Have you ever wondered what goes into a heart transplant?
D Magazine reporter Matt Goodman spent months behind the scenes, comprehensively documenting the growing heart transplant program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, for How to Perform a Heart Transplant.
Beginning in October of 2015, Goodman shadowed Shelley Hall, MD, FACC, chief of transplant cardiology and mechanical circulatory support/heart failure at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas as well as Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD, chief of heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support and chief of cardiac services at Baylor University Medical Center.
Goodman captured the thought process behind the work and decisions that are made by members of the heart transplant team each day.
“The one thing I love about transplant is that it’s an art. There’s clearly a lot of science there, but the magic is the art of it,” Hall says. “How many risk factors do you accept? It depends on the donor and the recipient and the individual situation. That’s what Gonzo and I are so in sync with. We have that same philosophy. I thought I was aggressive and proactive about getting donors until he came.”
Dr. Shelley Hall, as quoted by D Magazine.
Dr. Hall and Dr. Gonzalez-Stawinski are a dynamic duo who are taking an aggressive approach to building the Baylor Scott & White Health cardiovascular program. They’re building an infrastructure with one goal: saving lives.
“The fact that they’re pushing the envelope and challenging some of the conventional wisdom that you shouldn’t take a heart that’s this old or has this much ischemia time or whatever little issues you’re thinking about, I think they should be commended,” says Snyder, who is also a former president of the Dallas County Medical Society. “This is what we should be doing in medicine.”
Via D Magazine.
The Baylor University Medical Center team transplanted 102 hearts in 2014 and continues to be one of the largest heart transplant centers in the country.
Get a peek into the real life heart break, decision making, science and miracles that make up the groundbreaking heart transplantation program.
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