Heart on the Holodeck

It’s not exactly Captain Picard spending an afternoon on the Holodeck aboard the Enterprise.  It’s much cooler.

A company in Israel called RealView has developed a 3D holographic projection which shows the inner mechanics and working of the heart.  The attached YouTube video is a promotional one, for sure, but it is very interesting.  And it’s surely the wave of the future.

Comprehensive Look at Congenital Heart Problems

Here’s a good piece from the Las Vegas Sun that does an excellent job of detailing the different kinds of congenital heart problems surgeons like Dr. G deal with every day.  Click here.

“House” Creator Helping Hearts

If you ever watched the intense medical drama HOUSE, starring Hugh Laurie, you know it was a tough, egotistical ride each week with the doctor who could crack the toughest cases.  Well, it turns out the guy who created HOUSE is still working in the medical world, helping kids with heart problems.  Click here to learn more.

Great Work in Miami

One of my favorite athletes, the great Jack Nicklaus, and his wife Barbara, have been major donors to excellent pediatric hospital in Miami which now bears both their names.  Here’s a story about a recent heart surgery advancement coming out of Nicklaus Children’s.  Click here.

Another Heart Warmer – Pun Intended

Stories like these happen all the time, at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and at heart hospitals around the country.  Around this time of year, you can’t read too many of them.

Click here to have the cockles of your heart warmed a little.

There’s a First Time for Everything

Kris Guleserian sews hearts for a living.  As a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, she handles the most complex cases, which demand a degree of dexterity unimaginable for most.  However, like everything in life, there was a first time…

Early on, in my internship, I was in the plastic surgery room when the surgeon, Dr. Tom Yoo, handed me the needle driver to do a subcuticular skin closure, and I had never put a stitch in a single person before. This was one of my first rotations, and I thought, “God, I don’t know if I can do this. I’m supposed to be a surgeon, and what if I can’t even put a skin stitch in?” This wasn’t like regular stitches, like the railroad-track ones. This was a plastic surgery case. This is on some woman’s face, you know, and I was thinking, “God, I can’t screw this up.”  I didn’t.

And if you’d like to see how it’s done, here’s a medical school YouTube video…