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October 9-11, 2019

Hilton Chicago

Conference: October 9-11, 2019
Exhibit Hall: October 10-11, 2019

Melissa Tracy, MD, FACC, FASE

Associate Professor of Medicine, Vice Chief, Program Development, System Wide Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, RUSH University Medical Center
Medical Director of Cardiology at Oak Brook


My clinical and academic work is focused to optimize care of patients with cardiac diseases. I have a long-standing passion for non-invasive cardiology, in particular for Advanced Echocardiography where in my current role as Director of the Echo-Lab well as in my prior roles, I have played a major role in implementing technical and diagnostic advances including structured protocols and reporting for standard, routine echos as well as adult structural and valvular heart disease, 3D technology, and establishment of IAC standards and accreditation. I was involved in the assessment of cardiac function in response to allogeneic versus autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells delivered by transendocardial injection in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy during the POSEIDON randomized trial.
I also have profound expertise in creation and leading Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs establishing two AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at my past University and currently working on establishing a new program here at RUSH. I am motivated and capable to participate in the grant application put forward under the direction of Dr. Doukky whom I’ve worked closely with before. As part of this proposal there will be a clinical pilot study in which we will train, implement and test an innovative work station against traditional structured reporting output generated by echocardiographers at Rush University Medical Center. I am ideally suited to be assisting Dr. Doukky with data analysis and interpretation to guide future development of this innovation as I’m familiar with structured reporting as highlighted above and worked extensively on implementing, modifying, and improving a new CVIS system. We will collaborate on facilitating access of our image servers across campuses. I look forward to novel insights gained as a result of this proposal.