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“Racial and Ethnic Differences in Presentation and Outcomes for Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19: Findings from the American Heart Association’s COVID-19 Cardiovascular Disease Registry” by Dr. Fatima Rodriguez, et al., was highlighted in an ACC News Story, which notes:

“Of the patients analyzed for the study, Black and Hispanic patients accounted for over 50% of the hospitalizations. Specifically, 33.0% were Hispanic, 25.5% were non-Hispanic Black, 6.3% were Asian, and 35.2% were non-Hispanic White. Researchers noted that Hispanic and Black patients were younger than non-Hispanic White and Asian patients, and were more likely to be uninsured. Black patients also had the highest prevalence of obesity, hypertension and diabetes.”

The work was also featured in the AHA 2020 Late-Breaking Science Session.

Additional media coverage:

Read the full ACC News Story here
Read the Circulation article here

Dr. Fatima Rodriguez received one of four $50,000 Chair Diversity Investigator Awards from the Stanford Department of Medicine for research work to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and elimination of health care disparities. In her project entitled “Identifying Reasons for Statin Non-adherence in a Real-World, Diverse Population using Natural Language Processing,” Dr. Rodriguez aims to harness innovative AI technology for improving guideline adherence in diverse populations.

Read more about the DOM Chair Diversity Investigator Award here

Minority Populations Underreported, Underrepresented in AFib Trials

ACC News Story featuring Dr. Ashish Sarraju, Dr. David Maron, and Dr. Fatima Rodriguez
June 15, 2020

Dr. Ashish Sarraju, Dr. David Maron, and Dr. Fatima Rodriguez’s article (“Under-Reporting and Under-Representation of Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Major Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Trials“) was highlighted in an ACC News Story, which writes:

“Participant-level racial/ethnic minority data are reported inconsistently and heterogeneously in contemporary guideline-informing atrial fibrillation (AFib) clinical trials, according to a study published June 15 in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. Ashish Sarraju, MD, MPH, et al., sought to assess current gaps in racial/ethnic minority participation in AFib studies due to the increasingly diverse population in the U.S.”

Read the full ACC News Story here
Read the JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology article here

“Responding to the national surge in Covid-19 patients at hospitals, researchers at Stanford University have created online calculators to help policy makers and hospital administrators everywhere better allocate their staff and equipment.”

Read the full article here
See COVID-19 projection tools here