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~ ISHLT Members in the News ~


Kumud Dhital
St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

'Heart in a box' machine revolutionary for transplants
A machine which can house a beating human heart has revolutionised heart transplants at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital. The device is expected to increase the rate of heart and lung transplants by 50 per cent, providing a miraculous gift for patients given a second chance at life. The technology allows a much broader range of donor hearts to be retrieved. "It means everything, if I didn't have that machine I wouldn't be here," heart transplant patient Coral said. "It's like a little intensive care and incubator, if you will, for the heart to be assessed and monitored and worked on and resuscitated," Heart Surgeon Kumud Dhital said. Read full article →


Haissam Haddad
University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

30 Years of Heart Transplants in Ottawa: Hundreds of Lives Saved
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute, its entire team, and the hundreds of transplant patients are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its heart transplant program, initiated by the legendary Dr. Wilbert Keon. "Something extraordinary happens at the Heart Institute every time a heart makes its way to our hospital. We give second chances at life to our heart transplant patients and their families. I wish to commend the remarkable leadership of Dr. Marc Ruel, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Haissam Haddad, Medical Director of our transplant program, and Ms. Jaqueline Grenon, the program coordinator who get those hearts to the Institute. Their entire teams, from all spheres of the medical world, are truly achieving miracles on a daily basis," said Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO of the Heart Institute. Read full article →


Deborah Budge
Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah

The Waiting Game
Deborah Budge won't tell you what's on her grocery list or what her deepest fears are. She won't talk about her favorite memory or her personal life. No, Budge does not wear her heart on her sleeve. And her sleeves themselves are covered by the polyester-blend white lab coat she wears every day to work as a cardiologist at Murray's Intermountain Heart Institute. What Budge will talk about is her devotion to her job and her belief in its importance. The 37-year-old, who joined the staff of Intermountain Medical Center in 2009, has been part of more than 200 heart transplants during her training and career. For Budge, these numbers are what make up her life. They represent her accomplishments and failures. "To me, there's nothing greater than to take somebody that has heart failure to such a degree that they're incredibly limited and have a short life expectancy and to be able to give them a completely new life," she says. Read full article →

Dan Dilling
Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois

Loyola Performs Five Lung Transplants in 24 Hours
It was a record-breaking day at Loyola University Medical Center where five lung transplants were performed over a 25 hour period. It took place on May 8th and 9th and one of the operations included a double-lung transplant. No other Illinois medical center has performed that many lung transplants in such a short time. Doctors there say it was an amazing day. It's unclear if the five lung transplants sets a U.S. record but to give a little perspective, United Network for Organ Sharing officials say there are an average of five lung transplants performed every day across the entire country. Read full article →

Scott Lick
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

UA Medical Center restarts heart transplant program
The University of Arizona Medical Center has reactivated its renowned heart transplant program. The program had been on hiatus since December. The hospital recently recruited Dr. Scott D. Lick to head the heart transplant program, and Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer to head the UA's Sarver Heart Center and the division of cardiology. Lick, who began his job April 1, specializes in adult heart surgery, heart and lung transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. He has 20 years experience in cardiac surgery and heart and lung transplantation. He is also a researcher, and studies artificial lung development. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1987 and completed his internship and general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery residency at the UA. Read full article →

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