Thoracic Surgery is changing rapidly and will not be what it once was ever again, but it remains a vibrant field with many challenges and one where the ability to change lives and hold a position of respect within ones community and peers has never been greater.
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June 26, 2005
A 72 year old white male presented with a complaint of recent onset of upper mid-back pain. He states that the pain starts in his chest and radiates to his upper back, and that the symptoms have been relatively constant for the last several weeks.
June 7, 2005
I rarely sit down and reflect on the joys and value that a career in cardiothoracic surgery brings to my life. I seem instead to be thinking about what I’m doing.
May 25, 2005
A 52-year-old man presented to the emergency department with complaints of hemoptysis for two days (1/2 to 1 cup of bright blood). At the time of admission, the patient reported a two-day history of fever (102o F) and chills, but denied weight loss or night sweats.
May 22, 2005
This video demonstrates an orthotopic heart transplantation.
March 17, 2005
By Sorin V. Pusca, MD, Barry C. Esrig, MD, Preet M.S. Randhawa, MD, Dusan Knezevic, MD , and Muhamed Saric, MD
February 23, 2005
The vast majority of medical students love their surgical rotation because they get to see inside the magical world of a living body. They finally get to walk through forbidding doors that are labelled with signs that read “Surgical Personnel Only” or “Do Not Enter – Restricted Area.”
January 11, 2005
I have been asked to write an “Opinion Piece” for this section of CTSNet especially addressing my thoughts and philosophy regarding a career in cardiothoracic surgery. After cogitating over this assignment for some time, I felt that I could not improve over the thoughts that I put forth in a letter to my son as he was embarking upon a career in medicine at The Royal College of Surgeons.
December 8, 2004
After Sept 11, 2001, the world rallied around the USA. A common opinion was that the act of terrorism had been defeated by giving the world a cause around which to unite. In spite of the devastation in New York, the situation worldwide looked hopeful in many respects.
November 11, 2004
Many successful businesses worry about the quality of the goods and services they produce for a variety of practical and ethical reasons including competition, increased consumer awareness, and fear of government regulation or liability litigation. Industries sensitive to these issues not only expend resources to improve the quality of their output, but they also market their efforts to the public.