Tuesday, March 25, 2008

EPISODE45 -UPMC Heart, Lung and Esphogeal Institute, Chief Cardiac Surgeon

Cardiac Surgeon, Kenton J. Zehr, M.D. Specialist in Cardiac Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

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From UPMC.com

Experts at the Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery Institute (HLESI) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are dedicated to caring for patients with diseases and disorders of the heart, lungs, and esophagus by using the latest diagnostic, surgical, and medical techniques available. HLESI surgeons are at the forefront of developing new minimally invasive surgical techniques and they share their expertise with surgeons from across the nation and around the world through special training conferences, which utilize UPMC’s state-of-the-art laparoscopic operating rooms.

Guest: Renowned Mayo Clinic Cardiac Surgeon, Kenton J. Zehr, M.D.
Specialist in Cardiac Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Kenton J. Zehr, M.D., an internationally renowned cardiac surgeon, is the chief of the division of cardiac surgery and professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and associate director of the Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Dr. Zehr specializes in mitral and aortic valve repair, aortic root reconstruction, thoracic aneurysm surgery and left ventricular assist device therapy for advanced heart failure. His research interests include development of cardiac surgical devices to improve minimally invasive techniques, and he has co-developed techniques for sutureless anastomoses and percutaneous mitral valve repair.
Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Zehr was a cardiovascular surgeon on faculty at the Mayo Clinic and an associate professor at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn.

New Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches Towards Valvular Application

Show notes from host

Minimally invasive espophogeal and heart surgery

Heart, Lund and Esophageal Surgery Institute started by Dr. Lukatich
James D. Luketich, M.D., is professor of surgery and chief of the division of thoracic & foregut surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also is co--director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon C. Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery and co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute's Lung Cancer Center.

Prior to joining UPMC in 1995, he was a senior instructor in surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has held academic appointments and positions at Cornell University Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Subspecialty clinics: UPMC goal to be ultimate source for non bread and butter sugeries such as Aortic surgery and Anurism surgery

Aortic Surgeon: Dr. Thomas Gleason

Dr. Gleason specializes in the repair of thoracic aortic diseases including aneurysms, dissections, traumatic injuries and heritable disorders such as bicuspid aortic valve and Marfan syndrome. His surgical expertise spans thoracic aortic reconstructions, endovascular stent-grafting, valve-sparing root replacement, aortic and mitral valve repair, off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery andsurgery for atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Michael Siegenthaler—and Dr. Robert Komos: Endo Vascular stinting anurisms—two day rather than two week stay for surgeries

UPMC has begun a study using an investigational cardiac device, the VentrAssist™ Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAD) to see whether it can be used safely and effectively in patients with end-stage heart failure.
Mar Fans Syndrome—Thoracic, aortic disease, normally risky surgery but elective surgery brings mortality rate down

Arythmic surgery such as Wolf Parkinson White and Atrial fibrulation: UPMC has developed maze procedure rather than oblation, cuts blockages from filling chambers, eradicates fibrulations so that patients can get off blood thinners

Director for Cardiac research Kamuran Kadipasaoglu

Dr. Kadipasaoglu specializes in the development of artificial cardiac prostheses and methods of mechanical cardiac support. In addition to continuing his research, he will teach and advise bioengineering students at the University of Pittsburgh and oversee cardiac research at HLESI.bionic engineer,

Dr. Giovani Speziali—tip of the heart surgery on beating heart
Still use heart lung machine but do not stop heart during surgery , useful in mitral valve prolapse, developed way to attach gortex cords while heart is still beating

Benefits: decreased morbidity

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