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‘Parallax’ (/ˈparəlaks/)-noun: the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. Join Ankur Kalra, MD as he shows you a different side to cardiovascular care, management and science. Listen to Ankur’s conversations with legendary cardiologists, critical reviews of key congresses and late-breaking trials, and concise summaries. Published every second Monday of the month, this is your fix of reliable updates on all things cardiology by someone from a non-traditional background, who is always trying to look at it from new angles! Dear cardiologists, we want to make this podcast about you, and for you! Please email us critical thoughts, comments and questions for Ankur at podcast@radcliffe-group.com.

Parallax by Ankur Kalra Radcliffe Cardiology

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‘Parallax’ (/ˈparəlaks/)-noun: the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions. Join Ankur Kalra, MD as he shows you a different side to cardiovascular care, management and science. Listen to Ankur’s conversations with legendary cardiologists, critical reviews of key congresses and late-breaking trials, and concise summaries. Published every second Monday of the month, this is your fix of reliable updates on all things cardiology by someone from a non-traditional background, who is always trying to look at it from new angles! Dear cardiologists, we want to make this podcast about you, and for you! Please email us critical thoughts, comments and questions for Ankur at podcast@radcliffe-group.com.

    EP 115: Navigating Cultures and Cardiology: Dr Janarthanan Sathananthan's Global Journey

    EP 115: Navigating Cultures and Cardiology: Dr Janarthanan Sathananthan's Global Journey

    In this compelling episode of the Parallax Podcast, host Dr Ankur Kalra sits down with Dr Janarthanan Sathananthan, an interventional and structural cardiologist and the Chief Medical Officer of Interventional Cardiology at Boston Scientific. Dr Sathananthan recounts his life's journey, from being born in Sri Lanka during the civil war, and moving to Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, and finally North America. He shares how his diverse upbringing profoundly shaped his career in cardiology.

    Together, Dr Kalra and Dr Sathananthan delve into cultural challenges and lessons learned from Dr Sathananthan’s father, a dentist who experienced significant discrimination throughout his career. They explore Dr Sathananthan's decision to pursue interventional cardiology, and his passion for the intersection of technology and medicine. This episode also delves into Dr Sathananthan's role as Chief Medical Officer at Boston Scientific, focusing on global initiatives to expand coronary therapies and the growth of PCI in the Asia-Pacific region. They also touch on the ongoing struggle to balance work and personal life in a demanding field.

    Listeners are invited to submit questions and comments to podcast@radcliffe-group.com, which may be addressed by Dr Kalra in the next episode. Join us for this insightful conversation with Dr Janarthanan Sathananthan on the Parallax Podcast.

    Guest: @J_Sathananthan
    Host: @AnkurKalraMD
    Produced by: @RadcliffeCARDIO

    • 48 min
    The Leap Year Gene of Kit McKinley with Shelley Wood, Bestselling Author & Editor-in-Chief of TCTMD

    The Leap Year Gene of Kit McKinley with Shelley Wood, Bestselling Author & Editor-in-Chief of TCTMD

    In this week’s Parallax, Dr Ankur Kalra welcomes back Shelley Wood, best known for her work in the cardiology community as the editor-in-chief of TCTMD and Editorial Director of CRF. They discuss her work as a creative author and her second novel, "The Leap Year Gene of Kit McKinley " set to be published by Harper Collins in Canada and Union Square Press in the US in August 2024.

    Blending the intrigue of a medical thriller with a sweeping overview of the twentieth century, "The Leap Year Gene of Kit McKinley" tells the story of Kit McKinley, whose rare genetic condition causes her to age one year for every four. In this rich discussion, Ms Wood shares how her extensive experience as a medical writer and editor shaped her approach to crafting the novel. Dr Kalra and Ms Wood also explore one of the book’s central themes: eugenics, tracing its historical roots and examining its long shadow on medicine.
    Ms Wood, who balances a demanding full-time job with her creative writing, shares candid insights into her routine and the challenges of writing and publishing fiction.

    Tune in for an inspiring conversation about creativity, the human condition, and balancing responsibilities.

    To pre-order Shelley Wood new novel search for The Leap Year Gene/ The Leap Year Gene of Kit McKinley in your favourite independent bookshop or click here: https://www.unionsquareandco.com/9781454956297/the-leap-year-gene-of-kit-mckinley-by-shelley-wood/

    • 42 min
    EP 113: Your Guide to Radiation Hygiene: Insights from Manufacturer and Users

    EP 113: Your Guide to Radiation Hygiene: Insights from Manufacturer and Users

    This week on Parallax, Dr Ankur Kalra welcomes Eric Radtke, Vice President at Worldwide Innovations & Technologies, Inc, and Barbara Breininger, a cardiovascular radiologic technologist and clinical manager with 26 years of experience.

    This special episode dives deep into the crucial topic of radiation hygiene, exploring it from the perspectives of both manufacturers and users of radiation safety products.
    Barbara Breininger shares her experiences traveling nationwide to educate healthcare professionals on radiation safety, emphasizing the need for collective awareness and best practices in cath labs.
    Eric Radtke discusses the company's evolving focus on radiation safety, the origins of their initiatives, and the concerning impacts of radiation exposure as revealed by recent studies. We'll also explore practical steps to enhance safety and delve into the RADPAD tools that can shield interventional cardiologists and allied professionals from exposure.

    How can we protect ourselves from radiation in the Cath lab? How can we raise awareness of radiation hygiene?

