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“Who Was Robin Williams’ Heart Surgeon?” Asks Tammy

By Adam Pick on March 23, 2009

I’m not sure if you have followed the latest news coverage of Robin Williams’s heart valve surgery…

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Dr. Starnes & I Reconnect At USC Medical Center

By Adam Pick on January 27, 2009

I have to admit… I’m typically a little more relaxed when I make the annual pilgrimage to USC Medical Center to see my surgeon, Dr. Vaughn Starnes, for my check-up.

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Shelby Praises Dr. John Randolph and Dr. Ron Elkins, Oklahoma Heart Surgeons

By Adam Pick on December 18, 2008

There is ab-sooooooooo-lute-ly nothing better than opening my inbox and reading these types of emails… Thanks Shelby!

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Charlene Offers Patient Wisdom And Praise For Dr. Gleason

By Adam Pick on September 24, 2008

I just received an insightful email from Charlene (in Florida). First of all, her surgery was a success. YEEEAH! CONGRATS TO CHARLENE!!! Second, she raises some critical points for those of you preparing for valve surgery. Here is what she writes:

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Dr. Roselli Comments On Mini Sternotomy For Heart Valve Replacement

By Adam Pick on September 23, 2008

I recently received an interesting question from Emily about her upcoming aortic valve replacement.

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Your Hospital & Overnight Visiting Hours

By Adam Pick on September 21, 2008

If you are a patient or caregiver preparing for heart surgery, I want to make sure you don’t have a false expectation regarding overnight visiting hours in the hospital.

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Name Of David Letterman’s Heart Surgeon

By Adam Pick on September 11, 2008

Lisa was recently diagnosed with severe mitral valve regurgitation due to due to mitral valve prolapse. That said, Lisa is currently searching for a heart surgeon. She writes to me, “Hi Adam: I live in New York…. And, I am curious… Do you know the name of David Letterman’s heart surgeon?”

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Dr. Richard Shemin & Robotic Mitral Valve Repair Get ‘Thumbs-Up’ From Larry

By Adam Pick on September 5, 2008

Following his recent mitral valve repair, Larry just sent me a glowing report about his minimally invasive procedure in which Doctor Richard Shemin (UCLA) used the Da Vinci robot. Here are the details from Larry…

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Bob’s Search For The Number One Hospital In Heart Valve Replacements

By Adam Pick on September 2, 2008

I just received an email from Bob about cardiac care centers. He writes, “Adam – Do you happen to know what is the number one hospital in heart valve replacements? I have a mitral valve prolapse and I need a mitral valve replacement. I would like to know which are the best hospitals in the United States.”

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Thanks To ABC For “Hopkins” Mini-Series

By Adam Pick on August 13, 2008

Earlier this summer, we chatted about the debut of “Hopkins” on ABC and the sometimes, overly dramatic Grey’s Anatomy.

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Dr. Raney Shifts Gears During Brian’s Aortic Valve Surgery

By Adam Pick on June 30, 2008

Robyn (my wife) will tell that I don’t really like to use cliches.

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Would You Recommend Your Heart Surgeon?

By Adam Pick on June 13, 2008

Earlier today, I was at Borders reading a fascinating book called “The Ultimate Question” by Fred Reichheld. The book claims that YOUR customer satisfaction is best measured by one simple question, “Would you recommend this product or service to a friend?”

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Heart Surgery Pioneer – Vivien Thomas (Johns Hopkins)

By Adam Pick on June 7, 2008

The story of Vivien Thomas is extraordinary.

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After Keyhole Heart Valve Surgery By Dr. William Ryan, John Is Home!

By Adam Pick on May 13, 2008

After four opinions regarding his defective mitral valve, John finally had minimally invasive mitral valve repair at the skilled hands of Doctor William Ryan in Texas. Here is John’s latest update:

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Here I Come Dr. Vaughn Starnes

By Adam Pick on January 29, 2008

After the annual check-up with Dr. Rosin (my cardiologist), it was time to venture back to USC’s Medical Center to see Dr. Vaughn Starnes (my heart surgeon), for part two of my annual check-up.

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Joke: A Cardiac Surgeon And A Car Mechanic Joke

By Adam Pick on September 14, 2007

Nothing like a little heart valve humor to start the weekend, right?

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Dr. Jennifer Ellis, MD – Heart Surgeon, Washington, DC,

By Adam Pick on September 11, 2007

From February through April of this year, I ran an extensive survey to better understand the realities of heart valve surgery for patients and their caregivers.

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