Heart of Steel: The Quest to Engineer the Heart
with Jacob Abraham, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Heart Disease, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
In 1982, a Seattle dentist made medical history. Barney Clark was dying from end-stage heart failure. He had only one option for survival -- to replace his entire heart with a mechanical heart pump. Although he never left the hospital, he survived 112 days and proved the possibility of survival with a heart of steel.
In the ensuing decades, thousands of patients with heart failure have undergone surgery to insert various machines to assist their weakened hearts. Such heart assist devices have now become a mainstream treatment option. In this talk, Dr. Abraham will examine the amazing organ that is the native heart; the extremes of cardiac function (fitness and failure); and the attempts of modern medicine to re-engineer this sublime engine.Dr. Abraham
is a cardiologist with the Providence St. Vincent Heart Clinic, the medical director of the Center for Advanced Heart Disease
, and adjunct professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
He is board certified in cardiovascular medicine, nuclear cardiology, and internal medicine. His specialties include heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary hypertension. He earned his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College and completed his medical degree, residency and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Johns Hopkins.
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