Colleen K. McIlvennan, PhD, DNP, MS, BSN
Associate Professor, Medicine-Cardiology

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Graduate Schools :
  • DNP, University of Colorado Denver (2012)
  • ANP, University of Colorado Denver (2009)
  • PhD, University of Colorado Denver (2020)
Undergraduate School:
  • BSN, Marquette University (WI) (2007)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Cardiology

Professional Titles

  • Lead Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation

Recognition & Awards

  • Florence Nightingale Award Winner, Colorado Nurses Foundation (2017)
  • National Magnet Nurse of the Year, American Nurses Credentialing Center (2016)
  • Citizenship Award, Division of Cardiology (2016)
  • Nursing Research Award, Heart Failure Society of America (2015)
  • First Place Juried Poster, Colorado Evidence Based Practice Symposium (2015)
  • People's Choice Award, Colorado Evidence Based Practice Symposium (2015)
  • Magnet Nurse of the Year Award Nominee, University of Colorado Hospital (2014)
  • Best Cardiovascular Team Poster, American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions (2014)
  • Partners In Care Physician Award, University of Colorado Hospital (2014)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association - Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (2013)

Research Interests

Decision making and end-of-life care for patients and their caregivers with left ventricular assist devices

Publications

  • McIlvennan CK, Jones J, Makic M, Meek PM, Chaussee E, Thompson JS, Matlock DD, Allen LA. Stress and Coping Among Family Caregivers of Patients With a Destination Therapy Left Ventricular Assist Device: A Multicenter Mixed Methods Study. Circ Heart Fail. 2021 Oct;14(10):e008243. PubMed PMID: 34465131
  • Knoepke CE, Chaussee EL, Matlock DD, Thompson JS, McIlvennan CK, Ambardekar AV, Schaffer EM, Khazanie P, Scherer L, Arnold RM, Allen LA. Changes over Time in Patient Stated Values and Treatment Preferences Regarding Aggressive Therapies: Insights from the DECIDE-LVAD Trial. Med Decis Making. 2021 Jul 23;:272989X211028234. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34296623
  • Scherer LD, Matlock DD, Allen LA, Knoepke CE, McIlvennan CK, Fitzgerald MD, Kini V, Tate CE, Lin G, Lum HD. Patient Roadmaps for Chronic Illness: Introducing a New Approach for Fostering Patient-Centered Care. MDM Policy Pract. 2021 Jan-Jun;6(1):23814683211019947. PubMed PMID: 34277949
  • Fraser MT, Mcilvennan CK. Reorienting Ourselves to Delirium: Caring for Older Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure. J Card Fail. 2021 Apr;27(4):460-463. PubMed PMID: 33745663
  • Thompson JS, Fitzgerald MD, Allen LA, McIlvennan CK, Glasgow RE, Wynia M, Morris MA, Beilenson J, Gherst C, Matlock DD. Shared Decision-Making for Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Rationale and Design of a Nationwide Dissemination and Implementation Project. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2021 Feb;14(2):e007256. PubMed PMID: 33530698
  • Bass ME, Kiser TH, Page RL 2nd, McIlvennan CK, Allen LA, Wright G, Shakowski C. Comparative effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin for the treatment of left ventricular thrombus. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2021 Aug;52(2):517-522. PubMed PMID: 33420896
  • Flint K, Chaussee EL, Henderson K, Breathett K, Khazanie P, Thompson JS, Mcilvennan CK, Larue SJ, Matlock DD, Allen LA. Social Determinants of Health and Rates of Implantation for Patients Considering Destination Therapy Left Ventricular Assist Device. J Card Fail. 2021 Apr;27(4):497-500. PubMed PMID: 33346077
  • Allen LA, McIlvennan CK. Mis-GUIDED-The Importance of Negative Trials of Health Care Delivery and Implementation Science. JAMA Cardiol. 2021 Feb 1;6(2):135-136. PubMed PMID: 33206151
  • Allen LA, Venechuk G, McIlvennan CK, Page RL 2nd, Knoepke CE, Helmkamp LJ, Khazanie P, Peterson PN, Pierce K, Harger G, Thompson JS, Dow TJ, Richards L, Huang J, Strader JR, Trinkley KE, Kao DP, Magid DJ, Buttrick PM, Matlock DD. An Electronically Delivered Patient-Activation Tool for Intensification of Medications for Chronic Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction: The EPIC-HF Trial. Circulation. 2021 Feb 2;143(5):427-437. PubMed PMID: 33201741
