James L. Cox was born in 1942 in Fair Oaks, Arkansas, into a family of rice farmers. A baseball scholarship at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) provided his first pathway to higher education. Upon graduation he returned to his parents’ farm. Dr. Cox recalls driving the family’s truck one day laying down gravel when he went back to the house for lunch, his mother greeted him with a letter saying that he had been accepted at the University of Tennessee Medical School. Then his father came out to say that a scout from the Los Angeles Dodgers had stopped by to make a final offer. Knowing from the time he was 16 that he wanted to become a doctor, he accepted the first offer.
The term “academic surgeon" generally refers to a medical school’s department of surgery faculty member. Dr. Fred A. Crawford Jr., Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, calls academic surgeons “triple threat” surgeons who operate, teach and also do research. He prefers to use the term “scholarship” instead of research as one of the triple threats because research generally connotes laboratory research and might not include other scientific endeavors such as analysis of clinical outcomes.
Topics: cardiothoracic surgery
Although Baylor College of Medicine is now a preeminent center for cardiothoracic surgery, it is a relatively young institution — less than 75 years old — and its beginnings were inauspicious. It opened in 1946 after President Franklin Roosevelt, in 1944, approved the purchase of 118 acres from the Hermann estate for the construction of a 1,000-bed naval hospital in Houston. The hospital, later renamed the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, became a teaching facility for the Baylor College of Medicine.
"I’m doing something that helps save lives. That makes all the difference." —Nikolai Krivitski, PhD, DSc
Hemodialysis pioneer Nikolai Krivistki, PhD, DSc, recently related how he came to leave Russia to come to America a quarter century ago. Not long after joining Transonic in 1992, Nikolai realized during an “aha moment,” that by combining saline indicator dilution technology with transit-time ultrasound and reversing the hemodialysis blood lines to create recirculation, vascular access flow could be measured directly. His realization revolutionized hemodialysis surveillance. Within a few short years, ultrasound dilution technology with the hemodialysis monitor was the recognized gold standard for measuring vascular access flow.
Delos Marshall "Toby" Cosgrove was born in 1940 in Watertown, New York. His father was a lawyer and his mother, a flamboyant “Auntie Mame”-type character. Both imbued in their son the need to contribute. After seeing photographs of surgery in a neighbor’s cottage on Lake Ontario, an 8-year-old Cosgrove decided that he wanted to become a surgeon.
A born and bred Houstonian, Dr. Joseph S. Coselli graduated from a Jesuit high school in Houston and headed for Notre Dame University intent on following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a lawyer. That plan changed during the summer between the freshman and sophomore years at college when he had the opportunity to work for Dr. Denton Cooley as part of his “pump” team. There, in the early glory days of cardiothoracic surgery when surgeons were performing as many as 25 to 30 “on pump” cases a day, it just clicked and he knew what he wanted to become — a cardiothoracic surgeon.
As a kidney care professional, you likely have a lot on your plate. You may be wondering:
Dr. Joel D. Cooper, M.D. was born in Charleston, West Virginia, into a family of rabbis. Both his father and grandfather had been rabbis. Ever since he was a boy he liked to experiment with gadgets and set off trying to make explosives when he got his first chemistry set. His mother once told him that he would have been happy being a mechanic, but she was happy he became a doctor.
Born in San Francisco in 1937, Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn came into a family where his businessman father imbued him with a strong work ethic while his concert pianist mother made it known that she had high expectations for her children.
When Cohn was 12 years old, he went to work part-time for his father and continued until he was 24 years old. He recalled spending hot summers unloading railroad cars of sheetrock with often illiterate workers of many ethnicities and religions. That life experience was invaluable because it taught him how to communicate with all kinds of people from every walk of life.