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Heart Failure Beat Podcast: Provider Series

This original HFSA podcast series brings you monthly interviews with heart failure care providers, authors from the Journal of Cardiac Failure, and others on timely and relevant topics in heart failure research and treatment. 

Season two OUT NOW! Featuring new host, Kevin S Shah MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Utah Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology! @KevinShahM

Each month, join the Heart Failure Society of America as we interview the top heart failure care providers on the latest breakthroughs in heart failure research and treatment. We will have candid conversations about the topics that face care providers on a daily basis. If you’re a cardiology provider, trainee, person living with heart failure, or just plain interested in hearing discussions about heart failure news from leading experts, this is the podcast for you! Listen and subscribe below.


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Season 2 Episodes

OUT NOW! S02 E05: Challenges Facing Delivery of Heart Failure Care in the Rural U.S.

Three expert clinicians (Dr. George Sokos, Dr. Gautam Nayak, and Katie Bates DNP, ARNP, CHFN) join Dr. Kevin Shah for a discussion on the challenges and changes occurring in the delivery of heart failure care in rural regions of the United States. Specifically, they discuss how their teams in both Washington and West Virginia have worked with the community and incorporated telehealth and remote monitoring to deliver HF care for patients. Follow them A new segment is introduced featuring an update on the HFSA Heart Failure Research Network with Dr. Chris O’Connor.

HostKevin S. Shah MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Utah Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology @KevinShahMD


  • Katie Bates, DNP, ARNP, CHFN – Nurse Practitioner, Confluence Health, Wenatchee, Washington @katiebatesdnp

  • Gautam Nayak, MD, FACC – Invasive Cardiologist, Confluence Health, Wenatchee, Washington @GautamNayakMD

  • George Sokos, DO, FACC – Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute  

  • HFSA Heart Failure Research Network Update Christopher M. O'Connor, MD, MACC, FESC, FHFSA, FHFSA – Chief Executive of the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) @coconnormd


  • George G. Sokos, Christopher Bianco, Marco A. Caccamo, Kazuhiko Kido, Management of Heart Failure Care In Rural West Virginia: A Primary Care Perspective, Journal of Cardiac Failure, October 2020 DOI:
  • Hugo E Verdejo, Catterina Ferreccio, Pablo F Castro, Heart Failure in Rural Communities, Heart Failure Clinics, October 2015, PMID: 26462091 DOI: 10.1016/j.hfc.2015.07.011

Full Bios

Katie Bates, DNP, ARNP, CHFN is a nurse practitioner specializing in heart failure practicing in rural north Central Washington state. She has been involved in studying and growing the virtual care program for Confluence Health including distant site telemedicine, asynchronous visits and phone/video visits from patient's homes. She has a special interest in chronic disease management and health literacy in heart failure. 

Gautam Nayak, MD, FACC is a former Navy physician and cardiologist in Wenatchee, Washington. He is the current governor of the Washington chapter of the American College of Cardiology and an clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington. Gautam's professional interests lie in the intersection of chronic diseases and heart failure, as well as in optimizing care delivery models in rural America. He has been working with Katie Bates, DNP for the past few years to develop a robust specialty telemedicine and virtual care program to help better connect with their rural patients to improve quality of life and outcomes. 

George Sokos, DO, FACC is the director of the advanced heart failure program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure, and transplant cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is licensed to practice in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. 

S02 EP04: Marijuana Usage & Impact on Heart Failure and Heart Transplant

Our host Dr. Kevin Shah discusses with three expert clinicians (Dr. Eileen Hsich, Dr. Ersilia DeFilippis, & Dr. Kathleen Faulkenberg) the impact of marijuana use for our patients being considered or who have undergone heart transplantation. The discussants review the evolving literature and changing landscape of recreational as well as medicinal marijuana and the potential impact on drug interactions, adherence, and outcomes after heart transplantation. 

