Psychiatry Grand Rounds 2/4 | General Psychiatry Case Conference

February 4 Grand Rounds"Assessment and Management of Psychiatric Illness in a Patient Undergoing Heart Transplantation"

February 4 Psychiatry Grand Rounds | General Psychiatry Division Case Conference


The activity is designed to help the learner:

1.    List components of the pre-heart transplant psychosocial assessment.
2.    Describe medical indications for heart transplant.
3.    Explain the transplant evaluation and listing process.
4.    Discuss medication management for bipolar disorder in the post-transplant setting. 

About the Speakers:

Lesley Omary, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the VUMC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She joined the department in 2013 and directs the Transplant Psychiatry Service, where her clinical work focuses on psychiatric evaluation and treatment for patients who need or have had a solid organ transplant, including liver, lung, heart, and kidney. She also performs psychiatric evaluations for potential living kidney donors and patients needing a Left Ventricular Assist Device.

Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty, Dr. Omary worked in the community mental health setting in Chicago. She primarily saw refugees and immigrants with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from trauma experienced during wartime, and patients with chronic mental illnesses who were experiencing homelessness. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was Chief Resident, and her internship at Northwestern University. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Daniel J. Daunis, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he serves as an attending on the general psychiatry consultation-liaison service. He also works on the Transplant Psychiatry Service as liaison psychiatry for the Heart Transplant team. Additionally, he has served as Assistant Training Director of the General Psychiatry Residency since 2019. He completed general psychiatry residency and fellowship in CL psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA as well as a fellowship in bioethics at Harvard Medical School. His interests include heart disease, psychedelic therapy, mindfulness/meditation, and bioethics Sciences

Kelly H. Schlendorf, MD, MHS joined the cardiology division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2012.  She has served as Medical Director of the Adult Heart Transplant program since 2018 and was promoted to Section Chief of Heart Failure and Transplantation in July 2021.  Dr. Schlendorf’s clinical practice encompasses all aspects of advanced heart failure and advanced heart failure therapies including cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.  Her research interests are primarily focused on novel strategies to expand the donor pool, including transplantation of hearts from hepatitis C-infected donors, and on diagnosis and treatment of cardiac allograft vasculopathy, a leading cause of graft failure and mortality after heart transplantation

Dr. Schlendorf graduated summa cum laude from Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where she also completed a Masters in Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Just prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, Dr. Schlendorf completed a subspecialty fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplantation at Duke University

Payton Lea, MD is a current fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship. He is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas and received his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College. He graduated from medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he later went on to complete his residency. His current interests include transplant psychiatry, neuropsychiatric disorders, and psychosomatic disorders.

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February 4 Psychiatry Grand Rounds | General Psychiatry Division Case Conference


This talk is sponsored by the

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
This educational activity received no commercial support.