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Ethics

June 30, 2022
Australian cardiothoracic surgeon Nikki Stamp recalls instances where she faced explicit discrimination for being a woman in the surgical field. She mentions the mistreatment of women in terms of job placement, work culture, and bullying. After years of dealing with pervasive sexism, she became an industry whistleblower.
June 23, 2022
A Columbia University cardiologist calls out a lack of diversity in respected medical journal editorial boards. His analysis demonstrates that as of October 2020, of fifty-one editorial board members at the New England Journal of Medicine, just one was Black and one was Hispanic, four were East Asian, and two were South Asian.
October 8, 2020
An unprecedented position piece signed by all editors of the NEJM condemning US political leadership for their response to the pandemic.
May 7, 2020
Access to pacemakers and defibrillators is problematic in places with limited resources. A multinational program was initiated in 1983 to provide tested and resterilized pacemakers and defibrillators to underserved nations; a prospective registry was established in 2003.
May 6, 2020
This article describes recommendations from the North American leadership in regards to the safe reintroduction of cardiovascular services during the COVID-19 pandemic including, but not limited to, ethical considerations, the importance of collaboration amongst public health officials and cardiovascular specialties, and protection of healthcare work
April 14, 2020
Guidance document for the triage of operations for thoracic malignancies produced by the Thoracic Outcomes Research Network. Their recommendations emphasize the importance of shared decision making, transparency and adherence to ethical principals. 
April 14, 2020
Guidance document to assist in decision making and triage of congenital cardiac surgical patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 13, 2020
Topical review on the epidemic in Britain, with a number of observations that relate to the cardiothoracic surgeons and all healthcare professionals: -The assertion that the National Health Service in Britain was overrun PRIOR to the pandemic. -The assertion that acute angina is now being undertreated.
March 25, 2020
A frank, eye opening discussion with specific recommendations about allocating scarce resources in a time of pandemic.
March 25, 2020
A thoughtful commentary about the need for a triage committee to determine the optimal allocation of ventilators in a time of competing needs, and how these determinations are best communicated to caregivers and families.

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