On May 8, the Cardiovascular Dynamics Laboratory of Kiyotaka Fukamachi, MD, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, celebrated its 20-year anniversary with a special seminar. The reunion of several former lab members and a number of colleagues and coauthors made the day special.
Keynote speaker was former Cleveland Clinic surgeon and coauthor Patrick McCarthy, MD, now Executive Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern University. Also participating were Drs. Lars Svensson, James Young, and Randall Starling. Many former fellows and lab team members also attended.
To honor Dr. Fukamachi's leadership, his lab members surprised him with a multicolored 3D-printed heart plaque and an album of photographs of the many people involved in pushing forward innovation on heart assist and total artificial heart devices over the 20 years. Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, new CEO of Cleveland Clinic and a coauthor with the Fukamachi group on an innovative scope to visualize the beating heart, joined in congratulating Dr. Fukamachi.
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