Cardiology fellow’s research earns him a trip to present in Spain

USF Cardiology fellow Michael Scholfield won the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Young Investigator’s Award at the group’s annual meeting held recently in Orlando, FL. The work also earned him a trip to Spain in October when he will present his research to the Spanish European Society of Cardiology (SEC).

Dr. Scholfield, a third-year fellow in the Department of Cardiology in the USF Morsani College of Medicine, is the first grand prize winner to be sent to Spain after the Florida Chapter’s recent collaboration with the SEC.

Fellows from the University of Miami and University of Florida took the second and the third prize, respectively.

At the Florida ACC meeting, Dr. Scholfield presented an abstract on liver dysfunction and its prognostic significance in advanced heart failure. His mentor is Maya Guglin, MD, PhD, FACC, professor of medicine and director of the Heart Failure program in the USF Department of Cardiology.

In addition to Dr. Scholfield’s abstract, other posters from USF Health were presented by Maleeha Haq (co-authors Aarti Patel, Visali Kodali, Marc Kaufman, and Angela McClanahan) and Kim Maguire, third-year internal medicine residents, with participation of Taylor Missimer, a USF pre-med student.

The annual Florida Chapter of the ACC features abstracts of research conducted by cardiology fellows and internal medicine residents interested in cardiology. About 20 abstracts are typically selected for posters, and the three best abstracts are selected for oral presentations. The competition for the Young Investigator Award is between the three finalists who present their research findings to the whole meeting.

USF has maintained a strong presence at the annual ACC meetings, said Dr. Guglin, who is a long-time mentor to USF cardiovascular fellows research education.

“More than 30 people from USF Health at all levels of training have presented our work at this and other meetings over the years,” she said. “And for five years in a row, one of the three finalists has been my trainee and featured USF Health Research.”

As for Dr. Scholfield’s effort, she added, “I am very proud of Michael Scholfield’s success. Our guest speaker at the Florida ACC meeting mentioned Mike’s presentation twice as strong and elegant research. And now he will go to Spain to share our data with European colleagues!”

Cutline: Dr. Michael Scholfield and Dr. Maya Guglin hold the flag of Spain given to him as a symbol of his victory.

Dr. Michael Scholfield and Dr. Maya Guglin hold the flag of Spain given to him as a symbol of his victory.