Let’s Go Mike Gabler, Heart Valve Specialist, on Survivor!
Written By: Adam Pick, Patient Advocate, Author & Website Founder
Published: October 9, 2022
Survivor is one of my favorite television shows. I have watched most, if not all, of the episodes during the past forty-two seasons. I love everything about the show that many consider the “original” reality tv series.
Luckily, Robyn, my wife, and Ethan, my son, enjoy Survivor as well. When we recently watched the first episode of Survivor 43, Robyn shouted out, “Stop! Did you see that?”, when the show introduced a new contestant.
I looked at Robyn and said, “What? I missed it.” I then hit rewind. There, on the screen, I saw the name “Mike Gabler”. Next to his name, we saw the words, “Heart Valve Specialist”.
Robyn looked at me and said, “What the heck is a Heart Valve Specialist?”.
I was beyond curious. So, I popped open the LinkedIn app on my phone and typed M-I-K-E-SPACE-G-A-B-L-E-R in the search bar.
A smile crossed my face as I learned who Mike was and what he does for a living.
Mike is a territory manager for transcatheter heart valves in Idaho, Alaska and Oregon.
More specifically, Mike is responsible for helping cardiac centers learn about and implant non-invasive devices like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) on patients with severe heart valve disease.
For the past 11 years, Mike has worked for Edwards Lifesciences. Prior to that, Mike worked at Medtronic and Boston Scientific in cardiac care.
That’s enough for me. I hope you join me as I cheer on Mike Gabler during Survivor 43!
Keep on tickin’ and survivin’ Mike!
I hope you become the Sole Survivor!
P.S. Great move holding onto that “Shot in the Dark” during the first episode!