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Listen to leaders in cardiothoracic surgery discuss hot topics in the field. Please note: The comments included in these episodes are that of the individuals involved and not necessarily that of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Listen to leaders in cardiothoracic surgery discuss hot topics in the field. Please note: The comments included in these episodes are that of the individuals involved and not necessarily that of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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United States

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Listen to leaders in cardiothoracic surgery discuss hot topics in the field. Please note: The comments included in these episodes are that of the individuals involved and not necessarily that of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Language:

English


Episodes

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Doug Wood

1/22/2021
In this episode, Dr. Tom Varghese interviews STS Past President Dr. Doug Wood. Described as the “embodiment of the academic quadruple threat—with excellence in clinical work, research, education, and leadership,” Dr. Wood is considered a giant in cardiothoracic surgery who is responsible for building a world-class Center of Excellence in thoracic surgery at the University of Washington. Listeners will learn that a combination of a fluke, luck, and a “secret” $35 application, as well as a...

Duration:00:50:23

Beyond the Abstract: STS 2021 and Recommendations for Hosting a Virtual Surgical Meeting

1/18/2021
Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode, Juan A. Crestanello, MD, and Brian Mitzman, MD, join Dr. Varghese to discuss “the Year of the Pandemic” and how it disrupted every aspect of lives around the world, including the ability to attend in-person gatherings and academic conferences. The authors share some...

Duration:00:36:08

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Shanda Blackmon

1/8/2021
In this episode, Dr. Tom Varghese interviews Dr. Shanda Blackmon from the Mayo Clinic. Listeners will learn that Dr. Blackmon initially pursued a career in art, selling her paintings in the gallery where she worked. A conversation with her mom convinced Dr. Blackmon that it was time to explore another career, so she decided to become a pediatrician. Eventually, she pivoted and headed into surgery—a “more challenging and difficult” choice, but a “better fit.” In addition to being a powerhouse...

Duration:00:49:01

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Tom Varghese

12/28/2020
In this episode, Dr. David Tom Cooke interviews Dr. Tom Varghese from the University of Utah. Dr. Varghese shares captivating details of his “very unique life.” He was born in India, moved to the US a few months after his first birthday, and returned to India during his high school years—making him an immigrant in two countries. After medical school, Dr. Varghese came back to the US for surgical residency. Hear about how he embraced the “challenging” experience of being a foreign medical...

Duration:00:46:48

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. David Tom Cooke

12/11/2020
In this episode, Dr. Tom Varghese interviews Dr. David Tom Cooke from UC Davis Health. Listeners will learn that Dr. Cooke grew up in Oakland, California, with parents who were both educators. So how then did he decide on a career in medicine? A health scare that his mom experienced and an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man both inspired young David. “Ever since then, I knew I wanted to be a surgeon.” Dr. Cooke also shares valuable leadership advice, explaining that any good leader must...

Duration:00:48:11

STS COVID Series: Next Steps in Eradicating COVID-19: Emerging Treatments and Vaccines

12/11/2020
In this episode of the STS COVID webinar series, Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Melanie A. Edwards, MD, and a panel of infectious disease experts from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Mayo Clinic, and The University of Texas address the latest developments in the fight against COVID-19. Topics include monoclonal antibody treatment, FDA approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, ethical and equitable vaccine deployment, and strategies to combat vaccine resistance. Panelists include Andrew D. Badley, MD,...

Duration:01:00:27

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Leah Backhus

11/27/2020
In this episode, Dr. David Tom Cooke interviews STS Director-at-Large Dr. Leah Backhus from Stanford Health Care. Listeners will learn how positive labels “slapped on” Dr. Backhus at a young age help buoy her throughout her journey, but she cautions that such labels can be good and bad and explains why. Dr. Backhus also shares that after an “unwelcoming reception” into neurosurgery, she chose a career in cardiothoracic surgery. This experience helped her realize that mentors “do not have to...

Duration:00:35:53

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Doug Mathisen

11/13/2020
In this episode, Dr. Tom Varghese interviews Dr. Doug Mathisen, STS Historian and Past President. Listeners will discover fascinating personal details about this surgeon leader, including how playing sports helped him learn important teamwork and leadership skills that later translated into his career as a surgeon. Dr. Mathisen compares the surgical locker room to an athletic locker room, saying that it has the “same sort of camaraderie” and everyone works hard to not let down their...

Duration:00:48:51

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Joanna Chikwe

10/30/2020
In this episode, Dr. David Tom Cooke interviews Dr. Joanna Chikwe, chair of the Cardiac Surgery Department in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Listeners will learn that Dr. Chikwe grew up in Birmingham, England, with a Nigerian father who “came to Britain with coins in his pocket and a lot of ambition” and a Welsh mother from a coal mining town. After high school, Dr. Chikwe spent 2 years studying art in Italy. This experience helped her realize that art was “always going to be a...

Duration:00:32:17

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Richard Prager

10/16/2020
In this episode, Dr. David Tom Cooke interviews Dr. Richard Prager, STS Past President and director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. Listeners will learn that Dr. Prager was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey, and as a young boy, longed to be just like Jackie Robinson. His career aspirations shifted after the experience of joining his physician father on house calls and carrying the “big leather doctor bag” and portable EKG machine, as well...

