As the birthplace of cardiac surgery, Hopkins continues to build on this legacy of discovery and innovation. Examples of this include:
- Cardiologist Joshua Hare is using stem cells to repair damaged hearts in animals, a first step toward developing a therapeutic innovation with the potential to revolutionize the approach to cardiac care.
- John Conte is one of only a handful of physicians performing a new procedure – ventricular restoration – on patients with congestive heart failure. By surgically removing heart tissue that no longer functions and remodeling the main pumping chamber of the heart, he is offering patients an alternative to heart transplants or mechanical support devices.
- Cardiologists are using a state-of-the-art CT scanner to perform coronary angiography in a way that is much less invasive to the patient but still provides the diagnostic information clinicians need to assess heart function. Best of all, the CT study can be performed in only 10 minutes, at a greatly reduced cost, and with less risk to patients.
- Pediatric cardiologists are using sophisticated imaging equipment to detect cardiac defects in babies prior to their birth. At birth, the infants can be operated on immediately.
- Hopkins cardiologists, the first to operate on the human heart, are now developing techniques to avoid operating on the open heart. For example, pediatric cardiologists are using cardiac catheterization to repair holes in the septum (atrial septal defect) in the hearts of children using a synthetic patch placed over the hole by a catheter inserted into the heart via the leg. The patients are able to return home after only a few days versus the weeks of inpatient hospitalization required by conventional open-heart surgery.
- Using sophisticated robots, Hopkins surgeons are able to place pacemaker defibrillator leads in patients using much smaller incisions than used in conventional techniques.
From initiatives in diversity to innovations in research, education and treatment, Hopkins continues to build on its more than 100-year-old legacy. To learn more about Hopkins’ role in the HBO film Something the Lord Made or to cover any of the story ideas above, contact Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384, cell at 443-324-6726, pager at 410-283-4991, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org