It’s Been a Long Haul

It was seven years ago that I went into the office of Dr. Kristine Guleserian and suggested we write a book together.

“What about?” she asked.

“About you,” I replied.

“Nobody wants to read about me,” she said.

“Everybody wants to read about you. They just don’t know it yet.”

After dozens of nights in surgery, long periods in her office asking question after question, and numerous interview and editing dates scrubbed because a child need a heart surgery, we’re finally done. SURGEON’S STORY is at press, and will be on shelves in almost no time. I know we’ve promised a lot of different release dates, and we’ve had to change our schedule more often than I might have liked. I appreciate your patience, and I promise we’ll have purchase information up here very, very soon.

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About To Go To Press

Almost time to go to press! Yes, at long last. And we want you to be among the first to buy a copy. So make sure you let us have your email address by adding it here! (Click now, or forever hold your peace.) When you purchase your advance copy, you’ll get access to an exclusive video of Rylynn’s transplant, one of the key stories in the book. And you’ll also be invited to a special video discussion with Dr. G later this spring.  So sign up and join us!

From the back cover

Here’s a bit of copy from the back cover of the book. A little tease of what you’ll get…

 

SURGEON’S STORY is your passport into OR-1, the cardiac surgical suite at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. You’ll be there as Dr. Kristine Guleserian, noted pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, fixes the tiny hearts of the tiniest children. Follow the young boy who gets a new heart and then, three weeks later, joins Dr. Guleserian on the mound at Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game. Discover the years of training Dr. G went through to become the highly respected surgeon she is today. See how her warmth, humor, intelligence and dedication provide a shining example of what is good about the American health care system. To get a closer look than this, you’d have to scrub in.

A New Chapter

Just as we hit the homestretch on our manuscript for Surgeon’s Story, Dr. G’s life to a turn. In September, she decided to leave Children’s Medical Center and take a position with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.  Here’s more on the story.

Meeting a Legend

The news came from Houston today that pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley had died at the age of 96. Dr. Cooley was the first surgeon to place a fully mechanical heart into a human patient.  His Texas Heart Institute was one of the most important cardiac facilities in the world. Dr. Cooley continue performing surgery until the age of 87, and was active at the Institute as president emeritus up to the time of his death.

Earlier this year, Dr. G went to the Institute to observe procedures there, and she had a chance to visit with Dr. Cooley.

Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Kris Guleserian
Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Kris Guleserian

For Dr. Cooley’s full obituary, click here.

The Home Stretch

The manuscript is currently in the hands of Dr. G, who is making final medical and personal edits. (You don’t want to make mistakes if you’re a heart surgeon. You also don’t want to make mistakes when you write a book with one!)

After she finishes, November 1, the manuscript goes to the publisher for final design and layout, and then we roll it out to the public when the calendar turns over to 2017.

I’ve mentioned before how difficult it is to fit a book project in the schedule of a heart surgeon. Well, that’s been made even a bit tougher because, in September Dr. Guleserian accepted a position at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami (the former Miami Children’s Hospital.) So in between edits, she’s been leaving one job, packing up a house, moving, and starting over in a new city.

Which is to say, we appreciate your patience as we get this project done. And, for a bit of a preview, a mock-up of the cover is below. Let me know what you think.

And thanks, again, for your patience.

Mark

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Inside OR-1 With One of America's Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons