Departmental Highlights & News

Drs. Norman Shumway, left, and Donald C. Harrison meet the press after they perform the first adult human transplant in the United States in January 1968.

Stanford is able to leverage a series of "firsts," including the first heart transplant in the US, the first heart-lung transplant in the world, and one of the first left ventricular assist device (LVAD) procedures in the world. Stanford dominates the market in programs involving a high percentage of complex procedures. Several of Stanford's most successful cardiac programs have a broad geographical base, with over 20% of the volume for heart transplants, aorta and valve procedures coming from outside the Bay Area. Stanford also has a strong international cardiac market with cardiac patients representing more than 50% of overall international business. 

Dr. Bruce Reitz and his surgical team perform the world’s first successful combined adult human heart-lung transplant in 1981

Stanford Hospital Leads the West Coast in Utilization of Advanced Heart Transplant Technologies

Stanford University Medical Center became the first heart transplant center on the West Coast of the United States to adopt a new Cardiac Transport System (CTS) for standard-of-care in donor heart preservation and transport. The Stanford program has pioneered heart transplantation since they performed the first adult heart transplantation in the United States fifty years ago. Today, as one of the highest volume heart transplant programs in the nation, that tradition continues as they adopt new technologies to advance patient-centered care.

Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgery Department and "The Heart Center at Mercy Redding" Join Together to Transform Greater Redding, CA Heart Care

Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgery makes movement to advance heart care in the northern territory of California state, providing a comprehensive range of heart care services to the Mercy Medical Center Redding, in Redding, CA. The new partnership with Stanford Health Care and Mercy Medical Center Redding further advances the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Affiliate Hospital Program.  The combination of Mercy Medical Center Redding's more than 70 years of healthcare services and Stanford's leadership in academic medicine is expected to significantly advance healthcare in this region.

VA researchers study effects of smoking on therapeutic stem cells

Dr. Ngan Huang and Dr. Alex Chan, a postdoctoral research fellow at VA Palo Alto, are studying the effects of nicotine on therapeutic stem cells. The two co-authored a review article on the effects of nicotine on stem cell therapy that appeared online earlier this year in the journal Regenerative Medicine.   

(Photo by Adan Pulido)

Parenting in the COVID-19 Era: Work-Life Balance Turning into Whack-A-Mole

Ngan Huang discusses generational differences in parenting in the COVID-19 era.

Excerpt: "I definitely get the sense that, compared to the family structure in which I grew up, the structure we have established is more resilient during the COVID-19 crisis because of the blending of parental roles."

Drs. Leah Backhus and Natalie Lui Receive Dwight C. McGoon Awards

Dr. Leah Backhus was the 2019 recipient is the first woman to receive the award in fourteen years, the first African American recipient, and the first recipient from Stanford.

Dr. Natalie Lui is the 2020 recipient and is the second woman to receive the award in fourteen years.

Stanford is one of only two institutions to recieve this award twice.

Dr. Leah Backhus

Dr. Natalie Lui

Yuanjia Zhu recieves 2020 TSDA Benson R. Wilcox Award

The TSDA Benson R. Wilcox Award was established in 2010 to acknowledge the best scientific abstract submitted by a cardiothoracic surgery resident to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting. This annual award honors Dr. Wilcox’s many contributions to the TSDA and thoracic surgery education.

Dr. Zhu recieved the award for Bilateral versus Single Internal Mammary Artery Grafts for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in the United States – A Study of Over One Million Patients