The Berlin Heart Device: A Physician and Patient Story
Interview: Mark Turrentine, MD,
professor of surgery, IU School of Medicine
director, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
Elaine Cox, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, IU School of Medicine
pediatric infectious disease specialist, Riley at IU Health
The FDA recently approved the Berlin Heart, a mechanical pump for children with severe heart failure. The implanted device temporarily takes over the heart’s function, typically until the child receives a transplant.
A team from Riley at IU Health in Indianapolis, which has been using the device for a decade, played a key role in the approval process.
On this week’s show, Dr. David Crabb learns about the device from pioneering pediatric heart surgeon Mark Turrentine and one of his patients, Bailey Hunsberger, now a sophomore at Indiana University.
Crabb also speaks with Elaine Cox, MD, a specialist in pediatric infectious disease. She helped craft study protocols for the FDA’s approval process for the Berlin Heart.
Dr. Turrentine is professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Cox and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at IUSM. Both have a practice with Riley at IU Health.