Interviews with Leading Figures in Congenital Cardiac Care

In August 2010 many of the leading figures in congenital cardiac care including some of the outstanding pioneers in the field such as Dr Aldo Castaneda and Dr William Norwood, gathered in Antigua, Guatemala to honor Aldo Castaneda on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This was also a regional satellite meeting of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. Recognizing that this gathering represented a unique opportunity, Mr John Walsh, previously of Project Hope and currently at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC as well as Dr Richard Jonas, also from Children’s National Medical Center, invited a video production company including Thalia Assuras and Shelby Scarbrough to interview these surgeons, cardiologists and intensivists to record a unique oral history for posterity. Dr Marshall Jacobs, editor of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery kindly agreed to undertake most of the interviews. These videos provide a glimpse into the thoughts and motivations of many of the founding figures in congenital cardiac care.

Interview with Dr. Guillermo Kreutzer (Intro)

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Dr. Kreutzer studied at the University of Buenos Aires. After completing his surgical training he took a position at the Ricardo Gutierrez Children's Hospital in Buenos Aires. He held many leadership positions at Ricardo Gutierrez until his retirement as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr Kreutzer was a pioneer in developing surgical treatment for the child with a single ventricle.

 

 

Interview with Dr. Jane Somerville (Intro)

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Dr. Jane SomervilleDr. Somerville was educated at Queen’s College and Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London. She was a consultant physician and pediatric cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and National Heart Hospital in London until her retirement. For many years she worked closely with Mr Donald Ross. She was instrumental in developing the field of adult congenital cardiac care or as she preferred to call it “GUCH” or “grown-up congenital heart care”. She was also the founder of the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology which subsequently became the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

Interview with Dr. Richard Jonas (Intro)

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Dr. Jonas attended the University of Adelaide Medical School in Adelaide South Australia. He undertook his general surgical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne Australia and subsequently his cardiothoracic surgical training at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and Green Lane Hospital in Auckland New Zealand. After fellowships at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston he was appointed to the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1984. In 1994 Dr. Jonas was appointed to the William E Ladd Chair of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and became the Cardiovascular Surgeon in Chief at Children's Hospital Boston. In 2004 he joined the staff of Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC as the CoDirector of the Children's Heart Institute and Cohen Funger Professor of Cardiac Surgery. In 2005/6 Dr Jonas was the President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and in 2009/10 was President of the Congenital Heart Surgeon's Society of North America. He is currently vice-President of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

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