Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Children’s National Health System
86th AATS President (2005-2006)
Former Professor and Chair, Dept. of Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine
72th AATS President (1991-1992)
Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
89th AATS President (2008-2009)
Of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, ischemic heart disease (IHD) and strokeaccounted for a combined 15 million deaths. Of these two, IHD is the single largest cause of death worldwide, causing 7,249,000 deaths in 2008 or 12.7% of total global mortality. Eighty percent of those were from poor and middle-income countries.
Humanitarian cardiac surgeon Dr. Emily A. Farkas is committed to giving back. Not only is she one of the 3% of board-certified cardiac surgeons who are women, but she is a role model for a younger set of surgeons who chose to give back by serving as a global humanitarian volunteer.
Chief, Division of General Thoracic Surgery the Director of the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, TX94th
AATS President (2013-2014)
Topics: CABG Surgery
If you’ve ever played a game of telephone, you know how easy it is for a single message to be misinterpreted. The difference between miscommunication in a children’s game versus your dialysis clinic is the potential for patient harm. In fact, failures of communication are the reason for 70% of 2455 sentinel events, with 75% of those events resulting in patient death.
Topics: patient communication