In the trenches, M Chan

Tags: Medical Staff, Thomas C. Kim, Donald Mahon, acute heart attacks, congestive heart failure, randomized trial, congenital heart problems, hospital-based, interventional cardiologist, acute coronary syndrome, Warren Johnston, rewarding experience, St. Joseph Hospital, Dignity Service, St. Joseph's Hospital, Cath Lab, valvular heart disease, first nine months, Joseph hospitAl medicAl stAff office
Content: MInicthhaeeltCrehnanc,hMeDs, InItnetrevrevwneintthitoioMnnaicalhlCaCeaalrrCddihiooallnoo,ggMiissDtt How were your first nine months at St. Joseph Hospital? It's been a very rewarding experience so far. My transition to St. Joseph's Hospital has been made relatively seamless by the tremendous support of the medical staff, Cath Lab team, nurses and Administration. The hospital has flown under the radar somewhat on a national level, but deserves recognition for its excellence. St. Joseph's Hospital has the feel of a small academic center in a community hospital environment. I've been impressed by the strong sense of camaraderie across disciplines, even in traditionally antagonistic fields, in the interest of delivering high quality patient care. Many of my patients have commented on how warm and friendly everyone here is, from the parking lot attendant when they arrive to the person sending them home. I have to make particular mention of the Cardiac Catherization staff who have been the best I've worked with so far, bar none. Tell us about your practice. I'm the newest member of Cardiology Specialist of Orange County and specialize in interventional and general consultative cardiology. I am
thrilled to be working alongside gifted physicians such as Drs. Warren Johnston, Donald Mahon and Thomas C. Kim. As an interventional cardiologist, I treat a wide range of patients who may present with acute heart attacks, congenital heart problems, or valvular heart disease. As a general and preventative cardiologist, I provide consultative services for both office- and hospital-based patients who may present with a diverse range of cardiovascular issues ranging from arrhythmias to congestive heart failure to pregnancy-related hypertension. I am excited about contributing to the research community at St. Joseph Hospital and have had the privilege to serve as a principal investigator for a cath-lab based randomized trial on acute coronary syndrome. We've been evaluating a novel intravenous drug cangrelor in a randomized controlled trial in patients with unstable angina or non-ST elevation myocardial infarctions. Cangrelor's ability to reversibly bind to the platelet receptors offers distinct advantages that, if proven efficacious, would significantly augment our armament of treatment options for acute coronary syndromes. I've also begun collaborating with outstanding investigators such as Drs. Mahmood Razavi, Shalizeh Shokooh, and Maged Azer on new clinical studies.
What other cardiovascular advances excite you? One is percutaneous valve replacements, a nonsurgical catheter-based approach to management of valvular heart disease. Now under intense development, this minimally invasive procedure has the potential to treat patients previously considered ineligible for open heart surgery. The opening of our hybrid OR later this year is also exciting. Procedures previously done in stages over days can now be combined into one. It will allow for increased collaboration, drawing on the expertise of cardiologists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, and cardiac and vascular surgeons. It should open opportunities for all the groups here and enable us to do more high-risk cases safely and efficiently. Upland native Michael Y. Chan, MD, graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA and received his medical degree from Stanford Medical School. He did an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. At Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, he completed fellowships in both Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. In 2006 he joined a practice in Santa Monica and concurrently served as an Asst. Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA Olive View. Dr. Chan joined the SJO Medical Staff in the fall of 2008. He was inspired to become a doctor by his mother Marlan, a recently retired OR nurse.
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