Both patients and physicians are finding practical benefits using social media. This is particularly true for patients with rare heart conditions. Dr. Joseph Dearani, Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic, is using Facebook pages to consolidate information for patients and their families as well as to provide a space for patients to connect with one another. Read how Dr. Dearani is using Facebook pages strategically to connect with physicians, and help patients connect.
Join us on July 26th at 2:30 pm CT for a webinar with Dr. Dearani and Cynthia Burstein Waldman. They will share their stories about using social media and discuss how they have found social media helpful from physician and patient points-of-view.
This webinar is free for Basic and Premium members of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network.
Cynthia Burstein Waldman is a motion picture attorney and mom who has been living with HCM for the last twenty years. She is the third generation of her family known to have HCM. Her paternal grandfather and uncle died suddenly as a result of HCM, while her father suffered from complications of the disease for much of his life.
Due to her unfortunate family history with HCM, Cynthia decided to seek a different path for herself. This path eventually led her to the Mayo Clinic and put her in the capable hands of Drs. Steve Ommen and Joe Dearani at Mayo Clinic’s HCM Center. In August of 2006, Cynthia underwent a successful myectomy at Mayo Clinic and next month will celebrate the tenth anniversary of her surgery.
Cynthia, a graduate of Newcomb College (Tulane University) and Tulane University School of Law, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, but for the last twenty-six years she has made her home in Los Angeles, California, where she now lives with her husband, Vince, and their 14-year-old son, Jesse.
Dr. Joseph Dearani is Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic and Professor of Surgery in the Mayo College of Medicine. He grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and completed his undergraduate education at Fordham University in New York City.
He attended medical school at Georgetown University and then began his General Surgery residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. During that interval, he spent two years as a surgical research fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He completed his surgical residency in Washington, DC at the Georgetown University Hospital and then completed a Thoracic Surgery residency from 1993 to 1996 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Upon finishing his Thoracic Surgery training, Dr. Dearani did a Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at Loma Linda University in southern California. He returned to the Mayo Clinic to join the staff in 1997 where he is currently Professor of Surgery and Sheikh Zayed Professor in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic. He became Chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery in January 2011.
Dr. Dearani’s clinical interests include the surgical management of neonates, children, and adults with complex congenital heart disease and minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery. He is viewed as a world expert in the surgical management of Ebstein’s anomaly, valvular heart disease, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is the author or co-author of approximately 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 27 book chapters, and numerous editorials. His research interests include innovative techniques for complex congenital heart disease, robotic heart surgery, heart failure, and regenerative medicine from the newborn to the adult.
His professional life is complemented by an interest in music and jazz saxophone. He is a member of multiple bands and has recorded and played in jazz clubs worldwide. He has recently become involved with Jazz Impact, an innovative educational music venture that is a fusion of insights and parallels drawn from the worlds of business and healthcare illustrated through the experience of jazz.