I currently practice at the New Mexico Heart Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico which I started in 1972. NMHI has more than 25 cardiologist and surgeons. In 1998, we built the Heart Hospital of New Mexico which we sold last year. We have a robust clinical research department was six full-time research coordinators and 31 active studies. The studies include pharmacology as well as devices and surgical approaches. We’ve been able to engage your doctors in supporting or research efforts. We believe that an absolute quality of our practice and provides patients an opportunity to participate in clinical trials. The group is active in presenting continuing education programs for the public and for primary care providers.
I have been in practice for 42 years and work four days a week at the clinic and one day a week on average at the University of New Mexico medical school. I write a newspaper column on health for the Albuquerque Journal newspaper and have been the medical editor for the ABC station KOAT in New Mexico for the last 24 years where I put on twice daily medical segments on timely subjects.
I have created a program called Project Heart Start dedicated to training all capable people in New Mexico to perform compression only CPR and to encourage the placement of ICDs in high traffic areas. The PHS program I for both students and adults and in schools where every seventh and ninth-grade health class teaches our program. Check it out projectheartstartnm.org. DUCCS Members might want to put on the program in their communities.
I believe the new DUCCS Organization will once again become a vibrant Center for clinical research for all former Duke cardiovascular fellows and ideally include previous cardiovascular surgeons. We will refocus on our primary goal which is to obtain clinical trials and to initiate clinical trials that will enhance the health of our patients.
Barry W. Ramo, MD, FACC
I’m pleased to serve on the board as treasurer. I believe that the organization can thrive and be successful now that we have committed leader in Rob Mentz.