The Canning Thoracic Institute will work to provide groundbreaking research, clinical discoveries and high-quality care in the fields of thoracic surgery and respiratory medicine, Northwestern reports.
“We want to find solutions to seemingly impossible problems and become a center for lung and chest disease,” said Dr Ankit Bharat, head of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Medicine and executive director of the Canning Thoracic Institute, in a statement. “Our team is leading the nation as we seek new ways to tackle deadly respiratory diseases like COVID-19, a historic milestone. pioneer of the first COVID-19 double lung transplant in the country with the best clinical outcomes worldwide. ”
The vision for the institute’s work includes the implementation of breakthrough ideas and treatments, such as lung bioengineering and surgical innovations, that will improve recovery and outcomes, the statement said.
“Our response to the pandemic has demonstrated our strength as an international leader in innovation and advanced treatment,” said Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, in a statement.
More than 70 Northwestern Medicine pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and intensive care specialists performed the country’s first double lung transplant for a COVID-19 patient, the first COVID to COVID double lung transplant, and the country’s first robotic emphysema surgery.
Laura Garcia Aginaga, one of four COVID-19 transplant patients who spoke at a press conference today, expressed gratitude for giving her a chance at life when others had already given up.
The Houston resident was listed as a transplant in Texas and then removed from the list as too sick to be rescued, Bharat said. Northwestern Medicine accepted her case in August 2020 and she had a double lung transplant.
“I was in a coma in Houston and had no idea what was going on … The next thing I realized, I woke up in Chicago,” Aguinaga said.
“Dr. Bharat told me I have a 2% survival rate” between transport from Texas and transplant, she said.
The healthcare system is also involved in a combined adult and pediatric cystic fibrosis program with Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, a specialized care partnership with Shirley Ryan’s AbilityLab for spinal cord injury patients, and medical and surgical patient care. with pulmonary hypertension in partnership with the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, the statement said.
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