Surgical Steps In Heart Transplantation

Orthotopic heart transplantations (OHTs) are some of my favorite procedures as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist! After establishing general endotracheal anesthesia (GETA) with standard monitors, an arterial line, a central line (often with pulmonary artery catheter),...

Texas Jurisprudence Exam

When I applied for my Massachusetts medical licensure, I never had to take a jurisprudence (JP) exam; however, Texas requires passing this exam with a score of 75 or better in three attempts. Fortunately,...

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) 2018 Heart Transplant Listing Guidelines Revision

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a non-profit organization that oversees national transplant waiting lists, collects data about every organ transplant that occurs in the United States, promotes awareness about the importance...

Anesthesia For Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The overwhelming majority of anesthetics I provide for transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) are monitored anesthesia care (MAC) - sedation with an anesthesiologist that can escalate the anesthetic. Typically, patients undergoing TAVR are older...

Ozaki Procedure – Autologous Pericardial Aortic Valve

In my first year of anesthesiology residency, I had the opportunity to do a very unique aortic valve replacement (AVR) case for aortic stenosis - the Ozaki repair performed by Dr. Ozaki himself! This...

Critical Care Ultrasound CCEeXAM Format and Impressions

My ICU colleagues and I walked into yesterday's first-ever administered critical care ultrasound certification examination without much insight about the exam itself except for a very generic content outline. Here are my reflection/impressions of...

Society Of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Abstract Submission

As part of my cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship, we are required to submit an abstract to present at the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists annual meeting. This will be in May 2019 in Chicago! With my critical...

Board Certified In Critical Care Medicine!

Earlier this morning, I was notified that I passed my critical care board examination and am now officially board certified in critical care medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology! Two board certifications down... one...

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