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New Video Series Spotlights Role of Biomedical Engineers in Caring for Total Artificial Heart Patients
Date:5/28/2009

Series Encourages Math & Science Classes for High School Students as Gateways to High-Tech Careers

Tucson, Ariz. (Vocus) May 28, 2009 -- When caring for patients with a SynCardia temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart, the role of the biomedical engineer is as important as the surgeon, physician or nurse. This high-tech career impacts the lives of many and is the subject of a new video series that debuted this month.

The series was launched as part of a new educational web site called "Explore Your Future," which allows high school students to explore nearly 200 career opportunities. The web site focuses on the importance of math and science classes as gateways to exciting, high-tech careers.

Episode 1: Artificial Heart Science - This episode spotlights biomedical engineer Richard Smith, CCE, MSEE, the director of the Artificial Heart Program at University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson, Ariz. When Smith went to college, biomedical engineers weren't part of the operating room team. However, his background in science and math got him into the operating room in 1985, when he helped implant the first Total Artificial Heart used as a bridge-to-transplant. Today, it is the only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved temporary Total Artificial Heart in the world. There have been more 790 implants, and surgical teams look to Smith to be the expert on the Total Artificial Heart and other heart devices.


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