Dr. Robert Meguid and colleagues publish second edition of “The Johns Hopkins ABSITE Review Manual”
The Johns Hopkins ABSITE Review Manual is a comprehensive general-surgery exam preparation book for surgical residents preparing for the annual American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE), as well as for practicing surgeons preparing for certification and re-certification. This project began while Dr. Meguid was a surgical resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He and his colleagues recognized the need for a well-written and comprehensive set of practice questions.
The first edition, published in 2009, comprised a single full-length 225-question practice exam with detailed and illustrated explanations. It was written by 20 Johns Hopkins surgical residents and edited by the surgical faculty over the course of two years. It was well-received, and the authors were rapidly invited by the publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, to prepare a second edition.
This new edition includes a completely revised version of the first edition's exam plus an additional 225-question practice exam with detailed and illustrated explanations. The second edition took about four years to prepare, with a very satisfying end result. Dr. Meguid adds, “Most of the contributing authors and editors are from The Johns Hopkins Hospital, but we have begun to branch out to experts in their fields at other institutions, including the University of Colorado. We are looking forward to continuing this project in upcoming years.”
Patient goes a month without breathing, then trains for marathon
Victor Carlos, patient of Dr. Babu, during and after his medical crisis
One of our Division's newest surgeons, Dr. Ashok Babu, recently made national news on CNN for his work with Victor Carlos, a 42-year-old patient whose life was threatened by Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Near the point of death, Carlos did not breathe for a full month but was kept alive via ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). Almost miraculously, his lungs were able to heal during the weeks of inactivity and finally began functioning again. After not breathing for four weeks, Carlos made a full recovery and is now training for a marathon. Watch the video on the CNN website.
Dr. David Fullerton elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Dr. Fullerton will be installed as the next president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons at its 50th Annual Meeting, January 25 - 29, 2014.
"Founded in 1964, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization that represents over 6,700 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest." (www.sts.org/about-sts, 2013).
Dr. Fullerton currently serves as the First Vice President of the STS, where he is actively involved as an STS officer.
Three Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty earn spots on 5280 Magazine “Top Docs” list
Congratulations to Drs. Joseph Cleveland, David Campbell, and James Jaggers for making the list of Top Docs in 5280 Magazine.
Dr. Cleveland, on the list for his second time, can be found under Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery.
Drs. Campbell and Jaggers, achieving this honor for their third and second times, respectively, can be found under Congenital Cardiac Surgery.
View the list on the 5280 Magazine website.
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery welcomes two new faculty
Ashok N. Babu, MD
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is pleased to announce that Ashok N. Babu has joined our faculty. A native of Illinois, Dr. Babu received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. He completed his General Surgical training and Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency at the University of Colorado. In addition, he completed a Fellowship in Mechanical Ventricular Assistance at Duke University.
Dr. Babu’s area of clinical interest is in the surgical treatment of heart failure, with an emphasis on ventricular assist devices. His research interest lies in optimizing the surgical treatment of heart failure.
Robert A. Meguid, MD, MPH
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert A. Meguid has joined our faculty. A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Meguid received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and obtained his General Surgery training and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency at the University of Washington.
Dr. Meguid’s area of clinical interest is in all facets of General Thoracic Surgery, including thoracic oncology and lung transplantation. His research interest lies in the field of surgical clinical outcomes and health policy.