Dr. Andrew D. Choi's Research Published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology
For those patients needing a second heart operation, there can be scar tissue from the first surgery that increases risk for repeat surgery. Dr. Andrew D. Choi, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Radiology is lead author on a study entitled "Prospective Evaluation of Cardiac CT in Reoperative Cardiac Surgery" published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. Dr. Omid Fatemi, a former GW cardiology fellow, is a co-author. This study demonstrates that preoperative Cardiac CT has excellent accuracy in identifying scar tissue from the first surgery and can guide surgeons on how to avoid increased complications when approaching a repeat heart operation. Drs. A. Choi and Robert Zeman, Chairman of Radiology, now routinely employ this Cardiac CT protocol with Dr. Farzad Najam, Director of Cardiac Surgery via a collaborative "heart-team" approach that enables a safer, individualized approach to these higher risk patients.