Dr. Lisa Q. Rong is the recipient of a K23 Mentored Research Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her proposal "Impact of surgical revascularization strategy on left ventricular function, myocardial perfusion and clinical outcomes."
Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, or CABG, is commonly performed via either single arterial graft or multiple arterial grafting strategies. The five year, $900,000 NIH grant supports Dr. Rong's research that aims to understand the effect of the two different revascularization strategies on cardiac function immediately after CABG, and subsequent clinical outcomes.
"While arterial grafts have better long-term patency than venous grafts, patients receiving multiple arterial grafts may experience higher perioperative risk," explained Dr. Rong. "I am very excited about using advanced echocardiographic techniques to guide future perioperative decision making and improved clinical outcomes for patients undergoing CABG."