  • Peters LL, Ambardekar AV, Rosenthal LD, McIlvennan CK. Universal Depression Screen of Ambulatory Heart Transplant Recipients With Referral for Mental Health Intervention: A Quality Improvement Project. J Nurs Care Qual. 2021 Jul-Sep 01;36(3):236-241. PubMed PMID: 32956136
  • Kanwar MK, McIlvennan CK, Lohmueller LC, Bailey SH, Rogers JG, Teuteberg J, Cowger J. Defining Optimal Outcomes in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices. ASAIO J. 2021 Apr 1;67(4):397-404. PubMed PMID: 32701625
  • Slavin SD, Allen LA, McIlvennan CK, Desai AS, Schaefer KG, Warraich HJ. Left Ventricular Assist Device Withdrawal: Ethical, Psychological, and Logistical Challenges. J Palliat Med. 2020 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31895635
  • Allen LA, McIlvennan CK. Mis-GUIDED-The Importance of Negative Trials of Health Care Delivery and Implementation Science. JAMA Cardiol. 2020 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33206151
  • Allen LA, Venechuk G, McIlvennan CK, Page Ii RL, Knoepke CE, Helmkamp LJ, Khazanie P, Peterson PN, Pierce K, Harger G, Thompson JS, Dow TJ, Richards L, Huang J, Strader JR, Trinkley KE, Kao DP, Magid DJ, Buttrick P, Matlock DD. An Electronically Delivered, Patient-Activation Tool for Intensification of Medications for Chronic Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: The EPIC-HF Trial. Circulation. 2020 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33201741
  • Peters LL, Ambardekar AV, Rosenthal LD, McIlvennan CK. Universal Depression Screen of Ambulatory Heart Transplant Recipients With Referral for Mental Health Intervention: A Quality Improvement Project. J Nurs Care Qual. 2020 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32956136
  • Venechuk GE, Khazanie P, Page RL 2nd, Knoepke CE, Helmkamp LJ, Peterson PN, Pierce K, Thompson JS, Huang J, Strader JR, Dow TJ, Richards L, Trinkley KE, Kao DP, McIlvennan CK, Magid DJ, Buttrick PM, Matlock DD, Allen LA. An Electronically delivered, Patient-activation tool for Intensification of medications for Chronic Heart Failure with reduced ejection fraction: Rationale and design of the EPIC-HF trial. Am Heart J. 2020 Nov;229:144-155. PubMed PMID: 32866454
  • Kanwar MK, McIlvennan CK, Lohmueller LC, Bailey SH, Rogers JG, Teuteberg J, Cowger J. Defining Optimal Outcomes in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices. ASAIO J. 2020 Jul 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32701625
  • Samsky MD, DeVore AD, McIlvennan CK, Granger CB, Granger BB, Hernandez AF, Felker GM, Fonarow GC, Albert NM, Piña IL, Lanfear D, Allen LA. Heart Failure Clinical Trial Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results From a Multicenter Survey. Circ Heart Fail. 2020 Sep;13(9):e007456. PubMed PMID: 32700547
  • Deininger KM, Tsunoda SM, Hirsch JD, Anderson H, Lee YM, McIlvennan CK, Page RL 2nd, Tran JN, Aquilante CL. National survey of physicians' perspectives on pharmacogenetic testing in solid organ transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2020 Oct;34(10):e14037. PubMed PMID: 32654213
  • McIlvennan CK, Allen LA, Devore AD, Granger CB, Kaltenbach LA, Granger BB. Changes in Care Delivery for Patients With Heart Failure During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Multicenter Survey. J Card Fail. 2020 Jul;26(7):635-636. PubMed PMID: 32505814
  • Matlock DD, McIlvennan CK, Thompson JS, Morris MA, Venechuk G, Dunlay SM, LaRue SJ, Lewis EF, Patel CB, Blue L, Chaussee EL, Glasgow RE, Walsh MN, Allen LA. Decision Aid Implementation among Left Ventricular Assist Device Programs Participating in the DECIDE-LVAD Stepped-Wedge Trial. Med Decis Making. 2020 Apr;40(3):289-301. PubMed PMID: 32428430
  • Fendler TJ, McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Thompson JS, Chaussee EL, Dunlay SM, LaRue SJ, Raymer DS, Spertus JA, Lewis EF, Patel CB, Walsh MN, Allen LA. Exploring differences between patients who accept, decline, and are deemed ineligible for left ventricular assist device implantation as destination therapy. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2020 Jul;39(7):721-724. PubMed PMID: 32376277
