Compelling videos highlight innovative surgery, clinical trials

I am deeply proud of the exceptional care that we provide every day to our patients, many of whom come to us with extremely challenging diagnoses. Two recent patients generously shared their compelling and inspiring stories with us for videos produced by the University of Chicago Medicine Marketing and Communications team.

Jennifer Scott was the 500th patient treated by UChicago Medicine’s robotic cardiac surgery team, led by Husam H. Balkhy, Associate Professor of Surgery. She needed a repair of her mitral valve and treatment for atrial fibrillation, and she sought care here because she did not want to have her chest opened. Our team treated her using a robotic totally endoscopic approach. She was interviewed less than 48 hours later, feeling “remarkably good” and looking forward to going home.

Jazz pianist Billy Foster has surgery for kidney cancer a decade ago, and came to us for a second opinion after learning the disease had metastasized to his lungs, liver and brain. He is doing well on a leading-edge clinical trial and continues to pursue his musical passions. Mr. Foster and, his wife and caregiver, Renee Miles-Foster, discuss the innovative, compassionate care he received at UChicago Medicine.