"Extraordinary Hearts: A Journey of Cardiac Medicine and the Human Spirit"

May 5, 2014

From Sherwin Nuland and Abraham Verghese to William Carlos Williams and Robert Coles --- from Siddhartha Mukherjee to Atul Gawande --- there's a long and noble tradition in American writing of gifted authors and journalists who also work professionally as physicians. On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we hear from such a writer, Dr. John Elefteriades, who's the Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Aortic Institute at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Elefteriades also the author of "Extraordinary Hearts: A Journey of Cardiac Medicine and the Human Spirit," which is just now out in paperback. Perhaps one of the most respected cardiac surgeons in this country, Dr. Elefteriades has treated thousands of patients in his distinguished career, and in this book, he reflects on several of his most memorable cases as a heart doctor. In these pages, we find detailed yet accessible accounts of various individuals who have challenged him technically, experiences that have moved him emotionally, and patients (young and old, famous and unknown) who have enriched his life and expanded his horizons while he cared for their hearts.