  • Kitko L, McIlvennan CK, Bidwell JT, Dionne-Odom JN, Dunlay SM, Lewis LM, Meadows G, Sattler ELP, Schulz R, Strömberg A. Family Caregiving for Individuals With Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2020 Jun 2;141(22):e864-e878. PubMed PMID: 32349542
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Allen LA, Thompson JS, Ranby KW, Sannes TS. Perceived Stress and Depressive Symptoms as Predictors of Decisional Conflict in Dyads Considering a Left Ventricular Assist Device. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2020 Mar;13(3):e006155. PubMed PMID: 32148099
  • Slavin SD, Allen LA, McIlvennan CK, Desai AS, Schaefer KG, Warraich HJ. Left Ventricular Assist Device Withdrawal: Ethical, Psychological, and Logistical Challenges. J Palliat Med. 2020 Apr;23(4):456-458. PubMed PMID: 31895635
  • Venechuk GE, Khazanie P, Page RL 2nd, Knoepke CE, Helmkamp LJ, Peterson PN, Pierce K, Thompson JS, Huang J, Strader JR, Dow TJ, Richards L, Trinkley KE, Kao DP, McIlvennan CK, Magid DJ, Buttrick PM, Matlock DD, Allen LA. An Electronically delivered, Patient-activation tool for Intensification of medications for Chronic Heart Failure with reduced ejection fraction: Rationale and design of the EPIC-HF trial. Am Heart J. 2020 Nov;229:144-155. PubMed PMID: 32866454
  • Samsky MD, DeVore AD, McIlvennan CK, Granger CB, Granger BB, Hernandez AF, Felker GM, Fonarow GC, Albert NM, Piña IL, Lanfear D, Allen LA. Heart Failure Clinical Trial Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results From a Multicenter Survey. Circ Heart Fail. 2020 Sep;13(9):e007456. PubMed PMID: 32700547
  • Deininger KM, Tsunoda SM, Hirsch JD, Anderson H, Lee YM, McIlvennan CK, Page RL 2nd, Tran JN, Aquilante CL. National survey of physicians' perspectives on pharmacogenetic testing in solid organ transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2020 Oct;34(10):e14037. PubMed PMID: 32654213
  • McIlvennan CK, Allen LA, Devore AD, Granger CB, Kaltenbach LA, Granger BB. Changes in Care Delivery for Patients With Heart Failure During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a Multicenter Survey. J Card Fail. 2020 Jul;26(7):635-636. PubMed PMID: 32505814
  • Matlock DD, McIlvennan CK, Thompson JS, Morris MA, Venechuk G, Dunlay SM, LaRue SJ, Lewis EF, Patel CB, Blue L, Chaussee EL, Glasgow RE, Walsh MN, Allen LA. Decision Aid Implementation among Left Ventricular Assist Device Programs Participating in the DECIDE-LVAD Stepped-Wedge Trial. Med Decis Making. 2020 Apr;40(3):289-301. PubMed PMID: 32428430
  • Fendler TJ, McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Thompson JS, Chaussee EL, Dunlay SM, LaRue SJ, Raymer DS, Spertus JA, Lewis EF, Patel CB, Walsh MN, Allen LA. Exploring differences between patients who accept, decline, and are deemed ineligible for left ventricular assist device implantation as destination therapy. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2020 Jul;39(7):721-724. PubMed PMID: 32376277
  • Kitko L, McIlvennan CK, Bidwell JT, Dionne-Odom JN, Dunlay SM, Lewis LM, Meadows G, Sattler ELP, Schulz R, Strömberg A. Family Caregiving for Individuals With Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2020 Jun 2;141(22):e864-e878. PubMed PMID: 32349542
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Allen LA, Thompson JS, Ranby KW, Sannes TS. Perceived Stress and Depressive Symptoms as Predictors of Decisional Conflict in Dyads Considering a Left Ventricular Assist Device. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2020 Mar;13(3):e006155. PubMed PMID: 32148099
  • Slavin SD, Allen LA, McIlvennan CK, Desai AS, Schaefer KG, Warraich HJ. Left Ventricular Assist Device Withdrawal: Ethical, Psychological, and Logistical Challenges. J Palliat Med. 2020 Apr;23(4):456-458. PubMed PMID: 31895635
  • Peters LL, McIlvennan CK, Khazanie P. Evaluation and Management of BK Polyomavirus Viremia in Patients With a Heart Transplant. Prog Transplant. 2019 Dec;29(4):367-370. PubMed PMID: 31711393
  • McIlvennan CK, Benton EM, Allen LA. Educate, Engage, Empower: Leveraging Technology to Promote Learning in Patients Implanted With a Left Ventricular Assist Device and Their Caregivers. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Oct;12(10):e006107. PubMed PMID: 31601112
