Tales of workplace sexual harassment and inappropriate interview questions within cardiology hint that the halls of medicine have their own secrets.... Read MoreSurgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Utah Health. We are proud to represent a legacy that includes one of the first open heart operations in the country in 1956, the first implantation of the total artificial heart for destination therapy in 1981, and to our current groundbreaking approaches to innovative surgical and translational approaches for treating the failing heart.
Our mission is to provide all of our patients and their families with the highest quality and valued care through outstanding surgical results as well as comprehensive and compassionate care, to educate the next generation of thoughtful and talented cardiothoracic surgeons, and to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiac and thoracic disorders through basic, clinical, and health services research.
How can physicians move toward an alternative mode of scholarship — one that’s still scientifically rigorous and peer reviewed but communicated in a more accessible manner? Cardiothoracic surgeon Tom Varghese is building this kind of non-traditional path.... Read MoreSurgery
Six years ago, when we started our annual symposium on cardiac recovery (U-CARS), we never expected it to be as successful as it is. We are now attracting a variety of cardiac professionals from around the world and from every career stage. We initially thought only faculty with academic interests already focused on cardiac recovery would join us. We are thrilled to see that now we also welcome a large number of junior faculty and young professionals who are trying to identify the direction of their academic careers.... Read MoreSurgery
Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium Convenes: Exploring New Treatments and Evaluating Outcomes for Heart Recovery
Despite the therapeutic and medical advances to help failing hearts recover, the medical community remains divided on how different treatments affect the patient’s outcome. This is one of the many topics to be covered during University of Utah Health’s annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) held on Jan. 11 - 12 in Salt Lake City, Utah.... Read MoreSurgery
Tracee Bessinger thought it was a little strange when one day she ran out of breath walking from her bedroom to her bathroom. She figured maybe she was just out of shape, but the breathlessness continued with even less exertion and fewer steps. “Maybe I’m coming down with cold,” she thought. Her doctor thought maybe she had asthma.... Read MoreSurgery
I have been incredibly blessed in my life. My parents have been, and continue to be amazing role models. One of my Mom’s favorite sayings was, “Always seek and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. They will stretch your viewpoints of the world.” My dad on the other hand had colorful proverbs and parables to emphasize learning points (I continue to joke with him about writing a book entitled, ‘My Father the Philosopher’). One of his favorites, loosely translated from our local Indian language of Malayalam, was “Beware of continuing to climb up the same coconut tree behind a baboon. Your view will always remain the same.”... Read MoreSurgery