Duration:00:32:56

STS Summer Series—Surgical Specialties at Risk: How Medicare Cuts to Surgery Will Affect You and Your Patients

10/7/2020
In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Keith S. Naunheim, MD, and a panel of experts in health policy, advocacy, and public relations discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to cut reimbursement for cardiothoracic surgeons and its likely negative effect on patients. The panel reviews a short history of Medicare reimbursement rates and shares the advocacy efforts underway to prevent these cuts, including opportunities for STS members to get involved in grassroots...

Duration:00:52:18

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Dr. Robert Higgins

10/2/2020
In this inaugural episode, Dr. Tom Varghese interviews Dr. Robert Higgins, STS Past President and surgeon-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Listeners will discover that Dr. Higgins was just 5 years old when he lost his father—who was an African American general practitioner in the segregated South during the 1960s—in a tragic accident. Together, his mother and grandparents raised three “crazy, hell-raising boys,” sacrificing extraordinary things to afford them the best educational...

Duration:00:36:45

Same Surgeon, Different Light: Series Introduction

10/2/2020
“Same Surgeon, Different Light” is a new program from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) designed to demystify cardiothoracic surgery, revealing the men and women behind their surgical masks. Drs. David Cooke and Tom Varghese—both cardiothoracic surgeons themselves—will uncover the obstacles, triumphs, tradeoffs, and pivotal moments that have shaped their guests’ careers and personal missions. Episodes will feature the backstories of cardiothoracic surgeons from different backgrounds and...

Duration:00:02:47

STS Summer Series: Controversial Cases in Mitral Disease–Surgical and Transcatheter Treatments

9/25/2020
In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD, and an expert panel debate the merits of surgical versus transcatheter treatments and review challenging mitral valve cases such as degenerative mitral regurgitation, mitral annular calcification, functional mitral valve regurgitation, and failed bioprosthetic mitral valve. Panelists include Vinay Badhwar, MD, Mayra Guerrero, MD, Robert L. Smith II, MD, Paul Sorajja, MD, Gilbert H. Tang, MD, MSc, MBA, and...

Duration:01:11:04

STS Summer Series: Addressing the Cardiac Surgery Opioid Crisis

8/28/2020
In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, and Michael C. Grant, MD, MSE, moderate a panel of experts in Addressing the Cardiac Surgery Opioid Crisis. Two short presentations – Why Is This Even an Issue? by Daniel T. Engelman, MD, and Now What Do I Do? by Michael C. Grant, MD, MSE – explore the role of cardiac surgery as a contributor to the opioid epidemic. Then, the panel discusses alternative interventions for pain management and strategies to minimize opioid use...

Duration:00:58:23

STS Summer Series: Pulmonary Metastasectomy

7/31/2020
In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Bernard J. Park, MD, and Dirk E.M. Van Raemdonck, MD, PhD, moderate a multidisciplinary panel of experts in a discussion about Pulmonary Metastasectomy. The moderators begin by reviewing an STS Expert Consensus Document on Pulmonary Metastasectomy, published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. The panelists discuss the efficacy of local treatment vs. systemic therapy for metastases. Panelists include: Mara B. Antonoff, MD, Frank C. Detterbeck, MD,...

Duration:01:01:23

Beyond the Abstract: Does Tweeting Improve Citations? One-Year Results from the TSSMN Prospective Randomized Trial

7/23/2020
Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode, Mara B. Antonoff, MD, Jessica G.Y. Luc, MD, and Jason J. Han, MD, join Dr. Varghese to examine how social media has become an “inescapable” part of academic life and its role in the academic publishing process. While social media engagements may seem fleeting, the...

Duration:00:30:52

STS Summer Series: SAVR vs. TAVR: Controversial Cases and Insights from the Experts

7/17/2020
In this episode of the STS Summer Series, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, and Tsuyoshi Kaneko, MD, moderate a panel of cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists as they review challenging cases of aortic stenosis and debate the merits of SAVR vs. TAVR as the preferred treatment. Cases include patients with bicuspid aortic valve, failed surgical bioprosthesis, small annulus, and concomitant coronary disease. Panelists include: Vinayak N. Bapat, MD, Adam B. Greenbaum, MD, Molly Szerlip, MD, and Vinod...

Duration:01:02:18

Beyond the Abstract: Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Pandemics, Ethical Considerations

7/13/2020
Hosted by Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS, the “Beyond the Abstract” program explores the “whys” behind articles in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and discusses next steps with authors and thought leaders. In the latest episode, Robert M. Sade, MD, joins Dr. Varghese to discuss ethical considerations in the practice of cardiothoracic surgery during a pandemic. Dr. Sade mentions the application of ethical principles and ethical concerns with regard to limited resource allocation. Read the...

Duration:00:17:46

STS Summer Series: Clinical Research in VHD during COVID: Adapting to a Dynamic and Multifaceted Pandemic

7/9/2020
STS/ACC TVT Registry leaders—Vinod H. Thourani, MD, and John D. Carroll, MD—moderate a panel of investigators, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and industry about valvular heart disease clinical research during COVID. They discuss the effects of the pandemic on research infrastructure, impediments to patient follow-ups and data collection, potential shifts in collaborative trial development guided by the FDA, and new techniques in post-market surveillance....

Duration:01:11:27