  • McIlvennan CK, Morris MA, Guetterman TC, Matlock DD, Curry L. Qualitative Methodology in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research: A Contemporary Look. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Sep;12(9):e005828. PubMed PMID: 31510771
  • Lohmueller LC, Naik A, Breitfeller L, McIlvennan CK, Kanwar M, Murali S, Rosé C, Antaki JF. Factors Affecting Health Care Engagement of Patients With End-Stage Heart Failure: An Exploratory Survey Study. MDM Policy Pract. 2019 Jul-Dec;4(2):2381468319865515. PubMed PMID: 31453361
  • Warraich HJ, Allen LA, Blue LJ, Chaussee EL, Thompson JS, McIlvennan CK, Flint KM, Matlock DD, Patel CB. Comorbidities and the decision to undergo or forego destination therapy left ventricular assist device implantation: An analysis from the Trial of a Shared Decision Support Intervention for Patients and their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure (DECIDE-LVAD) study. Am Heart J. 2019 Jul;213:91-96. PubMed PMID: 31129442
  • Wordingham SE, McIlvennan CK. Palliative Care for Patients on Mechanical Circulatory Support. AMA J Ethics. 2019 May 1;21(5):E435-442. PubMed PMID: 31127924
  • Psotka MA, Ammon SE, Fiuzat M, Bozkurt B, Chung ES, Cole RT, Greene SJ, Kraus D, Ky B, McIlvennan CK, Shah P, Teerlink JR, Walsh MN, Jessup M, O'Connor CM. Heart Failure Site-Based Research in the United States: Results of the Heart Failure Society of America Research Network Survey. JACC Heart Fail. 2019 May;7(5):431-438. PubMed PMID: 30981742
  • Kanwar MK, Lohmueller LC, Teuteberg J, Kormos RL, Rogers JG, Benza RL, Lindenfeld J, McIlvennan C, Bailey SH, Murali S, Antaki JF. Risk Assessment in Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device Across INTERMACS Profiles Using Bayesian Analysis. ASAIO J. 2019 Jul;65(5):436-441. PubMed PMID: 30688695
  • McIlvennan CK, Grady KL, Matlock DD, Helmkamp LJ, Abshire M, Allen LA. End of life for patients with left ventricular assist devices: Insights from INTERMACS. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2019 Apr;38(4):374-381. PubMed PMID: 30642799
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD. "Have You Ever Seen That Movie Misery…" Time to Think Outside the Box to Help Caregivers of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Jan;12(1):e005454. PubMed PMID: 30636481
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD. "Have You Ever Seen That Movie Misery…" Time to Think Outside the Box to Help Caregivers of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Jan;12(1):e005454. PubMed PMID: 30636481
  • McIlvennan CK, Grady KL, Matlock DD, Helmkamp LJ, Abshire M, Allen LA. End of life for patients with left ventricular assist devices: Insights from INTERMACS. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2019 Apr;38(4):374-381. PubMed PMID: 30642799
  • Kanwar MK, Lohmueller LC, Teuteberg J, Kormos RL, Rogers JG, Benza RL, Lindenfeld J, McIlvennan C, Bailey SH, Murali S, Antaki JF. Risk Assessment in Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device Across INTERMACS Profiles Using Bayesian Analysis. ASAIO J. 2019 Jul;65(5):436-441. PubMed PMID: 30688695
  • Psotka MA, Ammon SE, Fiuzat M, Bozkurt B, Chung ES, Cole RT, Greene SJ, Kraus D, Ky B, McIlvennan CK, Shah P, Teerlink JR, Walsh MN, Jessup M, O'Connor CM. Heart Failure Site-Based Research in the United States: Results of the Heart Failure Society of America Research Network Survey. JACC Heart Fail. 2019 May;7(5):431-438. PubMed PMID: 30981742
  • Wordingham SE, McIlvennan CK. Palliative Care for Patients on Mechanical Circulatory Support. AMA J Ethics. 2019 May 1;21(5):E435-442. PubMed PMID: 31127924
  • Warraich HJ, Allen LA, Blue LJ, Chaussee EL, Thompson JS, McIlvennan CK, Flint KM, Matlock DD, Patel CB. Comorbidities and the decision to undergo or forego destination therapy left ventricular assist device implantation: An analysis from the Trial of a Shared Decision Support Intervention for Patients and their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure (DECIDE-LVAD) study. Am Heart J. 2019 Jul;213:91-96. PubMed PMID: 31129442
