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We need to get 100 reviews on Amazon and an equally good number on Goodreads. So, I’m going to make you a deal. If you’d like a free PDF copy of SURGEON’S STORY to read and review, once your review is published on either, or both, sites, I’ll send you a free paperback copy that’s yours to keep.

Pretty sweet deal, don’t you think? Email me today at and we’ll get you going.

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Readers Love Real-Life Heart Surgery Stories In Surgeon’s Story

More great reviews for Surgeon’s Story from regular readers, some of whom even have medical backgrounds, including work in heart surgery and transplant surgery. Here’s a just a sampling.

“Mark Oristano’s fantastic journey into the science of the human heart and one heroic doctor who repairs and replaces them, “Surgeons Story,” is an emotionally moving and awe-inspiring look into the daily magic and miracles performed in the Pediatric Heart Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. It’s also a partial biography of the book’s heroine, Dr. Kristine Guleserian (or Dr. G. For short.)”     John J. Kelly

“Great story. It is so reassuring that there are kind, thoughtful surgeons who are rock stars in their field. We all would hope that Kris would be available if our children, grandchildren needed her skill. A wonderful story of the brave children and parents cared for by Dr Gulesarian and her amazing life as a surgeon.”   Julie Stanton

“Surgeon’s Story” is so accurate & descriptive that it is AMAZING!! Dr. “G” is such a careful, caring human being who is also a PHENOMENAL PEDIATRIC SURGEON. I am a retired O.R. registered nurse with FIFTY YEARS O.R. experience. I would be proud & honored to work with Dr. “G” in surgery. I also have “held a heart” during OPEN HEART SURGERY and it is an awesome experience. Dr.”G” treats her O.R. team, interns, residents , fellow surgeons with respect and teaches as the occasion arises. She has wonderful rapport with her tiny patients and their families. Thank you Dr. G for your dedication.”            Dale

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Jimmy Kimmel gives visibility to CHD

If you’ve been watching TV or been online at all today, you’ve seen the story about TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s newborn son having open heart surgery for a condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. Jimmy made an incredibly moving speech about it at the start of his show last night. He and his wife were lucky in that they had access to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and one of the best pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons in the country to take care of their child.

In SURGEON’S STORY, my new book about pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian, the first patient we meet is eleven-month old Claudia, who also suffers from Tetralogy. Briefly, the cardiac problems common to this condition are;

  • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) A hole between the two ventricles of the heart. The hole is there in the womb but is meant to close shortly after birth.
  • Overriding Aorta – The vessel which carries oxygenated blood to the body is positioned improperly on the heart.
  • Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction – Blood flow from the heart to the lungs is severely restricted, and,
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy, meaning the right ventricle is dangerously enlarged because it is having to do too much work to pump blood.

The Kimmel’s son also had Pulmonary atresia, meaning the valve carrying blood from the right ventricle to the lungs for oxygen has not formed correctly and is restricting flow.

Jimmy and Molly went through every type of agony once they got their son’s diagnosis. And while the first surgery he had was successful, he’ll have to have at least two more.

When Dr. Guleserian puts the child on the heart-lung machine and goes to work on the heart, the first thing to do is see if the damage she can visualize is approximately what she saw on the patient’s echocardiogram. Imaging studies can only show so much, and often times things are tougher than the pictures will show. Young Kimmel’s main problem was likely the malformed pulmonary artery. For blood to flow properly to the lungs for oxygen, this valve has to be working well. Sometimes the valve doesn’t have the proper number of flaps and adjustments must be made for that.  The hole between the ventricles, necessary in utero to make sure the heart and lungs are not overworked, must be closed, often with tissue taken from the pericardium, the sac that surrounds the heart.

Now, keep this last part in mind. Dr. Guleserian, and the surgeon who worked on young Mr. Kimmel, are working on hearts approximately the size of a walnut. The pulmonary valve, when transected, may be about the diameter of a green pea. This is why pediatric cardiothoracic surgery is generally considered the toughest of all surgical disciplines.

Jimmy and Molly were very luck to access to a world-class surgeon for their son’s surgery.

Click here to find out more about what it’s like inside the OR during pediatric heart surgery, I direct you to the book Dr. Guleserian and I wrote, SURGEON’S STORY. Just as Jimmy Kimmel was last night, you’ll be speechless at the incredible talent these surgeons have.

Back to my Old Stomping Grounds

Click here to listen to an interview I did this week with Jody Dean for KLUV-FM in Dallas, the last radio station I worked at in my sports career.


Pulmonary Valve Implant a la Red Sox

How does dedicated Red Sox fan Dr. G know when she’s done a correct pulmonary valve implant? You guessed it. When the imaging shows a “B” that looks like it came off a Boston cap. (This is not of her own design. They always look like this!)

More such stories available now in SURGEON’S STORY, at Amazon.





On the Air With an Old Friend

Back to my old stomping grounds, CBS Radio in Dallas, for an interview with one of my long-time colleagues, Mitch Carr of Newsradio 1080 KRLD, discussing Surgeon’s Story. As you can tell, I don’t much like doing selfies.

Here’s the interview…

Mitch Carr with Surgeon’s Story author Mark Oristano

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First Publicity

The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, an Armenian-American publication located in Boston, was kind enough to give us our first big dose of publicity for Surgeon’s Story, which makes sense when you consider that Dr. Guleserian is of Armenian decent.

Here’s the link to the story,

A Different Heart Pioneer

We often talk about the pioneers of heart surgery — The people who developed artificial devices to improve surgical outcomes, etc. But we sometimes forget it isn’t just doctors, nurses and techs in the OR. There’s a human being lying on that operating table, and they can be just as pioneering.

Check out one such pioneer by clicking here!

Treatment of Congenital Heart Defects

If you haven’t been with us long, you may want to take a look at this excellent overview article on congenital heart defects and treatment.

Click to go to article.

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