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Diagnosing Cardiac Disease and Abnormality After Valvectomy

Learning Objectives:

  • Know about the destination of heart remnants
  • Understand the importance of pathologic examination of heart tissue
  • Recognize the limitations created by donation
  • Recognize the connection between procurement, patient history and pathologic diagnoses on heart remnants
  • Review interesting diagnoses found in post-valve recovery donor hearts

Emily Duncanson, MD

Dr. Emily Duncanson is a cardiovascular and forensic pathologist. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed an anatomic pathology residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan and a two-year forensic pathology fellowship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, including a year of forensic cardiovascular pathology. She has been a cardiovascular pathologist at the Jesse E Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease since 2008 along with Dr. Shannon Mackey-Bojack. The Registry pathologists examine almost 2000 postmortem cardiac specimens per year, including over 1500 post-valve recovery donor hearts. 

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