Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater

Date: Jun. 18, 2013 Time: 7-9pm Located at: Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Who is this for: 21+ (or minor with adult) Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater

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.

Science Pub-Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! 
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!
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