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Han awarded the inaugural 2018 DeHaan Award for Innovation in Cardiology

Monday, August 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Claire Johns
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B. Kelly Han, MD, FSCCT, is the recipient of the inaugural 2018 DeHaan Award for Innovation in Cardiology, and presented the first Dehaan Award Lecture at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 13th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas, Texas on July 13. The award, presented by the Jon DeHaan Foundation includes a $200,000 grant.

Han is director of advanced congenital cardiac imaging at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and the Children’s Heart Clinic at Minnesota Children’s Hospital. She is being recognized with the DeHann Award for her leadership in developing the field of computed tomography (CT) for use in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients.

“This is a well-deserved honor as Dr. Han’s effort have been instrumental  in progressing CT as an effective diagnostic tool for this particular patient population,” says SCCT President Todd C. Villines, MD, FSCCT. “She is helping to establish an educational platform that will improve diagnostics as well as image quality and clinical implementation, which could ultimately help save the lives of those with congenital and acquired heart disease.”

Her work to advance CT in CHD includes developing sessions on congenital cardiac imaging at the SCCT Annual Scientific Meeting, chairing the specialty inclusive 2015 consensus documents on the subject and developing the first workstation-based course on CT in CHD.  A recognized leader in the field, Han has published extensively and presented lectures nationally and internationally on imaging and the clinical care of patients with CHD — from fetal life through adulthood.

Han will use the grant to develop three projects — create and expand of a specialty inclusive multi-institutional congenital cardiovascular CT registry; create a multi-institution consortium to evaluate cumulative diagnostic risk of different care pathways for patients with single ventricle heart disease a consortium; create a sustainable, high quality and specialty inclusive educational platform for CT in CHD.

The award lecture at the SCCT Annual Scientific Meeting, generously supported by the Jon Holden DeHaan Foundation, helps promote the knowledge and the use of cardiovascular CT to improve patient outcomes.