  • McIlvennan CK, Morris MA, Guetterman TC, Matlock DD, Curry L. Qualitative Methodology in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research: A Contemporary Look. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Sep;12(9):e005828. PubMed PMID: 31510771
  • McIlvennan CK, Benton EM, Allen LA. Educate, Engage, Empower: Leveraging Technology to Promote Learning in Patients Implanted With a Left Ventricular Assist Device and Their Caregivers. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2019 Oct;12(10):e006107. PubMed PMID: 31601112
  • Peters LL, McIlvennan CK, Khazanie P. Evaluation and Management of BK Polyomavirus Viremia in Patients With a Heart Transplant. Prog Transplant. 2019 Dec;29(4):367-370. PubMed PMID: 31711393
  • Lohmueller LC, Naik A, Breitfeller L, McIlvennan CK, Kanwar M, Murali S, Rosé C, Antaki JF. Factors Affecting Health Care Engagement of Patients With End-Stage Heart Failure: An Exploratory Survey Study. MDM Policy Pract. 2019 Jul-Dec;4(2):2381468319865515. PubMed PMID: 31453361
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD. Palliative Care in Heart Failure: Architects Needed. J Card Fail. 2017 Feb;23(2):201-203. PubMed PMID: 27956152
  • McIlvennan CK, Lindenfeld J, Kao DP. Sex differences and in-hospital outcomes in patients undergoing mechanical circulatory support implantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Jan;36(1):82-90. PubMed PMID: 27773454
  • Wordingham SE, McIlvennan CK, Fendler TJ, Behnken AL, Dunlay SM, Kirkpatrick JN, Swetz KM. Palliative Care Clinicians Caring for Patients Before and After Continuous Flow-Left Ventricular Assist Device. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Oct;54(4):601-608. PubMed PMID: 28711755
  • McIlvennan CK. Improving Decision Making for Advanced Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers. J Nurs Adm. 2017 Apr;47(4):190-191. PubMed PMID: 28333785
  • Bandle B, Ward K, Min SJ, Drake C, McIlvennan CK, Kao D, Wald HL. Can Braden Score Predict Outcomes for Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients?. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun;65(6):1328-1332. PubMed PMID: 28221672
  • Narayan M, Jones J, Portalupi LB, McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Allen LA. Patient Perspectives on Communication of Individualized Survival Estimates in Heart Failure. J Card Fail. 2017 Apr;23(4):272-277. PubMed PMID: 28012883
  • Allen LA, Matlock DD, Shetterly SM, Xu S, Levy WC, Portalupi LB, McIlvennan CK, Gurwitz JH, Johnson ES, Smith DH, Magid DJ. Use of Risk Models to Predict Death in the Next Year Among Individual Ambulatory Patients With Heart Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Apr 1;2(4):435-441. PubMed PMID: 28002546
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD. Palliative Care in Heart Failure: Architects Needed. J Card Fail. 2017 Feb;23(2):201-203. PubMed PMID: 27956152
  • McIlvennan CK, Wordingham SE, Allen LA, Matlock DD, Jones J, Dunlay SM, Swetz KM. Deactivation of Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Differing Perspectives of Cardiology and Hospice/Palliative Medicine Clinicians. J Card Fail. 2017 Sep;23(9):708-712. PubMed PMID: 27932271
  • Jurgens PT, Allen LA, Ambardekar AV, McIlvennan CK. Chronic Norovirus Infections in Cardiac Transplant Patients. Prog Transplant. 2017 Mar;27(1):69-72. PubMed PMID: 27881814
  • McIlvennan CK. Looking on the BRIGHT side of health literacy in patients with cardiac transplantation: Where are we and where do we need to go?. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Mar;36(3):253-255. PubMed PMID: 27876414
  • McIlvennan CK, Lindenfeld J, Kao DP. Sex differences and in-hospital outcomes in patients undergoing mechanical circulatory support implantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Jan;36(1):82-90. PubMed PMID: 27773454
  • Narayan M, Jones J, Portalupi LB, McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Allen LA. Patient Perspectives on Communication of Individualized Survival Estimates in Heart Failure. J Card Fail. 2016 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28012883
  • Allen LA, Matlock DD, Shetterly SM, Xu S, Levy WC, Portalupi LB, McIlvennan CK, Gurwitz JH, Johnson ES, Smith DH, Magid DJ. Use of Risk Models to Predict Death in the Next Year Among Individual Ambulatory Patients With Heart Failure. JAMA Cardiol. 2016 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28002546
