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Surgeons from Southeast Asia Visit The Heart Institute for Peer-to-Peer Training on The McGinn Technique of MICS CABG
Date:7/17/2013

Staten Island, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

Cardiothoracic surgeons from Southeast Asia recently visited The Heart Institute at Staten Island University Hospital, New York to be trained in performing Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (MICS CABG) a procedure that was pioneered by Dr. Joseph T. McGinn, cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director at The Heart Institute. Since 2007, Dr. McGinn has trained over 250 surgeons through Medtronic’s Cardiac Surgery Academia Training program designed to expand the awareness and knowledge of this cutting edge procedure perfected by Dr. McGinn.

Attendees of this course are taught The McGinn Technique(Proximal Anastomosis), an off-pump, beating heart MICS CABG procedure that reduces trauma to the aorta. Similar to the standard MICS CABG, The McGinn Technique involves making the same small incisions between the ribs. The difference is in the preparation. To diminish stress and damage to the aorta, the systolic blood pressure is reduced prior to the procedure to between 90-100mm Hg making the aorta more supple.

Since 2005, Dr. McGinn has not only been focused on improving the lives of his patients, but also on continuing the success of The McGinn Techinque by training other surgeons around the world. “The peer-to-peer course was truly meaningful," said Dr. Theodoros Kofidis, senior cardiothoracic surgeon and associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in Singapore.
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