About Adam Pick, Patient, Author & Founder
For his work as a patient advocate and a high technology consultant, Adam Pick has been featured by the American Heart Association, Heart.org, CNN, Medical News Today, Health Readings, BusinessWeek and The Wall Street Journal. A native and current resident of Los Angeles, Adam earned a bachelors and a graduate degree from the University of Michigan.
This website, which Adam created to educate and empower patients with heart valve disease, has helped over 10 million people. Currently, over 290,000 patients follow Adam at his Facebook page.
Reflecting upon the extraordinary growth of HeartValveSurgery.com, Adam shared, "Having heart surgery was one of the greatest blessings in my life. I feel so lucky to have created an educational resource and community that helps patients at each stage of the surgical process -- from diagnosis through recovery."
On November 3, 2005, Adam learned that he had severe heart valve disease and an enlarged heart. To treat his valvular defect, Adam needed double heart valve replacement surgery. Eight weeks later, Dr. Vaughn Starnes performed aortic and pulmonary valve surgery on Adam at USC Medical Center.
As part of his experience, Adam learned the highs, the lows, the challenges, the opportunities and the frustrations of heart valve surgery. His book, The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and his website, HeartValveSurgery.com, represents Adam's personal attempt to support patients and caregivers through the entire heart valve surgery process - from diagnosis through recovery.
As Dr. Gosta Pettersson, Vice Chairman of The Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, recently stated, "Adam's book will help many patients and caregivers."
In addition to his book, Adam has created several patient-centric services to help fellow patients through this complex, surgical process including a Surgeon Finder, an award-winning Blog, a Heart Valve Clinics Directory, an Educational Video Library and, a social network for patients with valvular disease.
Finally, Adam has transformed this project into a charitable effort. To help children born with congenital heart defects, Adam donates a portion of all proceeds to Gift of Life International, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical treatment to kids suffering from cardiac disorders.
Recently, Adam donated $5,000 to support the cardiac procedure of Victor Saravia, a one-year old child from El Salvador.
To see the patient-centric services that Adam created to educate and to empower patients, click one of these links: