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The authors present the case of a totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement using an automated suturing device (the RAM® and SEW-EASY® device) which facilitates minimally invasive valve surgery.
October 6, 2009
When asked to describe my life, I often reply, “It is organized chaos.” I have a very full life including an academic cardiac surgery clinical practice and a busy family life including a spouse who is an otolaryngologist, a 7-year-old son, and a 3-year-old daughter.
September 9, 2009
This video was filmed from the perspective of a medical student investigating a career in cardiothoracic surgery.
July 28, 2009
Even the most talented musical virtuoso would not play a piece in public without practicing. Yet we ask residents to perform the operative equivalent of a virtuoso performance only after essentially a brief glance at the sheet music.
July 21, 2009
This video shows a left lower lobe sleeve resection (reimplantation of the left upper lobe bronchus into the left mainstem bronchus) for a carcinoid tumor in the left lower lobe bronchus.
July 15, 2009
Cardiothoracic surgery is undergoing a period of sweeping change. Our specialty was born out of the surgical treatment of tuberculosis and reached a "tipping point" near the half-way mark of last century.
July 15, 2009
"If given the option when choosing a cardiothoracic residency, should one choose a two-year program or a three-year program?"
June 21, 2009
Arterial grafts remain the conduit of choice for most coronary surgeons. However, saphenous vein grafts are the most commonly used conduits. Endoscopic vein harvest (EVH) has become the procedure of choice in harvesting saphenous veins for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
June 18, 2009
A case of a 6-month-old female with stridor, dysphagia and bronchiolitis. Subsequent transthoracic echocardiography confirmed a double aortic with complete vascular ring with a dominant right arch, smaller anterior left and a Kommerell’s diverticulum connected to a ductal remnant. This video shows division of the ring through a left thoracotomy with a successful outcome.
June 15, 2009
This video shows the main surgical aspects of the Bentall-De Bono procedure with a new biological composite conduit. This is the case of a 76-year-old man with ascending aorta aneurysm and aortic valve cusp calcification. The composite conduit utilized for aortic root and aortic valve replacement is a prefabricated biological valve, called BioValsalva.

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