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From military front lines to hospital front lines

Active military medical staff from Scott Air Force Base are keeping their skills sharp through a new collaboration with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

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Complex aortic disease patients to benefit from advances in stent graft procedures, collaborative approach to diagnostics and treatment

As the region's largest vascular program, our team participates in multiple clinical trials to advance the management of venous and arterial conditions. Washington University cardiac and vascular surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital work together to research breakthrough stent graft approaches and provide holistic treatment for patients with complex aortic disease.

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Harold G. Roberts, Jr., MD Joins the Cardiothoracic Surgery Team

Dr. Roberts is an accomplished surgeon who has had notable contributions to the field, including a US patent for a 3-D mitral annuloplasty ring. Practicing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery for more than 30 years, Dr. Roberts' primary practice interests include valve surgery, coronary revascularization and surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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ECMO: Saving lives during the pandemic

ECMO: Saving lives during the pandemic

By Emily Dovolis Thomson, MHA

The beeping vibrato of pressure monitors, mechanical rhythm of the blood pump, low hum of the oxygenator and metronomic beat measuring heart rate: These are the sounds that emanate from a complex circuit of pumps, tubes, filters and monitors called ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. ECMO moves blood outside of the body through cannulae, or tubes, to an oxygenator that provides a gas exchange in the blood, removing carbon dioxide and replacing it with oxygen. The oxygenated blood is then warmed to the appropriate temperature and returned to the body using rhythms that mimic a beating heart.

When disease or trauma prevent the body from performing these life-sustaining rhythms, ECMO can take over.

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NEW LIFE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

NEW LIFE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

BY Pam McGrath

In mid-March 2020, Marta Perez, MD, left her Florida-based private practice in obstetrics and gynecology to return to Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Perez had completed her obstetrics and gynecology residence at those institutions, and now her husband, Michael Chomat, MD, was finishing a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and about to begin a pediatric intensive care fellowship.

Perez welcomed the move because it provided her with the opportunity to change the focus of her career. Rather than continuing in private practice, she wanted to return to academic medicine and focus exclusively on obstetrics. Now, working as an academic laborist, she serves as a hospital-based obstetrician who helps women deliver their babies and teaches residents and medical students about obstetrics.

Two factors in the timing of the move to St. Louis would prove to be extraordinary—for the world and for Perez. First, by early spring 2020, the scope and severity of a new coronavirus became evident worldwide, resulting in a pandemic. And second, Perez had learned she was pregnant with her first child, about to face many of the challenges and uncertainties her pregnant patients were facing.

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