  • McIlvennan CK, Wordingham SE, Allen LA, Matlock DD, Jones J, Dunlay SM, Swetz KM. Deactivation of Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Differing Perspectives of Cardiology and Hospice/Palliative Medicine Clinicians. J Card Fail. 2016 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27932271
  • Jurgens PT, Allen LA, Ambardekar AV, McIlvennan CK. Chronic Norovirus Infections in Cardiac Transplant Patients: Considerations for Evaluation and Management. Prog Transplant. 2016 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27881814
  • McIlvennan CK. Looking on the BRIGHT side of health literacy in patients with cardiac transplantation: Where are we and where do we need to go?. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27876414
  • Paine AM, Allen LA, Thompson JS, McIlvennan CK, Jenkins A, Hammes A, Kroehl M, Matlock DD. Anchoring in Destination-Therapy Left Ventricular Assist Device Decision Making: A Mechanical Turk Survey. J Card Fail. 2016 Nov;22(11):908-912. PubMed PMID: 27150493
  • Magid M, Jones J, Allen LA, McIlvennan CK, Magid K, Thompson JS, Matlock DD. The Perceptions of Important Elements of Caregiving for a Left Ventricular Assist Device Patient: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016 May-Jun;31(3):215-25. PubMed PMID: 25882647
  • Wordingham SE, McIlvennan CK, Dionne-Odom JN, Swetz KM. Complex Care Options for Patients With Advanced Heart Failure Approaching End of Life. Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2016 Feb;13(1):20-9. PubMed PMID: 26829929
  • McIlvennan CK, Allen LA. Quality of Life After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation: In a World Full of Data, #Missingness. J Card Fail. 2016 May;22(5):338-9. PubMed PMID: 26850931
  • McIlvennan CK, Jones J, Allen LA, Swetz KM, Nowels C, Matlock DD. Bereaved Caregiver Perspectives on the End-of-Life Experience of Patients With a Left Ventricular Assist Device. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Apr;176(4):534-9. PubMed PMID: 26998594
  • McIlvennan CK, Babu AN, Brieke A, Ambardekar AV. Concomitant surgical cryoablation for refractory ventricular tachycardia and left ventricular assist device placement: a dual remedy but a recipe for thrombosis?. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Apr 11;11(1):53. PubMed PMID: 27067868
  • McIlvennan CK, Allen LA. Palliative care in patients with heart failure. BMJ. 2016 Apr 14;353:i1010. PubMed PMID: 27079896
  • Bui QM, Allen LA, Monte AA, Page RL 2nd, McIlvennan CK. Amphetamine-positive urine drug screens in the setting of mexiletine use: A case series. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Aug;35(8):1045-8. PubMed PMID: 27287628
  • McIlvennan CK, Swetz KM. Lack of Agreement With What We Think Is Right Does Not Necessarily Equal an Ethical Problem: Respecting Patients' Goals of Care. Am J Bioeth. 2016 Aug;16(8):13-5. PubMed PMID: 27366837
  • McIlvennan CK, Allen LA, Matlock DD. Caregiver Perspectives on End-of-Life Experiences of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices-Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Aug 1;176(8):1231-2. PubMed PMID: 27479674
  • Allen LA, McIlvennan CK. Predicting in-hospital worsening heart failure at time of admission, but do we really need another heart failure risk model?. Am Heart J. 2016 Aug;178:188-9. PubMed PMID: 27502868
  • Kapu AN, McComiskey CA, Buckler L, Derkazarian J, Goda T, Lofgren MA, McIlvennan CK, Raaum J, Selig PM, Sicoutris C, Todd B, Turner V, Card E, Wells N. Advanced Practice Providers' Perceptions of Patient Workload: Results of a Multi-Institutional Survey. J Nurs Adm. 2016 Oct;46(10):521-9. PubMed PMID: 27681513
  • McIlvennan CK, Thompson JS, Matlock DD, Cleveland JC Jr, Dunlay SM, LaRue SJ, Lewis EF, Patel CB, Walsh MN, Allen LA. A Multicenter Trial of a Shared Decision Support Intervention for Patients and Their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy for Advanced Heart Failure: DECIDE-LVAD: Rationale, Design, and Pilot Data. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016 Nov Dec;31(6):E8-E20. PubMed PMID: 27203272
