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In My Opinion

September 25, 2015
Kathleen Fenton shares her experiences with cardiothoracic surgery medical missions.
May 8, 2015
Cardiac surgery is at a crossroad. It is the responsibility of the larger cardiac surgical fraternity to reignite the passion shown by the pioneers and succeeding generations of cardiothoracic surgeons.
July 15, 2005
Live telecasts of surgery are on a dramatic rise. We are spammed daily with invitations to peer over the shoulders of master technicians, to learn nuances of operative technique and, in some, to even ask questions during the procedure.
December 8, 2004
After Sept 11, 2001, the world rallied around the USA. A common opinion was that the act of terrorism had been defeated by giving the world a cause around which to unite. In spite of the devastation in New York, the situation worldwide looked hopeful in many respects.
November 11, 2004
Many successful businesses worry about the quality of the goods and services they produce for a variety of practical and ethical reasons including competition, increased consumer awareness, and fear of government regulation or liability litigation. Industries sensitive to these issues not only expend resources to improve the quality of their output, but they also market their efforts to the public.
October 4, 2004
The medical community should be profoundly disappointed, but not surprised, that the recent cloning of a human cell for stem cell research was accomplished in South Korea. Disappointed, because the U.S. is intentionally taking a back seat in a therapeutically vital field of research.
September 3, 2004
While the number of operations performed by our specialty in the USA is diminishing, the number of residents being trained for our specialty remains fairly constant. The supply of cardiothoracic surgeons, in my view, needs to be brought into balance with the demand for our services.
May 27, 2004
Access to cardiac care remains disproportionate and diverse. About 80% of activist cardiac care, including cardiac surgery and/or catheter-based procedures, are available to 9% of the world population in North America and Western Europe.
March 30, 2004
A lot has been said recently on the decreasing quality and rising cost of education. So far it seems that the remedies offered have neither lowered the costs nor have they increased the level of quality.
March 25, 2004
We all know the monumental contribution of Alain Carpentier to the understanding of the pathology of the mitral valve, its function and therapeutic implications. There were also a number of surgeons who have expanded on the original idea (Duran, Cosgrove and others) and made contributions in this field. We know today unequivocally the superiority of mitral valve repair over replacement.