About Our Founder - Adam Pick
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.
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, represent Adam's personal attempt to support patients and caregivers through the entire heart valve surgery process - from diagnosis through recovery.
Praised for its personal overtones, The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery reads more like a memorable novel than a medical guide. Adam takes the reader into a positive, warm and honest space as he chronicles his own, inspirational heart valve surgery story.
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:
- Adam's Heart Valve Surgery Blog
- The 'Surgeon Finder'
- The Heart Valve 'Learning Center'
- Educational Heart Valve Video Library
- A 'Valve Clinics' Directory
- 'Heart Valve Journals' community, a social network
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.