HostKevin S. Shah MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Utah Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology @KevinShahMD


  • Eileen Hsich, MD – Heart Transplant Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio @Dr_Eileen_Hsich 

  • Kathleen Faulkenberg, PharmD, BCPS, FHFSA – Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist Coordinator, University of Kentucky HealthCare @kdfaulkenberg

  • Ersilia M. DeFilippis, MD – Cardiology Fellow, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, in New York, New York @ersied727 


  • Caroline Olt , Kathleen D Faulkenberg , Eileen M Hsich The growing dilemma of legalized cannabis and heart transplantationJ Heart Lung Transplant.2021 Apr 10;S1053-2498(21)02265-8. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2021.03.024.
  • Mehra MR, Canter CE, Hannan MM, et al.: The 2016 International Society for Heart Lung Transplantation listing criteria for heart transplantation: A 10-year update. J Heart Lung Transplant 2016;35:1-23.
  • Chih S, McDonald M, Dipchand A, et al.: Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Cardiac Transplant Network Position Statement on Heart Transplantation: Patient Eligibility, Selection, and Post-Transplantation Care. Can J Cardiol 2020;36:335-56.
  • DeFilippis EM, Givertz MM: Marijuana use and candidacy for heart transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant 2019;38:589-92.
  • Page RL, 2nd, Allen LA, Kloner RA, et al.: Medical Marijuana, Recreational Cannabis, and Cardiovascular Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 2020;142:e131-e52.
  • DeFilippis EM, Bajaj NS, Singh A, et al.: Marijuana Use in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease: JACC Review Topic of the Week. J Am Coll Cardiol 2020;75:320-32.

Full Bios

Dr. Eileen Hsich is the Medical Director for the Heart Transplant Program at the Cleveland Clinic and specializes in heart failure in women and heart transplantation. She received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her clinical training in heart failure/ heart transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hsich currently has NIH grant to study the impact of disparities in survival among advanced heart failure patients.

Dr. Kathleen Faulkenberg currently practices as an Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Clinical Pharmacist in both the inpatient and outpatient setting at the University of Kentucky Healthcare. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky and completed post-graduate residency training in cardiology at University of Kentucky Healthcare. Her clinical and research interests include cardiogenic shock, mechanical circulatory support, cardio-renal syndrome and cardiovascular pharmacogenomics. 

After completing her undergraduate training at Yale University where she graduated summa cum laude, Dr. DeFilippis did her medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Subsequently, she completed her internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently finishing her general cardiology fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and will be starting her fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology in June 2021. She has written over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. 

S02 EP03: Meet the New Senior Editors of the Journal of Cardiac Failure

Host Dr. Kevin Shah conducts a Q&A with Dr. Rob Mentz and Dr. Anuradha Lala, the new senior editorial team for the Journal of Cardiac Failure, the official journal of the Heart Failure Society of America. Tune in to learn about their experience in taking on the journal, the importance of diversity to journal and scientific publishing, and what is on the horizon for the journal in the coming months. 

HostKevin S. Shah MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Utah Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology


  • Dr. Robert Mentz is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Heart Failure Section at Duke University. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cardiac Failure – the official journal of the HFSA. He is a clinical trialist involved in a number of ongoing trial in participants with heart failure. @robmentz 

  • Dr. Anuradha Lala is an Advanced Heart failure cardiologist at Mount Sinai in New York. She is honored to serve as the Program Director for Advanced HF & Transplant Fellowship, Director of HF Research and recently took on the role of Deputy Editor at the Journal of Cardiac Failure

Resource Links

Journal of Cardiac Failure website:


S02 EP02: Behind the Scenes on the Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure

On this episode, Dr. Kevin Shah discusses with Drs Biykem Bozkurt and Andrew Coats the newly published document for all providers who take care of patients with heart failure. We discuss the rationale for this document as well as the major changes regarding heart failure stages. The discussion includes why phrases like “persistent heart failure” as compared to “stable heart failure” matter for both patients and clinicians. Lastly, we highlight some of the behind the scene discussions from a writing committee perspective and the changes in heart failure care the writing committee chairs hope to see in the future. 

HostKevin S. Shah MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Utah Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology


  • Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, Immediate Past President of the Heart Failure Society of America; The Mary & Gordon Cain Chair and Professor of Medicine, Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Director of the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bozkurt is also the Chair of the Writing Committee of the Universal Definition of Heart Failure. 

  • Professor Andrew Coats, President of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC; Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Medicine of the University of Sydney, Head of Cardiology of Imperial College, London and Associate Medical Director and Director of Cardiology of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, London 

Resource Links

The Universal Definition and Classification of Heart Failure and supplemental resources can be accessed via the links found below:  

  • DOI: 
S02 EP01: COVID-19 and Heart Failure One Year In: An Updat‪e‬

A look at how heart failure care providers are faring one year in to the COVID-19 pandemic and how treatment has changed as a result.

