Dr. Manohar Sai Gowda Memorial Young Investigator Cardiovascular Research Award

Manohar Sai Gowda was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Florida StateUniversity for his undergraduate degree and attended Meharry MedicalCollege in Nashville, Tennessee. He was an Internal Medicine resident and then Cardiovascular fellow at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and  St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri from 1997 until July 2002. He was first and foremost a dedicated and compassionate physician who provided excellent care to his patients.

He was also a remarkably productive clinical researcher while a resident and fellow. Over the course of his training in Kansas City, Dr. Gowda published 9 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and authored 18 abstracts presented at national meetings. In addition to his clinical skills and contributions to cardiovascular research, he is remembered by his colleagues as brilliant, insightful, and extremely hard-working. He was rarely seen without a smile, and was unfailingly kind and thoughtful to all with whom he interacted. He was a delight to work with, both as a clinician and a researcher.

Thanks to the generous contributions of family and friends of Manohar, we are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Dr. Manohar Sai Gowda Memorial Young Investigator Cardiovascular Research Award, to be presented at the 2018 Kansas City Heart Rhythm Symposium. This award has been established in appreciation of the late Dr. Gowda’s contributions to cardiovascular research as both an investigator and a mentor to young research scientists.

2013 Recipients

First Place


Nima Ghasemzadeh MD, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Left-Atrial Pulmonary Vein Infarction Leads to Spontaneous Atrial Fibrillation and Regional Action Potential Duration Prolongation


Second Place

Farshad Forouzandeh MD, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Metformin Beyond Diabetes: Metformin Attenuates Atherosclerosis and Vascular Action Potential Duration Prolongation


Third Place

Uma Mahesh Avula MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

A Composite Risk Score of Biomarkers of Inflammation, Thrombosis, and Cell Stress Pathways Significantly Predict Risk fo Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes

2012 Recipients

First Place

J.Emanuel Finet MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Atrial Gene Transfer of CaMKII Inhibitor Decreases Atrial Fibrillation Burden.


Second Place

Ajit Janardhan MD, PhD, Washington University, St.Louis, Missouri

Low-Energy Multi-Stage Electrotherapy Cardioverts AF With Lower Energy Than a Single Biphasic Shock:In VivoResults and Mechanism Revealed by Optical Mapping In Vitro.


Third Place

Siva Kumar Soma MD, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburg, PA.

Can Late Gadolinium Enhancement in Pulmonary Hypertension Predict Adverse Clinical Events? A CMR Single Center Study.


Honorary Mention

Madhu Reddy MD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Abstract Title: Role of Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assisst Devices in Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation.

Abstract Summary: The role of percutaneous left ventricular assist devices (pLVADs) for hemodynamic support during Ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation was assessed in a multicenter study. Patients with intra aortic balloon pump (IABP group) were compared with patients with either Impella or a TandemHeart device (non-IABP group). They concluded that Impella and TandemHeart implantation for unstable VT ablation help in performing more activation mapping, ablating more unstable VT’s and requiring fewer rescue shocks during the procedure when compared to using IABP.

2011 Recipients

First Place

Stavros Stavrakis MD, Heart Rhythm Institute, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

“Inhibition of Atrial Fibrillation Inducibility by Low Level Vagus Nerve Stimulation: the Role of Nitric Oxide Signaling Pathway”

Second Place

Saurabh Malhotra MD, Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana

“Temporal Relationship of Fragmented QRS and Microvolt T-wave Alternans with Acute Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias after Experimental Myocardial Infarction”

Third Place

Luigi DiBiase MD, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, Austin, Texas

“Endo-Epicardial Homogeneization of the Scar versus Limited Endocardial Substrate Ablation for the Treatment of Electrical Storms in patients with Ischemic Cardyomiopathy”

2010 Recipients

First Place

Subba Vanga, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas

Left Atrial Volume and Pulmonary Vein Orifice Area after Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Second Place

Luigi DiBiase, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, Austin, Texas

Isolation of the Left Atrial Appendage: Techniques and Safety

Third Place

Jayasaree Pillarisetti, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas

Combination of Clopidogrel and Proton Pump Inhibitors in Patients Undergoing Revascularization – A Single Center Experience

KCHRS 2019


August 17-18, 2019
(Saturday to Sunday)


Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
6100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211