Departmental Highlights & News
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. Ioannis Karakikes's paper featured in Nature
Karakikes and other researcher's findings suggest that the activation of the platelet-derived growth factor pathway contributes to the pathogenesis of Lamin A/C-related dilated cardiomyopathy and point to platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β as a potential therapeutic target.
Drs. Natalie Lui and Jeffrey Yang Receive Awards at the 2019 Western Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting
Dr. Lui received the 2019 Donald B. Doty Educational Award, the purpose of which is to foster innovative educational initiatives in cardiothoracic surgery by WTSA members, and provide an opportunity for the dissemination of this information to other training centers and academic institutions.
Dr. Yang received the Norman E. Shumway Award, which is awarded to the presenting author of the best podium presentation at the annual meeting.
Dr. Craig Miller recognized at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, receives AATS Scientific Achievement Award
This award is one of the highest scientific recognition awards given by AATS, and recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary scientific contributions to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
Bay Area sports personality and former Golden State Warrior Tom Tolbert suffered an aortic dissection in 2017. The documentary shows how Stanford Hospital treated the life-threatening tear near his heart. Dr. Joseph Woo, Chair of the Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Jason Lee, Director of Endovascular Surgery, and Dr. David Liang, professor of cardiovascular medicine, are interviewed for the story.
The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) has announced 24 new grants totaling $916,500 in support of research and education programs in cardiothoracic surgery. These grants will help advance treatment options for patients with heart and lung diseases and offer much-needed assistance to underserved patients in developing countries, including Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Dr. Leah Backhus chosen for Thoracic Surgery Residents' Association's 2019 McGoon Teaching Award
The Dr. Dwight C. McGoon Award is an award given annually by the TSRA to an outstanding young faculty member in cardiothoracic surgery in recognition of his or her commitment to resident education and mentorship. Each year, cardiothoracic surgery residents in North America are eligible to nominate a faculty member within the first ten years of their attendingship who has demonstrated a remarkable interest in resident training -- inside or outside of the operating room.