HostKevin S. Shah MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University Of Utah Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology


  • Khadijah Breathett, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiologist, University of Arizona

  • Mitchell Psotka, MD PhD, Chief of Heart Failure, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute

This episode was recorded in mid-January 2021. 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this episode by Drs Shah, Breathett and Psotka represent their own and do not represent the opinions of their employers or the Heart Failure Society of America. 

Season 1 Episodes

Pregnancy and Heart Failure: Emerging Science on Diagnosis and Treatment

This edition of the Heart Failure Beat features Drs. Mary Norine Walsh and Kathryn Lindley discussing recent advances across the spectrum of pregnancy and heart failure.  Topics include peripartum cardiomyopathy, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, risk factors and the role of biomarkers, and pregnancy in the setting of prior cardiac transplantation or ongoing durable mechanical circulatory support.  Future research directions are also highlighted.

Michael W. Rich, MD, Journal of Cardiac Failure


  • Kathryn Lindley, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University
  • Mary Norine Walsh, Medical Director Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, St Vincent Heart Center

The episode calls attention to the Pregnancy and Heart Failure focus edition of the Journal of Cardiac Failure, February 2021, Volume 27, Issue 2. 

Full Bios

Dr. Kathryn Lindley is an Associate Professor of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a clinical investigator specializing in cardio-obstetrics. She is the current Chair of the Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the ACC Cardio-obstetrics work group. Her clinical and research efforts aim to develop multi-disciplinary solutions to reducing short- and long-term cardiovascular complications of pregnancy in women with congenital and acquired heart disease. Ongoing research efforts are currently centered on addressing the relationship between preeclampsia and short- and long-term adverse cardiovascular disease in women, and healthcare disparities in cardiovascular outcomes contributing to maternal mortality.

Dr. Mary Norine Walsh is the Medical Director of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation at St Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, IN. She is also the Program Director for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship program there. She is also a past president of the American College of Cardiology.

Listening to Classical Music May Help Patients with Heart Failure: Insights from a New Study and Soprano Renée Fleming

On this episode of the Heart Failure Beat, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiac Failure interviews two authors of a music intervention from Italy involving daily listening of classical music selections was shown to improve quality of life and other outcomes in patients with chronic heart failure. He also discusses the multi-tiered implications of the study with internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Renée Fleming and others involved in a novel initiative called Sound Health. Will listening to music become the gold standard for treatment of heart failure?  Tune in and find out.

Host: Paul J. Hauptman, MD, The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville TN - Journal of Cardiac Failure


  • Francesco Burrai, RN, PhD
  • Eleonora Moccia, MD
  • Renée Fleming, Artistic Advisor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC, Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Jerome L. Fleg, MD, a cardiologist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 
Evolving Approaches to Heart Failure Management in the COVID-19 Era

In this edition of the Heart Failure Beat, Dr. Mike Rich, Deputy Editor for the Journal of Cardiac Failure, discusses evolving strategies for the management of heart failure in the context of COVID-19 with the lead authors of 3 papers published in the July 2020 issue of the Journal. Topics covered in the discussion include a survey of current practices by heart failure specialists in the U.S. in response to the pandemic, modifications to a heart failure clinic to support patients during this period, and the role of pulmonary artery pressure monitoring in the era of COVID-19. The data presented suggests the intriguing possibility that despite the challenges of COVID-19 and social distancing, ambulatory care for patients with heart failure may actually have improved since the onset of the pandemic. To hear more, please tune in to the full podcast!

Michael W. Rich, MD, Deputy Editor – Journal of Cardiac Failure


Aws Almufleh, MBBS, MPH – Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Co-author: Short-term Outcomes in Ambulatory Heart Failure during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring

Colleen K. McIlvennan, PhD, DNP, ANP – Colleen K. McIlvennan is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado. She currently splits her time between her clinical duties as Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation program and research activities with the Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research. Co-author: Changes in Care Delivery for Patients With Heart Failure During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Multicenter Survey

Priya Umpathi, MD Priya Umapathi is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Advanced Heart Failure Cardiac Transplant/MCS at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research interests include mechanisms of systolic and diastolic cardiac dysfunction with a focus on molecular based therapies for heart failure.  Co-author: Transforming Ambulatory Heart Failure Care in the Coronavirus Disease-19 Era: Initial Experience From a Heart Failure Disease Management Clinic

Virtual Visits for Care of Patients with Heart Failure in the Era of COVID-19

Virtual Visits for the care of patients with heart failure in the era of COVID-19 and beyond -- best practices, policy changes, reimbursement, and more.