    Trials mentioned in the episode:

    Aizer A, Qiu JK, Cheng AV, et al. Utilization of a Radiation Safety Time-Out Reduces Radiation Exposure During Electrophysiology Procedures. JACC EP 2019; 5:5:626-634. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2018.12.002

    Ahmad IM, Abdalla YM, Moore TA, et al. Healthcare Workers Occupationally Exposed to Ionizing Radiation Exhibit Altered Levels of Inflammatory Cytokines and Redox Parameters. Antioxidants 2019; 8:1. https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox8010012

    Support: This episode is supported by Radcliffe Cardiology; it received no funding from Worldwide Innovations & Technologies.

    • 46 min
    EP 112: Just One Heart: Burnout, Positive Mindset & Leadership with Dr Fisher

    EP 112: Just One Heart: Burnout, Positive Mindset & Leadership with Dr Fisher

    In this week’s Parallax, host Dr Ankur Kalra welcomes back Dr Jonathan Fisher, a cardiologist, organizational well-being leader, and bestselling author of Just One Heart: A Cardiologist’s Guide to Healing, Health, and Happiness.

    In this compelling conversation, Dr Fisher shares his personal experience with burnout within the US healthcare system. He provides a concise overview of the roots of Western medicine's culture and the current epidemic of physician burnout and depression. Dr Kalra then invites him to explore solutions for reversing these negative trends and enhancing patient care. Dr Fisher discusses the workshops he leads, emphasizing core principles like positive attitude, compassion, connection, and teamwork. He also offers a sneak peek into his new book that extends the discussion to a wider audience.

    Tune in for a rich discussion on the future of healthcare, well-being, and rediscovering the human connection at the heart of medicine.

    Just One Heart: A Cardiologist’s Guide to Healing, Health, and Happiness is available to order here: https://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Heart-Cardiologists-Happiness-ebook/dp/B0D1526W7D

    • 50 min
    EP 111: ACC 24 in Review With Dr Vallabhajosyula: 5 Trials That Will Change Your Practice

    EP 111: ACC 24 in Review With Dr Vallabhajosyula: 5 Trials That Will Change Your Practice

    Dr Ankur Kalra’s guest this week is Dr Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Interventional and Critical Care Cardiologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital, the Miriam Hospital and Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute. In this episode of Parallax, they delve into the latest insights from ACC.24 through the lens of five pivotal late-breaking trials.

    Dr Vallabhajosyula offers a deep dive into the nuances of each study. Together, Dr Kalra and Dr Vallabhajosyula distil the complexities of these trials into key messages for practice, grounded in their own clinical experiences.

    In the spotlight are five key trials:
    1. DanGer Shock: Microaxial Flow Pump or Standard Care in Infarct-Related Cardiogenic Shock
    2. RELIEVE-HF: Safety and effectiveness of the V-Wave® Ventura® Interatrial Shunt for the treatment of heart failure (HF)
    3. PREVENT: Preventive PCI or medical therapy alone for vulnerable atherosclerotic coronary plaque
    4. REDUCE AMI: Decreased usage of beta-blockers after acute myocardial infarction
    5. ORBITA-COSMIC: Coronary sinus reducer for the treatment of refractory angina

    Dr Kalra and Dr Vallabhajosyula dissect the practical implications of these trials, answering pressing questions and addressing emerging dilemmas. What are the key takeaways from ACC.24? How do these findings shape contemporary clinical practice?

    • 1 hr 11 min
    EP 110: Cultivating Leadership, Civic Duty & the Presidential Leadership Programme with Dr Sinha

    EP 110: Cultivating Leadership, Civic Duty & the Presidential Leadership Programme with Dr Sinha

    In this week’s episode of Parallax, Dr Ankur Kalra welcomes Dr Shashank Sinha. Dr Sinha is an Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support, and Transplant Cardiologist at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, where he serves as Co-Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Director of the Cardiovascular Critical Care Research Program. Additionally, he holds the position of Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

    In this episode, Dr Sinha shares his insights on leadership after participating in the prestigious Presidential Leadership Scholars Programme. This programme, designed for mid-career professionals with 10+ years of experience, aims to foster bipartisan, action-oriented leaders. Dr Sinha discusses what motivated him to apply for the programme and guides us through the practical details of the process. Ankur asks him about his modules and the lessons he derived from this multidisciplinary programme.
    Dr Sinha and Dr Kalra discuss civic duty and the values that can be nurtured to make a difference on a larger scale. Dr Kalra also asks about Dr Sinha's approach to conflict management and combating inherent bias.

    What is the Presidential Leadership Programme? What qualities constitute a good leader? How can individuals foster their leadership skills?

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

arosenz ,

Great podcast

This is a phenomenal podcast that emphasizes not only the latest in cardiology from a medicine perspective, but the so many other important topics that are necessary for learners at all levels of their career to understand to be an improved physician and person!

AfibVfib ,

Interesting Topics

As a cardiac nurse, it’s been interesting to get a more in depth look at some of these topics. In the hospital, we are so focused on patient care and education for our individual roles. This podcast provides me with a physician’s perspective that we don’t always have the time at work to discuss. It’s been a wonderful listen thus far.

heart_nurse15 ,

Highly Recommend

Excellent Cardiology podcast with insightful topics. Led by an exceptional Interventional Cardiologist who engages guest speakers with stimulating questions and interactions. Dr. Ankur Kalra’s dedication to the advancement of Cardiology patient care is evident through his authenticity. Highly recommend!!

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