SOCIETY OF THORACIC SURGEONS GLOBAL OUTREACH FELLOWSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT CHOOSES NCA
Meghan Halub, a second-year cardiothoracic surgery Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital joined NCA teams last fall in Benghazi, Libya and Kiev, Ukraine. Dr. Halub’s experience was recently published in Annals of Thoracic Surgery: “Dr. Novick is an outstanding surgeon who has unparalleled experience as a global congenital heart surgeon. I chose to work with this group [Novick Cardiac Alliance] because I wanted to find an organization that helps local teams build and sustain cardiac centers.” ©2020 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Published by Elsevier Inc. Ann Thorac Surg 2020; 109:1637
“One of the most significant accomplishments I feel I can do as a human can make a difference in someone’s life and, in turn, spread the chain of compassion.” – Leslie Gonzalez
Texas Heart Institute (THI) School of Perfusion Technology student, Leslie Gonzalez, was awarded the prestigious Perfusion Without Borders scholarship last year and travelled with Novick Cardiac Alliance (NCA) to Medellin, Colombia in February of 2020. Leslie chose Novick Cardiac Alliance, which was founded by Dr. William Novick, a pediatric cardiac surgeon and a professor of international child health. Dr. Novick, who has led medical teams to treat children with heart disease in more than 30 countries around the world for more than 20 years, has saved thousands of children’s lives and inspired upcoming perfusionists like Leslie Gonzalez and her seasoned mentor Deborah Adams—both featured in this excellent video from THI School of Perfusion Technology.
A Life-changing Medical Mission to Colombia
Last year, Novick Cardiac Alliance lost Brigid (Ann) Scanlan Eiynck, one of our greatest friends and supporters. Because of Brigid’s remarkable contribution to our work across three decades, NCA would like to express our gratitude and memorialize Brigid throughout 2019.
“Brigid was without a doubt one of my earliest supporters. She was a committed friend and timeless donor of cardiac surgical equipment, until just 3 or 4 weeks before she passed,” explains Dr. William Novick, NCA’s Founder & CEO. “She was kind-hearted, jovial, always happy, and always looking for a way to help you help those who were less fortunate.” NCA invites you to learn more about Brigid in this story from the Star Tribune.
Here is the link to the Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/surgical-instruments-developer-brigid-ann-scanlan-eiynck-dies-at-age-69/492441451/
Dr. Novick had the opportunity to be featured on the podcast “Heart to Heart with Anna”
Dr. William Novick is a most unusual cardiothoracic surgeon who travels the world mending broken hearts in countries where many of these children would be left to succumb to their congenital heart defects. Together with his team, Dr. Novick does even more than mend broken hearts; however, since he also expends a great deal of time and energy teaching doctors, nurses and support staff in those countries how to care for their heart warriors and he even brings in life-saving technology to leave behind. Tune in to hear about how Dr. Novick got started on this mission, who helps him with this philanthropic endeavor and how you can get involved, too!
Listen to the full podcast here:
Novick Cardiac Alliance had the opportunity to attend the 32nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) in Milan Italy in October 2018. Watch the video below of Dr. William Novick and Dr. Marcelo Cardarelli as they discuss “Lessons Learned in Humanitarian Cardiac Surgery.”
Novick Cardiac Alliance has published a research article in JAMA, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association. The article is titled “Cost-effectiveness of Humanitarian Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”. It describes the cost-effectiveness of providing heart surgery to children in developing countries, but it also accounts for the long-term effects at the individual and societal level.
“The Humanitarian Footprint”, as we describe this the long-term effect, is measured in extra years of life expectancy, extra years of schooling and lifetime income potentially added for the patients treated in our global humanitarian interventions.
It turns out that in 2015 alone, there were 16 932 years of Life Expectancy, 1 484 years of schooling and $67 642 191 lifetime income potentially added to the cohort of patients we operated around the world. We always suspected humanitarian pediatric cardiac surgery was doing something good for our patients and the world. Now we have the data!
Read the full article: Humanitarian Footprint
Cardiac Alliance is proud to announce that Dr Marcelo Cardarelli received the honor of being chosen as TIAA Difference Maker 100. He is 1 of 100 extraordinary people who are devoting their lives to improving the world and shaping a brighter future for us all. www.tiaadifferencemaker100.org
Dr Novick recently was interviewed by RMWorld Travel, America’s #1 Travel Radio Show. RMWorld Travel reaches well over 1 million upscale leisure and business travelers via 375+ affiliated weekly radio stations across the USA, as well as our global 24/7 TuneIn.com channel, live streaming, social media, online and more.
RMWorld Travel says “Since Travel can be more than a beach vacation or catching a flight to make a business meeting in another city, we invited Dr. Bill Novick to join us during our live broadcast of RMWorldTravel with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa, for our “Personal Connection” series on 30 June 2018, to share some of his experiences via his travels to provide meaningful impact on kids, families and communities globally, as well as the opportunities for others to do the same.”
Listen to his interview HERE
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“’In Libya, there are several thousand children that need heart surgery, including hundreds of new-borns’, says Dr. Novick. That is why, with the support of the Presidency Council and the UN’s World Health Organization, Dr. Novick has launched a one-year national program, hoping to treat more than 400 Libyan children’s hearts.”
Read more in this article featuring Cardiac Alliance’s work in Libya, by United Nations journalist Abel Kavanagh.