Methodist Journal

IN THIS ISSUE

Venous Interventions

Vol 14, Issue 3 (2018)


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ISSUE INTRO

It’s Time We Reassess Our Primitive Understanding of the Venous System

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RECOGNITIONS

Jean Bismuth Spearheads Issue on Venous Interventions

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Central Venous Pathologies: Treatments and Economic Impact

Venous Thrombosis and Post-Thrombotic Syndrome: From Novel Biomarkers to Biology

Mechanical Properties of Diseased Veins

Use of Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Central Venous Disease

Application of Intravascular Ultrasound in End-Stage Renal Patients with Central Venous Occlusive Disease

Intraoperative Imaging and Image Fusion for Venous Interventions

Endovascular Treatment for Venous Diseases: Where are the Venous Stents?

Endovascular Therapy for Central Venous Thrombosis

CASE REPORTS See More

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Related Cardiotoxicity

Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor-Induced Acute Myocarditis, Myositis, and Cardiogenic Shock

Primary Nonbacterial Thrombotic Endocarditis Presenting with Bowel Infarction Secondary to Superior Mesenteric Artery Embolism

Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava with Absent Right Superior Vena Cava

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Incision and Drainage of a Forgotten Vascular Graft

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Telemedicine Shakes Up the ICU Experience

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Venous Thrombosis in Nephrotic Syndrome

EXCERPTA

Heartsick: Medical and Ethical Challenges of Infective Endocarditis in the Opioid Epidemic

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Redefining “Worth It” for CTO PCI

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor

Vol 13, Issue 4 (2017)

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EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor

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Fuller C. Letter to the Editor. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2017;13(4):260.

doi: 10.14797/mdcj-13-4-260

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Michael DeBakey , history

Jerry Lewis sent Dr. Michael DeBakey this signed photograph of the two of them. Reprinted with permission from William L. Winters Jr., M.D.

Now in the twilight of my cardiovascular career, which began in 1978 as a cardiology fellow at The Methodist Hospital with Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, I fondly remember a story that brings a smile to my face. The recent death of Jerry Lewis reminded me of the event and prompted me to share this.

During the first 3 months of a 2-year fellowship with the DeBakey cardiology consult service, I was responsible for making daily rounds on Dr. DeBakey’s patients. I was honored and humbled by the privilege of working and training at such an esteemed institutionThe Methodist Hospital. Early on Labor Day, I entered the room of a 60-year-old woman who was a few days out from multivessel bypass grafting, which had gone well. The TV was on in the background and broadcasting the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.

Although the patient was polite and pleasant, I sensed she was disappointed that her respected surgeon was not the one who had entered her room. Earlier I had been told that Dr. DeBakey would not be in that day. She asked me directly, “Why isn’t Dr. DeBakey with you?”

I froze for a split second, and without much further thought, I responded with an effort to cover for the famous surgeon: I believe he is in surgery and will probably be there most of the day.

At precisely the moment I finished the sentence, we both heard Jerry Lewis exclaim on TV, “…and now it is my pleasure to welcome my good friend and the talented world-class surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey!”

Fortunately she laughed, as she understood I was just a good soldier covering for the general.

— Colin Fuller, M.D., F.A.C.C.

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