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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Fall Quarter Meeting

On September 23rd, over 90 participants convened to learn about the VCSQI/VHAC Cardiogenic Shock Initiative.

VCSQI Updates

 Dr. Robert Shor of Virginia Heart and Chairman of VCSQI, welcomed participants to the meeting and announed the election of three new Board Members

Shelley Cahalan – Sentara

Behnam Tehrani, MD – Inova

Angie Carneal, RN – VCU

VHAC Updates

Dr. Peter O’Brien of Centra Health and Founder of VHAC gave a brief update of the work taking place within VHAC. 

He later shared his experience of working with VCSQI which led to the current joint effort in creating the upcoming statewide STEMI database.  

A sample report from the STEMI database was also shared. 

 Watch Now


Case Report

Dr. Sula Mazimba (UVA) kicked off the meeting with a shock case study in a 54 yr old male patient with history of hypertension, obesity,  and tobacco use.

Shock Overview

Want to know the results of the shock assessment survey that was sent to VCSQI members earlier this year?  


Welcome New VCSQI Board Members 

We are excited to introduce you to the newest members of the board. 

Behnam Tehrani, MD

Dr. Behnam Tehrani is a board-certified interventional cardiologist.  In 2006, he graduated from George Washington University/School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Dr. Tehrani serves as Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.  He specializes in the percutaneous management of complex coronary and peripheral vascular disease and cardiogenic shock.

Dr. Tehrani also serves as the Physician Champion of the VCSQI Shock Management Workgroup.

Shelley M. Cahalan, MSN

Shelley received her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership from Allen College.  She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Aspen University.  Shelley currently serves as the Quality Manager within Sentara’s Cardiovascular Service Line.

Shelley has been an advocate and resource to VCSQI for several years and brings enthusiasm and fresh perspective to the board.

Angie Carneal, MSN, RN, CCRN 

Angie obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Western Governor’s University.  She current serves as the Nursing Director for Pauley Heart Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.  Prior to this role, she served in various capacities within Bon Secours Health System.

Appreciated the quality content & fast paced format – lots info, little time

Colleen Kupesky

St. Mary's Hospital

Want More Shock?


Not All Shock is the Same: Definitions and Nomenclature

Dave Baran, MD


Watch Now


Cardiogenic Shock Management in the Contemporary CICU

Mike Kontos, MD, FACC

Virginia Commonwealth University


Cardiogenic Shock: The Surgical Perspective

Ramesh Singh, MD


Watch Now

Shock Teams, Shock Protocols and Shock Networks

Dr. Alex Truesdell (Inova) was called into a STEMI case and was unable to present his slides.  In his stead,  Dr. Benham Tehrani (Inova) provided an overview of Shock Teams, Protocols, and Networks.  

In the meantime, Dr. Truesdell and STEMI team, listened to the presentation while conducting their procedure. 


Great topics and good speakers

Linda Halpin

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Shock Teams

“The purpose of the cardiogenic shock team activation call is to establish four things…”

Learn more from Carolyn Rosner, RN


Panel Discussion

A special thank you to Kayla Roberts, RT (Winchester) and Dr. Toral Patel (UVA) for facilitiating the panel discussion and asking our speakers and audience challenging questions that allowed us to learn more about Cardiogenic Shock. 

Dr. Prewitt joins Chris Systma (Winchester), Dr. Nick Teman (UVA), and Mike Brown (Mary Washington) in tihs effort. 

AKI Work Group 

Introduces its Cardiology Co-Champion

Please welcome Kerry C. Prewitt, MD (Sentara) as the Co-Champion of the AKI Work Group.  

Dr. Prewitt specializes in interventional cardiology and has over 36 years of experience in the field of medicine.  Dr. Prewitt will help the workgroup in developing cardiology-specific AKI recommendations. 

Information was great!

Charlotte Ewing-Preville


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