Paul J. Hauptman, MD, The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville TN
Michael W. Rich, MD, Saint Louis, MO

Eiran Z. Gorodeski, MD, MPH, FHFSA
Parag Goyal, MD, MSc

Archived Episodes

November 2019: Volume 25, Issue 11
Featuring cardiopulmonary baroreflex control of renal sympathetic nerve activity is impaired in dogs with left ventricular dysfunction. Featuring Paul Hauptman, MD and Mark Dunlap, MD Download mp3 

August 2019: Volume 25, Issue 8
Issue highlights and introduction, and interview with Michael M. Givertz of “HFSA/SAEM/ISHLT Clinical Expert Consensus Document on the Emergency Management of Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices” from the July 2019 issue. Featuring Paul Hauptman, MD and Michael M. Givertz, MD Download mp3 

December 2018: Volume 24, Issue 12
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with George A. Mensah of “Heart Failure in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: Rising Burden, Diverse Etiology, and High Mortality.” Featuring Paul Hauptman, MD and George A. Mensah, MD Download mp3 

April 2018: Volume 24, Issue 4
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with Javed Butler of “Diastolic Dysfunction in Individuals with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: Literature Review, Rationale and Design of the Characterizing Heart function on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (CHART) Study”, and Bryan Taylor of “Respiratory muscle weakness in patients with heart failure: time to make it a standard clinical marker and a need for novel therapeutic interventions? By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3

March 2018: Volume 24, Issue 3
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with statistic consultant John Chibnall, PhD. By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3

February 2018: Volume 24, Issue 2
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with authors Linda Peterson and Andrew Coogan of “Dietary nitrate increases VO2peak and performance but does not alter ventilation or efficiency in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction”, and the editorialist Matthew Maurer of “More Than Meets the Eye: Time for a New Imaging Paradigm to Test for Cardiac Amyloidosis.” Download mp3 

January 2018: Volume 24, Issue 1
Issue highlights and introduction, Charles McTiernan, Kenneth Bilchick, and Sula Mazimba. By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

November 2017: Volume 23, Issue 11
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with author Josef Stehlik of “Implementation of Real-time Assessment of Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Heart Failure Clinic. A Feasibility Study.” By Sue Wingate, PhD  Download mp3 

October 2017: Volume 23, Issue 10
Issue highlights and introduction, interview with editorialist Kevin O'Conner of “An Innovative Approach to Increasing Donor Heart Supply: Will It Work?” and editorialist Gene Bukhman of “Universal Coverage for Heart Failure Diagnosis and Treatment: Looking to Central Australia from sub-Saharan Africa”.MD By Paul Hauptman  Download mp3  

September 2017: Volume 23, Issue 9
Issue highlights and introduction, tribute to Henry Krum: “Henry and Mount Rushmore.”  
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

August 2017: Volume 23, Issue 8 Issue highlights and introduction, author interview with Nihar Desai on “The Impact of the Transition From Volume to Value on Heart Failure Care: Implications of Novel Payment Models and Quality Improvement Initiatives By Paul Hauptman, MD  Download mp3 

July 2017: Volume 23, Issue 7
Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Hitesh Patel on “Assessing the Eligibility Criteria in Phase III Randomized Controlled Trials of Drug Therapy in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: The Critical Play-Off Between a “Pure” Patient Phenotype and the Generalizability of Trial Findings .” 
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

June 2017: Volume 23, Issue 6
Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Burhan Mohamedali on “Mean Arterial Pressure to Central Venous Pressure Ratio: A Novel Marker for Right Ventricular Failure After Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement.” 
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

May 2017: Volume 23, Issue 5
Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Stavros Drakos on “Advancing the Science of Myocardial Recovery With Mechanical Circulatory Support: A Working Group of the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.”
By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3  

April 2017: Volume 23, Issue 4 

Issue highlights and introduction, Author Interview with Larry Allen and Madhav Narayan on “Patient Perspectives on Communication of Individualized Survival Estimates in Heart Failure.”  By Paul Hauptman, MD Download mp3 

March 2017: Volume 23, Issue 3
Issue highlights and introduction
By Paul Hauptman, MD  Download mp3

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Disclaimer: The opinions presented in episodes of the Heart Failure Beat do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the Heart Failure Society of America. Furthermore, HFSA does not endorse any medications or treatments discussed in these episodes.