Holy Moly! The 47th Annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons Convention!
Five years after heart valve surgery, I find myself taking incredible steps on this journey of patient education, patient research and patient empowerment.
Last February, I was encouraged to exhibit at the annual meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. During a tour of the East Carolina Heart Institute, Dr. Randolph Chitwood said to me, “Adam – You’re doing some great work. You should go to STS so the other surgeons can learn about your book and websites.”
Me and Monica (My Sister) After Setting Up Our Booth
At the time, I didn’t know what the acronym “STS” stood for. But, as you can see in these pictures, I took Dr. Chitwood’s advice.
Prior to STS, I had never been to a medical convention. As the event approached, I quickly became overwhelmed. Luckily, Monica, my sister, has been to many conventions and she agreed to help plan the event — which took us 3 months.
Without Monica, I think the convention could have been a complete disaster. Instead, the event was amazing! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post highlights from this incredible convention.
Filming A Surgeon Video Blog At STS With Dr. Richard J. Shemin,
UCLA Medical Center, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
I think a key highlight for our patient and caregiver community will be the “Surgeon Video Blogs”. (Yes! I took your questions from “Any Questions For The World’s Leading Heart Valve Surgeons?” and asked them directly to the surgeons.)
That said… Stay tuned!!!
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.