During the 2023 59th Annual STS Meeting, Professor Marc Gerdisch, Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the Franciscan Health Heart Center, was kind enough to sit down with CTSNet Associate Editor Jill Ley to share insight into his contribution to the meeting's Contemporary Perioperative Management program.
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February 23, 2005
The vast majority of medical students love their surgical rotation because they get to see inside the magical world of a living body. They finally get to walk through forbidding doors that are labelled with signs that read “Surgical Personnel Only” or “Do Not Enter – Restricted Area.”
January 11, 2005
I have been asked to write an “Opinion Piece” for this section of CTSNet especially addressing my thoughts and philosophy regarding a career in cardiothoracic surgery. After cogitating over this assignment for some time, I felt that I could not improve over the thoughts that I put forth in a letter to my son as he was embarking upon a career in medicine at The Royal College of Surgeons.
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 11, 2004
When a student completes medical school and reflects on his or her future, that student must make a critical decision about whether to pursue a career as a primary care physician or a specialist.
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.
August 27, 2004
In 1995 Hal Urschel, MD, past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, served as the Schuster Visiting Professor at The Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During that visit he delivered Surgical Grand Rounds, and his address was entitled "Let's Bring the Magic Back". His remarks were insightful and stimulating, and they are pertinent to many of the issues facing the profession of Cardiothoracic Surgery today. We are pleased to reproduce them on CTSNet.
June 1, 2004
I believe this is the perfect time to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. I envy those who will have the privelege of practicing cardiothoracic surgery in the 21st century.
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.