In honor of February being “heart month,” the February 21, 2014 episode of ABC’s The View, entitled “Barbara’s Heart to Heart,” featured Emile Bacha, MD, Director, Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian.
In this episode, Dr. Bacha escorts Barbara Walters through the hospital where she underwent heart surgery four years ago. She says that while most of us think of heart disease as affecting adults, babies can have heart disease too. Dr. Bacha introduces her to three such patients in the pediatric surgery ward, which treats children born with serious heart defects from before birth up to age 18.
According to Dr. Bacha, 99% of patients recover “very well” after surgery for congenital heart defects. But the team’s goal is not merely recovery. “Most are able to live normal lives and participate in sports and other activities. That is very important to us,” says Dr. Bacha.
In his typical modest style, Dr. Bacha says, “I am just the front person. The real work is done by everybody else — it truly takes a team.”
Koji Takeda, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
Assistant Attending Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
The Section of Cardiac Surgery warmly welcomes Koji Takeda, MD, PhD, faculty member as of January 1, 2014.
Dr. Takeda has been a fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia specializing in heart failure surgery, LVAD implantation, and heart transplantation since January 2013. As a dual fellow and full attending surgeon this year, he will continue to focus on the management of heart failure as part of his transition toward leadership of these clinical specialties in the Section of Cardiac Surgery.
Dr. Takeda completed his medical training, post-graduate training, residency and fellowship in Osaka, Japan, after which he completed an advanced cardiovascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University, Chicago. He is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including the American College of Chest Physicians Award, Japan Branch, 2009; and chief resident award and best resident award, 2005, at the National Cardiovascular Center, Osaka, Japan.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Takeda has research interests in mechanical circulatory support, heart transplantation, and cardiac regeneration therapy.