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ISHLT Members in the News


Robert G. Weintraub, FRACP, FACC
Royal Children's Hospital
Melbourne, Australia

Heart muscle disease research reveals children at greatest risk

theInformationDaily.com, 3 Sept 2013

Key risk factors such as young age and lower weight will be able to predict which children with heart muscle disease—the most common cause of sudden death in young people—are at greatest risk of death or need for heart transplant, US scientists have revealed in the Lancet. Read full article →


Terrence M. Yau, MD, MSc
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada

Surgeon operates on hearts of mom, son in the same week

theStar.com, 25 Sept 2013

Jason Truong lay in a bed at Toronto General Hospital clinging to life, fighting for the strength necessary for a heart transplant. The 38-year-old Scarborough man, had just undergone cardiac surgery, was fighting a bacterial infection and his lungs had failed. He was at death's door, so sick that he was removed from the transplant list. Read full article →


Paul Ramesh Thangaraj, MD
Apollo Hospital Chennai
Chennai, India

Rare genetic lung condition treated

Deccan Chronicle, 9 Sept 2013

A blind schoolteacher from Andhra Pradesh, who was suffering from a rare genetic condition called the Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS), underwent a successful double-lung transplantation at the Apollo Hospitals here. The double-lung transplantation for this genetic condition is the first case in India and second in the world. The first successful transplant was done in the US in 2005, said Dr Paul Ramesh Thangaraj, senior consultant cardiothoracic and transplant surgeon at Apollo Hospitals. Read full article →


Mordechai R Kramer, MD
Rabin Medical Center Belinson
Putsch Tikva, Israel

Man who had lung transplant to blow shofar for first time in 40 years

The Jerusalem Post, 11 Sept 2013

57-year-old man who used to blow the shofar in his synagogue until he was 17 years old, when he suffered serious lung damage in a prank played on him, succeeded this week to blow the ram's horn again for the first time. It was made possible after rehabilitation at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson campus in Petah Tikva, where a new lung disease center was dedicated recently. Read full article →


Steven SL Tsui, MD, FRCS
Papworth Hospital NHS Trust
Cambridge, United Kingdom

UK's 1st SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Patient Bridged to Transplant at Papworth Hospital

virtual-strategy.com, 10 Sept 2013

SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that Matthew Green, the UK's 1st patient to be discharged with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, has been successfully bridged to transplant after almost two years of support. Green, his wife and their 7-year-old son celebrated his new beginning with a holiday. Read full article →


Kalpaj R Parekh, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, IA, USA

Lung transplantees walk on air with their U of I docs

Des Moines Register, 29 Sept 2013

As participants arrived Saturday morning at Principal Park in Des Moines for the American Lung Association's annual Fight for Air one-mile and five-kilometer walk, many introduced themselves not by name, but by number. "I'm number six," said Pete Wilgenbusch of St. Charles. "You look good. I'm 83," said Don Reed of Bettendorf as the men shook hands. Their numbers were the order in which they underwent lung transplants at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' lung transplant program. Read full article →

Richard Ha, MD
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, USA

Stanford Hospital now offers total artificial heart

abcLocal.go.com, 24 Sept 2013

A new program at Stanford Hospital is helping to keep the most at-risk heart patients alive while they wait for a transplant. It not only offers them a bridge to life, but a surprising amount of freedom as well. Chess coach Van French attacks the game with both intelligence and heart. "It's equivalent to what an athlete would feel. When you know you have your opponent on the ropes in boxing, that is chess as well," he says. Read full article →

Marie M Budev, DO, MPH
The Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA

Nurses surprise lung transplant patient and his fiancee with a hospital wedding after the couple was forced to call off nuptials when donor became available

theDailyMail.co.uk, 25 Sept 2013

Nurses at a Cleveland hospital have surprised a lung transplant patient and his fiancee by organizing them a wedding—a month after the couple was forced to cancel their nuptials when a donor became available. Doug Smith, a police officer with life-threatening pulmonary fibrosis, was just a week from marrying girlfriend Susan when they got the call that the hospital had a lung for him. Read full article →

Alanna A Morris, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA, USA

Women on Heart Transplant List Need Better Care

Medpage Today, 26 Sept 2013

Women heart failure patients who are candidates for a transplant have a higher risk of death and morbidity at 1 year than men, researchers found. After adjusting for age, race/ethnicity, ABO blood group, BMI, diabetes, glomerular filtration rate, pulmonary wedge pressure, inotropes, and support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or intra-aortic balloon pumps, women had a 10% greater likelihood of being removed from the wait list at 1 year because of death or comorbidities (95% CI 1.01-1.20, P=0.026), according to Alanna A. Morris, MD, of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and colleagues. Read full article →

