holloway and his colleague, ganesh shanmugam, went to the peter munk cardiac centre at the toronto general hospital to receive midcab training, with funding and support from the libin cardiovascular institute.
“this has been a massive team effort,” noted holloway. “not only did we have support from our leadership, but we also collaborated closely with our cardiac anesthesia group. nursing, cardiology and surgical staff also played a big role.”
because the procedure requires specialized anesthetic techniques, two cardiac anesthesiologists — dr. christopher noss and dr. douglas seal — also received midcab training.
noss said he believes the program will grow, adding, “it’s rewarding to be part of an innovative team and to be pushing things forward . . . it is safe and improves the quality of our patient’s recovery. it’s exciting to see that we are making a difference for patients.”
one of the six patients who has received the procedure was at a news conference this week to speak about the surgery.
“i was told in late december that i had a pretty significant blockage in my heart and that i would require surgery,” said calgarian chris kennedy. “i was shocked because, at 40, and being healthy, you don’t expect to have heart problems. i have no family history of heart disease, i don’t have diabetes and i have never smoked.