  • McIlvennan CK, Page RL 2nd. Foundations of Pharmacotherapy for Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction: Evidence Meets Practice, Part II. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2016 Nov Dec;31(6):545-554. PubMed PMID: 27028591
  • McIlvennan CK, Eapen ZJ, Allen LA. Hospital readmissions reduction program. Circulation. 2015 May 19;131(20):1796-803. PubMed PMID: 25986448
  • Magid KH, Matlock DD, Thompson JS, McIlvennan CK, Allen LA. The influence of expected risks on decision making for destination therapy left ventricular assist device: An MTurk survey. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Jul;34(7):988-90. PubMed PMID: 25935437
  • Magid M, Jones J, Allen LA, McIlvennan CK, Magid K, Thompson JS, Matlock DD. The Perceptions of Important Elements of Caregiving for a Left Ventricular Assist Device Patient: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25882647
  • McIlvennan CK, Jones J, Allen LA, Lindenfeld J, Swetz KM, Nowels C, Matlock DD. Decision-making for destination therapy left ventricular assist devices: implications for caregivers. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Mar;8(2):172-8. PubMed PMID: 25759442
  • McIlvennan CK, Matlock DD, Narayan MP, Nowels C, Thompson JS, Cannon A, Bradley WJ, Allen LA. Perspectives from mechanical circulatory support coordinators on the pre-implantation decision process for destination therapy left ventricular assist devices. Heart Lung. 2015 May-Jun;44(3):219-24. PubMed PMID: 25724116
  • McIlvennan CK, Jones J, Allen LA, Lindenfeld J, Swetz KM, Nowels C, Matlock DD. Decision-making for destination therapy left ventricular assist devices: implications for caregivers. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Mar;8(2):172-8. PubMed PMID: 25759442
  • Thompson JS, Matlock DD, McIlvennan CK, Jenkins AR, Allen LA. Development of a Decision Aid for Patients With Advanced Heart Failure Considering a Destination Therapy Left Ventricular Assist Device. JACC Heart Fail. 2015 Dec;3(12):965-76. PubMed PMID: 26671675
  • McIlvennan CK, Page RL 2nd, Ambardekar AV, Brieke A, Lindenfeld J. Activated partial thromboplastin time overestimates anti-coagulation in left ventricular assist device patients. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Dec;33(12):1312-4. PubMed PMID: 25443872
  • McIlvennan CK, Magid KH, Ambardekar AV, Thompson JS, Matlock DD, Allen LA. Clinical outcomes after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device: a systematic review. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Nov;7(6):1003-13. PubMed PMID: 25294625
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Professional Memberships

  • American Heart Association (AHA), Member
  • Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), Member
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), Member
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC), Member
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), Member

Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

UCHealth Heart Failure Program - Anschutz
12505 E. 16th Ave
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, 3rd floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-5300

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner, Board Certification (0001)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Heart and Circulation - Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Failure
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Diseases
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Valve Diseases
  • Heart and Circulation - Coronary Disease
  • Organ Transplant - Heart transplant
  • Organ Transplant
Clinical Interests
Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation, Mechanical Assist Devices

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • DNP, University of Colorado Denver (2012)
  • ANP, University of Colorado Denver (2009)
  • PhD, University of Colorado Denver (2020)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BSN, Marquette University (WI) (2007)
Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Cardiology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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