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LA Times article: Healthcare heart transplant first on west coast

Posted by Brian Brady on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 10:06 AM

Guest Blogger : Centree Santiago

Part of a series(2): A Toast to American Ingenuity

This month’s salute goes to Dr. Michel Bowdish, of the USC Keck Medical Center.Bowdish, is a board certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon and the University of South California Keck medical Center. He received world renowned training from Columbia University.   The Doctors role at the University is the furthering and expansion of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) programs. Bowdish also provides surgical therapy for heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation at USC. This work also includes clinical trials furthering the development of support devices for heart care and times plaque

Dr. Bowdish surigically implanted the Freedom Drive System in patient Tammy Lumpkins, allowing her to be the first West Coast patient to leave a hospital setting with artificial heart.   This logistical nightmare has been resolved by the reduction in equipment size from over 400 pounds to just over 15. 

We learned of the Lumpkin’s success story thanks to his extensive feature in the Los Angeles Times “Artificial Heart, Real Chance” in November 2011.  We were honored to capture this moment in time for all to see in his offices by mounting his feature to a mahogany and gold wall plaque.  This will sure to be just only a highlight in what promises to be an illustrious career.

Whether you’re a Doctor pioneering miracles, an aspiring musician trying to make it on Broadway, or a chemist trying to achieve a patent to a new space-age polymer, one thing is the same:  Grit and Determination.   This grit and determination is what we give as ...”a toast to American Ingenuity”  Dr. Bowdish exemplifies this sprit.  We at In The News  salute this and look forward to introducing a new example next month.  Happy Holidays to you and yours!


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