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Letter from the Chair

University of Michigan
Department of Cardiac Surgery

June 2016

Welcome from the Chairman,

Dr Bove, Chair of Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Edward L. Bove

As Chair, it is my pleasure to update you on the progress and accomplishments our Department has made over the past year.  We have continued to expand the clinical and basic science faculty to support and enhance our three part mission of clinical care, research and teaching. 

The Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery, under the leadership of Dr. Himanshu J. Patel, continues to grow in clinical volume, a significant accomplishment given the declining number of cardiac surgical cases nationwide.  This remarkable growth during competitive market conditions and rapidly changing times is a reflection of the well-recognized expertise of our faculty and their efforts to develop a wide breadth of innovative services.  At the Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC), our faculty performed approximately 1,400 major operations during the last year.    This represents a near doubling of our volume since the opening of the FCVC and we are projecting to grow even more during the year ahead.  Our transcatheter aortic valve replacement program (TAVR) has flourished and is now one of the busiest in the nation.  Other clinical programs in valve reconstruction/replacement, open and endovascular aortic surgery, as well as transplantation and assist devices remain very busy.  Recently, Dr. Steven Bolling has initiated a new program in percutaneous mitral valve repair.    We have recruited highly skilled faculty to join our team of surgeons to enhance our expanding aortic and valve surgery programs.

The Section of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, led by Dr. Richard Ohye, continues to experience a busy clinical workload, performing over 900 cardiac operations last year.  The Congenital Heart Center remains a major referral center, receiving patient referrals from around the country and overseas with approximately one-half of our patients coming from outside our region.  For the past 2 years, our congenital heart program has received a 3-star ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.  This is the highest quality rating by our peers.  Only six out of 113 children’s hospitals in the country received this award, which is based on hard evidence and data regarding patient survival and complications.  One of our faculty members, Dr. Ming Si, has led the development of the pediatric cardiac ventricular assist program with innovative devices to support smaller and younger patients.  In addition to his clinical activity, Dr. Si also maintains a productive basic science lab in cardiac regenerative medicine.  Dr. Jennifer Hirsch-Romano has developed an active hybrid surgery program to improve the outcomes of some of the most seriously ill newborns referred to our center, many of whom had little or no options in the past.

The Department of Cardiac Surgery, along with the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, continues to have three of the most competitive residency and fellowship programs in the country.  Currently, we maintain a traditional two-year fellowship program in cardiothoracic surgery, as well as an integrated six-year residency matching directly out of medical school.   In addition, the University of Michigan continues to have one of only a few ACGME approved congenital heart surgery residency programs in the nation.  All the residents in our various adult and pediatric cardiac surgery programs are outstanding and we are proud to be able to call them University of Michigan graduates. 

In addition to our clinical activities, the Department’s research portfolio has also grown substantially.  With the addition of Drs. Eugene Chen and Zhong Wang, we now have a nucleus of clinical and basic scientists working together at the North Campus Research Center in the area of stem cell research.  This area holds great promise as our team investigates ways to grow new heart cells, blood vessels and valves.  In addition, the Department has placed great emphasis in health services research, now formally recognized by the establishment of The Section of Health Services Research and Quality.  Under the direction of Dr. Donald Likosky, this group has advanced our efforts in quality and safety, as well in the organization and structure of our outcomes research efforts.  These accomplishments have been recognized on both the State and national levels as some of the highest quality clinical research performed anywhere.  

As our new Department continues to grow, we will seek to collaborate with our colleagues in adult and pediatric cardiology, interventional radiology, anesthesia, vascular surgery, critical care and other related disciplines.  The future of cardiac care is changing with the evolution of new technology.  Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan continues to lead the efforts to develop surgical treatments to meet the needs of our patients and society.                                                     

Sincerely,

Edward L. Bove, MD
Helen and Marvin Kirsh Professor
Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery