DeFilippis honored by MESA with investigator award

UofL cardiologist recognized for research into cardiac overestimation risk
DeFilippis honored by MESA with investigator award

Dr. Andrew DeFilippis

Andrew DeFilippis, M.D., M.Sci., assistant professor of medicine and director of the cardiovascular disease prevention program in the University of Louisville Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, was recently honored with the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Early Career Investigator Award.

MESA is a medical research study involving more than 6,000 men and women from six communities in the United States.

The study is sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

DeFilippis garnered the award for his publication titled, "An analysis of calibration and discrimination among multiple cardiovascular risk scores in a modern multiethnic cohort" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in February 2015.

That study concluded that of the five risk scores, four, including the new AHA-ACC-ASCVD score, showed overestimation of risk (25% to 115%) in a modern, multi-ethnic cohort without baseline clinical ASCVD.

If validated, overestimation of ASCVD risk may have substantial implications for individual patients and the health care system.