Henry Ford Cardiology Fellowship Testimonial – William W. O’Neill, M.D.

Henry Ford Cardiology Fellowship Testimonial – William W. O’Neill, M.D.


Good day, this is Dr. Bill O’Neill, I’m the
medical director of the Structural Heart program at Henry Ford Hospital. As you’re interviewing
for programs around the country, we’re very pleased that you’ve come and will be looking
at our program, and we’d like to tell you a little bit about it. Dr. Rabbani asked me to spend
a few minutes talking with you about the Structural Heart program and the training, and how that
would interact with the General Cardiology Fellowship program. Well, Structural Heart
Disease is a new and booming area of cardiology as many of you are aware. We’re doing things
in the heart that I would not have conceived possible 10 or 15 years ago, and the future
looks even more bright and more promising. As our — as the U.S. population ages, more
and more elderly patients start developing mechanical problems with the aortic or mitral
valves and they don’t want heart surgery. So that’s really the nidus for all these new
developments. Here at Henry Ford we’ve got one of the busiest TAVR programs in the country
right now, and we’re investigating a variety of new transcatheter aortic valves. In addition,
by the time you’re here the new mitral valve implants and devices will be available, a
variety of devices for treatment of left atrial appendage occlusion, and a whole host of other
things that are really not within the realm of imagination right now. As part of the program
you will be able to see a wide variety of patients with markedly different diseases
such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, atrial septal defects, obviously lots of aortic stenosis
and lots of mitral valve disease and mitral regurgitation. So you’ll have a wide exposure
to those patients. I think combining the structural heart program with the interventional program
and with the heart failure program makes the division really one of the most widely dispersed
and prolific programs in the country, you’ll have a wide exposure to a variety of different
patient populations. You’ll be a superbly trained cardiologist when you leave the institution,
and very well-positioned for future sub-specialty training. We really look forward to having
you come into our program. We’re interested in dynamic, inquisitive physicians who are
caring doctors, but also who really want to answer questions, and we look forward to having
you come and join us, bright and future academic cardiovascular physicians that we’d like to train.

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