RECOGNITION
Jul 22, 2020

Alumni Highlight - Dr. Michael Collins

Dr. Collins is currently the Chief of General Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital, a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Brigham Young University School of Nursing. Dr. Collins developed a dedicated division of thoracic surgery, which, later in his career, also encompassed thoracic oncology. His patients note that he is compassionate, caring, thorough, and trustworthy.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jul 22, 2020

Recent Highlights of Our Incredibly Generous Donors

In many ways, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is sustained by the incredible generosity of donors. Their gifts enable our Division to expand educational opportunities, collaborate with other institutions, develop new initiatives, and continue increasing the strength of our program. ... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Nov 07, 2019

My Name Is Tom, and This Is My Patient Experience

Taped on the wall above my head was a sign that read, “My name is Tom.” As a cardiothoracic surgeon, making the transition from doctor to patient was humbling. I would like to share with you what the experience has taught me, and how it has changed the way I practice medicine.... Read More

RECOGNITION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Oct 07, 2019

The ACS Strong for Surgery program: Changing clinician and system behavior to optimize health before surgery

Health care systems around the world are struggling with rising costs and variations in the delivery of quality care. Medical care often is administered without sufficient evidence-based protocols, with U.S. patients receiving only about half of the preventive, acute, and chronic care recommended by current research and evidence-based guidelines.... Read More

Craig Selzman Affiliate Symposium Award 2019
RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Apr 03, 2019

Craig Selzman Affiliate Symposium Award 2019

Dr. Craig Selzman, Chair of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, is the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Leadership Award, University of Utah Health Affiliate Network. Dr. Selzman understands that his work, and that of his colleagues, is significant not only within Salt Lake City, but across the western United States. He speaks about the reciprocal benefits of University of Utah affiliate sites in surrounding states, such as surgeons in Salt Lake City who can fill in so a small town surgeon can take a much needed vacation and patients who can receive their follow-up care from providers who are nearby rather than needing to fly to Utah. Dr. Selzman is recognized for his willingness and drive to train providers at affiliate sites in ways that support the well-being of doctors and patients alike. Congratulations, Dr. Selzman!... Read More

RECOGNITION
Mar 26, 2019

University of Utah Health scored in the top 10% nationwide for patient satisfaction

In March, 270 providers at University of Utah Health scored in the top 10% nationwide for patient satisfaction. Three of our doctors in Cardiothoracic Surgery received this honor: Dr. Jason Glotzbach, Dr. John Stringham, and Dr. Thomas Varghese. They are recognized as providing the highest quality patient care while also maximizing patient experience. Congratulations!... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Mar 01, 2019

HCI Clinical Leadership Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Dr. John Ward, the Margaret A. Amundsen Endowed Professor of Medicine, has accepted the positions of Interim Senior Director of Clinical Affairs and Interim Physician-in-Chief of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. In these roles, Dr. Ward will report directly to the CEO of HCI and will serve as a member of the Institute’s enterprise leadership team. John will continue to care for breast cancer patients while assuming these new responsibilities.... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Feb 01, 2019

Four Faculty Members Awarded GME Value Educator Training Grant

University of Utah Health has become well-known for its focus on and expertise in delivering value in health care. Many training programs are developing curricula for their residents and fellows, but content among these programs and dissemination to trainees has been variable. The GME office created funding grants to further support faculty with new roles in value education. ... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Jan 10, 2019

UTAH CARDIAC RECOVERY SYMPOSIUM CONVENES: ADVANCING THE FIELD OF HEART RECOVERY

Recovering a failing heart is not science fiction. The seventh annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium (U-CARS) will explore the latest research and treatments available to recover and regenerate heart tissue to improve the muscle’s efficiency and function. The event will be hosted by University of Utah Health at the Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House on Jan. 17–18 in Salt Lake City, Utah.... Read More

Thoracic Surgery Foundation- Cardiac Surgical Outreach Award
EDUCATION, RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Dec 14, 2018

Thoracic Surgery Foundation- Cardiac Surgical Outreach Award

In early 2018, the University of Utah Health Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was awarded the Edwards Every Heartbeat Matters grant through the Thoracic Surgery Foundation. The receipt of this grant allowed the Division, along with the Center for Global Surgery, to move forward with a long-held vision of helping to establish a cardiac surgery program in Mongolia.... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Dec 03, 2018

