Dr. Khyati Baxi bolsters USF record wins at state cardiology meeting

Third-year USF medical resident Khyati Baxi, MD, earned the Young Investigator Award at the Florida Chapter American College of Cardiology annual meeting held recently in Orlando.

 At the annual event, cardiology fellows and internal medicine residents from all over the state present their research.

Dr. Baxi, a third-year Internal Medicine resident, was one of 17 to present work in the Young Investigator competition part of the event, and one of only three chosen to present orally. She earned second place for her paper “The Obesity Paradox in Heart Failure: Does it Exist, and if so, Which Factors Play a Role?”

 USF has long had strong showings at the ACC Florida meetings. In the past five years, several USF residents and fellows became finalists in this prestigious competition. Kuldeep Maradia, being a third-year resident, also won second place in 2010 with his abstract “Obese with Greater Atrial Fibrillation Burden”, which was later presented at the American Heart Association scientific session. Swathy Kolli, then a second-year cardiology fellow, also was a finalist at the FL ACC meeting with her work on pulmonary hypertension in young adults. And Chase Reynolds, then a resident, and currently chief fellow in cardiology, won first place in 2009. His research was in the area of cardiotoxicity of anti-cancer drugs.

Practically all of the USF research presented orally at FL ACC made it to a national level meeting. Dr. Baxi and her faculty mentor Maya Guglin, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and director of the Heart Failure program at USF Health, are planning to send Dr. Baxi’s abstract to the national ACC, and some preliminary data will be presented by Dr, Guglin this month at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting in Seattle.