Our primary focus at The Baird Institute is to encourage and fund research to improve the surgical outcomes and quality of life for patients facing heart or lung surgery. The funds we raise go directly to research that improves the surgical procedures associated with heart and lung surgery. Improvements can include less intrusive procedures as well as techniques that improve survival rates.
Below you will find a list of publications that our surgeons and research fellows have been involved in writing.
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Spinal cord injury (SCI) is one major complication of open and endovascular thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Despite numerous neuroprotective adjuncts, the incidence of SCI remains high. This review article discusses established and novel adjuncts for spinal cord protection, including priming and preconditioning of the paraspinal collateral network, intraoperative systemic hypothermia, distal aortic perfusion,
Background: Significant right ventricular failure (RVF) complicating left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placement has been reported at 10-30%. Although primarily indicated for left ventricular failure, ventricular assist devices (VADs) have become utilized in a biventricular setup to combat right ventricular failure (RVF) following LVAD implantation. With the advent of continuous-flow LVADs (CF-LVADs) superseding their pulsatile predecessors,
Current trends of sutureless and rapid deployment valves: an 11-year experience from the Sutureless and Rapid Deployment International Registry.
Objectives: Current evidence on sutureless and rapid deployment aortic valve replacement (SURD-AVR) is limited and does not allow for the assessment of the clinical impact and the evolution of procedural and clinical outcomes of this new valve technology. The Sutureless and Rapid Deployment International Registry (SURD-IR) represents a unique opportunity to evaluate the current trends and
Bicuspid aortic valve disease – the influence of valve morphotype on age at and types of surgical treatment.
Background: Patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) with zero or two raphes have been under-represented in previous studies. Whether these patients have unique clinical courses remains unclear. We describe the indications for and types of surgery in patients with BAV, and describe differences between valve morphotypes. Methods: Adults who had undergone aortic and/or aortic valve surgery for
Hemostasis, coagulation and thrombin in venoarterial and venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: the HECTIC study
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support has a high incidence of both bleeding and thrombotic complications. Despite clear differences in patient characteristics and pathologies between veno-venous (VV) and veno-arterial (VA) ECMO support, anticoagulation practices are often the same across modalities. Moreover, there is very little data on their respective coagulation profiles and comparisons of thrombin generation
Surgical outcomes for people with serious mental illness are poorer than for other patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Objective: To assess the association between having a serious mental illness and surgical outcomes for adults, including in-hospital and 30-day mortality, post-operative complications, and hospital length of stay. Study design: Systematic review and meta-analysis of publications in English to 30 July 2018 of studies that examined associations between having a serious mental illness and surgical outcomes for
Cytoreductive surgical resection of a rare pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma involving the pulmonary valve and right ventricle: a case report
Pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma (PAIS) is an extremely rare malignant tumour. It is often misdiagnosed as chronic pulmonary thromboembolism. We describe a complex case in a 70-year-old man with PAIS extending into his right ventricle undergoing salvage cytoreductive surgical resection utilizing bivalirudin for cardiopulmonary bypass anticoagulation due to heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis syndrome. The prognosis