Tom Varghese, MD - Leadership by Example

This podcast shares the habits and practices of peak performers and top leaders, from many walks of life; physicians, senior executives, entrepreneurs, and academics. And from every season, from the seasoned and sage to those emerging leaders and rising rock stars. All who are blazing trails and shining a light for others. In this episode, physician leader Dr. Tom Varghese shares his stories of leadership by example. We cover his role in the #HeForShe movement in medicine, his mentors and his passion for mentoring and developing future clinician leaders, growth mindset, and the case for diversity and equity in healthcare.... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Aug 01, 2018

World Lung Cancer Day

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates 154,000 people will die from lung cancer in 2018. Approximately 470 of those deaths will be Utah residents. ... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Jul 27, 2018

Lung Transplant Allows Golfer To Compete

It had been years since avid golfer Curtis Watkins was able to play a round of his favorite sport. He still got to spend time out on the course, but he was stuck in the cart, driving his wife Linda from shot to shot. The exertion required to swing a club was just too much.... Read More

WOMAN'S UNEXPECTED DIAGNOSIS RESULTS IN SPECIALIZED SURGERY AT LOCAL HOSPITAL
RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Jul 27, 2018

WOMAN'S UNEXPECTED DIAGNOSIS

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 More

New Provider Q and A: John Stringham, MD
RECOGNITION
Apr 02, 2018

New Provider Q and A: John Stringham, MD

John Stringham, MD, recently joined Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah from University of Virginia Health System. A cardiothoracic surgeon, he specializes in lung transplant surgery and also has a special interest in lung cancer surgery for patients with lung failure. He discusses his interests in minimally invasive surgery and why HCI provides hope for patients with lung cancer.... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Mar 28, 2018

Should You See A Cardiologist

Ashley Biehl was 26 when she had a heart attack. It sounds unbelievable, but heart disease can happen to anyone—at any age. Don't let heart disease sneak up on you. Know your odds and learn the sign and symptoms.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Mar 26, 2018

Healthcare Hero

Congratulations to Craig Selzman, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of Utah Health. He has been awarded the “Physician” award in the 2017 Healthcare Heroes awards.... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
Mar 26, 2018

International Cardiac Surgical Outreach Award

The University of Utah’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has received an International Cardiac Surgical Outreach Award through Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation.... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Mar 16, 2018

#CardiologyToo?

Tales of workplace sexual harassment and inappropriate interview questions within cardiology hint that the halls of medicine have their own secrets.... Read More

HOW TOM VARGHESE IS BUILDING A NEW KIND OF ACADEMIC CAREER
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Mar 05, 2018

HOW TOM VARGHESE IS BUILDING A NEW KIND OF ACADEMIC CAREER

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 More

UGathering of World Leaders on Heart Failure
EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Jan 09, 2018

U-CARS

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 More

EDUCATION
Jan 08, 2018

U-CARS

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 More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Dec 01, 2017

Real Patents, Real Stories

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 More

EDUCATION
Dec 01, 2017

Why I Joined AWS

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 More

Russell M. Nelson, MD, PhD Educational Endowment Lectureship of Cardiac Surgery.
EDUCATION
Oct 12, 2017

Russell M Nelson

On Thursday, October 12, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery hosted its annual Russell M. Nelson, MD, PhD Educational Endowment Lectureship of Cardiac Surgery. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 23, 2017

U-CARS

The 6th Annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium will be held on January 11 & 12, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 23, 2017

U-CARS

The 6th Annual Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium will be held on January 11 & 12, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Aug 18, 2017

Real Patients, Real Stories

Just hours earlier, Matthew York had been a happy groom vowing to honor his new wife Evelyn. By 5 a.m. of the following morning, he was reaching out to her as she slept by his side, pleading that she save his life.... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Aug 18, 2017

Real Patients, Real Stories

Just hours earlier, Matthew York had been a happy groom vowing to honor his new wife Evelyn. By 5 a.m. of the following morning, he was reaching out to her as she slept by his side, pleading that she save his life.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 01, 2017

Aortic Disease Program

The Aortic Disease Program at University of Utah Cardiovascular Center is a specialized clinic that specifically treats diseases of the aorta. Dr. Jason Glotzbach and Dr. Claire Griffin, specialists from the center, talk about why such a specialized clinic is important and the advantages it can give to patients with aortic disease.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 01, 2017

Aortic Disease Program

The Aortic Disease Program at University of Utah Cardiovascular Center is a specialized clinic that specifically treats diseases of the aorta. Dr. Jason Glotzbach and Dr. Claire Griffin, specialists from the center, talk about why such a specialized clinic is important and the advantages it can give to patients with aortic disease.... Read More

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