Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub visits the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular CenterHouston, TX - 11/5/2009
Schaub saw the medical robots, patient simulators, and surgical systems used throughout the MDHVC every day. In the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) surgical training facility, both Matt and Laurie got a taste of how a surgeon uses the DaVinci surgical robot to repair heart valves and remove tumors without making large, invasive surgical incisions. They interacted with iSTAN, a full human patient simulator that bleeds, talks, has heart attacks, blocked airways, breathes and, if not treated properly, dies.
They also saw the catheterization laboratory, where cardiac stents are placed in clogged arteries, and watched an open heart surgery from a viewing dome above the operating room.
“We get to see Matt and the Texans at work every weekend. It’s encouraging to see them come to the hospital as ‘fans’ of our work, too,” said Dr. Alan Lumsden, chair of the department of cardiovascular surgery at Methodist. “It’s always nice when members of the community are interested in educating themselves on how Houston’s medical industry supports the city and Houstonians.”
Schaub was presented with his own lab coat and scrubs, then was led on tour by Lumsden, Dr. Miguel Quinones, chair of the department of cardiology, Dr. Michael Reardon, chief of cardiac surgery, and Dr. Brian Dunkin, medical director of MITIE.For more information on the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, see www.debakeyheartcenter.com. For more information on MITIE, see www.mitietexas.com.