The ARGI Financial Physician of the Year Award (2010)
Mark Slaughter, M.D., Professor and Chief Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville
Dr. Slaughter has implanted hundreds of ventricular assist devices; is a top leader in destination therapy (permanent use of the device for patients not transplant eligible); focuses work on using VAD as a bridge to transplant and mycocardial recovery and rescue surgeries. In addition he is a published author and national/international keynote speaker.
How did winning a MediStar Award affect you both professionally and personally?
Winning the award was great for our program as well as me personally. The MediStar Award raised awareness of the great program and advanced care that is available at Jewish Hospital. Personally and professionally, it validates the effort and work that has been done and provides inspiration and encouragement to continue to address difficult health issues and hopefully find ways to improve the quality of life for our patients.
What personal or professional developments have occurred since you won your MediStar?
Our mechanical assist device program has continued to grow, and we are now developing a program that would combine stem cells with a LVAD to see if we can get the patients’ heart to recover so that they do not need a heart transplant or could even have the LVAD removed.
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