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Title:Redesigning Surgical Implantation Methods of Ventricular Assist Devices to Accommodate Patients with Congenital Heart Disease and Complex Anatomy
Author(s):Derk, Gwendolyn
Contributor(s):Aboulhosn, Jamil; Biniwal, Reshma; Laks, Hillel; DeLaCruz, Kim; Williams, Ryan; Valdovinos, John; Patel, Sanjeet
Subject(s):Kinesiology and Community Health
Abstract:Gwendolyn Derk is a graduate student in the Kinesiology & Community Health Department at UIUC that collaborates with investigators at UCLA to develop new implantation methods for ventricular assist devices. This photo was taken by Ms. Derk at the most recent experiment. The hand drawn implantation schematic can be seen hanging on the light stand between Dr. Reshma Biniwale and Dr. Hillel Laks, who are creating the Fontan or single ventricle circulation system using gore-tex grafts. In this experiment, the team implanted a Jarvik 2000 axial flow ventricular assist device, which is about the size of a human thumb. These series of experiments successfully demonstrated the utility of axial flow ventricular assist devices as pulmonary pumps to restore cardiac output and normal hemodynamics in Fontan circulation systems. Currently, the team is investigating and designing novel implantation methods for the new HeartWare ventricular assist device.
Issue Date:2015-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Gwendolyn Derk
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-16

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