Sanjeev Aggarwal, MD
Mid America Heart Institute
Kansas City, MO, USA

Sunshine Heart Implants First Patient in COUNTER HF US Pivotal Trial

benzinga.com, 12 Sept 2013

Sunshine Heart, Inc. announced today the first patient implant in the Company's U.S. pivotal trial, COUNTER HF. The COUNTER HF study is a prospective, randomized, multi-center, controlled trial that will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the C-Pulse system for the treatment of NYHA Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure. Integral to the COUNTER HF study is the assessment of C-Pulse's unique balloon counterpulsation treatment designed to improve heart function and reduce re-hospitalizations due to worsening heart failure. Read full article →

Asghar Khaghani, MD, FRCS
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Theodore J Boeve, MD and Tomasz A. Timek, MD
West Michigan CT Surgeons Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Spectrum performs state's 15th combined heart, lung transplant

Midland Daily News, 18 Sept 2013

Spectrum Health said last week that its surgeons performed the first combined heart and lung transplant in West Michigan and the first in the state in 14 years on Aug. 23 at the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center. Jeffery Sargent, 56, of Rockford, emerged from surgery that morning and is in good condition. Read full article →

O Howard Frazier, MD, FACS, FACC
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX, USA

St. Luke's heart patient releases acoustic guitar album

YourHoustonNews.com, 6 Sept 2013

Widely known as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world, Pete Huttlinger has finally released his highly anticipated, 15-track album that he began working on in 2006. He credits St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC) in Houston and the Texas Heart® Institute for giving him the opportunity to finish what he started. Read full article →

H Todd Massey, MD
Strong Memorial Hospital
Rochester, NY, USA

Gift of life given to Wheatfield man

Niagara Frontier Publications, 6 Sept 2013

Tim Synor considers himself a lucky man. He is recovering from a heart transplant received at the University of Rochester Medical Center and recently returned to his wife, toddler son and infant daughter in Wheatfield. "I am so grateful to the donor and their family and the doctors and nurses who cared for me. I am also incredibly thankful for all of the support that my family and I received during my illness. I have a new lease on life now. I feel better than I've felt in a long time and am excited to resume my life with my family," said Synor, 46. Read full article →

Jondavid Menteer, MD
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Long Beach Baby With Deadly Heart Condition Receives Transplant

CBS Los Angeles, 6 Sept 2013

A Long Beach baby who was born with a deadly heart condition has received the gift of life. Last week, KCAL9's Kristine Lazar told the story of Brooklyn Ledesma, who was entering her eighth month on the heart transplant list after she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. A machine, called the Berlin Heart, was keeping her alive. On Monday, the day Brooklyn turned 10 months old, her mother, Miriam, got a call that a heart was available. Read full article →

Thomas C Wozniak, MD
Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital
Indianapolis, IN, USA

New System Gives Hospitals More Time For Lung Transplants

IndianaPublicMedia.org, 9 Sept 2013

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital is one of seven centers in the country that is now using the XVIVO Lung Perfusion System. The system allows surgical teams to take somewhat marginal lungs, place them on the machine to study them and then perform interventions to improve the lung so it's usable for transplant. The first surgery was performed six weeks ago on a patient who had end-stage lung disease. It was the first one in the state using XVIVO technology. Surgical Program Director Dr. Thomas Wozniak says this means an increased availability of lungs for patients on transplant waiting lists. Read full article →

Abbas Ardehali, MD
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA, USA

TransMedics keeps donor hearts beating en route to transplant patients

america.aljazeera.com/, 8 Sept 2013

In 1967, doctors in a South African hospital performed the very first successful human heart transplant. Now approximately 5,000 heart transplants are performed worldwide each year. At 2,000 transplants a year, U.S. surgeons handle the the bulk of those procedures. Heart surgery has become more efficient and fairly routine over time, but one aspect of the organ transplant process hasn't changed since that first operation: Transport. Read full article →

Navin Rajagopalan, MD and Charles W. Hoopes, MD
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, USA

Heart-lung transplant can't keep longtime middle school teacher out of the classroom

kyforward.com, 9 Sept 2013

After 34 years in the classroom, many schoolteachers might be looking to move on to new things. Not David Morrow. The 57-year-old science and language arts teacher at East Washington Middle School in Pekin, Ind., is now in his 35th year of teaching and still going strong. That alone is impressive enough. Even more impressive? The fact that Morrow is back in his classroom today after undergoing a combined heart and kidney transplant at UK Chandler Hospital last November. Read full article →

David D'Alessandro, MD and Jacqueline Lamour, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center
New York, NY, USA

Montefiore Medical Center Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery: A Heart Transplant Team for All Ages

MDNews, 3 Sept 2013

Each year, multiple cases bring the pediatric and adult branches of the cardiac medicine program together in practiced harmony. The story began with a string of referrals. Daniel Blanco, a 17-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic, was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy due, his family believed, to a viral infection he contracted when he was a toddler. Upon hearing of the case from physicians in the boy's home country, Mario Garcia, MD, Chief of Cardiology at Montefiore, recommended the patient come to New York for advanced treatment. Read full article →

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