.
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Dr. Packer's Video Interview

Research Team Publishes Findings on New Heart Failure Drugs That Prolong Patients' Lives

Dr. Packer, Distinguished Scholar, can be reached through Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at 214-820-7500

About Us

Staying abreast of new technology and diagnostic as well as treatment options for our patients is a high priority at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. Our goal is to develop and be involved in advanced research of the highest integrity that will allow our patients to participate in and benefit from innovative heart and vascular discoveries. Research is the backbone and first step in defining patient care. The 75-plus trials we are currently running are investigating many areas, including an anticoagulant that does not require INR bloodwork, genes and angina, atrial fibrillation, and stenting of the left main coronary artery.

The physicians on our medical staff and clinical staff members have been published in numerous journals and books, on topics ranging from atrial septal defects to congestive heart failure to angiography. Recent articles are included below:

A review of spontaneous closure of ventricular septal defect
Jun Zhang, MD, MS, Jong Mi Ko, BA, Joseph M. Guileyardo, MD, and
William C. Roberts, MD
Spontaneous closure of VSD can be determined through a variety of methods — echocardiography, Doppler color flow imaging, angiography, auscultation, and cardiac catheterization — and can be proven by pathological evidence at necropsy.
For full article, click here.

Commonalities of Cardiac Rupture (Left Ventricular Free Wall or Ventricular Septum or Papillary Muscle) During Acute Myocardial Infarction Secondary to Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease
William C. Roberts, MD, Kendall H. Burks, Jong Mi Ko, BA, Giovanni Filardo, PhD and Joseph M. Guileyardo, MD
Mortality rates during acute myocardial infarction (AMI) continue to drop, however, cardiac rupture (left ventricular free wall or ventricular septum or papillary muscular or combination) continues to remain relatively common. The aim of this study was to identify commonalities among patients with AMI complicated by cardiac rupture.

High-intensity cardiac rehabilitation training of a commercial pilot who, after percutaneous coronary intervention, wanted to continue participating in a rigorous strength and conditioning program.
Sanjay Shrestha, BS, Jenny Adams, PhD, Anne Lawrence, RN, and Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD
A 64-year-old commercial pilot underwent elective percutaneous coronary intervention, and was then sent to cardiac rehabilitation. He wanted to maintain his rigorous strength and conditioning training and eventually return to being a pilot. A specialized training regimen was designed specifically for his needs, and he was able to resume his life as a commercial pilot. For full article, click here.

An alternative approach to prescribing sternal precautions after median sternotomy, "Keep Your Move in the Tube"
Jenny Adams, PhD, Ana Lotshaw, PT, PhD, CCS, Emelia Exum, PT, DPT, Mark Campbell, BSc, MSc, Cathy B. Spranger, DrPH, Jim Beveridge, RN, PCCN, Shawn Baker, PT, DPT, MS, Stephanie McCray, RN, Tim Bilbrey, MBA, Tiffany Shock, BS, Anne Lawrence, RN, Baron L. Hamman, MD, Jeffrey M. Schussler, MD
Traditional sternal precautions, given to sternotomy patients as part of their discharge education, are intended to help prevent sternal wound complications. Our research team performed a series of studies that measured the forces exerted during various common activities and their relationship to the sternum. The alternative approach that we introduce applies standard kinesiological principles and teaches patients how to perform load-bearing movements in a way that avoids excessive stress to the sternum For full article, click here.

Surviving Malignant Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy with all Major Complications in a Single Patient.
Barry J. Maron, MD, Henry L. Weiner, MD, Martin S. Maron, MD, William C. Roberts, MD
This publication discusses a 38 year old patient that presented with all three major disease complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and survived as a result of effective treatment modalities available for individuals with the disease. For full article, click here.

Contemporary Review – Best practice guide for cryoballoon ablation in atrial fibrillation: The compilation experience of more than 3000 procedures.
Wilber Su, MD, FHRS, Robert Kowal, MD, FHRS, Marcin Kowalski, MD, FHRS, Andreas Metzner, MD, FHRS, J. Thomas Svinarich, MD, FHRS, Kevin Wheelan, MD, FHRS, Paul Wang, MD, FHRS
This study reviews existing best practices regarding cryoballoon ablation in atrial fibrillation to create a user's consensus guide, providing insight into safer and more effective outcomes for CB2 ablations. For full article, click here.

The Two Extremes of Cardiac Sarcoidosis and the Effect of Prednisone Therapy Danielle Armstrong, DO, Gonzalo V. Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD, Jong M. Ko, BA, Shelley A. Hall, MD, and William C. Roberts, MD
This article contains the clinical and morphologic findings in two patients who underwent heart transplantation because of severe heart failure as a result of cardiac sarcoidosis. For full article, click here.

Surgical Coronary Revascularization Using an Off-Pump, No-Touch Technique
Jeffrey M. Schussler, Theodore T. Theologes, Baron L. Hamman
For full article, click here.

Screening, Diagnosis, and Management of CAD in Asymptomatic Diabetic Patients*
Peter A. McCullough, Poorya Fazel, James W. Choi
For full article, click here.

The Incidence and Outcome of Endothermal Heat-induced Thrombosis after Endovenous Laser Ablation
Katherine Kane, Tammy Fisher, Monica Bennett, William Shutze Jr, Taylor Hicks, Brad Grimsley, Dennis Gable, Greg Pearl, Bert Smith, and William Shutze Sr, Dallas, Texas
For full article, click here.

Safety and Efficacy of Ixmyelocel-T An Expanded, Autologous Multi-Cellular Therapy, in Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Timothy D. Henry, Jay H. Traverse, Baron L. Hammon, Cara A. East, Brian Bruckner, Ann E. Remmers, David Recker, David A. Bull, Amit N. Patel
For full article, click here.

For an archived listing of past articles, please click here.

To learn more about our clinical trials or to enroll, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit our online trial listing.